Wake Up Before Your Wake-Up Call: The Five Pillars for Deeper Love, Joy, and Connection in Midlife

Wake Up Before Your Wake-Up Call: The Five Pillars for Deeper Love, Joy, and Connection in Midlife

by Toni Parker PhD


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Do you wake up most mornings and go along with the day as usual, taking for granted that things will unfold the way they always have? Do you go through your days on autopilot, with no real thought that something life-changing could happen at any moment? By the time we reach our middle years, many of us have established well-worn patterns and habits that no longer serve us — from what we eat to how we relate to others, to how we take care of our bodies or the environment, to how we express compassion for the whole web of living beings. Yet many times our bodies are sending us feelings and sensations meant to wake us up as if from sleepwalking, so that we can be more attuned and alive to our experiences, aligned with our values, and alert to the impulse to change before calamity happens.

Through real-life examples and practical exercises for meditation and self-reflection, Toni Parker unpacks the five pillars for waking up: Body Sensation Awareness, Mind Kindness, Emotional Equanimity, Self-Compassion, and Waking Up to the World. She shows readers how to identify the signs and offers proven strategies for tuning in to the telltale whispers and sensations that alert us to when a wake-up call is building. This self-awareness and strength to stay in the present moment, see and accept a situation for what it is allows us to move forward differently—awake, centered, and prepared for the smallest experiences and the biggest changes in life.

Wake Up Before Your Wake-Up Call expands on Parker’s work as a therapist and speaker and will help readers live more meaningful and engaged lives through deeper love, joy, and connection.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781989025697
Publisher: Page Two Books, Inc.
Publication date: 09/17/2019
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 780,701
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Toni Parker, PhD, is a certified mindfulness meditation teacher through Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach’s Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program, which is certified through the Awareness Training Institute and the Greater Good Science Center out of UC Berkeley. She is also a certified Gottman therapist and certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine provider. She holds a Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and eCornell. As a Gottman therapist, Toni provides clinical trainings and teaches the Gottmans’ Art of Science and Love workshops in the US and abroad. She has studied various mind-body modalities, including at Harvard University and other institutions. Having been in private practice for more than twenty-five years, providing couples counseling, corporate trainings, and individual and group therapy, Toni has helped many discover their own potential and understand their emotional and compassionate selves and, ultimately, how to lead a more mindful and awakened life. She lives in California.

Table of Contents

Pillar 1: Body Sensations
Chapter 1: My Own Wake-Up Call
Chapter 2: Discover Your Feeling Tones
Chapter 3: Detect Feeling Patterns
Chapter 4: Ignite Your Inner Activist
Pillar 1 Awakenings
Pillar 2: Mind Kindness
Chapter 5: Find Freedom from Chatter, Ramblings, and Misery
Chapter 6: Establish the No Phone Zone
Chapter 7: Quell Mental Road Rage
Chapter 8: Create Mindful Surroundings
Pillar 2 Awakenings
Pillar 3: Emotional Equanimity
Chapter 9: Sail a Calm Sea
Chapter 10: Humor Me, Seriously
Chapter 11: Cultivate Forgive-a-bility
Chapter 12: Be Conscientious and Change
Pillar 3 Awakenings
Pillar 4: Self-Compassion
Chapter 13: Be Kind to You
Chapter 14: Define “Fitting In”
Chapter 15: De-friend
Chapter 16: Be Self-Aware, Not Self-Obsessed
Pillar 4 Awakenings
Pillar 5: Waking Up to the World
Chapter 17: Rise Up and Look Around
Chapter 18: Voluntarily Give
Chapter 19: Globally Relate
Chapter 20: Recognize Resilience
Chapter 21: Be with Mother Nature
Chapter 22: Your Bucket List and Deathbed Test
Pillar 5 Awakenings
My Wish for You
Further Reading
About the Author

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