Honor Yourself: The Inner Art of Giving and Receiving

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Honor Yourself: The Inner Art of Giving and Receiving tackles the issue that plagues so many of us--the struggle to balance the needs of family, career, and even community with our own needs. But rather than focusing on how to pamper ourselves, Honor Yourself goes to the heart of the problem and reveals the real source of our stress: our inability to recognize and embrace the little-understood but all-pervasive power of paradox in our lives.

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Overview

Honor Yourself: The Inner Art of Giving and Receiving tackles the issue that plagues so many of us--the struggle to balance the needs of family, career, and even community with our own needs. But rather than focusing on how to pamper ourselves, Honor Yourself goes to the heart of the problem and reveals the real source of our stress: our inability to recognize and embrace the little-understood but all-pervasive power of paradox in our lives.

Should I sacrifice for others or take time to care for myself? Be generous or draw boundaries? Stay in a relationship or say goodbye? When I give to others, do I really need to give up myself? Tensions like these are not only a natural part of life--they are life. While modern society is ill-equipped to bring us back into balance, the sages of East and West are experts, and Honor Yourself explores their practical, and surprising, advice. Combining wisdom from the world's great spiritual traditions with real-life stories and a treasury of tools, it exposes the most potent myths about giving--half-truths that prevent us from living a life filled with possibility and passion. With candor, compassion, and a bit of humor too, Spadaro shows us how to move beyond the myths to the magic of full-hearted living so we can unleash the full power of our creative spirit and give our greatest gifts to our loved ones, our communities, and the world.

This beautiful work offers empowering and heartfelt ways to master the delicate dance of giving and receiving. It will free you to celebrate your own gifts and greatness as you explore the dynamics behind giving with the heart rather than the head, setting boundaries, beinghonest about unhealthy people in your life, using feelings to stay true to yourself, giving in ways that honor others, finding your own voice, honoring endings, and much more. Just as importantly, Honor Yourself will teach you the steps for staying in balance. For when you learn the steps, you can perform the dance--and that's when the magic begins.

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Publishers Weekly
The latest effort from author and "practical spirituality" proponent Spadaro (co-author, Your Seven Energy Centers, with Elizabeth Clare Prophet) is a tightly woven guide to achieving inner peace with help from East and West spiritual traditions. The depressed, the alienated, and those recovering from a toxic relationship will undoubtedly appreciate the analogies from all corners of the globe; anyone suffering from self-doubt will find Spadaro's unwavering faith and enthusiasm encouraging; and the perpetually stuck will want to consult Spadaro's chapters on "giving yourself away," including a handy look at the idea of "flow," a psychological work state currently in vogue among efficiency experts. Though at times repetitive, Spadaro's nurturing, worthwhile endeavor will prove helpful to readers attuned to her perky cheerleader approach.
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ForeWord magazine
With stories from the wisdom traditions of East and West, personal anecdotes, and the experiences of contemporary people as they explore the art of giving and receiving, Spadaro illuminates ways to celebrate one's gifts and greatness, to appreciate the wisdom of the heart, set adequate boundaries, recognize and deal with unhealthy relationships, and honor necessary endings. . . . Engaging, compassionate, and at times, surprising.
Midwest Book Review
A compendium of insight, advice, and practicality within the context of modern life, Honor Yourself is highly recommended for personal self-help, self-improvement reading lists as being especially 'user friendly' and 'real world' oriented for establishing and maintaining mentally, physically, and spiritually appropriate balances between the needs of others and the needs of oneself.
Awareness Magazine
Having the ability to balance the needs of life, family and a career are always a challenge. This book shows us how to embrace our feelings, recognize the paradox of life, and embrace the acceptance and support that is all around us. . . .There are seven steps for staying in balance, to help you to get in touch with how you feel, as well as eliminating negative thinking. We are also taught how to establish boundaries and stop living dangerously. The real key to this book is the creation of balance in our lives, recognizing the difference between myth and reality. We are asked to stop limiting ourselves to our perceived reality so that we can let go and really soar.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780981603308
  • Publisher: Three Wings Press
  • Publication date: 4/15/2009
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 500,143
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 2.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Part 1 Fill Yourself and Honor Your Inner Needs

1 The Play of Paradox 5

2 Seeking Balance 11

3 Setting Boundaries 29

4 Accepting Support and Flying Solo 49

Part 2 Give Yourself Away and Honor Your Heart

5 Better than Bigger 67

6 What and When Do We Give? 75

7 The Magic of Flow 81

Part 3 Free Yourself and Honor Endings

8 Eyes Wide Open 99

9 Being Honest about Your Feelings 107

10 When the Way Comes to an End 125

11 Put Down the Load and Fly 135

Part 4 Celebrate Yourself and Honor Your Own Voice

12 Your Inborn Note 155

13 Walk in Your Own Shoes at Your Own Pace 165

14 Ever More Magnificent 179

15 Broadening Your Vision of the Possible 203

Acknowledgments 223

Notes 225

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  • Posted May 25, 2009

    Great book...thousands of years in the making!

    The real question about Honor Yourself is not whether it is a good book or a great book (it's the latter) but what kind of great book. To answer that takes some perspective. Beneath the subtle beauty of the writing, Honor Yourself, positioned as a self help book, delivers its "help" by providing a host of practical spiritual and psychological solutions.
    But that's not what makes it great.
    This book deals with the play of paradox in a way not attempted since the Tao Te Ching which, according to tradition, was written millennia ago by Lao Tzu. The Tao, as it is commonly referred to, is an enigmatic text that deals with the ultimate paradox, the flow of the infinite and ungraspable principle through the polarities of yang and yin. The Tao is an obscure book, one that is intentionally hard to grasp, especially by minds in our time that want to measure, quantify, calibrate, cogitate. Lao Tzu, translated variously as Old Master or Old Fellow, was skilled in cloaking the essence of the Tao from the concrete mind. And so that ancient text has remained a mysterious beacon that lures people to a higher place.
    It is, however, a beacon that does not provide a practical set of ideas or exercises to apply its insights. And it could not. It was not until our time that we had the requisite accumulation of social, spiritual and psychological knowledge to put the Old Master's insights into action. And that, precisely, is what Patricia Spadaro has undertaken to do, consciously or not, in Honor Yourself.
    If the Tao te Ching is theory, Honor Yourself is practice. It isn't a cookbook or a treatise that tells you how to paint by the numbers. It doesn't merit over used terms --like memorable, exceptional, unique--that people repeat when reviewing books. Honor Yourself goes beyond canned solutions and empty praise and gives you the necessary thinking skills to resolve the paradoxes of life so that you can one day resolve the Great Paradox.
    I think the Old Fellow himself would be impressed.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 13, 2014

    I read this book as a part of group therapy and have learned so

    I read this book as a part of group therapy and have learned so much about myself that I feel I am on a new path in life. I not only understand that it is important to honor myself, but more profoundly, it is okay to do so. Somehow I got the message in life that my place is to only do for others and that it was selfish to ever consider myself. In the end I realize I only lost myself and never found respect from others because I never projected love and respect for myself. This book is the fist gift of many that I will proudly give and receive to and from ME. I recommend this to anyone who suspects they may very well need to learn their own value or be reminded of it now and then. It would also be a great gift for a young woman starting in a new marriage or new family. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2010

    From Jennifer Zach

    Patricia Spadaro delivers a powerful message of self-stewardship in her book "Honor Yourself the Inner Art of Giving and Receiving." Her words of wisdom provide the tools for honoring others as you honor yourself. As a life coach, I have recommended this transformational book to many of my clients.
    Jennifer Zach, Zach Coaching, LLC
    Live Well | Work Well | Be Well
    www.zachcoaching.com

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  • Posted February 2, 2010

    Creating balance by honoring yourself

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading Patricia Spadaro's book "Honor Yourself." It is full of wisdom on how to balance one's life during these stressful times. She provides practical advice and tools to hlep create an environment of self-care. This self-care results in honoring yourself so that you are better able to be of service to others. Patricia Spadaro emphasizes each of the challenges that we face in trying to control our daily lives by focusing on the concept of 'Myth' (what phrase we might normally say or think) versus 'Magic' (what positive phrasing we can use to honor our giving and receiving choices). I have already purchased this book for my sisters and plan to buy more for my friends.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 10, 2009

    If you have fogotten how to honor yourself or never really have, Patricia Spadaro writes how to gain your inner spark by remember yourself. If you want to love others you have to light your own light first.

    I have read the book and am reading it again. I have also given it to several people. Honestly I don't know if words can explain the depth of my gratitude. The paradoxes that Patricia Spadaro writes about have allowed me to grow and move forward. I am currently buying a copy of the book for anyone I think it will benefit. I have received wonderful feedback from it. "

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 20, 2009

    I am a self-help book junkie, but this is the first book that opened my eyes and heart to self-care. There is not a woman I know of who wouldn't benefit from this wonderful book.

    I was so moved by Patricia Spadaro's book. It's what I always struggle with . . . balance. I had always bought into the myth that if I didn't sacrifice myself for others, I was abandoning them. It came into full bloom while I was caring for my mom after she was diagnosed with lung cancer. It is hard for me to find the words to convey the impact this book had on me during that whole process. The idea of putting myself first seemed selfish and self-centered. "Honor Yourself" not only helped me navigate through the months of caring for her, but also during the period after her transition. I used many ideas as affirmations to help me navigate through the process of learning to honor my own needs. If you need to be reminded to care for yourself before others without feeling guilty, this book will slam it home.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 26, 2009

    Simple, practical and profound

    This book was just what I needed right now. It has helped me tremendously in dealing with a sticky family issue by learning the importance of accepting endings and letting go of regrets. I think it reaches people who are at many different levels - some who quickly grasp the concept of paradox and others who understanding it through the simple stories the author tells.

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  • Posted May 23, 2009

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    an uplifting and timely book....

    I loved how this author shatters the myths about giving and receiving that so many of us have grown up with. She shows us how it is not only OK to seek wholeness and care for ourselves before we try to help others but how it is in fact essential. We no longer need to feel guilty about balancing what others need with what we need. It also shows when we do need to give. Her story about the little girl and her open-hearted giving is worth the price of the book and will bring joy to your heart and a tear (of happiness) to your eye. This is a beautiful and empowering book that in a practical and heartfelt way will show you the keys to drawing boundaries, finding your own voice, honoring endings and giving with the heart in lieu of the head. This book showed me that I don't need to accept everything that comes to my doorstep as preordained but that I have the power and duty to be true to myself

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 1, 2009

    Roadmap for the journey

    I read Patricia's book eagerly.....almost obsessively. I recognized so many sign posts of life on the path of personal growth, stories of detours we have all taken, plus practical insight and advice. I am re-inspired to make my own life more expansive, expressive and rich in the spirit.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2012

    This book and Patricia are simply amazing. I am so thrilled to

    This book and Patricia are simply amazing. I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to read Honor Yourself: The Inner Act of Giving and Receiving... the timing couldn't have been better for me. It's a easy read that incorporates a wide range of sources and materials, all of which have been woven together brilliantly by this author. By reading this book I now have a better understanding for myself, and my abilities, too follow my extraordinary path of giving from the heart. I am very lucky to state that I got the opportunity to meet with Patricia and share a very splendid conversation with her just a few evenings ago- while visiting the beautiful town of Bozeman, MT. She was extremely nice and delighted to meet with me. I am happy that I followed my heart and got this book. You will too!

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