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Silver linings : the power of trauma to transform your life
West, Melissa Gayle.
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Publication Information:
Gloucester, Mass. : Fair Winds ; Hove : RotoVision, [2003]

Physical Description:
192 pages ; 18 cm
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BF637.L53 W47 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
BF637.L53 W47 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This is a book that shows people how the worst things that happen to them can often be blessings in disguise, and how to make the most of those blessings as catalysts to lasting and significant life changes.

Author Notes

Melissa Gayle West, M.S., is Program Director at the Harmony Hill Retreat Center the co-founder of LifeQuest Institute, core faculty in Bastyr University's Spirituality, Health, and Medicine Program; and a psychotherapist and spiritual counselor

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 9
Introductionp. 11
Part 1 Loss
Chapter 1 The Shatteringp. 15
Interlude 1 Initiation Journalp. 28
Chapter 2 The Leavingp. 31
Interlude 2 Journal Keeping; Initiation Altarp. 40
Chapter 3 Loss and Heartbreakp. 43
Interlude 3 Grief Ritual; Metta Meditation for Oneselfp. 53
Chapter 4 Entering into the Mysteryp. 57
Interlude 4 Guided Meditation: Meeting a Wisdom Guidep. 68
Part 2 Wilderness
Chapter 5 Journeying Through Wildernessp. 73
Interlude 5 Guided Meditation: Wilderness; Meditation: Three-Part Initiation Breathp. 83
Chapter 6 Seeking Solitude, Learning from Eldersp. 87
Interlude 6 God-Bathing; Prayer Stick; Altar Updatep. 100
Chapter 7 Letting Go: Surrenderp. 103
Interlude 7 Surrender Meditation; Salatp. 115
Chapter 8 Questingp. 119
Interlude 8 Journal: Big Questions; Dream Journal; Vision Walkp. 132
Chapter 9 Gratitude and Gracep. 137
Interlude 9 Gratitude for a Needed Quality; Cultivating Thankfulness for Everything; Raising Your Sailsp. 145
Part 3 Rebirth
Chapter 10 New Lifep. 151
Interlude 10 Creating a Vision; Community Celebrationp. 164
Chapter 11 The Gifts of Homecomingp. 167
Interlude 11 Journal: Harvesting Meaning; Full Metta Meditationp. 179
Appendix For Partners and Familyp. 183
Annotated Bibliographyp. 187
About the Authorp. 192