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The Present Heart

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After a chance encounter with a handsome, idealistic stranger on a plane in 1969, Polly Young-Eisendrath rediscovered Ed Epstein a decade later when she least expected it. After untangling themselves from their existing relationships, they married in 1985 and spent the next 25 years together. They were soul mates, but in 2001, Ed (at the vital age of 53) began to show ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published October 7th 2014 by Rodale Books
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Seth
Oct 07, 2014 Seth rated it it was amazing
If Western Buddhism has been shaped by its ongoing dialogue with Psychology, it’s in part due to the existence of a remarkable cohort of psychologist-practitioners who are also gifted writers. I include psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers such as Jack Kornfield, Larry Rosenberg, Barry Magid, Harvey Aronson, Jeffrey Rubin, Mark Epstein, Jeremy Safran, Bob Rosenbaum and Polly Young-Eisendrath in this elect group. Young-Eisendrath, a Vermont-based Jungian psychologist and Buddhist ...more
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Oct 22, 2014 Toinette Lippe rated it it was amazing
Polly Eisendrath’s marvelous new book illuminates the nature of true love, which she calls “the meeting of truth and love,” where each person becomes a mirror for the other, a constant witness to the beloved’s heart, mind, words, and actions. Only when we support one another fully in this way, without illusion or criticism, can we enter into a deep and unguarded relationship in which we accept and embrace each moment as it reveals itself—and then move forward.

Polly is a strong woman, not only in
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Nina La
Oct 13, 2014 Nina La rated it it was amazing
"The Present Heart - A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Discovery" is a moving and powerful reflection on what it means to truly be in relationship. Polly Young-Eisendrath, the book's author, writes a main storyline of her relationship with the love of her life and husband of many years, Ed Epstein, as they confront Ed's devastating early-onset Alzheimer's disease. Included with Ed and Polly's story are portrayals of other relationships in Polly's life, past and present, that help illustrate Polly's ...more
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