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Snow Melting in a Silver Bowl
A Book of Active Meditations
Nancy Brady Cunningham, Denise Geddes
ISBN: 9781590030639
Book (Paperback)
Red Wheel Weiser
$19.95
8 x 8
144 pages
Illustrated
August 1, 2004


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Active meditation is the solution for those who don't have the time or patience to sit still and wait for enlightenment and peace. Snow Melting In A Silver Bowl is a collection of activities designed to focus the mind--if only for a moment--to see the spiritual in the physical world.

Active meditations are ceremonies of "intention"--the universal spiritual practice of simply paying attention to the inner and outer worlds. Author Nancy Cunningham helps readers choose a prop--or props--that represents a physical element that appeals to one of the five senses. She then offers steps to get in touch with a universal energy that brings about a shift in consciousness and perception. The active meditations collected in the book include ceremonies, rituals, celebrations, observation, tangible visualization, and dramatized prayer.

Snow Melting in a Silver Bowl offers a variety of ceremonies and rituals for special events, seasons of the year, and even mini rituals designed for everyday use.

The active meditations in the book help readers experience the extraordinary in the ordinary:

    * A baby-naming ceremony renews and affirms life.

    * A spring breeze refreshes body and soul.

    * An orange slice becomes a way to access creative "juices."

    * A candle placed before a loved one who has passed on creates a time- and space-defying connection.


The meditations are illustrated with the work of photographer Denise Geddes' evocative images that capture the soul of everyday objects.

Nancy Brady Cunningham is an accomplished poet, author of A Book of Women's Altars, and workshop leader in yoga, meditation and ritual for more than 30 years.


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Denise Geddes is a professional photographer, whose work is featured in A Book of Women's Altars. She teaches photography in Massachusetts.
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Foreword by Jennifer Louden

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