Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow

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Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow

Format:  Paperback,

311 pages

Publisher: Random House Inc

Publish Date: Jun 2005

ISBN-13: 9780375759918

ISBN-10: 0375759913

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In the more than twenty-five years since she co-founded Omega Institute - now the world's largest center for spiritual retreat and personal growth -Elizabeth Lesser has been an intimate witness to the ways in which people weather change and transition. In a beautifully crafted blend of moving stories, humorous insights, practical guidance, and personal memoir, she offers tools to help us make the choice we all face in times of challenge: Will we be broken down and defeated, or broken open and transformed? Lesser shares tales of ordinary people who have risen from the ashes of illness, divorce, loss of a job or a loved one - stronger, wiser, and more in touch with their purpose and passion. And she draws on the world's great spiritual and psychological traditions to support us as we too learn to break open and blossom into who we were meant to be.

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Publisher: Random House Inc
Publish Date: Jun 2005
ISBN-13: 9780375759918
ISBN-10: 0375759913
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 311
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.56
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.25 x 8.0 x 0.75
Walmart No.: 375759913

Chapter outline

Prelude
Introduction
The Call of the Soul
What Einstein Knew
What Dante Knew
The Hands That Work on Us
Open Secret
Bozos on the Bus
Open-Heart Surgery
Heart Warrior
Lightening Up and Falling Down
When They Revolutionize the Cocktail Parties
Sleeping Giants and Strange Angels
The Rapture of Being Alive
The Phoenix Process
Chimidunchik
Here Begin the Terrors, Here Begin the Miracles
Fierce Grace
Before and After
A Broken Heart Is an Open Heart
September 11th
Crooked Hearts
The Shaman Lover
Leaving My Father's House
Marriage Math
The Shaman Lover
Initiation
The Crossroads
Goethe's Chain Letter
The Joy of Being Wrong
Children
Firstborn
Run Away, Bunny!
The Great Movement of the Couch
Gift
The Vroom, Vroom Gene
Letting Them Go
Iron John
Widening the Circle
Despair and Dulcimers
Birth and Death
Trailing Clouds of Glory
The Hundredth Name
No Birth, No Death
Visitation Dreams
Good Grief
Karaoke
Practicing Death
The Turtles and the Trees
A Meditation for Practicing Dying
The River of Change
Enjoying the Passage of Time
The Workshop Angel
When Grapes Turn to Wine
Ch-ch-Changes
Comfortable with Uncertainty
For Hugo
Peaceful Abiding
The Truth
The Spirit House
Toolbox
Meditation
Meditation Instructions
Ten-Step Meditation Practice
Psychotherapy
Working with Teachers, Therapists, and Healers
Prayer
Acknowledgments
A Reader's Guide
Permission Credits

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2004-05-15)

Cofounder of the Omega Institute, a retreat and workshop center dedicated to spirituality and health, Lesser (New American Spirituality) combines stories from her own life with those of retreat participants and friends. The focus is on what she terms the phoenix process. This involves learning from losses and difficulties and letting go of old habits and modes of thought. Reminiscent of Rachel Naomi Remen's books (e.g., Kitchen Table Wisdom), the book is gentle in tone without falling into sentimentality and clear without being dogmatic or simplistic.

Lesser gives the book more depth by wisely choosing varied examples of loss-divorce, death, career changes, and illnesses-and varied responses. In the end, this is not just another tract on handling grief but an explanation of how to recognize and respond to the losses, big and small, that occur throughout a person's life. Appendixes provide insightful reflections and guides to meditation, psychotherapy, and prayer. Appropriate for public libraries and collections related to spirituality and health.

-Jan Blodgett, Davidson Coll., NC

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

In the more than twenty-five years since she co-founded Omega Institute - now the world's largest center for spiritual retreat and personal growth -Elizabeth Lesser has been an intimate witness to the ways in which people weather change and transition. In a beautifully crafted blend of moving stories, humorous insights, practical guidance, and personal memoir, she offers tools to help us make the choice we all face in times of challenge: Will we be broken down and defeated, or broken open and transformed? Lesser shares tales of ordinary people who have risen from the ashes of illness, divorce, loss of a job or a loved one - stronger, wiser, and more in touch with their purpose and passion. And she draws on the world's great spiritual and psychological traditions to support us as we too learn to break open and blossom into who we were meant to be.

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