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Devotion - A Memoir

Dani Shapiro

In her midforties and settled into the responsibilities and routines of adulthood, Dani Shapiro found herself with more questions than answers. Was this all life was—a hodgepodge of errands, dinner dates, e-mails, meetings, to-do lists? What did it all mean? Having grown up in a deeply religious and traditional family, Shapiro had no personal sense of faith, despite repeated attempts to create a connection to something greater. Feeling as if she was plunging headlong into what Carl Jung termed "the afternoon of life," she wrestled with self-doubt and a searing disquietude that would awaken her in the middle of the night. Set adrift by loss—her father's early death; the life-threatening illness of her infant son; her troubled relationship with her mother—she had become edgy and uncertain. At the heart of this anxiety, she realized, was a challenge: What did she believe? Spurred on by the big questions her young son began to raise, Shapiro embarked upon a surprisingly joyful quest to find meaning in a constantly changing world. The result is Devotion: a literary excavation to the core of a life. In this spiritual detective story, Shapiro explores the varieties of experience she has pursued—from the rituals of her black hat Orthodox Jewish relatives to yoga shalas and meditation retreats. A reckoning of the choices she has made and the knowledge she has gained, Devotion is the story of a woman whose search for meaning ultimately leads her home. Her journey is at once poignant and funny, intensely personal—and completely universal.

In her midforties and settled into the responsibilities and routines of adulthood, Dani Shapiro found herself with more questions than answers. Was this all life was—a hodgepodge of errands, dinner dates, e-mails, meetings, to-do lists? What did it all mean? Having grown up in a deeply religious and traditional family, Shapiro had no personal sense of faith, despite repeated attempts to create a connection to something greater. Feeling as if she was plunging headlong into what Carl Jung termed "the afternoon of life," she wrestled with self-doubt and a searing disquietude that would awaken her in the middle of the night. Set adrift by loss—her father's early death; the life-threatening illness of her infant son; her troubled relationship with her mother—she had become edgy and uncertain. At the heart of this anxiety, she realized, was a challenge: What did she believe? Spurred on by the big questions her young son began to raise, Shapiro embarked upon a surprisingly joyful quest to find meaning in a constantly changing world. The result is Devotion: a literary excavation to the core of a life. In this spiritual detective story, Shapiro explores the varieties of experience she has pursued—from the rituals of her black hat Orthodox Jewish relatives to yoga shalas and meditation retreats. A reckoning of the choices she has made and the knowledge she has gained, Devotion is the story of a woman whose search for meaning ultimately leads her home. Her journey is at once poignant and funny, intensely personal—and completely universal.
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In her midforties and settled into the responsibilities and routines of adulthood, Dani Shapiro found herself with more questions than answers. Was this all life was—a hodgepodge of errands, dinner dates, e-mails, meetings, to-do lists? What did it all mean? Having grown up in a deeply religious and traditional family, Shapiro had no personal sense of faith, despite repeated attempts to create a connection to something greater. Feeling as if she was plunging headlong into what Carl Jung termed "the afternoon of life," she wrestled with self-doubt and a searing disquietude that would awaken her in the middle of the night. Set adrift by loss—her father's early death; the life-threatening illness of her infant son; her troubled relationship with her mother—she had become edgy and uncertain. At the heart of this anxiety, she realized, was a challenge: What did she believe? Spurred on by the big questions her young son began to raise, Shapiro embarked upon a surprisingly joyful quest to find meaning in a constantly changing world. The result is Devotion: a literary excavation to the core of a life. In this spiritual detective story, Shapiro explores the varieties of experience she has pursued—from the rituals of her black hat Orthodox Jewish relatives to yoga shalas and meditation retreats. A reckoning of the choices she has made and the knowledge she has gained, Devotion is the story of a woman whose search for meaning ultimately leads her home. Her journey is at once poignant and funny, intensely personal—and completely universal.

Language:

English

Length:

7h 21m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:41


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:32


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:01


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

09:02


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:39


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:18


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

00:31


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:46


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:48


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:24


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:21


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

01:22


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:29


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

02:42


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

09:45


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

00:38


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

00:48


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:40


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

01:46


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:27


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:21


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:18


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:07


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:44


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

02:08


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:36


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

02:46


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

01:42


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:54


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:54


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

01:50


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

11:52


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:56


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:04


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:33


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:45


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:14


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:54


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

00:55


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:33


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

01:11


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

02:01


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:18


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

01:28


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:19


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

02:11


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:08


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

01:24


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:26


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:40


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:25


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

00:58


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

02:28


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:32


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:17


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:55


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

01:26


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

02:02


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:44


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

09:19


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

01:24


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:49


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

02:17


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

03:48


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:54


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:54


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

02:47


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

01:15


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:24


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

01:54


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:24


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:50


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

02:45


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

02:36


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:47


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

02:19


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

02:38


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:43


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

02:21


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

08:56


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

00:41


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:10


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

01:51


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

03:43


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

03:09


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:09


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:17


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

08:13


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

03:37


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:52


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

02:48


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:41


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

03:52


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

06:30


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:12


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

03:48


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

06:14


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

02:16


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

02:36


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

02:27


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

04:41


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

06:13


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

03:11


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

06:15


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

01:06