The Art of Flourishing: A New East-West Approach to Staying Sane and Finding Love in an Insane World

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Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony, Jun 7, 2011 - Psychology - 352 pages
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We all want more love in our lives, especially when the world requires more from us every day. Lasting intimacy—a close and enduring relationship with someone we love who cherishes us—is an indispensable source of strength, resilience, and hope, one that we especially turn to in challenging times. But too often being in an intimate relationship means we have to compromise—or lose—vital aspects of ourselves. How can we avoid sacrificing our own self-care to get the love we want?

In this original, surprising, and deeply revealing exploration of the self and relationships, Dr. Jeffrey Rubin brings the art of flourishing to life. The idea is startlingly simple: self-care is the foundation of intimacy, and intimacy is the culmination of self-care. The Art of Flourishing provides the reader with the tools necessary to thrive, to live a life of meaning, passion, and fulfillment.

An expert on both Eastern meditative and Western psychotherapeutic traditions, Dr. Rubin draws on the best practices of each to create a new and accessible path to living authentically. His unique synthesis provides a remarkably lucid guide for handling our emotions wisely, discovering our purpose, and uncovering barriers to intimacy—the hidden emotional weeds that kill passion, such as conflicts over communication and power, boundaries and sexuality. Drawing from case examples and personal experiences, Rubin explains how to remove these obstacles to nurture empathy and mutual respect. Creating and cultivating a garden of love enables us to grow as individuals and nourish our connections with others. It widens our horizon of possibility, deepens our humanity, and helps us flourish, which is a priceless gift to the world.

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PLANTING THE SEEDS or SELPCARE 1 Expanding Inner Space 17
They Cant Steal the Moon
What Bruce Lee and Carl Jung Can Teach Us about Training for Intimacy 43
Bringing Spirituality Down to Earth
Cultivating SelfAwareness Empathy and Wise Action
Following Our Passion
Discovering Our Purpose
CULTIVATING THE GARDEN or Love 11 The Garden of Love
Expanding Interpersonal Space 2 22
Learning to Ask for What You Need
Setting Healthy Boundaries 757
Reinvigorating Passion
After the Bliss the Dishes and Only I Know How to Load
Skillfully Handling
Recognizing the Green Shoots

Closing the Ethical Gap
The Symphony of the Self
Authenticity in a World ofSpam

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JEFFREY B. RUBIN, PhD, is the creator of meditative psychotherapy, a practice that he developed through insights gained from decades of study, teaching, and helping thousands of people flourish. The author of the critically acclaimed books Psychotherapy and Buddhism, The Good Life, and A Psychoanalysis for Our Time, Dr. Rubin is a practicing psychotherapist in New York City and Bedford Hills, NY, and has taught at various universities, psychoanalytic institutes, and Buddhist and yoga centers. He lectures around the country and has given workshops at the United Nations, the Esalen Institute, the Open Center, the 92nd Street Y and Yoga Sutra. His pioneering approach to Buddhism and psychotherapy has been featured in The New York Times Magazine.

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