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Dropping the Struggle

Seven Ways to Love the Life You Have
Hardcover Book
Publisher: 
New World Library
 | 
September, 2016
ISBN:
9781608684069
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$26.50 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

This short book from teacher and anthologist Roger Housden, Dropping the Struggle, is an antidote to the anxiety and stress of constantly feeling that you have to battle your way toward a life of meaning, love, and personal significance. It offers an alternative view and vocabulary to the language of struggle and competition that is so commonly used in any conversation about career, purpose, intimate relations, and even about spiritual practice. In one line, its message is step back from yourself and lighten up. Each short chapter includes experiential exercises or practices.

Struggle happens for all of us, so it must have a place in the scheme of things, but I for one have spent way too much time struggling for what struggle can never accomplish. I believe that you can only fully allow your current experience into your consciousness when, if only for a moment, something in you stops struggling with your experience, stops trying to make it other than what it is.

Woven through with wonderful poems and insights arising through them (“the use of poetry as a wisdom language”), the book offers “seven different way of dropping the struggle and loving the life you already have”:

Dropping the Struggle to Be Special
Dropping the Struggle for a Perfect Life
Dropping the Struggle for Meaning
Dropping the Struggle for Love
Dropping the Struggle with Time
Dropping the Struggle with Change
Dropping the Struggle to Know.

Each moment presents a paradox, because we can’t do surrender as an act of will. We can’t decide to embrace our experience. But in dropping our struggle we allow the space to open up to a deeper intelligence…
 

Effort is a natural exertion of the personal will toward a specified end. But struggle is an added push that is born of fear. Ultimately, it is born of the fear of not surviving, of dissolving and disappearing, not just as a physical form but as a psychological self. Struggle reinforces the ego’s identity. It is one of the ways the ego asserts its existence…
 

It takes an allowing, in the form of a persistent, deep, and courageous Yes! to life right now… It means being willing to be fully here where we are, wherever we are, however dark or light it happens to be
 

This is true relaxation; it is what we are here for.

Also by Roger Housden is the bestselling Ten Poems series, which began in 2001 with Ten Poems to Change Your Life and ended with Ten Poems to Say Goodbye in 2012.

Publisher’s Description: 

The latest short book from teacher and anthologist Roger Housden, Dropping the Struggle is an antidote to the anxiety and stress of constantly feeling that you have to battle your way toward a life of meaning, love, and personal significance. It offers an alternative view and vocabulary to the language of struggle and competition that is so commonly used in any conversation about career, purpose, intimate relations, and even about spiritual practice. In one line, its message is step back from yourself and lighten up. Each short chapter will include experiential exercises or practices.

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