Every woman has within her the strength to bring forth her own higher powers: feminine qualities like inclusivity, a deep sense of justice, confidence, balance and an appreciation for all life. There is a new, eco-feminist spirituality emerging, and every woman has a role to play in this movement.
This book is providing you with the tools to move past what's holding you back, to find the support and inner strength to develop your inner vision, and to fulfill your heart's desire in accordance with the laws of nature.
A psychotherapist's self-help book offers a variety of tools to help women overcome pain, anxiety, and depression.
In an introduction, Schoen frames this book as a healing manual for women, who, she says, too often "give away too much of their energy to others, and neglect their own purpose and desire." She also suggests that such healing is particularly important "in a time where feminine qualities like empathy, inclusivity and wisdom are urgently needed." The pages that follow explore stresses and self-doubts that are common to many women,and present ways to make positive change.
Module 1, "Healing and Calming the Hurt Mind," outlines how strong belief can influence one's view of the world and of oneself. Module 2, "Resilience & Empowerment," suggests that meditation and other cognitive techniques may be effective in improving body image, financial well-being, and relationships with others. Module 3, "Transforming," encourages women to find ways to "step up and into your power."
Sections of explanatory text are followed by workbook exercises, which include questions such as "What are your beliefs about intimate relationships?" and "When in the past have you made decisions that showed self respect?" All sections also include links to online audio-meditation narratives.
Schoen's style is compassionate and conversational, and she offers helpful insights into the causes of painful and destructive emotions. She convincingly analyzes the cultural tendency of women to direct their caretaking energies outward. She uses examples from scientific studies and evolving psychological theories to effectively support her ideas, and the workbook sections allow readers to immediately apply learned concepts to their own lives.
A useful guide for women that focuses on compassion and empathy.
The workbook is divided into 15 chapters. Each chapter comes with a 10 minute guided meditation.
PART 1: HEALING & CALMING THE HURT MIND
Empower Yourself: The Force of your Own Mind
Beliefs and How They Shape our World
Self Compassion: How to Soothe the Inner Critic
Coping Skills for Anxiety and Overwhelm
Depression and Depletion: Boundary Setting and Attending to Your Own Needs
PART 2: RESILIENCE & EMPOWERMENT
The Power of the Group
The True Self: Expand into your Greater Being
Learning to Love your Body
The Missing Piece - What Makes a Successful Intimate Relationship
Healing your Relationship to Money
PART 3: TRANSFORMING
Step Up and Into your Power
Accessing Inner Guidance: Dreams & Intuition
Letting Go and Letting Be: Dancing with your Own Shadow
Nature is the Greatest Healer: Nature Connection and Unity Consciousness
Dreaming a New Life into Being