By Anthony De Mello,

Book cover of Awareness: The Perils and Opportunities of Reality

Book description

De Mello's spiritual classic remains at the top of the Fount bestsellers more than five years after its original publication.

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4 authors picked Awareness as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

DeMello was a Jesuit priest and a psychologist.

His workshops were legendary and had a deep impact on thousands. His books have touched millions. He was eclectic and open-minded and readily acknowledged the power of spiritual practices from traditions outside the Church.

For this, his books were removed from Catholic bookstores and a warning issued that his writings could mislead young minds. He was passionate about truth and cavalier about dogma.

From Srikumar's list on spiritual dynamite.

If you are on a spiritual hunt this book would be the one to open those doors and let the light shine in. De Mello was an Indian yogi, Jesuit Catholic Priest, and Psychotherapist. His reflections and insights are deep and wide. This book changed my life. I continue to work in conjunction with the De Mello Center to this day. This book offers insight into the way that we perceive our own reality and invites us to widen the lens. The greatest takeaway from this book is our approach to attachment. He said that as a priest he often…

Many times, we run through life without being aware of the things around us and the beauty of life in the moment. We label things and judge people, which stunts our curiosity about other things. Awareness of the thought process in our subconscious operating system will allow us to understand better the reasons we choose what we choose. This helps to address what is really at the center of our feelings and allows for cognitive awareness of a different approach.

From Rose's list on helping you quit drinking.

In Awareness, de Mello blends Christian spirituality, Buddhist parables, Hindu breathing exercises, and psychological insight into easily-read, bite-sized chapters designed for thoughtful reflection. As the title suggests, we need to wake up to the world around us as it actually occurs. Our mental, emotional, and spiritual health depends on this. I love how simple and practical he makes this concept. And for all of the examples of where I fall short, he never made me feel stupid or beyond hope for my previous unconscious choices. This book has inspired me to be more present more often and given me…

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