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Finding the Deep River Within - A Woman's Guide to Recovering Balance and Meaning in Everyday Life


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Deep River Exercises and Practices.



Part One: Thirsting for the Deep River Realm.

1. The Disease of A-Thousand-Things-To-Do.

2. The Deep River Within.

3. Getting Started.

Part Two: Touching the Deep River: The Practices.

4. Take Time-In.

5. Make Boundaries.

6. Befriend Feelings.

7. Tame Self-Expectations.

8. Practice Presence.

9. Do Something You Love.

Part Three: Keeping the Deep River Flowing.

10. Beyond Self-Care.

Victory Log.


Selected Reading.

The Author.


About the Author

Abby Seixas is a psychotherapist specializing in issues of life balance. Her work has been featured in national and local media, including NBC's The Today Show, the Hallmark Channel, O. The Oprah Magazine, Self, Body + Soul, Woman's Day and The Boston Globe. She is the mother of two grown children and lives with her husband near Boston, Massachusetts.


Between family, professional work, housework, working out, e-mail and the simple essentials like bathing, eating and even sleeping, there is always too much to do. Readers who identify with the above and lament their lack of time will find themselves engrossed within the first few pages of this spiritual self-help title, as Seixas describes with candor and personal experience the unhappy life situation so many women face today. A psychotherapist by profession and founder of Deep River seminars, Seixas outlines the steps for slowing down in today's world by drawing from case studies in her work, outlining the basic spiritual principles of her seminars and providing a range of helpful, easy exercises for readers to practice. Getting to the spiritual within is not easy in a culture that favors multitasking, endless activity and the pressure to strive for perfection, but Seixas advocates what she calls "dropping down" as key to this process, which involves "moving from a more outward focus at the surface of our lives, to a more inward focus deep within ourselves." Seixas's accessible prose and the slow, lasting journey she advocates are welcome in light of the many self-help books that teach us to snatch moments of rest while still keeping on the go, go, go. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

"Seixas offers no quick fix or hollow slogans. Rather, she delivers carefully considered, gently explained, and tested tools for simplifying life via small but meaningful steps." --Boston Globe, October 2006

"Psychotherapist Abby Seixas ... won't tell you how to tick more items off your to-do list or find time for more activities. Instead, she counsels women to pare down their lives by learning to say no, quieting their inner perfectionists, and taking alone time every day. Seixas' program is a practical antidote to our culture's obsession with having--and doing--it all."--Ladies Home Journal Online

"If you can wait at a red light without applying makeup or practicing Italian verbs with a CD, this book is not for you. For the rest of us, Seixas has a message: Slow down!" --Brandeis University Magazine

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