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Illuminating Wisdom
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Illuminating Wisdom brings art and wisdom together in a beautiful celebration of some of the world's most inspiring philosophical, spiritual and literary quotes. Approximately 80 quotes have been drawn from some of the great wisdom and literary traditions of both East and West, as well as from inspiring people throughout history noted for their practical wisdom. These quotes have been set to exquisite calligraphy by Deirdre Hassed, a leading professional calligrapher, in a range of styles - from the traditional to the contemporary, and making use of many and varied techniques such as gilding, collage, work on glass, letterpress and linoprinting. Accompanying each artwork is text by Craig Hassed, an international expert in mindfulness, that provides background on the quote's author, explores the wisdom tradition to which it belongs, and offers deep insight into the meaning of the quote. The result is a book that is both a work of art and a collection of wisdom that will educate and inspire.
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Foreword Illuminate Religious Traditions Judaic tradition The Christian tradition and the Bible The Christian tradition from non-Biblical sources Gnosticism Islam Buddhism Vedic (Indian) tradition Indigenous and Folk Traditions Greek tradition Plato and Socrates Neo-Platonists Other classical philosophers Literary Figures Science Artists Statesmen and Women Artist's notes Index With gratitude

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Deirdre Hassed trained in calligraphy and bookbinding and now operates a professional calligraphy studio. Drawing on both traditional and contemporary techniques, Deirdre's life-long interest in Eastern and Western philosophy provides a rich reservoir of meaning, which she brings to life both in her calligraphic works and her home environment. Dr Craig Hassed is an internationally recognized expert in mindfulness who has presented widely at national and international seminars and conferences and has published extensively in the areas of mind-body medicine and mindfulness. He has been instrumental in promoting mindfulness as a simple, natural and accessible technique for enhancing wellness, preventing and managing illness, and improving performance within health, educational and corporate settings. Craig is co-author of Exisles very successful Mindfulness for Life and Mindful Learning titles.

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"when combined with calligraphy - the art of beautiful writing - words of wisdom can sometimes subvert our intellectual defences and exert a profound effect on us." Rendered in beautiful, multi-styled calligraphy, the wise words are artful, the art insightful, inspirational, and appealing to all. "a literary and philosophical objet d' art of the greatest integrity and beauty." -- William Yeoman * Page Turners * "words of beauty" "a most wonderful inspiring collection of spiritual and philosophical quotes drawn from many differing cultures and religious beliefs, accompanied by magnificent calligraphic works of art by Deidre Hassed ... This is a beautiful timeless book that will both appeal and be enjoyed by all. " "contains a collection of wise sayings from a variety of traditions beautifully illustrated. It's a great example of an entirely harmonious work of art, and one can only be grateful that works of this nature are produced and have their influence."

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