Summary of Essential Spirituality

The 7 Central Practices to Awaken Heart and Mind

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Essential Spirituality book summary
This practical spiritual guide for the modern era provides tools for a richer, more peaceful life.


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Writing about faith and religion daunts many authors, but Roger Walsh, a professor of psychiatry, philosophy and anthropology, succeeds with this thoughtful guide. Walsh only occasionally mentions God and the world’s major religions, despite his spiritual tone and reliance on these teachings. He deploys common theologies to appeal to the universal desire for a peaceful inner life, awareness, goodness and happiness. His seven practices “to awaken the heart and mind” are simple and effective. You will find nuggets of wisdom plus exercises for finding a quiet place in a busy day or a moment of peace in a storm of stress. getAbstract believes spiritual seekers will enjoy Walsh’s philosophy and recommends his treatise to mid-level managers seeking meaning in their work, to executives facing burnout, and to anyone searching for purpose and peace.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why material goods cannot fulfill you, but religious and spiritual traditions can bring value to your life
  • What seven practices – common to the world’s major religions – provide inner and outer peace
  • How to apply these practices to your life


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About the Author

Roger Walsh, a psychiatrist, teaches at the University of California at Irvine. He wrote The Spirit of Shamanism and co-wrote Paths Beyond Ego.

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