What Matters Most: Living a More Considered Life

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Why are we here?
What is the meaning of existence?
What truly matters the most in life?

We have all felt the looming presence of these questions, but it’s never easy to examine our life’s path and its meaning. To begin finding answers, we must start by exploring our own internal ideals, values, and beliefs.

Taking a fresh look at the concept of happiness, James Hollis ...

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Overview

Why are we here?
What is the meaning of existence?
What truly matters the most in life?

We have all felt the looming presence of these questions, but it’s never easy to examine our life’s path and its meaning. To begin finding answers, we must start by exploring our own internal ideals, values, and beliefs.

Taking a fresh look at the concept of happiness, James Hollis encourages you to learn to tolerate ambiguity, embrace growth over security, engage spiritual crisis, and acknowledge the shadow of mortality. Providing inspiring wisdom and personal reflections to address our deepest worries, What Matters Most will help you get to the heart of the matter, to discover what it means to truly live life to its fullest, most meaningful state — as fully engaged citizens of the world — and to risk being who you really are.

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Jungian analyst Hollis (Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life) wants us to see that we often lose sight of destiny's plan by trying to live up to others' expectations. However, our psyche does not forget and will send out a call for us to change-a call that may come in the form of suffering, depression, illness, or boredom. The author encourages us to work through the suffering, even entering therapy if necessary, to begin the work of going home. For Hollis, however, home is not a building or place but rather a return to the self. With references to prose, drama, poetry, and popular culture as well as examples from his private practice, Hollis shows us how we can look deeper into our soul, or psyche, and do the work we must do to become the person we were meant to be. Hollis's message will resonate with many readers, though the somewhat mystical tone, with references to "the gods," may not work for everyone. For large public libraries.
—Phyllis Goodman

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423378402
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 12/26/2008
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 1 MP3-CD, 8 hrs.
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

The author of more than a dozen books, James Hollis, Ph.D., teaches at the Jung Center of Houston and is a distinguished faculty member of the Saybrook Graduate School in San Francisco. A graduate of the Jung Institute of Zurich, Switzerland, he lives in Houston, Texas, with his wife, Jill, and maintains a private analytic practice. Visit the author’s website www.JamesHollis.net.
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Table of Contents

Preface: What Matters Most ix

Chapter 1 Shock and Awe: That Life Not be Governed by Fear 1

Chapter 2 Saving the Appearances: That We Learn to Tolerate Ambiguity 17

Chapter 3 Starving Amid Abundance: That We Consider Feeding the Soul 25

Chapter 4 That We Respect the Power of Eros 43

Chapter 5 That We Step into Largeness 63

Chapter 6 That We Risk Growth over Security 81

Chapter 7 That We Live Verbs Not Nouns 95

Chapter 8 That We Find and Follow the Path of Creativity and Delight in Foolish Passions 113

Chapter 9 That We Engage Spiritual Crises, and Other Bad Days at the Office 143

Chapter 10 That we Write Our Story, Lest Someone Else Write it for Us 165

Chapter 11 Amor Fati: That We Fight Fate, and Love it Also 187

Chapter 12 That We Live More Fully in The Shadow of Mortality 211

Chapter 13 That We Accept at Last That Our Home is Our Journey, and Our Journey is Our Home 237

Bibliography 257

Index 261

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2009

    good follow up to "Creating a Life"

    very interesting and enlightening.....Hollis always brings a new and interesting perspective into who each of us is -- or may become..

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