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Living an Examined Life

Wisdom for the Second Half of the Journey: a 21-Step Plan for Addressing the Unfinished Business of Your Life
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Sounds True
 | 
February, 2018
ISBN:
9781683640479
In stock now: 
10
$22.99 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

How do you define “growing up”? Does it mean you achieve certain cultural benchmarks—a steady income, paying taxes, marriage, and children? Or does it mean leaving behind the expectations of others and growing into the person you were meant to be? If you find yourself in a career, place, relationship, or crisis you never foresaw or that seems at odds with your beliefs about who you are, it means your soul is calling on you to re-examine your path.

Sooner or later, we are each called to face what we fear, respond to our summons to show up, and overcome the vast lethargic powers within us. This is what is asked of us, to show up as the person we really are, as best we can manage, under circumstances over which we may have no control. This showing up as best we can is growing up. That is all that life really asks of us: to show up as best we can.

With Living an Examined Life, James Hollis offers an essential guidebook for anyone at a crossroads in life. Here this acclaimed Jungian analyst and author guides you (he suggests reading one chapter at a time only and digesting it] through 21 areas for self-inquiry and growth, challenging you to:

  • Recover Personal Authority—how to stop living in response to the expectations placed on you
  • Choose Meaning Over Happiness—why seeking truth instead of entertaining distractions ultimately leads to greater fulfillment
  • Exorcise the Ghosts of the Past That Bind You—how the voices that haunt you can lead you to grow
  • Bestow Love on the Unlovable Parts of You—recovering the guiding force concealed in your Shadow
  • Construct a Mature Spirituality—the five essential elements of integrating meaning and mystery into your life
  • Seize Permission to Be Who You Really Are—the challenge of fully showing up for your life

With his trademark eloquence and insight, Dr. Hollis offers Living an Examined Life to inspire you toward a life of personal authority, integrity, and fulfillment.

It is my hope that this book will be a tool to recover your respect for that which abides deeply within. You will not be spared disappointment or suffering. But you can know the depth and dignity of an authentic journey, of being a real player in your time on this turning planet, and your life will become more interesting, taking you deeper than ever before.

“This book is an extraordinary gift to all of us grappling with the ‘second half of life’—free of all platitudes and false comforts, but full of sustenance, humour, and tools for navigating the journey.” —Oliver Burkeman, columnist for The Guardian

Publisher’s Description: 

How do you define growing up? Does it mean you achieve certain cultural benchmarksa steady income, paying taxes, marriage, and children? Or does it mean leaving behind the expectations of others and growing into the person you were meant to be? If you find yourself in a career, place, relationship, or crisis you never foresaw and that seems at odds with your beliefs about who you are, it means your soul is calling on you to reexamine your path.

With Living an Examined Life, James Hollis o?ers an essential guidebook for anyone at a crossroads in life Here this acclaimed author guides you through 21 areas for self-inquiry and growthsuch as how to exorcise the ghosts of your past, when to choose meaning over happiness, how to construct a mature spirituality, and how to seize permission to be who you really are With his trademark eloquence and insight, Dr. Hollis o?ers a potent resource youll return to time and again to energize and inspire you on your journey to create a life of personal authority, integrity, and fulfillment.

 

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