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What does unattended sorrow look like? It is like a low-grade fever; it troubles our sleep and drains away our days; it scatters intuition and creates an underlying anxiety; it sours the eye and the ear and leaves a distaste in the mouth; it's the vague uncertainty that permeates every thought before every action; it's the heart working as hard as it can.
It's what most of us carry with us from day to day.
And it's what renowned grief counselor Stephen Levine, author of Who Dies? and A Gradual Awakening, focuses on here. He writes that long after the initial loss has passed and the "period of grieving" has ended, an unattended sorrow lingers, accounting for a host of physical, emotional, and spiritual maladies. It's not uncommon, then, for those with unresolved grief to lean toward addictions or dangerous behaviors or other forms of self-destruction.
Levine addresses the grief from fresh loss but also attends to the pain and troubles caused by the unresolved anguish, sadness, and delayed stress that can accumulate over a lifetime-whether it's angst caused by death, the loss of self-identity, childhood abuse, illness, divorce, or even just being alive in today's world.
Levine notes that though we may never wholly overcome the sorrows we've endured, we can confront them with mercy and self-acceptance that smoothes the path to healing the heart.
|Publisher:||Rodale Press, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.46(h) x 0.67(d)|
About the Author
STEPHEN LEVINE's many best-selling books include A Gradual Awakening and Who Dies? His renowned work in grief counseling has been featured in television programs on PBS and CNN, in radio segments, and in magazine articles. He lives in Chamisal, New Mexico.
Table of Contents
|2||Every Day We Lose Something||9|
|3||The Heart of Loss||16|
|4||Softening the Belly of Sorrow||21|
|5||The Reservoir of Sorrow||27|
|6||Loss of Trust in Life||31|
|7||The Meaning of Life||38|
|8||In the Absence of God||43|
|9||When the Mirror of the Heart Is Broken||48|
|10||A Bad Dream||55|
|11||Opening the Heart in Hell||60|
|12||The Trauma of Survival||65|
|14||Making Peace with Our Sorrow||79|
|15||What Is the Body Pattern of Grief?||88|
|16||Reentering the Body||93|
|17||Attending the Mindset of Loss||96|
|18||A Day of Walking||102|
|20||Tapping the Resources of the Heart||111|
|21||A Day of Loving Kindness||115|
|22||Trusting Our Pain||119|
|23||A Day in the Heart of Pain||124|
|24||Mindfulness: An Invitation to Liberation||129|
|25||A Day of Silence||135|
|26||Breaking the Isolation of Fear||138|
|28||A Day of Forgiveness||159|
|29||Our Most Ordinary Existential Grief||164|
|31||The Ten Thousand Sorrows||175|
|32||A Day of Singing||182|
|33||Our Life Is "Just This Much"||185|
|34||The Map of Our Lives||190|
|35||Who Are We When We Are Not Who We Thought We Were?||197|
|36||A Day of Compassion||206|
|37||A Day as if It Were Our Last||210|
|38||A Heart Revived into a New Life||217|
|39||A Day in a Healing Life||220|