Stairway of Surprise
Six Steps to a Creative Life
Stumbling through life, gazing at the stars, we can miss the greatest treasure beneath our feet. For the ordinary faculties of our soul—how we think, how we feel, how we act—are the rough and fallen forms of our highest spiritual capacities.
This book shows how six of these common abilities—thinking, feeling, doing, loving, opening, thanking—can be intensified infinitely. We already think; we can learn to think more deeply, more livingly. We already feel; we can learn to train our feeling life away from ourselves so that we feel the world in its richness. We already thank; we can learn a depth of gratitude that makes life and love intensely real.
These exercises are simple, but demanding. By strengthening our capacity to pay attention, they allow us to say the right word and have the fresh thought just when we need to. They gradually lead us out of the mire of distraction and confusion, and allow us to practice what we need most: continual presence of mind.
“Wise words from a warm soul. Michael Lipson understands that paradise is in the here-and-now. What greater surprise could there be?” —Mark Epstein, MD, author of Thoughts without a Thinker
“A beautiful text with much originality.” —Georg Kühlewind, author of From Normal to Healthy
“A profound and loving book, filled with practical wisdom, beautiful writing, and true inspiration...timely in the gifts of insight it offers. I highly recommend it for all seekers of a deeper, more creative life.” —David Spangler, author of Blessing: The Art and the Practice and Apprenticed to Spirit
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