I find it fascinating that readers seem to have a very intense reaction to this book.
Whether positive and life changing to the reader, or having a very intense aversion, these responses interest me.
I think we often attack what we do not understand.
I think we go after what affects us too deeply, or we dismiss it. We tend to have to destroy it somehow, because it forces us to feel.
When we haven't learned it is ok to feel, anger comes up.
This book sat on my nightstand for quite some time before I had the courage to open it up.
Even the title scared me.
To allow myself to have something, to allow in the good, sometimes these are the hardest things we do in life. The simplest lessons can be the hardest to learn.
Will Meyerhofer, MSW, happens to be a Harvard grad and a JD. But you don't need to be a rocket scientist to recognize and apply the concepts in this book. Staying present, forgiving and becoming conscious of the self, expressing the self to ward off depression--such are teachings that seem so simple.
So why is it that as a society so many of us are unhappy? Simple is not easy.
As we learn to deepen our consciousness, I am grateful to have guides such as this one at my disposal. Like a deep meditation, this book reads between the lines. Removing what seem like deeply grooved patterns in the brain, rows of text speak gently yet clearly, instigating new insights. With every page, years of personal damage to the self can be undone.
That is, if you can get past the cover, open the book, and allow yourself to have it.