Dancing with Fire: A Mindful Way to Loving Relationships
by John Amodeo.
The search for spiritual awakening can create a deep rift within us if we develop an aversion to our feelings, longings, and humanity. This highly acclaimed, practical book offers a path to mindfully engage with the fiery emotions and desires that relationships bring up for us. It explores how emotionally fulfilling relationships and spiritual development are two sides of the same coin of awakening. Bridging attachment theory with Buddhism and other spiritual paths, the book explores how weaving together mindfulness with Focusing creates a climate that connects us more deeply with ourselves, others, and life itself.
Endorsements for Dancing with Fire:
“Wise, integrated, life affirming, and practical.” --Jack Kornfield, PhD, author of A Path with Heart
“Brilliantly bridges the chasm between the stillness of meditation and the fierce passion and challenge of intimate relationships.” -- Peter Levine, PhD, author of Waking the Tiger
“A must read for everyone who aspires to live as an awake and vibrant human being.” -- Dr. Sue Johnson, author of Hold Me Tight
“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, author of Radical
Profoundly wise and beautifully written, this book is for anyone who ever wondered how to reconcile the spiritual journey with the paths of self-healing and intimacy with others. A gifted writer at the top of his form, John Amodeo’s book is not just about authenticity and connection, it actually offers those experiences as one reads. A life-changing book.
-- Ann Weiser Cornell, PhD, author of The Power of Focusing