Reflections on Composing Your Life
An ancient idea suggests that we are amphibians, living at once on the surface of our minds and within unseen depths. This leads us to feel we have two selves. The surface self we are most familiar with can serve us well, but it is very hit or miss and short-sighted when compared to our deeper self. The inner self, usually ignored, is a source of on-going wisdom, meaning, and direction. By comparison, our outer mind is like a pebble resting within the great expanse of the Grand Canyon. When these aspects of ourselves are viewed as split, or antagonistic, we fall prey to symptoms like depression, confusion and meaninglessness. When we recognize and foster the unity of these two selves, we are more focused and confident.
This text is packed with stories and examples from the author's own life and from the lives of his clients that ground the concepts in hands-on experience. The book's clearly defined structure, practical exercises, and conversational tone make it a friend as well as a guide.