'And the time came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom' Anaïs Nin Elizabeth Lesser shows how it is possible to deal with fearful change or a painful loss and be reborn, like the Phoenix, to a more vibrant and enlightened self. In Broken Open she shares penetrating tales from her own life, the lives of those she has taught and counselled and the lives of friends and family, tales that explore the big challenges of death, illness and divorce, as well as the daily roller coaster rides of relationships, parenting and work. Woven into these stories are quotations from great poets and philosophers. And following them is a toolbox of valuable aids, including meditation, psychological enquiry and spiritual practice. The result is a book that runs the gamut of the human experience, and in a style that is genuine, funny, often heartbreaking, but always inspiring, she shows us how we, too, can allow the pain of adversity to break us open instead of breaking us down, making us bitter or closing our hearts.
Beyond passion. And beyond their control… Five years ago, Tuesday Eastwood's life collapsed and left her devastated. After an empty, nomadic existence, she's finally pieced her life back together in the small Oregon town of Hood River. Now Tuesday has everything sorted out. Just so long as men are kept for sex, and only sex… Then she met him. Musician and rancher Ezra Hurley isn't the man of Tuesday's dreams. He's a verboten fantasy—a man tortured by past addictions whose dark charisma and long, lean body promise delicious carnality. But this craving goes far beyond chemistry. It's primal. It's insatiable. And it won't be satisfied until they're both consumed, body and soul…
A moving and insightful reflection by a Christian minister on his grassroots engagement with Islam - from inner-city parish ministry in Leeds to the streets of Karbala at a time of rising Islamophobia and the 'War on Terror'.
The heart is the doorway to our true self and the experience of love. In Broken Open, Dr. Tracey J. takes you on a truthful journey into your heart-to encounter and experience love from the inside out. She helps us understand how the heart creates what we truly desire through the power of unconditional love and offers unique processes to clear the emotional blocks in our heart. When your heart is free from emotional blocks, the power to attract your truest desires is amplified. Broken Open: A Truthful Journey Into Your Heart will guide you to have an encounter with the essence of your true self and create your best life NOW.
David Clark is a formerly obese alcoholic and fast food junkie who found a new life in running. Now, thirteen years after his transformation, he shares his inspiring story of taking running to the extreme edge of his physical and spiritual breaking points. Having run more than a hundred races, including the Leadville 100-Mile Trail Run and the Hardrock 100, David has achieved unimaginable success in the ultramarathon world, considering his humble start. From barely finishing his first 5k to running 100 miles in less than eighteen hours, David shatters the notion that the front of the pack is a birthright.Among his many outlandish adventures, David talks about doing ten epic events in one year to celebrate his tenth year of sobriety. This mind-bending year of running included running the Boston Marathon four times in one day, running 343 laps around a high school track and running 48 hours on a treadmill. You will feel like you are running alongside him as he navigates his vision quest-all the while hallucinating and breaking from reality in one of the most epic Badwater 135 race experiences ever told. David's story is raw, honest and pure adrenaline-laden inspiration as he shares his unique brand of Americana and Heavy Metal Buddhism. This book has far more to offer and than just miles travelled and mountains climbed. It's about trying to find a way station of balance somewhere in a world of extremes. It's about running to create a legacy and develop your own inner strengths. After reading Broken Open, you'll never doubt how strong you can be, how much you can endure, or whether or not you are capable of finding true happiness.
Release on 2011-09-28 | by Craig Hamilton,Neil Jameson
Author: Craig Hamilton,Neil Jameson
Pubpsher: Random House Australia
Category: Biography & Autobiography
The true story of how ABC broadcaster Craig Hamilton stared down his demons to survive a mental breakdown. Broken Open is the story of ABC sports broadcaster Craig Hamilton and how, on the eve of the biggest undertaking of his career, he suffered a complete mental breakdown. Instead of covering the Sydney Olympics Craig was confined to a padded cell in a mental institution and later diagnosed as suffering bipolar disorder. This catastrophe not only denied Craig his place at the Games, it almost ruined his career and turned his role as devoted husband and father into a living hell. From his initial shocking breakdown to his gradual and eventual recovery, Craig sifts through the evidence to identify the warning signs that might have told him he was in serious trouble. This trail identifies a family man who could be so typical of any of us. It illustrates that mental illness is not something that just happens to other people. It is an issue much closer to home and touches many more lives than we could ever imagine.
I picture us casting away the burdens of sorrow and regret until nothing remains but gratitude and forgiveness, which are pure and clear and utterly weightless, and our souls are so light we can fly. The saga is unbound by linear terms, and it's happening still, and it breathes within me, as real as my own pulse. For lack of a better term, I shall title it love. And it endures. - Cynthia Carbone Ward
What if life, beneath the surface, were composed of a series of transitions with the potential to break open our hearts? And what if our broken-open hearts could ease our approach to living? Building on her decades of work in hospital and hospice care, in this illuminating book Julie Interrante weaves together insights from those facing great challenge with her own discoveries to reveal the importance of embracing pain. Whether sparked by the loss of a friend or loved one, a pet or long-held belief, a job or a marriage, a home and community, or physical capacity, pain breaks open the heart, catalysing great courage, trust, and creativity for living life joyfully. It also heightens our attunement to nature's cycle of seasons, as well as our own, which moves us full tilt into our living and eventually into our dying. This is not an instruction manual. Nor is it a set of religious guidelines. Rather, it is a down-to-earth exploration of vulnerability and change. Ultimately it offers a new lens on life's gift of transitions.
Embracing Heartache & Betrayal as Gateways to Unconditional Love
Author: Mal Duane
The wounds we take in the battles of love are the most profound tools for healing we will ever receive. This book is about being broken open-about having your heart shattered, cracked open to its core. But although betrayal may have caused your wound, this book isn't about learning to live with those old stories. It's about letting the light stream in through the cracks in your heart, rewriting your personal love story, and looking within for the love you crave. Your heart may be shattered, but it's still beating. You can let your pain drown you, or you can choose to awaken to the life ahead of you-a life full of purpose, happiness, freedom, and endless love. On these pages, you will find the keys to the healing you desire, so you can wear your broken heart as a badge of courage, and finally live, and love, as a whole woman. Now is the time to claim the power in your pain and the wisdom in your wounds. So, sister ¿ are you broken, or are you broken open?