Dancing with Fire: A Mindful Way to Loving Relationships

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Dancing with Fire The search for inner peace is often met with what seems like a conflicting path- the irresistible pull of love and connection with others to which we are drawn. Reconciling these opposites, John Amodeo shows how spirituality and vibrant relationships are identical. He says that Buddha's concept of the root of suffering is misunderstood. It is not desire that causes suffering; desire is the fire t Full description

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""Dancing with Fire" talks straight from the heart with compassion, wisdom, and courage. We owe John Amodeo a debt of gratitude for providing all of us with valuable insights on the connection between mindfulness and deepening intimacy in relationships. Whether you see yourself as nurtured by spiritual practice or psychological growth, read on and your heart will be touched, your mind opened. I highly recommend this fine book as an important guide for all those who seek genuine happiness and greater awareness."
-- Charles Garfield, Ph.D.; author, "Sometimes My Heart Goes Numb"
"In this book John Amodeo opens a new door into great truths of Buddhism and what they mean for our western world. He links meditation, mindfulness, humanistic psychology and the science of human bonding into a coherent whole. This book is a great contribution and a must read for every intelligent person who aspires to live as an awake and vibrant human being."
-- Susan M. Johnson, Ph.D., author of "Hold Me Tight" and "The Practice of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy: Creating Connection"
""Dancing with Fire" is a beautifully written, lucid, and honest account of how to merge a feeling-based intimacy with authentic spirituality. I've been a reader of John Amodeo's work for a long time, and he is simply one of the best at what he does: blending Buddhism and psychotherapy with wisdom gleaned from thirty years of clinical practice and life experience, all mixed in with a healthy dose of levity."
-- Jim Dreaver, author of "The Way of Harmony" and "The Ultimate Cure"
"Awesome, brilliant, liberating, clarifying, mandatory reading for all meditators of every persuasion! One of the most important books ever written on spirituality. Thank you so much for this feast of wisdom."
-- Deborah Boyer, Ph.D., somatic therapist and teacher of Waking Down in Mutuality
"This book is a masterful, sensitive, and heartfelt reflection on the valuable contributions available i

A fresh and lucid voice in our emerging Western spirituality, John Amodeo offers a powerful synthesis of Buddhist teachings with attachment theory and the best of Western psychological understanding. Particularly compelling and promising is the weaving of Focusing--a body-oriented psychotherapy developed by Eugene Gendlin--with mindfulness meditation. Through this, and deep insights into the nature of relationships, "Dancing with Fire" gives us invaluable guidance in cultivating true intimacy with our lives.
-- Tara Brach, psychologist and popular teacher of Mindfulness meditation, author of "Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha"

In this book John Amodeo opens a new door into great truths of Buddhism and what they mean for our western world. He links meditation, mindfulness, humanistic psychology and the science of human bonding into a coherent whole. This book is a great contribution and a must read for every intelligent person who aspires to live as an awake and vibrant human being.
-- Susan M. Johnson, Ph.D., author of "Hold Me Tight," Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Ottawa, and developer of Emotional Focused Couple Therapy

With heartfelt kindness and down-to-earth usefulness, this book shows how to bring together lofty spiritual wisdom and juicy human passions. Drawing on his deep experience as a therapist and meditator, Dr. Amodeo has given us one of those rare books that actually bridges left and right brain, west and east, flesh and spirit - and self and other.
---- Rick Hanson, Ph.D., author of "Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom"



""Dancing With Fire" is wise, integrated, life affirming, and practical. John invites us and accompanies us to discover a fully human, loving, spiritual maturity." --Jack Kornfield, PhD, best-selling author of "A Path With Heart"

"A fresh and lucid voice in our emerging Western spirituality, John Amodeo offers a powerful synthesis of Buddhist teachings with attachment theory and the best of Western psychological understanding. Particularly compelling and promising is the weaving of Focusing--a body-oriented psychotherapy developed by Eugene Gendlin--with mindfulness meditation. Through this, and deep insights into the nature of relationships, "Dancing with Fire" gives us invaluable guidance in cultivating true intimacy with our lives." --Tara Brach, PhD, best-selling author of "Radical Acceptance"

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John Amodeo, PhD,, a licensed marriage and family therapist for over 30 years, has been engaged in Buddhism and spiritual practice for 40 years. He is author of "The Authentic Heart" and "Love and Betrayal" and he was a writer and contributing editor for Yoga Journal. He is also a Focusing Trainer and has trained in Somatic Experiencing for trauma. He lectures internationally on love and relationships, and has been a featured guest on CNN, CNBC, Donahue, and New Dimensions Radio. He has been interviewed or written articles for publications that include the Chicago Tribune, The Dallas Morning News and The Rocky Mountain News. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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