The Magpie Art: Gathering the Brightness of Every Day

This is not a book on meditation or Buddhism, though it has certainly been influenced by both. It is a book of encouragements for all those who are interested in using the unit of a single day to develop good qualities in their minds and hearts. It is a book about teaching yourself “from the middle” — the middle of frustration or joy or boredom or wherever else you find yourself. It is a book with a single thesis: that there is always something you can do, moment by moment, to rediscover the brightness of your own life.

This book can be read in three different ways: (1) as a “day book,” whose 365 entries a reader can read on each day of the year; (2) according to particular themes a reader wants to work on, moving through the book “hopscotch-style”; and (3) as a book of seasons, in which each season corresponds to a particular season of the heart (love/appreciation/consolation/equanimity).

Paul Weinfield is a singer, songwriter, poet, and meditation teacher. After teaching religion and philosophy for ten years at Columbia University and Hunter College, he left academia to explore the overlap between creativity and spirituality. He lives and teaches in New York City.


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Paperback Original
ISBN: 9781732081512
5.83 x 8.27; 220 pages; $19.95
Pub Date: October 2, 2018
BISACS: OCC019000 BODY, MIND & SPIRIT / Inspiration & Personal Growth
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