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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.)
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"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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (September 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787997498
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787997496
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Abby Seixas is a psychotherapist, author and speaker specializing in issues of life balance. She offers workshops, retreats and individualized coaching as well as her popular "Deep River"(tm) groups. Her television appearances include NBC's The Today Show and the Hallmark Channel and her work has been featured in O. The Oprah Magazine, Self, Woman's Day, Fitness, Body + Soul, and The Boston Globe.

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

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Laura F. Lubin on September 19, 2006
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Amidst the clamor of self help books, take a quiet moment to reach out and choose Abby Seixas' new book, "Finding the Deep River Within: A Woman's Guide to Recovering Balance and Meaning in Everyday Life."

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.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Toni Brooks on September 17, 2006
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For people like me, who move at too constant and rapid a pace, a book like this needs to send a understandable and concise message. It also needs to be well-organized and formatted for easy usage. I found all this to be true about *Finding the Deep River Within.* In a clear and concise format, this book gave me great tools for slowing down and finding my way back from all the busyness, to ME! I also found the quotes particularly helpful. The author found beautiful and inspiring passages from widespread sources, which will continue to inform me for years. I plan to copy several of them, and keep them in my day planner for a "Deep River boost" when the pace of life gets the better of me.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jean Guenther on October 4, 2006
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The six practices Abby Seixas describes in Finding the Deep River Within contain sound psycho-spiritual skills that bring me home to myself and provide excellent guidance for my clients. The great value of this book is that Seixas has laid out these essential skills in a coherent, well-organized way that's easy to understand and inviting to use. Her writing is direct and intimate, and her message is desperately needed to create balance in our demanding world. Valuable wisdom for enriching one's life, and a treasure to give to your women friends.

Jean Guenther, Psychotherapist, Burlington, VT
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Karly Randolph Pitman on August 30, 2007
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Since my teens, I'd been a striver, a perfectionist, and a self-improvement project - constantly working to fix my flaws.

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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lisa A. Daigle on November 28, 2009
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It is said that "when the reader is ready, the author will appear." When Finding The Deep River Within appeared in my literary path, I was contemplating questions such as, "Given this one life to live, for whom am I living it?" Or, "What does it mean to live a simple life?" While insights would pop up through yoga and communion with nature, I had not read a book (or attended a workshop) that offered gentle and slow-paced wisdom. Abby's voice was just that... gentle, forgiving, compassionate, and the list goes on. My heart didn't race and my pulse didn't quicken when I read the book, nor did I race out the door to jump on a bandwagon. Instead, I found myself looking out the window at the way the plants dance in the wind, planning experiences to better meet my own needs, communicating more realistic boundaries in the fast-paced business world, and truly befriending the feelings that live in my heart. I count Abby's book as one of the top influences that helped me better see and experience my river of life. The teachings will stay with me and continue to be lived.
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