Seven Mountains: The Inner Climb to Commitment and Caring

Seven Mountains: The Inner Climb to Commitment and Caring

by Marilyn Mason
     
 

Marilyn Mason, a licensed psycologist and university faculty member, was far from being an outdoors woman when she participated in her first rock climbing trip on Minnesota's North Shore of Lake Superior. But beyond the exhilarating physical challenge, she soon discovered key elements of climbing that are essential in the psychological processes we all face every day.… See more details below

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Marilyn Mason, a licensed psycologist and university faculty member, was far from being an outdoors woman when she participated in her first rock climbing trip on Minnesota's North Shore of Lake Superior. But beyond the exhilarating physical challenge, she soon discovered key elements of climbing that are essential in the psychological processes we all face every day. Becoming deeply involved in her newly discovered sport, she went on to climb majestic peaks in Tibet, Nepal, Tanzania, the Caucasus, and China. Each mountain's special demands taught a new lesson with exciting implications. Seven Mountains is her dynamic and unique approach to personal growth expressed through the metaphor of mountain climbing. Beginning each chapter with a diary excerpt dramatizing her climbs. Mason discusses her findings in the context of human relationships - in work, love, family, friendships, and community.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Mountains and the act of climbing them have been metaphors for the spiritual journey since at least biblical times. Psychotherapist Mason (Making Our Life Our Own; Facing Shame) began rock climbing on the North Shore of Lake Superior in the 1970s. Since then, she has progressed to leading climbing expeditions around the world, through her company, Journeys Inward. Here, using the metaphor of climbing, Mason explores seven life lessons: facing fear; learning to trust; finding and accepting support; enduring through difficulties; facing a "crux" or turning point; moving on or turning back; and finding the spiritual "bedrock place within." While these aren't new concepts in personal growth, Mason's vivid climbing stories complement her spiritual teaching. She focuses on the concept of commitment-to self, family, work and love-and the choices required of such commitment. But many of Mason's clinical examples seem far too easy. Happy endings abound as people confront a boss, a parent or a spouse with a desire for change. She scants the resistance that's often met in real life when one tries to "redefine the relationship." While Mason offers good ideas and intentions, readers earnestly seeking help may be left wondering why their own problems aren't so swiftly resolved. (Jan.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780525939801
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/28/1997
Pages:
149
Product dimensions:
5.23(w) x 8.28(h) x 0.70(d)

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