"After the Ecstasy, the Laundry" by Jack Kornfield

 

Jack Kornfield is a meditation teacher at the Spirit Rock Mountain Center and an authour of books on the subject of spirituality. In this book he explains, that even after achieving realization about who you really are – after the ecstasy – we are faced with the day-to-day task of translating that freedom into our lives. We are faced with the laundry...  Drawing on the experiences and insights of practitioners within the Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, and Sufi traditions, this book describes how the modern spiritual journey unfolds and how even after realization we have to navigate the real world of family relationships, emotional pain, earning a living, sickness, loss, and death. The last book I recommended by Jed McKenna deals with a similar subject.

Spiritually Incorrect Enlightenment

Spiritually Incorrect Enlightenment
 

Spiritually Incorrect Enlightenment isn't one kind of Enlightenment - it is the only kind. Jed McKenna's books aren't for everyone. They're for people who are tired of the spiritual merry-go-round and ready to confront the unadorned reality of the awakening process. If you like your teachers with all the spiritual trimmings and trappings, Jed may not be right for you, but when ... you're ready to jump off the merry-go-round and begin your journey, Jed McKenna is the guy. This is the second book and if you are interested he just has a new one coming out. Check www.wisefoolpress.com for more infos.

McKenna writes about Whitman, Melville, Thoreau, Mark Twain and U.G. Krishnamurti. They all appear, and a student from the first book returns to share her Spiritual Autolysis journals. Also surprising are the author's gentle efforts to guide the reader away from enlightenment towards a more desirable and accessible state.