It was about 1996 when Ron Kurtz invited me to write this book, the Practice of Loving Presence. We started right away and we worked for many years on both the development of the Loving Presence workshops and on the writing. At the time of Ron's death, the book was sitting on his computer waiting for editing and revision. So it is with great pleasure that I am ready at last to present the first two books of this important part of Ron's legacy - the Practice of Loving Presence. We are offering the book in four parts which will all be available as e-books:
Book One: Ron’s Introduction to the Practice of Loving Presence is an introduction to the practice in Ron Kurtz' own words, and a few of the key exercises for the practice.
Book Two: a Practice Guide - the Basic Exercises for the Practice Loving Presence is an introduction to the practice in Ron Kurtz' own words, and a few of the key exercises for the practice.
Book Three: The Practice of Loving Presence for Therapists, includes an expansion on Ron’s introduction to the practice as well as research-based explanations about the application of loving presence for therapists and other helping professionals. With input from psychotherapist and Zen priest, Flint Sparks PhD, this book also looks at therapy as spiritual practice. As in the other books in this series, it offers practical exercises, here specifically for therapists in general and Hakomi practitioners in particular.
Part Four: Loving Presence: a Practice for Life reviews the way loving presence looks and can be practiced, explaining the stages of the practice with more original loving presence exercises. This book also explores some of the many applications of loving presence in your life: with children, students, support groups, friends, and so on. It also describes an application of loving presence called Peacemaking.
We hope the Practice of Loving Presence books will inspire you to bring this practice into your own life and work and to discover for yourself how it can enrich and enliven your relationships with others.