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Finding the Deep River Within: A Woman's Guide to Recovering Balance and Meaning in Everyday Life Paperback – September 28, 2007
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"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
More About the Author
Abby has spoken to women and mixed audiences from Maine to California about work/life balance, self-care, and how to live a soulful life in a speed-obsessed world. She has been in the mental health field for more than thirty years and has been a clinical psychotherapy trainer and supervisor at training centers in the United States and abroad, including England, the Netherlands and Russia.
Abby is an exhibited calligrapher, amateur gardener, and aspiring dancer. She is the mother of two grown children and lives with her husband outside Boston, Massachusetts. Visit her website at http://www.deepriverwithin.com
Top Customer Reviews
This jewel of a book is not another guide on how to become more organized; to "pack more into already overbusy schedules," nor is it a solely spiritual guide to meditation and slowing down. In a personal, accessible style, Abby takes on the plight of real women in 2006, who hunger for something not yet named, perhaps....the sacred in daily living.
She starts with guidance to identify and begin to tackle the external blocks to living more mindfully , providing good solid tools. Then, she takes us inside to explore the blocking beliefs there, giving gentle guidance and practical advice along the way. Finally, she addresses (in a way that draws one in) the larger implicatons of this culturally radical shift in relation to self.
Abby fills in the space between most self help books of our time. As a therapist and busy woman, I can say this is a must read for all women struggling with balance and meaning, today.
Jean Guenther, Psychotherapist, Burlington, VT
When I stumbled across Finding the Deep River Within 3 years ago, I was a homeschooling mother of 4 children, including an infant, and was working in two businesses - my husband's and my own. I was exhausted, overwhelmed, and in despair over making the pieces of my life work.
My typical approach to overwhelm was getting myself more "together" or getting more organized. Reading Finding the Deep River Within was something entirely different, and quite radical. Abby Seixas' six pathways are a marked contrast to many of the messages that we receive from our culture - and from other self-help guides.
This warm, nurturing book was like sitting down and talking with a wise older sister or aunt. Instead of trying to change myself to be more productive, Abby Seixas encouraged me to examine the beliefs that kept me pushing myself so hard.
It's now been 3 years since I read this book and learned about the practices of the deep river. In applying these principles to my life, this is what I've gained, and how my life has changed:
Over time, I have slowly, gently, and powerfully shifted the painful, striving, perfectionist approach I had long carried towards myself.
I no longer feel so afraid of my feelings. I can sit with difficult feelings without running to food, my favorite avoidance tactic.
I have greater discernment about what's important. I can hear my inner voice with more clarity. I've been able to soften the anxious feeling of "I'm not doing enough" that pervaded every area of my life.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Didn't realize this was a "step program" when I bought the book. I'm glad I spent so little for it. Read morePublished 17 months ago by S. Pannell
Reading this book over a period of two months, taking time to absorb the lessons and meditate on Abby Seixas' message, I found myself enriched in ways beyond what I expected. Read morePublished on October 1, 2010 by Story Circle Book Reviews
I have been struggling with finding balance and meaning for many years. I even teach balance workshops! So when I discovered Abby's book it was such a gift. Read morePublished on November 30, 2009 by Leslie Ackles
The title of this book says it all, "Finding the Deep River Within." Author Abby Seixas accompanies the reader on an adventure inward, providing practical tools for navigating the... Read morePublished on November 3, 2008 by Corrie Woods
Abby's book is so well written and full of wisdom, yet never preachy. I give it 5 stars!!
This is a book I'll continue to refer back to for encouragement and sustenance as I... Read more
FINDING THE DEEP RIVER WITHIN has been a powerful resource both for me personally and for clients in my psychotherapy practice. Read morePublished on July 15, 2008 by Andrea M. Johnson
As the newness of 2008 wears off, many of us have returned to our old ways. Our to-do lists tyrannize our days, and it seems twenty-four hours simply aren't enough to `get it all... Read morePublished on February 20, 2008 by Christine Louise Hohlbaum
I am a major fan of the hardcover edition of this book and plan to order paperbacks as gifts for my friends. Read morePublished on September 5, 2007 by Sara Hunter
I love this book. It has practical advice for helping women to evaluate their lives and find balance. It is not another "how to organize" your life book. Read morePublished on March 8, 2007 by Kindle Customer