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The Great Work of Your Life

A Guide for the Journey to Your True Calling
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Random House
 | 
December, 2015
ISBN:
9780553386073
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$23.00 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

The director of the Institute for Extraordinary Living at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health explores the dharma—vocation or calling—of a number of both illustrious and ordinary individuals. “Yogis insist that every single human being has a unique vocation,” writes Cope. Turning to the Bhagavad Gita—a two-thousand-year-old allegory about the path to dharma, told through a timeless dialogue between the fabled archer, Arjuna, and his divine mentor, Krishna—the author realized the difficulty in penetrating even its first piece of advice: “Discern, name, and then embrace your own dharma.” For some, their dharma is a ready and apparent gift, but others struggle long and hard to hear that piece of inner music, that passion.

Cope illustrates dharma through telling examples, drawing portraits of important historical characters and twining them with glimpses into the lives of everyday people he knows. He tells stories of  Walt Whitman's wartime nursing, “a calling for which he didn't even know he was searching,” of Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot breaking the rules to understand the connection between seeing and painting, and many more. His point is that seeking is all and that dharma will allow you to bear life’s suffering. "You only get yourself when you lose yourself to some great work," he writes.

The Great Work of Your Life describes this process of unlocking the unique “genius” in every person, taking readers on a step-by-step tour of the Gita, highlighting well-known lives that embody its central principles—including Jane Goodall, Gandhi, Marion Woodman, Susan B. Anthony, John Keats, Harriet Tubman, and Beethoven. He also includes fascinating everyday stories about following the path of dharma, which illustrate the practicality of these classic yogic teachings today.

One rarely thinks of a dharma book as a page-turner, but this one is indeed that. This is a great read and a great revitalizing breath of fresh air.” —Sylvia Boorstein, author of Happiness is an Inside Job

Essential for those new to yoga and inspiring for the seasoned practitioner and yoga teacher.” —Patricia Walden, author of The Woman’s Book of Yoga and Health

Publisher’s Description: 

From the director of the Institute for Extraordinary Living at the famed Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health comes an incisive and inspiring meditation on living the life you were born to live.

In this fast-paced age, the often overwhelming realities of daily life may leave you feeling uncertain about how to realize your lifes true purposewhat spiritual teachers call dharma. But yoga master Stephen Cope says that in order to have a fulfilling life you must, in fact, discover the deep purpose hidden at the very core of your self. In The Great Work of Your Life, Cope describes the process of unlocking the unique possibility harbored within every human soul. The secret, he asserts, can be found in the pages of a two-thousand-year-old spiritual classic called the Bhagavad Gitaan ancient allegory about the path to dharma, told through a timeless dialogue between the fabled archer, Arjuna, and his divine mentor, Krishna.

Cope takes readers on a step-by-step tour of this revered tale, and in order to make it relevant to contemporary readers, he highlights well-known Western lives that embody its central principlesincluding such luminaries as Jane Goodall, whose life trajectory shows us the power of honoring The Gift; Walt Whitman, who listened for the call of the times; Susan B. Anthony, whose example demonstrates the power of focused energy; John Keats, who was able to let his desire give birth to aspiration; and Harriet Tubman, whose life was nothing if not a lesson in learning to walk by faith. This essential guide also includes everyday stories about following the path to dharma, which illustrate the astonishingly contemporary relevance and practicality of this classic yogic story.

If youre feeling lost in your own lifes journey, The Great Work of Your Life may provide you with answers to the questions you most urgently need addressedand may help you to find and to embrace your true calling.


From the Hardcover edition.

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