|Publisher:||Penguin Group USA|
|Publish Date:||May 2012|
|Number of Pages:||279|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||1.15|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||6.1 x 1.3 x 9.1|
|A Note on the Cover|
|Introduction: Emotional Chaos to Clarity|
|Practices That Empower You to Achieve Clarity|
|Beginning Your Journey to Clarity|
|Getting to Know the Real You|
|Living an Intentional Life|
|Letting Go of Expectations|
|Developing Skillful Behaviors|
|Starting Your Day with Clarity|
|Knowing What's Really Happening|
|Making Skillful Decisions|
|Cultivating the Qualities of Loving-Kindness and Compassion|
|Living into Life through Gratitude|
|Overcoming Attachments through Generosity|
|Doing the Right Thing|
|Bringing Mindfulness to Making Major Life Changes|
|Removing the Sources of Chaos|
|Ending the Cycle of Self-Violence|
|Overcoming Ordinary Compulsiveness|
|Living Skillfully with the Difficult|
|Practicing Forgiveness and Reconciliation|
|Epilogue: What Next?|
Moffitt (former editor in chief, Esquire; founder, Life Balance Inst.) describes emotional chaos as a reaction to negative life situations rather than an honest and clear response. He shows how a proactive response, using the skills of mindfulness and intention, can transform life's challenges into opportunities for growth. Through Moffitt's explanations, exercises, and assessments, readers can cultivate the practices of "skillful living", e.g., learning to let go of expectations, ending the cycle of self-violence, and living life with gratitude.
Verdict: Moffitt includes case studies and psychological insights geared toward general readers. A helpful book for those who need a clear focus.
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As Founder of the Life Balance Institute, Phillip Moffitt has observed that most people lack clarity about their life's direction and the ability to cope with its inevitable challenges. Now, in Emotional Chaos to Clarity, he provides the antidote by showing us the path of skillful living. Grounded in Western psychology and Buddhist philosophy, each chapter introduces a mind state that prevents us from living skillfully, narrates stories from Moffitt's hundreds of students and clients, and provides step-by-step exercises for readers to find clarity in their own lives. Among the many benefits of skillful living are being able to gain wisdom from both pleasant and unpleasant experiences and having an inner life which can flourish, even if our outer life is filled with difficulty.