Constructive Living is a Western approach to mental health education based in large part on adaptations of two Japanese psychotherapies, Morita therapy and Naikan therapy. Constructive Living (CL) presents an educational method of approaching life realistically and thoughtfully. The action aspect of CL emphasizes accepting reality (including feelings), focusing on purposes, and doing what needs doing. The reflection aspect of CL enables us to understand the present and past more clearly and to live in recognition of the support we receive from the world.
Here, in plain language, is the definitive guide for taking control of your life and imbuing it with greater meaning and productivity. Constructive Living is an action-based way of looking at the world that combines good, old-fashioned straight talk and the celebrated Japanese psychotherapies Morita and Naikan. David Reynolds, the father of this brilliantly simple and effective therapy, shows us how to live thoughtfully and economically, to regard our actions as if they were divine rituals, and to perform them with the utmost care. He contends that contentment is achieved, not bestowed--attaining peace and satisfaction takes daily practice and learning. With user-friendly anecdotes, practical exercises, and a sense of humor, he refreshes the experienced student and takes the novice to the beginning, laying out the essence of Constructive Living.
In 1849, an Irish immigrant living in the wilderness of the Rocky Mountains finds in the wreckage of a deadly stagecoach crash a letter with a photograph of a beautiful woman, and, moved by her written plea for help, journeys across the American frontierto the city of San Francisco at the height of the Gold Rush.
This book reappraises the place of children's literature, showing it to be a creative space where writers and illustrators try out new ideas about books, society, and narratives in an age of instant communication and multi-media. It looks at the stories about the world and young people; the interaction with changing childhoods and new technologies.
"No one lives within a continuous stream of peak experiences. Everyday life is both ordinary and marvelous. While sailing your mind in the sky, don't forget to have your car serviced regularly." Light Waves continues the themes of Morita and Naikan psychotherapy found in David Reynolds' highly popular Constructive Living (UH Press, 1984) and The Quiet Therapies: Japanese Pathways to Personal Growth (UH Press, 1980). A book of reflections--inspired in part by the Denkoroku, a work written by a Soto Zen monk--Light Waves will appeal to readers of any faith. It reiterates the spiritual importance of everyday life and encourages readers to experience whatever reality presents and do whatever needs to be done moment-by-moment. Thought-provoking puzzles, designed to fine tune the mind, appear throughout.
Featuring 100 exciting hands-on easily reproducible art projects including visual examples, illustrations, and one-step directions; so that all lessons can be taught successfully with no previous art experience necessary. This one-of-a-kind comprehensive how-to-guide is an unparalleled resource for both teachers and parents who wish to promote independence through the effective intervention of art to those with ASD. An overview of its contents includes: Basic Facts About ASD provides the necessary information about the multiple types of autism and the typical disabilities associated with each, while drawing awareness to the prevalence of this disorder. Schematic Art Developmental Stages incl...