Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Spotlight: A Mindful Evening by David Dillard-Wright

Title: A Mindful Evening: Complete Each Day with a Calm Mind and Open Heart
Author: David Dillard-Wright, PhD
Genre/Age: Non-fiction/Adult
Series: None
Publisher: Adams Media
SynopsisSet the tone for a peaceful night's rest!

At the end of a busy day, sleep can sometimes prove elusive. But that doesn't have to be the case. By integrating meditation into your nighttime routine, you can set the stage for quality rest.

A Mindful Evening gives you the tools you need to power down at night. With nearly 200 inspiring quotes and short, easy mindfulness exercises, you'll learn how to end your day with a clear head and calming energy. These simple moments of awareness, healing postures, and meditations can help soothe your soul as you conclude each day and prepare for a tranquil, restful night's sleep.

David Dillard-Wright graduated from Emory University in 1999 and went on to receive the Master of Divinity degree in the Candler School of Theology, also at Emory. He served as a minister to rural Methodist congregations in Georgia while attending seminary. He studied philosophy and theology at Drew University in Madison New Jersey and eventually wrote a dissertation on French phenomenologist, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, which was published as Ark of the Possible: The Animal World in Merleau-Ponty. Other publications in academic journals followed, which concentrated on philosophy of mind, animal studies, and environmental ethics. One of his academic chapters can be found in Experiencing Animal Minds: An Anthology of Animal-Human Encounters, edited by Julie Smith and Robert Mitchell. 

Dr. Dillard-Wright took a turn towards Indian philosophy and religion and began publishing books on meditation, including Meditation for Multitaskers, 5-Minute Mindfulness, and The Everything Guide to Meditation for Healthy Living. He converted to Hinduism and wrote At Ganapati's Feet: Daily Life with the Elephant-Headed Deity, which includes some autobiographical material about his spiritual journey. He founded the Anahata Chakra Satsanga (Heart Chakra Society) as an outgrowth of his study of the teachings of Swami Satyananda Saraswati and Shree Maa of Kamakhya, who now run the Devi Mandir in Napa, California. 

David is currently Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of South Carolina, Aiken. He lives in Augusta, Georgia with his wife, Jessica, and his three children, Atticus, Oscar, and Tallulah.