Enlightened-ish: A Grief Memoir about Spiritual Awakening

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AuthorHouse, Feb 12, 2013 - Religion - 176 pages
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Enlightened-ish is one of the most approachable, down-to-Earth books for anyone seeking a self-guided spiritual awakening. Gail’s work is honest, inspiring and undoubtedly a refreshing read in a market of deeply esoteric and trite testimonies about spiritual enlightenment and self-empowerment. Gail’s story begins with the unexpected death of her father. She dedicates herself to writing Enlightened-ish and the belief that this event will guide her to confront death and loss in a way that few have had the courage to do. She comes forward with experiences from childhood and adulthood in a way that would make Anne Frank’s diary look like a yawn-fest. With an outrageous audacity and authenticity, she confronts the death of her father, the loss of a spiritual community and the effects of witnessing a violent suicide, a health crisis and a break-up - all events which occurred in an 10-month period! Her ability to use storytelling as a means of identifying the universal truths that she calls the “Twelve Freedoms of Enlightened-ish Living” keeps the reader engaged in a polite spiritual voyeurism that has not been matched. Without exception, her tenacity about being fully human and fully “enlightened-ish” will change the trajectory of spiritualists in every religion. Never before has a memoir been written with so much conviction and humility, then packaged so powerfully that readers everywhere will be awakened to the power of storytelling. Enlightened-ish is raw, conversational and unforgettable!
 

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Finally! Someone that celebrates the fact that we are light-filled creatures AND humans equally together! Gail’s sweet soul and sweeter story is such a wonderful change from the dime-a-dozen self-help books.
As soon as I started the first chapter I felt like I was hearing part of my own heart’s story. It was as if I was sharing in a friend’s life experiences and lessons while we sat in comfy couches with our feet tucked underneath us over a cup of coffee. Sometimes laughing, sometimes crying, and never wanting the conversation to end.
If you don’t finish this book with at least a couple of life-changing quotes stuck in your head and a smile that says the weight has lifted off your shoulders, read it again because you did it wrong the first time.
 

Contents

The Call
1
The Freedom to Cuss
9
The Freedom to Survive
17
The Freedom to Live
25
The Freedom to Imagine
31
The Freedom to Attach
37
The Freedom to Believe
45
The Freedom to Say Enough
55
The Freedom to Risk
97
The Freedom to Forgive and Forget
105
The Freedom to Save Yourself
117
Exercising my Freedoms
125
Meditations on ENOUGH
137
Life Letters
143
A Literary Ceremony
151
About the Author
155

The Freedom to Love
73
The Freedom to Drive
89

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