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Broken Open - How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow

Elizabeth Lesser

"If we can stay awake when our lives are changing, secrets will be revealed to us-secrets about ourselves, about the nature of life, and about the eternal source of happiness and peace that is always available, always renewable, already within us." -ELIZABETH LESSER During times of transition, amid everyday stress, and even when we face seemingly insurmountable adversity, life offers us a choice: to turn away from change or to embrace it; to shut down or to be broken open and transformed. In the more than twenty-five years since she cofounded the Omega Institute-now the world's largest personal-growth and spiritual retreat center-Elizabeth Lesser has been an intimate witness to the ways in which human beings deal with change, loss, and difficulty. She herself has struggled to submit to what she calls the "Phoenix Process"- allowing herself to be broken open in order to rise like the mythical bird from the ashes of past mistakes and suffering. In this beautifully written, often funny, and always inspiring book, Lesser has gathered together true stories about ordinary people who by design or disaster decided to step boldly into a fuller life. Here are profoundly moving narratives of fears overcome and risks taken; of hard times and difficult passages; of betrayal, divorce, sickness, and death; and of the day-to-day challenges of raising children, earning a living, and growing older. By sharing her own most human traits, Lesser helps us feel less lonely in our own struggles, and more optimistic about the possibility of transformation. Broken Open also introduces us to some of the world's greatest spiritual teachers-both ancient and living-and imparts the wisdom of various traditions, from Buddhist meditation to Sufi dance, and from Christian prayer to contemporary psychotherapy. Eminently practical, Lesser provides tools to support us in our quest for a clearer sense of purpose and a new passion for life. Broken Open is not only a testament to the inner richness and potential of every life but also a deeply trus

"If we can stay awake when our lives are changing, secrets will be revealed to us-secrets about ourselves, about the nature of life, and about the eternal source of happiness and peace that is always available, always renewable, already within us." -ELIZABETH LESSER During times of transition, amid everyday stress, and even when we face seemingly insurmountable adversity, life offers us a choice: to turn away from change or to embrace it; to shut down or to be broken open and transformed. In the more than twenty-five years since she cofounded the Omega Institute-now the world's largest personal-growth and spiritual retreat center-Elizabeth Lesser has been an intimate witness to the ways in which human beings deal with change, loss, and difficulty. She herself has struggled to submit to what she calls the "Phoenix Process"- allowing herself to be broken open in order to rise like the mythical bird from the ashes of past mistakes and suffering. In this beautifully written, often funny, and always inspiring book, Lesser has gathered together true stories about ordinary people who by design or disaster decided to step boldly into a fuller life. Here are profoundly moving narratives of fears overcome and risks taken; of hard times and difficult passages; of betrayal, divorce, sickness, and death; and of the day-to-day challenges of raising children, earning a living, and growing older. By sharing her own most human traits, Lesser helps us feel less lonely in our own struggles, and more optimistic about the possibility of transformation. Broken Open also introduces us to some of the world's greatest spiritual teachers-both ancient and living-and imparts the wisdom of various traditions, from Buddhist meditation to Sufi dance, and from Christian prayer to contemporary psychotherapy. Eminently practical, Lesser provides tools to support us in our quest for a clearer sense of purpose and a new passion for life. Broken Open is not only a testament to the inner richness and potential of every life but also a deeply trus
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"If we can stay awake when our lives are changing, secrets will be revealed to us-secrets about ourselves, about the nature of life, and about the eternal source of happiness and peace that is always available, always renewable, already within us." -ELIZABETH LESSER During times of transition, amid everyday stress, and even when we face seemingly insurmountable adversity, life offers us a choice: to turn away from change or to embrace it; to shut down or to be broken open and transformed. In the more than twenty-five years since she cofounded the Omega Institute-now the world's largest personal-growth and spiritual retreat center-Elizabeth Lesser has been an intimate witness to the ways in which human beings deal with change, loss, and difficulty. She herself has struggled to submit to what she calls the "Phoenix Process"- allowing herself to be broken open in order to rise like the mythical bird from the ashes of past mistakes and suffering. In this beautifully written, often funny, and always inspiring book, Lesser has gathered together true stories about ordinary people who by design or disaster decided to step boldly into a fuller life. Here are profoundly moving narratives of fears overcome and risks taken; of hard times and difficult passages; of betrayal, divorce, sickness, and death; and of the day-to-day challenges of raising children, earning a living, and growing older. By sharing her own most human traits, Lesser helps us feel less lonely in our own struggles, and more optimistic about the possibility of transformation. Broken Open also introduces us to some of the world's greatest spiritual teachers-both ancient and living-and imparts the wisdom of various traditions, from Buddhist meditation to Sufi dance, and from Christian prayer to contemporary psychotherapy. Eminently practical, Lesser provides tools to support us in our quest for a clearer sense of purpose and a new passion for life. Broken Open is not only a testament to the inner richness and potential of every life but also a deeply trus

Language:

English

Narrators:

Susan Denaker

Length:

13h 5m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:14


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:15


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:07


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:08


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:50


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:08


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:26


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:21


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:13


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:44


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:05


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:18


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:37


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:04


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:49


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:48


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:07


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:22


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:27


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:04


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:07


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:23


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:24


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:53


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:29


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:12


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:48


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:10


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:28


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:46


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:28


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:32


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:11


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:13


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:27


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:28


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:15


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:46


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:26


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:40


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:42


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

08:12


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:32


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:09


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:01


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:01


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:09


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:07


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

08:47


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:32


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:41


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:45


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

08:20


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:55


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:43


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:56


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:00


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:08


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:11


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:53


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:48


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:58


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:49


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:25


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:47


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:43


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:26


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:36


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

08:02


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:17


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:38


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:12


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:00


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:42


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:53


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

07:29


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:52


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:52


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:55


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:39


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:50


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

03:53


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

07:37


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:07


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:52


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:50


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:36


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:25


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

07:47


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

06:42


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

07:15


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

06:42


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

08:48


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

08:03


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

05:33


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

05:48


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

07:34


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

07:39


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

05:16


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

05:21


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

06:04


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

02:52


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

08:05


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

07:14


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

07:13


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

05:30


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

05:41


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

06:06


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

05:34


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

05:37


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

08:07


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

04:16


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

05:04


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

06:02


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

05:48


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

06:26


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

05:47


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

05:41


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

07:27


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

05:10


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

06:44


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

06:36


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

06:35


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

06:00


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

06:38


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

05:37


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

08:20


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

05:02


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

05:13


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

00:33