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A Spotlight On Reading For Inspiration: The Prophet By Kahlil Gibran

“The timeless in you is aware of life’s timelessness. And knows that yesterday is but today’s memory and tomorrow is today’s dream.”
― Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

If you are familiar with the tools of The Practice, you know that Reading for Inspiration is an important part of Living Present. If you are not yet familiar with this tool of The Practice and the many benefits it offers, click here for some insight.

I have found that reading for inspiration on a daily basis is one of the true loves of my life! This has been such a transformational practice for me, and I feel like I have so many amazing friends through the teachings in the books I read!

I believe that when we read the works of the saints, masters, mystics, and teachers—both past and present—we are being offered a precious glimpse into their lives, which gives us an opportunity to arrive at a deep knowing that we are capable of living purposeful and meaningful lives as they have done. Through their works, they continue to “walk among us in spirit,” shining a light on our path. They become our friends on this path of life.

“You have walked among us a spirit, and your shadow has been a light upon our faces.”
―Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

What I especially love is when a work that I have read and admired is adapted into a movie. In August 2015, the movie The Prophet is scheduled to premier in the United States. The movie trailer is available on Youtube. You can click here to watch it. The preview of the imagery and voiceover is breathtaking, indicating that this film promises to be an incredible work of literary and visual art. I am really looking forward to seeing it!

The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran is on the reading list for The Practice. Since its release in 1923, the book has sold over 9 million copies! The poetic essays, which are presented as the fictional sermons of a wise man, delve deeply into the human condition and truly get at the heart of life, leaving no aspect of it unexamined. This work has the ability to speak directly to the reader on a very personal level, and I hope the same will be true for the movie. Through this movie, Gibran’s spiritual and philosophical insight may reach even further than it already has.

If you have not yet read The Prophet, I invite you to add this book to your summer reading. There will be something in this book that will touch your heart forever—it is that meaningful. It is a short and inspirational read, and will prepare you to see the movie. Often I hear people say, “Oh, the movie wasn’t as good as the book,” and this is true in a lot cases. But I have a good feeling that this will take Khalil Gibran’s words to an even deeper level and reach this 21st-century audience!

About Barb Schmidt

Barb Schmidt Barb Schmidt is an international best-selling author, businesswoman, philanthropist, and spiritual teacher with over thirty years devoted to spiritual development and research. In 2001, Barb partnered with Florida Atlantic University’s Peace Studies Program to promote dialogue in the greater community on the topic of inner peace. Additionally, she taught a class on meditation and spiritual practices as part of the life-long learning program at Nova University for five years. For the past ten years, she has been offering workshops and classes on spiritual practices throughout the world. A sought-after speaker, Barb regularly lectures at schools and organizations to spread her message of living a meaningful, happy life.