Quaker Quicks - Inner Healing, Inner Peace
Discover Quaker practices aimed at healing pain and distress in mind, body and spirit.
What do Quakers have to offer when there is pain and distress in body, mind and spirit? Can their beliefs and worship help in the processes of healing? In this book, Diana and John Lampen try to answer these questions, drawing on their experiences of caring for troubled people and working in situations of conflict, as well as their long membership of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). The book contains practices which readers can use for themselves.
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"Inner Healing, Inner Peace" glows with the cumulative experience of two authors who have devoted their lives to the service of others, and in particular to the relief of suffering. At its heart are descriptions of fourteen practices designed to help us handle our feelings of hurt, anger, worry and pain. Anyone who has felt distress at the pressures of life will find a wealth of practical assistance here. The authors’ Quaker faith illuminates every page and inspires the profusion of personal stories and practical examples that give the book so much of its heft and power. I recommend it wholeheartedly. ~ Geoffrey Durham, author
Richly dense and deeply nourishing, Inner Healing, Inner Peace speaks to mind, body and spirit. Through personal narratives that illuminate the reality that “major experiences of life have a mystery around them,” the Lampens also share wonderfully accessible practices for navigating these experiences and staying grounded. In our increasingly complex and troubled world, we are invited by the Lampens to “tenderly open our hearts” to the Spirit as we encounter it in others and in ourselves. This Quaker perspective offers us new ways of being present through acts of healing, reconciliation, forgiveness, joy and in the stillness beyond words. ~ Deborah Shaw, former Assistant Director of Friends Center, Guilford College, North Carolina
A very helpful treasure-chest of wisdom and practical advice based on lives of ministry to a hurting world. ~ Dwight Kimberley, Professor Emeritus of Natural Sciences, George Fox University, Oregon
Diana and John mix their discussion with experiences great and small drawn from real life. Reading the book is like walking over stepping stones, each with a little gem for us to pick up and ponder on. ~ Jan Arriens, Founder of LifeLines and author of Welcome to Hell.
This book is a fabulous, invaluable and unique resource. It is the distilled wisdom of many decades of living with, working and being alongside people in times and places of violence and devastation. It offers countless, unforgettable stories of lives that have discovered how to transform hurt into healing. It provides profound, simple and practical activities for us to do this for ourselves. It demonstrates the spiritual underpinning of meaningful healing and peace. I highly recommend you to read this wonderful book. ~ Georgeanne Lamont, co-author of Values and Visions and founder of Caring for Care Homes
This book reflects the wisdom of two Quaker friends accumulated over many years, spanning many countries and encounters and wide reading. The practices outlined offer very helpful tips, and draw deeply from the wells of Quaker values and worship. The book explores issues around the sacredness of all life and creation without ducking the vexed question of suffering. It unpacks what peacefulness means without ignoring the challenges of peacemaking. The book will be valued in the Quaker communities and beyond. ~ Inderjit Bhogal, former President of the British Methodist Conference and a recipient of the World Methodist Peace Award