Contents

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Acknowledgments

Introduction

Part One: Dancing on the Soul’s Growing Edge

ONE
Dancing on the Precipice:
Remembering our Songs

TWO
Canary in the Mine

THREE
Spiritual Roots

FOUR
Trust in Your Life

FIVE
Dance of the Messy Buddha

Part Two: The Way of the Mystic, Artist and Prophet

SIX
The Spiraling Dance of the Mystic, Artist and Prophet

SEVEN
Blessing Theology: When Pigs Fly

EIGHT
If Life Gives You Lemons …

NINE
Sacred Creativity:
What’s Art Got to Do with It?

TEN
Compassion: Refreshing a Parched Soul

Part Three: The Dance of the Spiritual Warrior

ELEVEN
Du Ohuho Wakan – “Twice Blessed”
Spiritual Warrior

TWELVE
Peaceful Spiritual Warrior

THIRTEEN
Wild Dog Dance

FOURTEEN
Conflict as a Spiritual Teacher

Part Four: Spiritual Practice

FIFTEEN
Meditation 101

SIXTEEN
Playing an Instrument:
The Messy Buddha Method

SEVENTEEN
Opening the Heart – Metta

EIGHTEEN
Body Prayer

NINETEEN
Practicing Peace

TWENTY
Honoring Our Mother Earth

Epilogue

Bibliography

Appendix 1
Twelve Principles of Creation Spirituality

Appendix 2
Glossary

Index

About the Author

Excerpt from The Messy Buddha

My life partner Sharon named me “the messy buddha” several years ago when I was in the hospital for months with leukemia. She said that most of the time I was calm, peaceful, and buddha-like with my beautiful bald head. Then there were times when I would totally lose it. While feelings of despair and sadness were appropriate in this situation, I became frustrated and irritated at my inability to be serene all the time. Sometimes I felt like a failure. Why couldn’t I be more sage-like and accepting?

Living authentically in the moment is sometimes messy. Certainly being a buddha—which means being awake—is messy business. The art of being alive is the ability to breathe and live each messy moment. It’s about dancing on the edge of our soul’s growth while being faithful to our song.

Kate in woods
Photo: Dr. Shaz Austin Davison

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