Author, minister and Loyola Marymount University faculty member Sage Bennet has released Wisdom Walk: Nine Practices for Creating Peace and Balance from the World’s Spiritual Traditions, a new book that examines practices and traditions of a variety of world religions.

Each of the book’s chapters includes quotes meant to inspire the reader and personal stories related to each of the spiritual traditions covered. The book suggests rituals and action steps for applying the various “wisdom practices” in the reader’s daily life.

A book signing is scheduled at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 14th, at Barnes & Noble, 13400 Maxella Ave., Marina del Rey. Admission is free.

Examined in the book are Hinduism’s home altars, meant to remind viewers of a “larger spiritual presence” and wisdom; Buddhism’s practice of meditation intended to lead to greater clarity, creativity, peace of mind and health; Islam’s exercise of “surrendering to prayer” meant to direct reverent words of request, praise and thanksgiving to a higher power; Judaism’s weekly Sabbath, encouraging rest and relaxation with family and friends in order to become “refreshed and satisfied”; Christianity’s reminder of the importance of forgiveness; Native American wisdom’s emphasis on nature reminding people of the that they are part of the “grand matrix of life; and Taoism’s emphasis on “becoming one with the universal flow.”

Bennet is a frequent speaker and presenter at spiritual centers, colleges and universities in the United States. She hosts seminars, retreats, counseling and coaching sessions that are of a mystical and spiritual nature.

She is currently on the faculties of Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles Harbor College and Holmes Institute.

Bennet has been an educator for more than 25 years and received her doctorate in philosophy from the New School for Social Research in New York City. Bennet is an ordained minister and was a dean at Holmes Institute-LA at the Agape International Spiritual Center for eight years. For the past decade she has performed sacred ceremonies, including weddings, memorials and transition rituals.

She lives on a boat in Marina del Rey.

Bennet will be hosting Wisdom “Walk Circles: Celebrating Spiritual Diversity,” a workshop format studying a diverse range of tenets and beliefs, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Native American spirituality, Taoism and new age beliefs, as part of the Loyola Marymount University Extension program. The course is open to the public and meets at 7 p.m. Wednesdays, April 4th to 25th, at Loyola Marymount University, 1 LMU Drive, Westchester. Registration is $175.

Information, (310) 338-2799.

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