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5 out of 5 stars
5 out of 5 stars
5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 26.07.2018

I like Dr. Sheldrake's books, admire his work and especially treasure this one.
Taking a profound stance against dogmatic materialist views, Sheldrake explores seven widely practiced and scientifically examined spiritual practices which are meditation, gratefulness, prayer, connecting with nature, rituals, singing, and pilgrimage. Filled with historical and ethnic narration, personal anecdotes and scientific research, it is both insightful and much joy to read. It is full of ideas on how to implement spiritual practices in your life, no matter what cultural, religious or non-religious background you have. While discussing practices of various religions, Sheldrake encourages us to take a non-dogmatic standpoint and regard the different mystical traditions as expressions of a common spiritual ground, which I liked a lot. The book fits perfect for those new to the topic but has enough depth and content to offer new insights also to those already familiar with the subject.

I also like the fact that the auther reads his audibooks himself. Having seen him two decades ago on a lecture tour, his audiobooks always remind me about how he has influenced my way of thinking about science and the narrow view of materialism.

The only thing I missed was a printed version of the many reading suggestions Sheldrake mentions in the final chapter. Since this is not the author's fault, I'll give this audiobook a top rating.