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Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow by Elizabeth Lesser
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“How strange that the nature of life is change, yet the nature of human beings is to resist change. And how ironic that the difficult times we fear might ruin us are the very ones that can break us open and help us blossom into who we were meant to be.”
Elizabeth Lesser, Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow
“What will matter is the good we did, not the good we expected others to do.”
Elizabeth Lesser, Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow
“May you listen to the voice within the beat even when you are tired. When you feel yourself breaking down, may you break open instead. May every experience in life be a door that opens your heart, expands your understanding, and leads you to freedom. If you are weary, may you be aroused by passion and purpose. If you are blameful and bitter, may you be sweetened by hope and humor. If you are frightened, may you be emboldened by a big consciousness far wiser than your fear. If you are lonely, may you find love, may you find friendship. If you are lost, may you understand that we are all lost, and still we are guided—by Strange Angels and Sleeping Giants, by our better and kinder natures, by the vibrant voice within the beat. May you follow that voice, for This is the way—the hero’s journey, the life worth living, the reason we are here.  ”
Elizabeth Lesser, Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow
“Whatever is happening, whatever is changing, whatever is going or not going according to my plans—I release my hold on all of it. I leave behind who I think I am, who I want to be, what I want the world to be. I come home to the great peace of the present moment,”
Elizabeth Lesser, Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow
“A broken heart is not the same as sadness. Sadness occurs when the heart is stone cold and lifeless. On the contrary, there is an unbelievable amount of vitality in a broken heart.”
Elizabeth Lesser, Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow
“If we do not suffer a loss all the way to the end, it will wait for us. It won’t just dissipate and disappear. Rather, it will fester, and we will experience its sorrow later, in stranger forms.”
Elizabeth Lesser, Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow
“How quickly I judge, and therefore diminish their humanity.”
Elizabeth Lesser, Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow
“When there is nothing left to lose, we find the true self—the self that is whole, the self that is enough, the self that no longer looks to others for definition, or completion, or anything but companionship on the journey.”
Elizabeth Lesser, Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow
“I am not suggesting that everything bad that happens to us is sent directly by a knowing hand—cooked up specially for our personal development. Nor do I mean that by using the stuff of life as grist for the mill you will learn what you need to learn and move on into a problem-free world. And I also don’t recommend courting drama and disaster so that you can be broken open to the truth. A catastrophe is not a sign that God has singled you out for greatness. What I do mean is that you can use anything—everything—as a wake-up call; you can find a treasure trove of information about yourself and the world in the big trials and the little annoyances of daily life. If you turn around and face yourself in times of loss and pain, you will be given the key to a more truthful—and therefore a more joyful—life.”
Elizabeth Lesser, Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow
“Over and over, we are broken on the shore of life. Our stubborn egos are knocked around, and our frightened hearts are broken open—not once, and not in predictable patterns, but in surprising ways and for as long as we live.”
Elizabeth Lesser, Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow
“So much of what we do each day is a diversion from what our lives are really about. A traumatic event is like a knife slicing through our diversionary tactics and exposing the vein of truth—the truth of what we really want, of how we really feel, of the wrongs we have visited upon each other, of the love we crave from each other.”
Elizabeth Lesser, Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow
“To turn back is one kind of death; to go forward is another.”
Elizabeth Lesser, Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow
“If there is one thing that has made a difference in my life, it is the courage to turn and face what wants to change within me.”
Elizabeth Lesser, Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow
“The greatest stories ever told trace a path through the charred and exalted landscape of romantic love.”
Elizabeth Lesser, Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow
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“To banish the Hideous Damsel's darkness is to sterilize one's chance at the evolution she brings.”
Elizabeth Lesser, Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow
“The Persian poet Rumi says, The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don’t go back to sleep. You must ask for what you really want.”
Elizabeth Lesser, Broken Open: How difficult times can help us grow
“every catastrophe can hand us exactly what we need to awaken into who we really are.”
Elizabeth Lesser, Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow
“It is our birthright to uncover the soul—to remove the layers of fear or shame or apathy or cynicism that conceal it.”
Elizabeth Lesser, Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow
“what feels like such a painful loss now will become something beautiful later on. You cannot escape your destiny. You can certainly try. People do so every day. They hold on tight, and the river just dries up.”
Elizabeth Lesser, Broken Open: How difficult times can help us grow
“Rumi says: Out beyond ideas of wrong doing and right doing There is a field. I’ll meet you there.”
Elizabeth Lesser, Broken Open: How difficult times can help us grow
“Don’t keep searching for the truth; Just let go of your opinions.”
Elizabeth Lesser, Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow
“Only people who claim their own voice can hear the true song of another.”
Elizabeth Lesser, Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow
“HOW STRANGE THAT THE NATURE OF LIFE is change, yet the nature of human beings is to resist change. And how ironic that the difficult times we fear might ruin us are the very ones that can break us open and help us blossom into who we were meant to be. This”
Elizabeth Lesser, Broken Open: How difficult times can help us grow
“Everything gets sorted out in the Great Silence.”
Elizabeth Lesser, Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow
“Patience is a hard discipline. It is not just waiting until something happens over which we have no control: the arrival of the bus, the end of the rain, the return of a friend, the resolution of a conflict. Patience is not waiting passively until someone else does something. Patience asks us to live the moment to the fullest, to be completely present to the moment, to taste the here and now, to be where we are. When we are impatient, we try to get away from where we are. We behave as if the real thing will happen tomorrow, later, and somewhere else. Let’s be patient and trust that the treasure we look for is hidden in the ground on which we stand.”
Elizabeth Lesser, Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow
“Marion Woodman—the great Jungian analyst and author—says that we come to the mythic Crossroads during “moments in our lives where the unconscious crosses consciousness; where the eternal crosses the transitory; where a higher will demands the surrender of our egos.”
Elizabeth Lesser, Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow
“you are going to pray, then don’t worry. And if you are going to worry, then don’t bother praying.”
Elizabeth Lesser, Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow
“Rumi tells us that moment we accept what troubles we’ve been given, the door will open.”
Elizabeth Lesser, Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow
“Prayer is allowing ourselves to be thirsty; it is a longing for something we just cannot seem to find. The Sufis say that our longing for God is God’s longing for us. In this way, prayer is like a conversation between friends separated across time and space.”
Elizabeth Lesser, Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow
“We stood in silence, and then the long-haired man repeated, “You are in pain. Do you know why?” “No, why?” I asked, even though I certainly did know why. “Because you are afraid.” “Afraid of what?” “Afraid of yourself,” the man said, placing his hand on his chest and patting his heart. “You are afraid to feel your real feelings. You are afraid to want what you really want. What do you want?”
Elizabeth Lesser, Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow

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