Emotional Chaos to Clarity: How to Live More Skillfully, Make Better Decisions, and Find Purpose in Life

Emotional Chaos to Clarity: How to Live More Skillfully, Make Better Decisions, and Find Purpose in Life

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by Phillip Moffitt, Fred Stella
     
 

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As Founder of the Life Balance Institute, Phillip Moffitt has observed that most people lack clarity about their life’s direction and the ability to cope with its inevitable challenges. Now, in EMOTIONAL CHAOS TO CLARITY, he provides the antidote by showing us the path of skillful living.

Grounded in Western psychology and Buddhist philosophy, each chapter

Overview

As Founder of the Life Balance Institute, Phillip Moffitt has observed that most people lack clarity about their life’s direction and the ability to cope with its inevitable challenges. Now, in EMOTIONAL CHAOS TO CLARITY, he provides the antidote by showing us the path of skillful living.

Grounded in Western psychology and Buddhist philosophy, each chapter introduces a mind state that prevents us from living skillfully, narrates stories from Moffitt’s hundreds of students and clients, and provides step-by-step exercises for readers to find clarity in their own lives. Among the many benefits of skillful living are being able to gain wisdom from both pleasant and unpleasant experiences and having an inner life which can flourish, even if our outer life is filled with difficulty.

“In Emotional Chaos to Clarity, Philip Moffitt maps out a path for opening and expanding our sense of what is possible, what we are capable of, what will bring us true happiness. He also shows us step-by-step how to apply acceptance, kindness, awareness, and compassion in order to make those aspirations come to life. To move from emotional chaos to clarity is not a minor journey, but it is possible, and for any one of us, it can be real.” – Sharon Salzberg, author of Loving-Kindness and Real Happiness

“Emotional Chaos to Clarity is a masterwork. Be inspired by the possibilities it opens. Be strengthened by the guidance it offers in decision making. Be surprised by the illumination that comes when you contrast your ideals with your actual days. And be encouraged in the midst of your life challenges by the power and love that comes when you see and live by your highest intentions.” – Jack Kornfield, Ph.D., author of The Wise Heart and A Path With Heart

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
At age 40, Moffitt, owner and editor-in-chief of Esquire, left to “explore the inner life.” After drifting with no clear direction, he moved from New York to California, went on meditation retreats, underwent Jungian analysis, and founded the Life Balance Institute. Moffitt summarizes the philosophy underlying his work in this guidebook for navigating through confusion, disappointment, and tough decision making. Part one, “Practices That Empower You to Achieve Clarity,” helps the reader connect with what matters most. The second section, “Developing Skillful Behaviors,” focuses on goals that enable one to confront life more effectively and authentically. The third part, “Removing the Sources of Chaos,” examines why people behave unskillfully and cause suffering for themselves and others. Each chapter, dealing with issues such as developing loving-kindness and recognizing personal boundaries, is followed by a self-assessment exercise, such as the Compassion Practice meditation with a repetition of phrases: “I can feel your suffering. May your suffering cease.” Though rife with buzzwords like “mindfulness” and “authenticity,” and the less elegant “imaginative possible,” the book still delivers valuable tools for psychological self-development and a more harmonious relationship with life. Agent: Stephanie Tade, Stephanie Tade Agency. (May 10)
Library Journal
Moffitt (former editor in chief, Esquire; founder, Life Balance Inst.) describes emotional chaos as a reaction to negative life situations rather than an honest and clear response. He shows how a proactive response, using the skills of mindfulness and intention, can transform life's challenges into opportunities for growth. Through Moffitt's explanations, exercises, and assessments, readers can cultivate the practices of "skillful living," e.g., learning to let go of expectations, ending the cycle of self-violence, and living life with gratitude. VERDICT Moffitt includes case studies and psychological insights geared toward general readers. A helpful book for those who need a clear focus.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455882267
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
05/10/2012
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.10(d)

What People are saying about this

Rick Hanson
Phillip Moffitt takes the profound insights of the wisdom traditions and translates them into simple and effective steps to stable inner strength, happiness, and peace. His unique gift is his own deep grounding in what it really takes to be fully engaged with life while remaining clear-headed and happy. An extraordinary book. (Rick Hanson, PhD, author of Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom)
Jack Kornfield
Emotional Chaos to Clarity is a masterwork. Be inspired by the possibilities it opens. Be strengthened by the guidance it offers in decision making. Be surprised by the illumination that comes when you contrast your ideals with your actual days. And be encouraged in the midst of your life challenges by the power and love that comes when you see and live by your highest intentions. (Jack Kornfield, Ph.D., author of The Wise Heart and A Path With Heart)
Dean Ornish
Phillip Moffitt presents a clear path to living an authentic and intentional life. He has a profound understanding of how emotions distort our perceptions and how we can create new, healthy habits of mind. (Dean Ornish, M.D., author of The Spectrum)
Sharon Salzberg
In Emotional Chaos to Clarity, Philip Moffitt maps out a path for opening and expanding our sense of what is possible, what we are capable of, what will bring us true happiness. He also shows us step-by-step how to apply acceptance, kindness, awareness, and compassion in order to make those aspirations come to life. To move from emotional chaos to clarity is not a minor journey, but it is possible, and for any one of us, it can be real. (Sharon Salzberg, author of Loving-Kindness and Real Happiness)
Don Hanlon Johnson
Building on a history of finding his way out of a meaningless, albeit successful, worldly life into a life of service, Phillip Moffitt has crafted a highly practical handbook for navigating the inevitable challenges that beset us. A marvelous tools to have handy when our better knowing is overwhelmed by those often mysterious interior storms, this book communicates a desperately needed feeling that we can indeed succeed in shaping lives of meaning. (Don Hanlon Johnson, PhD, Author, Everyday Hopes, Utopian Dreams: Reflections on American Ideals)

Meet the Author

Formerly owner and editor-in-chief of Esquire magazine, Phillip Moffitt is founder and director of the Life Balance Institute, a nationally renowned meditation teacher, and co-guiding teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Northern California. He is also the author of Dancing with Life.

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