This is a book of wisdom.
Wisdom is intelligence about relationships — something desperately needed on our planet today. The opposite of wisdom is technology: intelligence about things. We’ve got far too much of that already. We know about advances in scientific knowledge… But we don’t know how to live fulfilling lives. This book helps us to correct that challenge.
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What is a book of wisdom?
Wisdom is intelligence about relationships — something desperately needed on our planet today. The opposite of wisdom is technology: intelligence about things. We’ve got far too much of that already. We know about advances in scientific knowledge and the latest theories on how (we think) the Universe works. We know about string theory, stem cells, black holes, cosmetic surgery. . . But we don’t know how to live fulfilling lives.
“In a world where contemplation is easily mistaken as inaction, “Practicing Wisdom” [is] a call to action.”
The quotations in Practicing Wisdom are signs on a roadway, a path to a new land. The path hints to relationships with Others… Your complement, your opposite, your teacher, your challenge. Your Other. These quotes are part of your path to the awakening of your true, authentic self.
“Shariff is by far one of the most important voices for us to listen to.”
If we knew how to live spiritually fulfilling lives, we wouldn’t spend most of our time trying to kill one another, separate from one another, and destroy one another. We wouldn’t be spending billions of dollars on anti-depressants and anti-psychotics. We wouldn’t spend so much time denying our inherent connection with each other, with all LIFE.
This book brings together the practical and the visionary, the personal and the global, and invites us to face discomfort and unpleasant truth as part of our growing capacity to act from wisdom.
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Miki Kashtan –
I come from a lineage that eschews dogma in favor of practice. Like others, my people have survived active persecution based on the application of wisdom and the rigor of practice. This book brings together the practical and the visionary, the personal and the global, and invites us the willingness to face discomfort and unpleasant truth as part of our growing capacity to act from wisdom.
Miki Kashtan, Author, Reweaving Our Human Fabric, founder of the Nonviolent Global Liberation community
Donna Beegle –
I love this book. Self-jarring, thought provoking knowledge built on the teachings of wise leaders and the author’s lived experience. Practicing Wisdom encourages readers to examine self, relationships, and our connection with the planet. The result is an improved capacity to practice wisdom in all that you do. A must read.
Dr. Donna Beegle, Author of Poverty – Be The Difference; President of Communication Across Barriers-
Scott Catamas –
“Practicing Wisdom” is a very important new book by Shariff Abdullah. During these times of catastrophic change, the call is out for humanity to evolve. I have had the honor to host hundreds of wisdom keepers on my onlines shows; Shariff is by far one of the most important voices for us to listen to. He combines profound wisdom, compassion and global understanding into practical steps for us to take. I feel more hopeful knowing that Shariff is on board to help guide the way through these treacherous times!
Scott Catamas, Founder of The Love Coach Academy/ Host of “The Awakening World”
Janet Sussman –
Growth of wisdom involves living life, meeting challenges, and finding an inner voice that can prod, lead and guide. I met Shariff Abdullah over 35 years ago and he has been a voice of wisdom and truth in my life and so many others. In a world where contemplation is easily mistaken as inaction, Practicing Wisdom focuses the interior practice of listening so as to make it a call to action. Prayers can be wordless, full of words, or as silent as a feather falling to Earth. Viewing that feather, you know it fell off the back of a living being, and its presence invokes a question; who were you, who are you, what are you seeking to become?
Janet Sussman, writer, spiritual counselor, healer
Janet Harvey –
Practicing Wisdom is like nectar that nourishes the heart and spirit. Be still and experience the wisdom revolution, already underway. It encourages the discipline and devotion required to create what works for all; producing win-learn, not win-lose, experiences for yourself and others; expressing yourself in a voice that includes, respects, and invites change; and holding onto real hope that arises from your actions and your engagement.
Janet M. Harvey, CEO inviteCHANGE
Hazel B Ray –
By Shariff Abdullah
Reviewed by Hazel Ray
There is something for everyone in Shariff Abdullah’s latest book, PRACTICING WISDOM. That “something” is whatever quote, reflection, author or sage, or a combination thereof, ignites a desire in you to take your next step in practicing wisdom.
In the words of Dr Charika Marasinghe who wrote the book’s foreword, “PRACTICING WISDOM argues that wisdom is within everyone’s reach, especially those who are willing to experience the realities of life here and now…Shariff is asking us to cultivate wisdom to step out of our comfort zones and mirror our authentic selves—our hopes and disappointments, our successes and failures.”
If you are dissatisfied with your life as it is…maybe you have even hit rock bottom…and want to help yourself, read Shariff’s wisdom reflections following Sara Halprin’s quote: “Your biggest problems and your worst obsessions contain the seeds of your own growth and development.”
If you feel ready for inspired action, read Shariff’s wisdom reflections following Vimala Thakar’s quote: “Spirituality is the seed, and social action is the fruit born of it.”
If you are a creator and are ready to bring forth a world-changing invention, despite any and all naysayers, read Shariff’s wisdom reflections following Buckminster Fuller’s quote: “You can never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
If you are really ready to raise your consciousness to the next level, read Shariff’s reflections following his own quote: “There are no enemies. There is only YOU, wearing a disguise. Look again.”
Here Shariff says: “ All I have to do is start listing their negative or unacceptable behaviors and I instantly can see those same characteristics in myself! Embrace these characteristics or “flaws” within yourself. You will know that you have done this when (miraculously) THEY CHANGE.”
As for me, the quote which resonates the most at this moment is by Lao Tzu: “Through return to simple living comes control of desires. In control of desires stillness is attained. In stillness the world is restored.”
I like the idea of simple living and stillness. Yet, I acknowledge my addiction to modern conveniences. However, I spent the first five years of my life on a small farm without any modern conveniences, and I did not feel deprived. Back then, of course, I did not know there was any other way to live! I was the youngest child with much older siblings and did not have to do any hard work. There’s food for thought here.
By now you get the idea that there is something in this book for you, no matter your status in life. So, order the book today! That “something” may cause you to take your next step in practicing wisdom NOW.