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Elizabeth Lesser

Elizabeth Lesser is the New York Times bestselling author of Broken Open and the cofounder of Omega Institute, an organization recognized internationally for its workshops and conferences focusing on health and healing, psychology and spirituality, and creativity and social change. Prior to her work at Omega, she was a midwife and childbirth educator. She attended Barnard College and San Francisco State University, and lives in the Hudson River Valley with her family.

The Best 5 Books on Elizabeth Lesser

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The Seeker's Guide (previously published as The New American Spirituality)

In 1977, Elizabeth Lesser cofounded the Omega Institute, now America's largest adult-education center focusing on wellness and spirituality. Working with many of the eminent thinkers of our times, including Zen masters, rabbis, Christian monks, psychologists, scientists, and an array of noted American figures--from L.A. Lakers coach Phil Jackson to author Maya Angelou--Lesser found that by combining a variety of religious, psychological, and healing traditions, each of us has the unique ability to satisfy our spiritual hunger.

In The Seeker's Guid, she synthesizes the lessons learned from an immersion into the world's wisdom traditions and intertwines them with illuminating stories from her daily life. Recounting her own trials and errors and offering meditative exercises, she shows the reader how to create a personal practice, gauge one's progress, and choose effective spiritual teachers and habits. Warm, accessible, and wise, this book provides directions through the four landscapes of the spiritual journey:

THE MIND: learning meditation to ease stress and anxiety
THE HEART: dealing with grief, loss, and pain; opening the heart and becoming fully alive
THE BODY: returning the body to the spiritual fold to heal and
overcome the fear of aging and death
THE SOUL: experiencing daily life as an adventure of meaning and mystery
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Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow

In the more than twenty-five years since she co-founded Omega Institute - now the world's largest center for spiritual retreat and personal growth -Elizabeth Lesser has been an intimate witness to the ways in which people weather change and transition. In a beautifully crafted blend of moving stories, humorous insights, practical guidance, and personal memoir, she offers tools to help us make the choice we all face in times of challenge: Will we be broken down and defeated, or broken open and transformed? Lesser shares tales of ordinary people who have risen from the ashes of illness, divorce, loss of a job or a loved one - stronger, wiser, and more in touch with their purpose and passion. And she draws on the world's great spiritual and psychological traditions to support us as we too learn to break open and blossom into who we were meant to be.
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Seekers Guide, THE by Lesser, Elizabeth (2006) Paperback

Seekers Guide, THE by Lesser, Elizabeth (2006) Paperback
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Zwei Schwestern, ein Leben: Über Liebe, Trauer und das, was im Leben wirklich zählt (German Edition)

Eine faszinierende und mutige Erinnerung: die Geschichte zweier Schwestern, die die Tiefe ihrer Liebe durch eine Knochenmark-Transplantation erfahren. Als Elizabeth sieht, dass sie die perfekte Spenderin für Maggie ist, stellt sich ihr die Frage nach ehrlicher und authentischer Liebe noch einmal neu. In der Hoffnung, Maggie die beste Chance für eine erfolgreiche Transplantation zu geben, graben die Schwestern tief in das Mark ihrer Beziehung, um den Weg zu bedingungsloser Akzeptanz zu finden. Sie überlassen die Knochenmark-Transplantation den Ärzten, und nehmen sich dem an, was die kleine Schwester "Seelenmark-Transplantation" nennt. Maggies Körper ist letztlich zu schwach, um die Krankheit zu bekämpfen. Als sich die beiden auf das Unvermeidliche vorbereiten, kommen sie sich so nahe wie nie, die gemeinsamen Blutzellen werden zum Symbol der Bindung, die sie für immer teilen werden.

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Marrow: Love, Loss, and What Matters Most

The author of the New York Times bestseller Broken Open returns with a visceral and profound memoir of two sisters who, in the face of a bone marrow transplant—one the donor and one the recipient—begin a quest for acceptance, authenticity, and most of all, love.

A mesmerizing and courageous memoir: the story of two sisters uncovering the depth of their love through the life-and-death experience of a bone marrow transplant. Throughout her life, Elizabeth Lesser has sought understanding about what it means to be true to oneself and, at the same time, truly connected to the ones we love. But when her sister Maggie needs a bone marrow transplant to save her life, and Lesser learns that she is the perfect match, she faces a far more immediate and complex question about what it really means to love—honestly, generously, and authentically.

Hoping to give Maggie the best chance possible for a successful transplant, the sisters dig deep into the marrow of their relationship to clear a path to unconditional acceptance. They leave the bone marrow transplant up to the doctors, but take on what Lesser calls a "soul marrow transplant," examining their family history, having difficult conversations, examining old assumptions, and offering forgiveness until all that is left is love for each other’s true selves. Their process—before, during, and after the transplant—encourages them to take risks of authenticity in other aspects their lives.

But life does not follow the storylines we plan for it. Maggie’s body is ultimately too weak to fight the relentless illness. As she and Lesser prepare for the inevitable, they grow ever closer as their shared blood cells become a symbol of the enduring bond they share. Told with suspense and humor, Marrow is joyous and heartbreaking, incandescent and profound. The story reveals how even our most difficult experiences can offer unexpected spiritual growth. Reflecting on the multifaceted nature of love—love of other, love of self, love of the world—Marrow is an unflinching and beautiful memoir about getting to the very center of ourselves.

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