Broken Open

Broken Open

How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow

Book - 2005
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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. Book jacket."--BOOK JACKET.
Publisher: New York : Villard, 2005, c2004
ISBN: 0375508066
0375759913 (pbk.)
9780375759918 (pbk.)
Branch Call Number: 204.42 LES
Characteristics: xxv, 311 p. ; 21 cm

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m_ms_uk
Aug 16, 2016

Why is it so traumatic, I have just been through the toughest year of my life trying to deal with the death of my Love and my father and there have been many times when I thought that being dead myself would surely be better than trying to deal with the death of two people that were a significant part of my life and all the misery that went with it.
What I want to know is, what is the point of grief, why is it so awful to the point that you feel your own life is not worth living, why is the experience so shocking and what do we really gain from it.
I know I am not the same person and that everything is different now, I don't view that as a bad thing really but what it took me to get to the other side of this is something I find hard to deal with and I wonder what your thoughts are on grief?
Can we ignore it and just get on with our lives because some people seem able to do that, whereas I couldn't carry on, I couldn't even function at all for months and months. Maybe that's a tough journey

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SunKing2
Mar 24, 2012

I was expecting an overly sentimal self-introspective look, but it's not, even though she says it's going to be. There is much more emphasis on what she's learned from her brilliant teachers, and from others who've gone through difficult times. It's worth the read to the end, and there's a nice gem in the appendix on some meditation tips.

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itstartswithano
Apr 29, 2011

The best "self-help" book I've read so far. Lesser offers another way to look at and deal with the painful stuff in our lives. She's been there, she gets it. If you liked "The Road Less Travelled" by M. Scott Peck, you'll probably enjoy this gem.

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