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The great human quest is to discover who we really are-a discovery that changes our lives and the lives of those around us. With The Deep Heart, spiritual teacher and psychotherapist Dr. John J. Prendergast invites us on a pilgrimage within.

The "deep heart" is Prendergast's term for our heart center-a subtle center of emotional and energetic sensitivity, relational intimacy, profound inner knowing, and unconditional love. "The heart area is where we feel most deeply touched by kindness, gratitude, and appreciation, yet it is also where we feel most emotionally wounded," writes Prendergast. "Whether we realize it or not, the heart is what we most carefully guard and most want to open."

Throughout The Deep Heart, Prendergast expertly combines the boundaried wisdom of psychotherapy with a spacious, embodied path to liberation, bringing attention to both the joys and pitfalls of each approach. In this experiential guide, Prendergast invites you to tune into your inherent wisdom, love, and wholeness as you journey into the deep heart. 

Through precise and potent meditative inquiries, insightful stories, and reflections drawn from Prendergast's intimate work with students and clients, you'll begin to open your heart, see through your core limiting beliefs, and discover the true nature of your being.

©2019 John J. Prendergast (P)2020 Tantor

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  • eithero
  • 05-12-2020

Deep Gratitude for The Deep Heart

I took a chance on this book after it came up in a search for Adyashanti and was most pleasantly rewarded. The book presents a very clear guide for deepening access to something that I'd guess is sought by many. Prior to listening to this book, opening up to the heart level of presence felt as if it was something I would never achieve, that I was somehow flawed. This book proved otherwise and as the practices started to bring me into direct contact with a feeling of warm and spacious openness that appears to be continually revealing itself.

While it's been incredibly complimentary to my contemplative life, it's also been helpful to my daily life. I've always found it challenging to "get out of my head" and that's impacted just about everything, yet, there has been a shift since going through this book. I feel closer to the people around me, more at ease at work, and am generally happier, too. So, it's been really good!

There were, of course, moments when my mind really wanted to hang on to something and that commonly appeared as becoming suddenly tired, but as I tried not to escape that, I found the heart was there to meet me along the way. If you've practiced meditation you many be familiar with such things, but I want to mention it because this book is far from superficial and that means being pretty real with our self. Fortunately, being real is where you can find the richness.

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  • Steven
  • 01-05-2020

Beautiful !

John Prendergast is such an authentic, loving being and his teachings nurture the deepest awakening through the heart. His words and the space between them carry such Presence. Highly recommend!

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  • Robert B. Davis
  • 03-05-2020

Lamp unto....

This gentle guide illuminates the nature of reality. It is a blend of spirituality and psychology. The narration is clear and calming. I appreciate the appendix that has all the guided meditations/inquiries together at the end.

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  • 02-10-2021

grateful experiential

John's narration was wonderful moving from the Mind into the body awareness and knowingness metta

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