The Heart of Who We Are

Realizing Freedom Together
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Blending Zen practice, Western psychology, and a focus on direct experience, the founder of Presence Collective and Peace in Schools presents a nondual approach to systemic change, offering us a wealth of contemplative teachings and reflections, solo and group exercises, and personal stories that help us put our deeply held values into action.
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Awareness practices and contemplative technologies that transform our understanding of ourselves and the worldprofoundly impacting how we live

When Caverly Morgan reentered society after eight years as a Zen monk, she was confronted with a question many of us are asking these days: When faced with the enormity of the collective problems before us, how can one individual’s spiritual practice make a tangible difference in our world?

In The Heart of Who We Are, Morgan explores how meditation, mindfulness, and contemplative technologies designed for the realization of personal freedom can—and must be—applied collectively. Offering a wealth of teachings and reflections, solo and group exercises, and personal stories that inspire us to put our values into action, this timely guide invites us to connect with the deepest truth of who we are, and then use that understanding to transform our own lives and the world we share.


  • Chapter 1: Return to Community: Creating an Environment of CARE
  • Chapter 2: Return to Truth: Giving the Gift of Attention
  • Chapter 3: Return to Wholeness: Recognizing the Conditioned Mind
  • Chapter 4: Return to Inquiry: Releasing Negative Self-Talk and Shame
  • Chapter 5: Return to Unconditional Love: Embodying the Compassionate Mentor Within
  • Chapter 6: Return to Belonging: Unpacking Our Survival Strategies
  • Chapter 7: Return to Unity: Seeing Through Duality
  • Chapter 8: Return to Presence: Knowing the Heart of Who We Are
  • Chapter 9: Return to Oneness: Resting in Luminous Being
  • Chapter 10: Return to Embodiment: Releasing the Mind into the Heart
  • Chapter 11: Return to Surrender: Turning Toward What Is
  • Chapter 12: Return to Service: Loving and Living Truth in the World
At the core of this book is the call to liberation, to find freedom that is within and without, both personally and collectively. “The longer we cling to the notion that there’s a separate self who awakens, the more arduous our path will be,” Morgan writes. “We realize freedom together.”
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Contents Digital Audio (15 hours)
Product Code AB06392W
ISBN Number 978-1-68364-924-3
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Caverly Morgan

About Caverly Morgan

Caverly Morgan is a meditation teacher, non-profit founder, speaker, and author. She is the founder of Peace in Schools, a nonprofit that created the nation’s first for-credit mindfulness class in public high schools. Caverly is also the founder of Presence Collective, a community of cross-cultural contemplatives committed to personal and collective transformation. She is the author of A Kids Book About Mindfulness as well as The Heart of Who We Are: Realizing Freedom Together.

Caverly blends the original spirit of Zen with a modern nondual approach. Her practice began in 1995 and has included eight years of training in a silent Zen monastery. She has been teaching contemplative practice since 2001 and leads meditation retreats, workshops and online classes internationally. More at

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