Charlotte Kasl is a practicing therapist, workshop leader for 25 years, and author of many books including If The Buddha Dated. We all know the feeling of being stuck in a rut without the energy or the willpower to move forward in our lives. In this user-friendly paperback, Kasl outlines the seven steps on the path to change:
1. Notice where you're stuck.
2. Show up.
3. Pay attention.
4. Live in reality.
5. Connect with others.
6. Move from thought to action.
7. Let go.
She also takes a hard look at some of the factors that keep us stuck negative thinking, difficulty connecting with other people and a lack of a support system, looking to external sources for a sense of happiness and or to feel 'worthwhile,' repeating the same behavior and hoping the outcome will be different, and focusing on the overwhelming, how bad life is, and the terrible state of the world. Kasl spices up the proceeding with quotations from Rumi, Hafiz, Kabir, D.T. Suzuki, Shunryu Suzuki, Marshall Rosenberg and many others.
There are many exercises here and helpful material on learning to step out of your own way, exploring your amazing mind, noticing the stories that you tell yourself, taking off the lenses that color your truth, finding the wisdom that flows between your heart and mind, grounding yourself to ease your fears, and moving toward a vision without a map. This is a sane and salutary resource on bringing change into your life as a passport to better things.