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What Matters Most

Living a More Considered Life
Paperback Book
December, 2009
$20.00 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

The author of Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life here delivers his best shot—a unique look at real happiness, at what it takes to find one’s fearless, authentic path.

Real liberation comes not from glossing over or repressing painful states of feeling, but only from experiencing them to the full. —C.G. Jung

Why are we here? What truly matters the most in life? To even begin to answer these questions, we must start by exploring our own internal ideals, values, and beliefs. Presenting the unique perspective of Jungian analyst and author James Hollis, What Matters Most helps readers learn to appreciate (even be amazed by) events unfolding within, even as the external world creates constant struggles.

Our own dynamic depths generate questions, images, and movements, whether we track them or not, respect them or not.

Hollis’s warm, accessible tone encourages us to learn to tolerate ambiguity, embrace growth rather than security, respect the power of Eros, engage spiritual crises, and acknowledge the shadow of mortality. Providing wise pointers and personal reflections to address our deepest worries, What Matters Most yields far more than self-help clichés. Hollis guides us in uncovering the heart of the matter, discovering what it means to truly live life to its fullest, most meaningful state—as fully engaged citizens of the world—and to risk being who we really are.

We are not here to fit in, be well balanced, or provide examples for others. We are here to be eccentric, different, perhaps strange, perhaps merely to add our small piece, our little clunky, chunky selves, to the great mosaic of being. As the gods intended, we are here to become more and more ourselves. We, too, must enjoy amazement at what unfolds from within us while our multiplicitous selves continue to incarnate in the world, contribute, and confound.

We so often lose sight of destiny’s plan by trying to live up to others’ expectations. However, our psyche does not forget and will send out a call for us to change—a call that may come in the form of suffering, depression, illness, or boredom. Hollis encourages us to work through the suffering, even entering therapy if necessary, to begin the work of going home. For Hollis, however, home is not a building or place but rather a return to the self. With references to prose, drama, poetry, and popular culture as well as examples from his private practice, Hollis shows us how we can look deeper into our soul, or psyche, and do the work we must do to become the person we were meant to be.

The most popular Jungian of late, James Hollis has written several books, including Why Good People Do Bad Things.

Publisher’s Description: 

The celebrated author of "Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life" delivers a unique look at happiness, sharing a Jungian approach to finding a fearless, authentic path.The celebrated author of Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life delivers a unique look at happiness, sharing a Jungian approach to finding a fearless, authentic path.

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