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What matters most : living a more considered life

Author: James Hollis
Publisher: New York : Gotham Books, 2010, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st trade pbk. edView all editions and formats
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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. Why are we here? What is the meaning of existence? 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 respected  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James Hollis
ISBN: 9781592404995 1592404995
OCLC Number: 426802172
Description: xv, 270 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Preface: What matters most --
Shock and awe : that life not be governed by fear --
Saving the appearances : that we learn to tolerate ambiguity --
Starving amid abundance : that we consider feeding the soul --
That we respect the power of eros --
That we step into largeness --
That we risk growth over security --
That we live verbs not nouns --
That we find and follow the path of creativity and delight in foolish passions --
That we engage spiritual crises, and other bad days at the office --
That we write our story, lest someone else write it for us --
Amor fati : that we fight fate, and love it also --
That we live more fully in the shadow of mortality --
That we accept at last that our home is our journey, and our journey is our home.
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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. Why are we here? What is the meaning of existence? 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 respected analyst and author James Hollis, Ph.D., What Matters Most helps readers learn to appreciate (even be amazed by) events unfolding within, even as the external world creates constant struggles. Taking a fresh look at the concept of happiness, Hollis uses a warm, accessible tone to encourage readers 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 inspiring wisdom and personal reflections to address our deepest worries, What Matters Most yields far more than mere self-help clichés. Instead, Hollis guides readers in uncovering the heart of the matter, discovering what it means to truly live life to its fullest, most meaningful stateas fully engaged citizens of the world.

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