Emotional Chaos to Clarity: How to Live More Skillfully, Make Better Decisions, and Find Purpose in Life

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Emotional Chaos to Clarity: How to Live More Skillfully, Make Better Decisions, and Find Purpose in Life

Format:  Hardcover,

279 pages

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

Publish Date: May 2012

ISBN-13: 9781594630927

ISBN-10: 1594630925

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This inspiring and prescriptive book leads us from the emotional chaos of the reactive mind to the clarity of the responsive mind
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.

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Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Publish Date: May 2012
ISBN-13: 9781594630927
ISBN-10: 1594630925
Format: Hardcover
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

Chapter outline

Acknowledgments
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
Starting Over
Letting Go of Expectations
Balancing Priorities
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
Keeping Boundaries
Ending the Cycle of Self-Violence
Practicing Self-Restraint
Overcoming Ordinary Compulsiveness
Living Skillfully with the Difficult
Practicing Forgiveness and Reconciliation
Epilogue: What Next?
Online Resources
Index

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2012-02-15)

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.

(c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

This inspiring and prescriptive book leads us from the emotional chaos of the reactive mind to the clarity of the responsive mind

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.

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