Marital strife and divorce can be your chance to profoundly transform yourself, your mindset and your relationship with a more harmonious and steady vision.
While many of us may be better together, some of us can actually become better apart.
What if you emerged from your divorce stronger and more resilient than ever before? Better Apart is the first book to apply the life-changing, healing wisdom of meditation and yoga, combined with practical advice, to help anyone going through the painful and seemingly intractable realities of divorce.
Gabrielle Hartley and Elena Brower are warm and caring guides who can help you compassionately part from your partner. Whether your separation is amicable, or your ex is combative, Better Apart can help you find peace, calm, and hope. Blending practical advice from a legal perspective together with spiritual wisdom, Gabrielle and Elena are experts and realists who have created a simple five-step process that uses original meditations, perspective-shifting exercises, and fresh suggestions to help navigate the common legal and emotional pitfalls of divorce. Don’t worry if you’ve never tried yoga or mediation; Gabrielle’s insight buttressed by Elena’s practices and exercises are accessible for all. Together, they show you how to meaningfully shift your mindset and to move forward though any—or all—parts of this emotionally fraught process.
Better Apart radically reframes the way couples experience, execute, and recover from when “for better or worse” is no longer an option, and helps you find the road to a new mindset and better life.
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About the Author
Elena Brower is a mother, teacher, author, and speaker who has taught yoga and meditation since 1999. She is the bestselling author of Practice You: A Journal, and her first book, Art of Attention, has been translated into six languages. Elena has contributed to Yoga Journal, Huffington Post, Yoga International, MindBodyGreen, Well+Good, Positively Positive, and other outlets. Practice with Elena on elenabrower.com.
Table of Contents
Invitation and Welcome ix
Pause-Are You Sure You Need a Divorce? 1
Chapter 1 Designing Your Elegance: Dissolve the Myths, Once and for All 5
Chapter 2 Patience: Slowest Is Quickest 17
Chapter 3 Respect: The Stories We Tell Ourselves 45
Chapter 4 Clarity: So You Can Perceive What Else Is Possible 65
Chapter 5 Peace: Finding Calm Within the Chaos 87
Chapter 6 Forgiveness: Letting Go and Moving Forward 113
Chapter 7 Need-to-Know Divorce Basics: The Elegant Approach 137
Chapter 8 Don't Let Money Move You: Defining Your Emotions, Desires, and Needs 159
Chapter 9 Parenting Forward: The Legacy You Will Leave 185
Chapter 10 Really, We're Better Apart 207