My Grandfather's Blessings : Stories of Strength, Refuge and Belonging

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2001-04-01
  • Publisher: Riverhead Trade

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The author shares the wisdom of her grandfather--an orthodox rabbi and scholar of the kabbalah--about the secret of life, emphasizing that the love and blessings given to others can heal our loneliness, unhappiness, and all our wounds. By the author of Kitchen Table Wisdom. Reprint.

Author Biography

Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D., has been counseling those with chronic and terminal illness for more than twenty years. She is cofounder and medical director of the Commonweal Cancer Help Program in Bolinas, California, and is currently clinical professor of family and community medicine at the University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Receiving Your Blessings
Blessingp. 22
Wrestling with the Angelp. 25
The Shell Gamep. 28
The Spice of Lifep. 31
Lot's Wifep. 36
Having What You Havep. 39
Letting Gop. 41
Owningp. 43
Keeping It Togetherp. 46
At the End of the Dayp. 50
Rememberingp. 53
Getting Realp. 56
What Mattersp. 63
Teachers Everywherep. 66
You Have to Be Present to Winp. 68
Knowing the Heartp. 70
Counting Your Chickensp. 74
L'Chiam!p. 77
Becoming a Blessing
Getting It Rightp. 86
The Giftp. 88
Being Usedp. 90
Seeing the Buddha Seedp. 93
Simply Naturalp. 96
All in the Familyp. 99
Transmissionp. 101
Bearing Witnessp. 103
The Trajectoryp. 106
Holding On to the Heartp. 109
Lost and Foundp. 112
Finding New Eyesp. 116
Strengthening Lifep. 120
The Friendp. 124
Wisdomp. 127
Finding Strength, Taking Refuge
The Meeting Placep. 137
Pearls of Wisdomp. 139
The Way Throughp. 141
Right Protectionp. 144
From the Heartp. 146
Wholenessp. 150
The Linkp. 152
Getting Clearp. 155
Being Fedp. 158
When Somebody Knowsp. 161
A Place of Refugep. 164
Coming Homep. 166
In the Gray Zonep. 168
Finding the Centerp. 170
In the Beginningp. 175
Call Homep. 177
Brokenp. 181
Promises, Promisesp. 188
The Web of Blessings
Belongingp. 197
Lifelinep. 201
Learning to Servep. 205
We Are Enoughp. 209
Finding the Connectionp. 214
Breathing In and Breathing Outp. 216
The Gift of Servicep. 218
Fellow Travelersp. 222
The Laying On of Handsp. 225
Choosing Your Battlesp. 229
Heaven and Hellp. 232
The Wise Manp. 234
How the World Is Madep. 237
One Little Candlep. 239
Greater Than the Sum of Its Partsp. 242
Befriending Life
The Gamep. 251
Knowing Lifep. 253
Loving Lifep. 256
Eggsp. 258
Finding the Wayp. 260
When It Worksp. 263
Habitp. 267
The Gift of New Eyesp. 269
Making a Differencep. 272
The Bottom Linep. 276
Crazy Cleanp. 279
Integrityp. 281
The Pathp. 288
A Matter of Life and Deathp. 290
The Mirrorp. 293
Who Serves?p. 297
Beyond the American Wayp. 300
The Emperor's New Clothesp. 303
Forgivenessp. 306
The Gift of the Magip. 310
Completionp. 314
Celebrationp. 317
Restoring the World
Lineagep. 329
Beyond Wordsp. 331
The Final Patientp. 333
Mysteryp. 337
A Question of Stylep. 339
On the Cutting Edgep. 343
Maryp. 346
After Darkp. 349
The Thirty-sixp. 352
Finding Safetyp. 356
The Way It Isp. 359
The Presence of Godp. 363
The Friction in the Systemp. 365
The Rewardp. 368
The Real Storyp. 370
Acknowledgmentsp. 375
Permissionsp. 379
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