Unbinding the Heart: A Dose of Greek Wisdom, Generosity, and Unconditional Love

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Hay House, Inc, 2012 - Self-Help - 197 pages
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In Unbinding the Heart, author, speaker, and Huffington Post regular Agapi Stassinopoulos invites readers on an inspiring journey of inner exploration to reconnect with their true selves. Born in Greece, a country that celebrates life, Agapi learned the essential truths of happiness through the examples of wisdom, caring, playfulness, and generosity she saw all around her, starting with her own mother. She came to realize that everyone is born with an open heart, but that we quickly learn to put conditions on our happiness-comparing ourselves to others, casting judgment, doubting ourselves, allowing fear or entitlement or self-righteousness to take hold-and slowly our hearts begin to close. We isolate ourselves, feeling alone, disconnected, and unheard; and in doing so we immobilize our spirit, stifle our authentic expression, and cut off our joy. As she went on, Agapi, like so many of us, came under the soul-constricting influences of the larger world. In her struggle to find her place and her voice, trying to balance the acting career she dreamed of with the spiritual life she longed for, she discovered a path that was uniquely hers. Unbinding the Heart shows how she found her way home to herself. In 32 personal, heartfelt stories full of insight and humor, Agapi takes us from her mother's bountiful kitchen, where the seeds of fearless living were planted, to the London classical stage, to an epiphany on a New York City bus-and inspires readers with the confidence to let go of the beliefs that bind them and come to a deeper understanding of life and love.
 

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What a wonderful, thought provoking book. I completely enjoyed this novel. As other readers have expressed, I couldn't put it down. I lost myself while reading. Unbinding the Heart is a perfect title ... Read full review

Contents

Keep Going On at All Costs
55
The Invisible MapQuest
61
Finding Your Voice
67
Reframing Success
73
A Sabbatical from Men
83
Taxi Taxi
89
Me Men and My Mother
95
No More Longing
101
Take Care of Your Capital
141
There Is Nothing to Fix
149
Taking Off the BandAid
155
My Conversation with Socrates
161
The Gift of Forgiveness
167
It Is Done
171
Dont Miss the Moment
177
Coming Home to Ithaka
185

Your Portable Paradise
107
Change the Channel
115
The Elephant in the Room
123
1800GOINSIDE
131
Youre Just Pretty Youre Not Beautiful
135
Ithaka by C P Cavafy
189
Acknowledgments
191
Join Us
195
About the Author
197
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