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Riding the Dragon: 10 Lessons for Inner Strength in Challenging Times

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Psychologist and best-selling author Robert Wicks draws upon Eastern and Western traditions to help people deal with difficulties--the dragons that escaped from the cave. He encourages people to engage their problems, to ride those dragons rather than try to slay them or drive them back into the cave.
Hardcover, 158 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Sorin Books (first published August 31st 2003)
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Oct 17, 2009 Jo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book for caregivers/people in helping professions. It's a small book that encourages readers to develop patterns in their lives, patterns of caring and having concern for others without adding their burdens to their own, a genuine compassion which is not spiritually depleting. In chapters on pruning carefully, recognizing your renewal zones, catching the slide, seeking hidden possibilities, engaging the darkness, pairing clarity and kindness, finding love in small deeds, seeking perspective ...more
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Dec 18, 2014 Douglas Lord rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wicks (pastoral counseling, Loyola Coll.; Everyday Simplicity: A Practical Guide to Spiritual Growth) offers effective methods and lessons to help readers "ride the dragon"--Zen shorthand for feeling one's feelings, including the uncomfortable ones. He challenges his audience to "listen to and take advantage of…periods of imbalance" and to grow and learn from painful experiences through ten lessons, e.g., "Pair clarity and kindness." Detailed and well thought out, this book nicely blends both Ea ...more
Mar 26, 2012 Annette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a nice little book. It would be of comfort at certain 'down' times of life. Author Robert J. Wicks takes his thoughts as a psychoanalist, mixes them with some Buddhist ideas and adds some homey little stories. It is an easy read and lovely in it's own way.
May 03, 2011 Joe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had the pleasure to hear the author of this book speak at the Catholic Campus Center in Honolulu Hawaii, when he visited there. He is a very engaging speaker, and addressed a general audience which extended beyond the ken of health care providers. He delivered many of the enduring truths, and it was nice to be able to say he had "the Catholic perspective" since he teaches at a Jesuit University in Baltimore.

And so, this book. Not his first. readable and entertaining. I guess it's in the self-h
My late friend John gave me this, and it was so out of character for him to read something like thus, much less share the lessons learned, that I had to read it. It's good advice, directed to those in healing professions and ministry, to spend time with oneself, take inventory and confront the problems we find -- ride the dragon. There's a good variety of secular, Buddhist and Christian wisdom, but Robert Wicks quoted himself so much that I got the impression that he was recycling his work to ma ...more
Tim Gannon
Kevin, a friend of mine had attended this author's workshop on burn out and enjoyed it. This led to his suggestion that I may enjoy this book which touches on that topic. It was nice. The author appears to be well-read and offers many books for further reading. The authors background is in pastoral counseling. He focuses on the prevention of stress and integrating psychology and spirituality. Like most such books, it gets down to you making a commitment to meditate daily and trying to distance o ...more
Grace Marie
Apr 10, 2015 Grace Marie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful insights on the importance of taking care of one's inner self.
Kay Baird
Mar 09, 2013 Kay Baird rated it it was amazing
Wonderfully useful in dealing with my own dragons. Wicks testifies to his own inner work with clarity and honesty, relates just the right teachings from others, and distills guidelines full of compassion and courage. His language is God-oriented, but not proselytizing. I felt engaged by him, able to keep asking "how can I translate this to my language?"
Good read for people who work in the service of others...highlights the perils of secondary trauma; recognizing warning signs, and the importance of self-care. Another book affirming the value of meditation/quiet time/reflection. Good reinforcement if you are already on the path.
Shauna Viele
Sep 24, 2013 Shauna Viele rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book to be savored and pondered over. Not a quick read if you stop and truly absorb it.
Jul 14, 2013 Cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Is a great book if you are blessed enough to "get its message". I did.
excellent. a companion book that deserves re-reading.
Barb Kapinus
Feb 21, 2010 Barb Kapinus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots of food for thought in a slim book.
May 08, 2008 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone!!!
Recommended to Michelle by: Liz
This book changed my life.
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