What Matters Most

Living a More Considered Life

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Author: James Hollis

Publisher: Gotham Books

ISBN: 9781592404995

Category: Philosophy

Page: 270

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In a world where these things are often defined in terms of black and white, respected Jungian analyst James Hollis delivers a fresh look at the concept of happiness and shares his approach to finding a fearless, authentic path.

What Matters Most

Living a More Considered Life

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Author: James Hollis

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781592404209

Category: Philosophy

Page: 270

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Outlines an approach to achieving happiness that counsels on ways to overcome fear-based hurdles, explains how to evaluate one's internal beliefs, and reveals the importance of pursuing growth rather than security.

What Matters Most

Living a More Considered Life

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Author: James Hollis

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781440655227

Category: Self-Help

Page: 288

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The celebrated author of Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life delivers a unique look at happiness, sharing a Jungian approach to finding a fearless, authentic path. Why are we here? What is the meaning of existence? What truly matters the most in life? To even begin to answer these questions, we must start by exploring our own internal ideals, values, and beliefs. Presenting the unique perspective of respected analyst and author James Hollis, Ph.D., What Matters Most helps readers learn to appreciate (even be amazed by) events unfolding within, even as the external world creates constant struggles. Taking a fresh look at the concept of happiness, Hollis uses a warm, accessible tone to encourage readers to learn to tolerate ambiguity, embrace growth rather than security, respect the power of Eros, engage spiritual crises, and acknowledge the shadow of mortality. Providing inspiring wisdom and personal reflections to address our deepest worries, What Matters Most yields far more than mere self-help clichés. Instead, Hollis guides readers in uncovering the heart of the matter, discovering what it means to truly live life to its fullest, most meaningful state—as fully engaged citizens of the world.

Living an Examined Life

Wisdom for the Second Half of the Journey

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Author: James Hollis

Publisher: Sounds True

ISBN: 1683640489

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 144

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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 and 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—such as how to exorcise the ghosts of your past, when to choose meaning over happiness, how to construct a mature spirituality, and how to seize permission to be who you really are With his trademark eloquence and insight, Dr. Hollis offers a potent resource you’ll return to time and again to energize and inspire you on your journey to create a life of personal authority, integrity, and fulfillment.

What Matters Most

The Power of Living Your Values

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Author: Hyrum W. Smith

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9780684872575

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

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The author explores existential angst, dissatisfaction, and spiritual emptiness in this far-sighted guide to adjusting life's priorities and values.

WHAT MATTERS MOST: FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND FOES

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Author: Owen Watson

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1514427257

Category: Poetry

Page: 132

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The content within What Matters Most: Family, Friends, and Foes is derived from true life experiences that I have lived, witnessed, and gleaned from throughout my life as a child, adult, minister, U.S. Postal employee, and U.S. Navy Sailor. I must say that I am very thankful for the ability to share these treasured philosophical inspirations to reach and uplift others beyond the brink of those “what’s going on?” moments. As the title implies, the sources of inspiration for this project are my family, friends, and foes. One philosophical key that I hold to is that viewing circumspectly, you can surely learn something from everyone. As useful signage from God, I believe everyone and all circumstances hold a level of value to help make each of us a better person. My hope for this book is that each reader will find their answer to what matters most and press forward in God’s joy!

Hauntings - Dispelling the Ghosts Who Run Our Lives [Paperback]

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Author: James Hollis, PH.D.

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781630512996

Category:

Page: 178

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What does life ask of us, and how are we to answer that summons? Are we here just to propagate the species anew? Do any of us really believe that we are here to make money and then die? Does life matter, in the end, and if so, how, and in what fashion? What guiding intelligence weaves the threads of our individual biographies? What hauntings of the invisible world invigorate, animate, and direct the multiple narratives of daily life? In Hauntings, James Hollis considers how we are all governed by the presence of invisible forms-spirits, ghosts, ancestral and parental influences, inner voices, dreams, impulses, untold stories, complexes, synchronicities, and mysteries-which move through us, and through history. He offers a way to understand them psychologically, examining the persistence of the past in influencing our present, conscious lives and noting that engagement with mystery is what life asks of each of us. From such engagements, a deeper, more thoughtful, more considered life may come. James Hollis, PhD, is a co-founder of the C. G. Jung Institute of Philadelphia and Saybrook University's Jungian Studies program, director emeritus of the Jung Center of Houston, vice president emeritus of the Philemon Foundation, and an adjunct professor at Saybrook University and Pacifica Graduate Institute. He resides in Houston, Texas, where he conducts an analytic practice.

Why Good People Do Bad Things

Understanding Our Darker Selves

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Author: James Hollis

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781440639432

Category: Psychology

Page: 272

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Working with the Shadow is not working with evil, per se. It is working toward the possibility of greater wholeness. We will never experience healing until we can come to love our unlovable places, for they, too, ask love of us. How is it that good people do bad things? Why is our personal story and our societal history so bloody, so repetitive, so injurious to self and others? How do we make sense of the discrepancies between who we think we are—or who we show to the outside world—versus our everyday behaviors? Why are otherwise ordinary people driven to addictions and compulsions, whether alcohol, drugs, food, shopping, infidelity, or the Internet? Why are interpersonal relationships so often filled with strife? Exploring Jung’s concept of the Shadow—the unconscious parts of our self that contradict the image of the self we hope to project--Why Good People Do Bad Things guides you through all the ways in which many of our seemingly unexplainable behaviors are manifestations of the Shadow. In addition to its presence in our personal lives, Hollis looks at the larger picture of the Shadow at work in our culture—from organized religion to the suffering and injustice that abounds in our modern world. Accepting and examining the Shadow as part of one’s self, Hollis suggests, is the first step toward wholeness. Revealing a new way of understanding our darker selves, Hollis offers wisdom to help you to acquire a more conscious conduct of your life and bring a new level of awareness to your daily actions and choices.

The Middle Passage

From Misery to Meaning in Midlife

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Author: James Hollis

Publisher: Inner City Books

ISBN: 9780919123601

Category: Psychology

Page: 127

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Title #59. Why do so many go through so much disruption in their middle years? Why then? Why do we consider it to be a crisis? What does the pattern mean and how can we survive it? The Middle Passage shows how we may pass through midlife consciously, rendering our lives more meaningful and the second half of life immeasurably richer.

Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life

How to Finally, Really Grow Up

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Author: James Hollis

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101216699

Category: Self-Help

Page: 288

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What does it really mean to be a grown up in today’s world? We assume that once we “get it together” with the right job, marry the right person, have children, and buy a home, all is settled and well. But adulthood presents varying levels of growth, and is rarely the respite of stability we expected. Turbulent emotional shifts can take place anywhere between the age of thirty-five and seventy when we question the choices we’ve made, realize our limitations, and feel stuck— commonly known as the “midlife crisis.” Jungian psycho-analyst James Hollis believes it is only in the second half of life that we can truly come to know who we are and thus create a life that has meaning. In Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life, Hollis explores the ways we can grow and evolve to fully become ourselves when the traditional roles of adulthood aren’t quite working for us, revealing a new way of uncovering and embracing our authentic selves. Offering wisdom to anyone facing a career that no longer seems fulfilling, a long-term relationship that has shifted, or family transitions that raise issues of aging and mortality, Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life provides a reassuring message and a crucial bridge across this critical passage of adult development.

The Dalai Lama on What Matters Most

Conversations on Anger, Compassion, and Action

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Author: Noriyuki Ueda

Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing

ISBN: 1612833195

Category: Philosophy

Page: 336

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The Dalai Lama as You’ve Never Heard Him Before A few years ago, prominent cultural anthropologist Noriyuki Ueda sat down with the Dalai Lama for a lively two-day conversation. This little book is the result. In it are some surprising truths and commonsense wisdom. “The attachment that seeks what is good is worthwhile. Seeking enlightenment is a kind of attachment that we should keep, as is the desire for an unbiased heart.” “Anger that is motivated by compassion or a desire to correct social injustice, and does not seek to harm anyone, is a good anger worth having.” “I’m not only a socialist, but also a bit of a leftist, a Communist.” “The type of competition that says, ‘I am the winner, and you are the loser’ must be overcome. But a positive competition allows us to lift each other up so that everybody ends up on top.” Open the book to any page and find great wisdom on what matters most. And what matters most is not adherence to any one doctrine or political system but living with an open mind and heart.

Ethical Water

Learning to Value what Matters Most

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Author: Robert W. Sandford,Merrell-Ann S. Phare

Publisher: Rocky Mountain Books Ltd

ISBN: 1926855701

Category: Nature

Page: 151

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Fresh water is essential to both the ever-expanding human population and the ever-threatened natural landscapes that surround us. And yet, society seems to continually ignore the need for a common-sense approach to—and appreciation of—our freshwater resources and our consumption of this remarkable, life-giving substance that now exceeds its future availability. This ground-breaking and approachable work, by two of Canada's most authoritative experts on water issues, redefines our relationship with fresh water and outlines the steps we as a society will have to take if we wish to ensure the sustainability of our water supply for future generations.

Happy

Why More or Less Everything is Absolutely Fine

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Author: Derren Brown

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 147352685X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 576

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THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTELLER ‘Deeply informative, moving, wise and full of love’ Alain de Botton Everyone says they want to be happy. But that's much more easily said than done. What does being happy actually mean? And how do you even know when you feel it? Across the millennia, philosophers have thought long and hard about happiness. They have defined it in many different ways and come up with myriad strategies for living the good life. Drawing on this vast body of work, in Happy Derren Brown explores changing concepts of happiness - from the surprisingly modern wisdom of the Stoics and Epicureans in classical times right up until today, when the self-help industry has attempted to claim happiness as its own. He shows how many of self-help’s suggested routes to happiness and success – such as positive thinking, self-belief and setting goals – can be disastrous to follow and, indeed, actually cause anxiety. This brilliant, candid and deeply entertaining book exposes the flaws in these ways of thinking, and in return poses challenging but stimulating questions about how we choose to live and the way we think about death. Happy aims to reclaim happiness and to enable us to appreciate the good things in life, in all their transient glory. By taking control of the stories we tell ourselves, by remembering that ‘everything’s fine’ even when it might not feel that way, we can allow ourselves to flourish and to live more happily.

What Matters Most - Bible Study Book

A Study of Philippians

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Author: Karen Ehman

Publisher: Lifeway Church Resources

ISBN: 9781415866924

Category:

Page: 176

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A 7-session study of Philippians that will challenge you to find contentment and joy in what matters most--Christ.

Marriage, a History

How Love Conquered Marriage

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Author: Stephanie Coontz

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101118252

Category: History

Page: 448

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Just when the clamor over "traditional" marriage couldn’t get any louder, along comes this groundbreaking book to ask, "What tradition?" In Marriage, a History, historian and marriage expert Stephanie Coontz takes readers from the marital intrigues of ancient Babylon to the torments of Victorian lovers to demonstrate how recent the idea of marrying for love is—and how absurd it would have seemed to most of our ancestors. It was when marriage moved into the emotional sphere in the nineteenth century, she argues, that it suffered as an institution just as it began to thrive as a personal relationship. This enlightening and hugely entertaining book brings intelligence, perspective, and wit to today’s marital debate.

Being Mortal

Medicine and What Matters in the End

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Author: Atul Gawande

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781410478122

Category: Medical

Page: 424

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A prominent surgeon argues against modern medical practices that extend life at the expense of quality of life while isolating the dying, outlining suggestions for freer, more fulfilling approaches to death that enable more dignified and comfortable choices. By the author of The Checklist Manifesto. (social science).

Creating a Life

Finding Your Individual Path

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Author: James Hollis

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780919123939

Category: Psychology

Page: 159

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Ask yourself, 'When do I feel most real?' What comes up on the screen? All of us have had moments in our lives when we felt whole or wholly present, or experienced a sense of well-being, an intuition of a higher order of reality. Such moments are transitory, alas, and cannot be summoned up by will or mind or right conduct, just as the person who seeks humility finds more and more that pride and one-sidedness push the goal further and further away. - excerpt from Creating A Life

The Giver

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Author: Lois Lowry

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 054434068X

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 240

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Living in a "perfect" world without social ills, a boy approaches the time when he will receive a life assignment from the Elders, but his selection leads him to a mysterious man known as the Giver, who reveals the dark secrets behind the utopian facade.

What Matters Most

How We Got the Point But Missed the Person

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Author: Leonard Sweet

Publisher: Waterbrook Press

ISBN: 0307730573

Category: Religion

Page: 244

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Advocates a relationship with Jesus Christ based on personal engagement which can have life changing consequences.

The Ten Golden Rules

Ancient Wisdom from the Greek Philosophers on Living the Good Life

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Author: M. A. Soupios,Panos Mourdoukoutas

Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing

ISBN: 9781612830940

Category: Philosophy

Page: 112

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Living the good life doesn't require a lot of money or even any faith. The Ten Golden Rules condenses the wisdom of the ancient Greeks into 10 memorable and easy-to-understand rules that, if lived by, can enable modern readers to have rich, meaningful lives. Each chapter examines a rule:1. Examine life2. Worry only about those things under your control3. Treasure friendship4. Experience true pleasure5. Master yourself6 A void excess7. Be a responsible human being8. Don"t be a prosperous fool9. Don’t do evil to others10. Kindness to others tends to be rewarded All chapters begin with a quote from one of the great Greek philosophers who inspired the rule, followed by a story or explanation of the rule and its importance in life, and end with teaching points on which to meditate and reflect. Any reader searching for meaning will return to this simple, slim volume again and again to find tried-and-true wisdom that spans the ages to speak to us today.