In the Moment

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Harper Collins, Aug 17, 2010 - Family & Relationships - 100 pages
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Celebration has the power to carry us through the joys and adversities of life, and to connect us to our spiritual center. Drawing upon his own experiences and training, psychoanalyst Harvey Rich describes the celebratory process that unfolds when we recognize a moment as special and open ourselves to the fullest sensory experience of it. Rich shows us how we can capture the moments of our lives and bring our own histories and aspirations to bear up those moments -- a celebration that is the antidote to the blur of our often high-tech, fast-paced lives.

 

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Contents

1 The Universal Search i
1
2 The Elements of Celebration
18
3 Origins
34
Celebrations Echoes Patterns and New Dimensions
72
5 Love and Commitment
98
An Expression of Life
122
The Ultimate Mystery Story
152
8 Adversity and Healing
171
Connections Closure and Continuation
195
10 Living with Celebration
218
Our Turn as Parents
243
12 A Legacy of Celebration
267
Acknowledgments
271
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Page 34 - The little world of childhood with its familiar surroundings is a model of the greater world. The more intensively the family has stamped its character upon the child, the more it will tend to feel and see its earlier miniature world again in the bigger world of adult life.
Page 267 - I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity.
Page 195 - As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so life well used brings happy death.
Page 92 - Just as when we were young children, and one parent provided a safe "other" for us to discuss our struggles with the other parent, friends provide a safe "other" to whom we can bring the struggles of our lives.
Page 98 - To love another you have to undertake some fragment of their destiny. QUENTIN CRISP all contemporary adult life passages, marriage remains the most commonly, openly, joyfully, lavishly celebrated in our culture.
Page 43 - I was standing in the doorway between the dining room and the kitchen of our one-bedroom apartment in Chicago, where the four of us lived.
Page 74 - Ideally, friendship offers a source of essential support, refuge, and modeling of healthy relationship and self-expression. Friendship can affirm and reinforce the echoes of a nurturing beginning. We also find in friendship the sacred space to explore new...
Page 91 - These two friends sustained each other through poverty, joy, death, illness, great sorrow, marital disappointments, and all the exigencies life placed before them.
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About the author (2010)

Harvey L. Rich, M.D. is a renowned physician, psychoanalyst, psychoanalytic teacher, and lecturer. He has bee a featured guest on National Public Radio and in other national media, including the Diane Rehm Show, and has contributed essays to the Washington Post. He lives in Washington, D.C. and Paris, France.

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