Broken Open How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow

ISBN-10: 0375759913
ISBN-13: 9780375759918
Edition: N/A
Authors: Elizabeth Lesser
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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.  More...

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List price: $17.00
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 6/14/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.704
Language: English

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.

Elizabeth Lesser is the co-founder of the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York which offers conferences and workshops attended by 20,000 people a year, and she has been a director and teacher at that organization. Formerly a midwife, she attended Barnard College and San Francisco State University and now lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband and three sons. She is the author of The Seeker's Guide and The New American Experience.

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
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