Living an Examined Life: Wisdom for the Second Half of the Journey

Living an Examined Life: Wisdom for the Second Half of the Journey

by James Hollis Ph.D.


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An Invitation to Listen to Your Soul’s Calling

How do you define "growing up"? Does it mean you achieve certain cultural benchmarks—a steady income, paying taxes, marriage, and children? Or does it mean leaving behind the expectations of others and growing into the person you were meant to be? If you find yourself in a career, place, relationship, or crisis you never foresaw or that seems at odds with your beliefs about who you are, it means your soul is calling on you to reexamine your path.

With Living an Examined Life, James Hollis offers an essential guidebook for anyone at a crossroads in life. Here this acclaimed author guides you through 21 areas for self-inquiry and growth, challenging you to:

• Recover Personal Authority—how to stop living in response to the expectations placed on you

• Choose Meaning Over Happiness—why seeking truth instead of entertaining distractions ultimately leads to greater fulfillment

• Exorcise the Ghosts of the Past That Bind You—how the voices that haunt you can lead you to grow

• Bestow Love on the Unlovable Parts of You—recovering the guiding force concealed in your Shadow

• Construct a Mature Spirituality—the five essential elements of integrating meaning and mystery into your life

• Seize Permission to Be Who You Really Are—the challenge of fully showing up for your life

With his trademark eloquence and insight, Dr. Hollis offers Living an Examined Life to inspire you toward a life of personal authority, integrity, and fulfillment. "It is my hope that this book will be a tool to recover your respect for that which abides deeply within," writes Dr. Hollis. "You will not be spared disappointment or suffering. But you can know the depth and dignity of an authentic journey, of being a real player in your time on this turning planet, and your life will become more interesting, taking you deeper than ever before."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781683640479
Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/01/2018
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 66,949
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

James Hollis

James Hollis, PhD, is a graduate of Zürich’s Jung Institute, a licensed Jungian analyst practicing in Washington, DC, and author of 13 books, including Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life and What Matters Most: Living a More Considered Life.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Chapter 1 The Choice Is yours 1

Chapter 2 It's Time to Grow Up 7

Chapter 3 Let Go of the Old 13

Chapter 4 Recover Personal Authority 19

Chapter 5 Seek to Make Amends 25

Chapter 6 Step Out from under the Parental Shade 29

Chapter 7 Vow to Get Unstuck 33

Chapter 8 Come back to Your Task 39

Chapter 9 Chosse the Path of Enlargement 45

Chapter 10 What Gift Have You Been Withholding from the World? 51

Chapter 11 See the Old Self-Destructive Patterns 57

Chapter 12 What Is the Bigger Picture for You? 63

Chapter 13 Choose Meaning over Happiness 69

Chapter 14 Honor, Finally, What You Left Behind, and Seize Permission to Be Who You Are 75

Chapter 15 Exorcise the Ghosts of the Past That Bind You 81

Chapter 16 Free Your Children from you 87

Chapter 17 Bestow Love on the Unlovable Parts of You 91

Chapter 18 Honor the Difference between Job, Duty, and Calling 97

Chapter 19 Construct a Mature Spirituality 103

Chapter 20 Seize Permission to Be Who You Really Are 109

Chapter 21 Live the Examined Life: Live the Questions, Not the Answers 115

Afterword 119

Notes 121

Bibliography 123

About the Author 125

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