Book: Living an Examined Life: Wisdom for the Second Half of the Journey by James Hollis, Ph.D.
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 reexamine your path.
With Living an Examined Life, James Hollis offers an essential guidebook for anyone at a crossroads in life. Here this acclaimed author guides you 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,” writes Dr. Hollis. “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.”
Victoria B. Saunders, Ph.D., has worked for the last 25 years as a professional facilitator, specializing in female identity development, strategic planning and executive coaching. Vicki has a Masters Degree in Jungian Studies from the Jung Institute in Houston and Saybrook University. She also earned a Ph.D. in Organizational Systems from Saybrook and a Masters degree in Human Resources Development from George Washington University. Vicki has worked with Chrysalis in a variety of capacities for the last 17 years. She has facilitated strategic planning sessions, book groups, workshops, and extended programs dealing with consciousness, creativity, and women’s issues. She is currently serving on the Faculty, chairing the Program and Development Committees and is the Past President of Chrysalis Institute.
Jessica Coffey is the publisher and owner of Natural Awakenings of Greater Richmond, a local magazine dedicated to sharing information, resources, news, and events about natural health, wellness, and green living. A lover of meditation, yoga, and searching for four-leaf clovers, Jessica enjoys good books, great conversation, and time in nature (especially by the water). Chrysalis Institute is an organization near and dear to her heart because of the programs and events it offers to encourage deep thinking, personal development, community involvement, and spiritual growth.
Clair Norman is a seeker and lover of life with a huge amount of hope in her heart fueled by the wonderful people she meets. She is the Mindfulness Expansion Manager/Writer and Program Facilitator for the Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation. Clair also is staff writer for Natural Awakenings Richmond. Additionally, Clair teaches yoga in the corporate setting, at her local YMCA and for private clients. A mother to 3 who will celebrate 20 years of marriage this year, Clair is preparing to begin her MBSR training at the University of California San Diego. She became inspired by Susan Wilkes when she took her MBSR class at Chrysalis.
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