By Elizabeth Lesser

'And the time got here whilst the chance to stay tight in a bud was once extra painful than the danger it took to blossom' Anaïs Nin

Elizabeth Lesser indicates the way it is feasible to house worried swap or a painful loss and be reborn, just like the Phoenix, to a extra shiny and enlightened self. In Broken Open she stocks penetrating stories from her personal lifestyles, the lives of these she has taught and counselled and the lives of family and friends, stories that discover the massive demanding situations of dying, affliction and divorce, in addition to the day-by-day curler coaster rides of relationships, parenting and paintings.

Woven into those tales are quotations from nice poets and philosophers. And following them is a toolbox of necessary aids, together with meditation, mental enquiry and non secular perform. the result's a booklet that runs the gamut of the human event, and in a method that's actual, humorous, frequently heartbreaking, yet regularly inspiring, she exhibits us how we, too, can let the ache of adversity to wreck us open rather than breaking us down, making us sour or last our hearts.

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