Where do the solutions to most of life’s predicaments come from? Our brains and nervous systems are wired to respond in one of three ways when we feel stressed, threatened, or deprived: We freeze, fight, or flee. Yet solutions to our challenges come from a much more natural and spontaneous dimension than these ancient, primal strategies. When we acknowledge the truth of our situation and open our arms to it, something remarkable happens, and we love the live we have.
Join modern-day pilgrim Roger Housden for an eight-week discussion group based on his new book Dropping the Struggle: Seven Ways to Love the Life You Have. This group is not about giving up when circumstances test us; far from it. Housden reminds us that what’s needed is “a persistent, deep, and courageous Yes! to life right now. That Yes doesn’t mean not caring about what happens in the world or in our own lives. It means caring so much that the heart spills open. It means being willing to be fully here where we are, whatever we are, however dark or light it happens to be.”
For this discussion group, you will receive an email each Monday that draws out key themes from the week’s book chapter and helps you apply them to your life. An introduction is followed by these chapters:
- Dropping the Struggle to Be Special
- Dropping the Struggle for a Perfect Life
- Dropping the Struggle for Meaning and Purpose
- Dropping the Struggle for Love
- Dropping the Struggle with Time
- Dropping the Struggle with Change
- Dropping the Struggle to Know
Discussion of the book with Roger and others from our worldwide community will take place in an online Practice Circle. This is not a live chat requiring you to be any place at any time. It’s an online forum open 24/7 for posts from any time zone. You’ll be able to share your responses to the ideas in the book and your experiences practicing this courageous response in all the facets of your life.
After Roger’s e-course this past January on “Poetry to Nourish the Soul,” we immediately began to hear from people asking, “When will Roger’s next course be?” He is one of the Living Spiritual Teachers profiled on Spirituality & Practice and has received S&P Best Spiritual Book Awards for six books, including For Lovers of God Everywhere: Poems of the Christian Mystics, Keeping the Faith Without a Religion, How Rembrandt Reveals Your Beautiful Imperfect Self, and Chasing Rumi: A Fable About Finding the Heart’s True Desire. We at S&P are also big fans of his collections of “ten poems” to open your heart, to set you free, to last a lifetime, to change your life again and again, and to say goodbye. We are excited to welcome him back!