DROPPING THE STRUGGLE
New Book Offers Seven Ways to Love the Life You Have
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“I love all of Roger's healing, enlivening, and heart-opening work.”
~ Coleman Barks, author of Rumi: The Big Red Book
In our culture of “get more, have more, be more,” is there any place for “good enough is good enough”?
Bestselling author and acclaimed teacher Roger Housden says “yes” in Dropping the Struggle: Seven Ways to Love the Life You Have (New World Library, September 8, 2016), which offers an inspiring alternative to nonstop striving and self-criticism.
“This book is dedicated to reminding you to rest back into the life you already have, just as it is,” says Housden. “It takes an allowing, in the form of a persistent, deep, and courageous Yes! to life right now. That Yes doesn’t mean not caring about what happens in the world or in our own lives. It means caring so much that the heart spills open. It means being willing to be fully here where we are, whatever we are, however dark or light it happens to be.”
Housden, who up until a few years ago, spent much of his time in what he describes as a covert struggle with life, writes from first-hand experience as he offers readers seven ways to love the life they have by dropping the struggle to be special, dropping the struggle for a perfect life, dropping the struggle for meaning, dropping the struggle for love, dropping the struggle with time, dropping the struggle with change, and dropping the struggle to know.
“It was so normal, and often so subtle — the background banter in my head as I went about my day — that I never even thought to call it a struggle; until, that is, I gradually became intimate enough with myself to acknowledge the feeling tones with which I moved through the day and to see through the ways I made my own life so needlessly difficult,” writes Housden. “Now the struggles are mostly over, or when they aren’t, I manage to see them more quickly for what they are and remember — mostly — to step out of the ring.”