"As Martha Beck says in her book, "Integrity is the cure for psychological suffering. Period." In The Way of Integrity, Beck presents a four-stage process that anyone can use to find integrity, and with it, a sense of purpose, emotional healing, and a life free of mental suffering. Much of what plagues us--people pleasing, staying in stale relationships, negative habits--all point to what happens when we are out of touch with what truly makes us feel whole. Inspired by The Divine Comedy, Beck uses Dante's classic hero's journey as a framework to break down the process of attaining personal integrity into small, manageable steps. She shows how to read our internal signals that lead us towards our true path, and to recognize what we actually yearn for versus what our culture sells us. With techniques tested on hundreds of her clients, Beck brings her expertise as a social scientist, life coach and human being to help readers to uncover what integrity looks like in their own lives. She takes us on a spiritual adventure that not only will change the direction of our lives, but bring us to a place of genuine happiness"--
Physical Description:print xxiv, 327 pages ; illustrations ; 22 cm
Publisher:New York :The Open Field/Penguin Life,
Contents / Notes
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction -- Stage one: The dark wood of error. Lost in the wood ; Desperate for success ; Meeting the teacher ; The only way out -- Stage two: Inferno. Into the inferno ; Innocent mistakes ; When righteousness goes wrong ; The end of self-betrayal -- Stage three: Purgatory. Beginning the cleanse ; No turning back ; Fill your time with life ; Reclaiming Eden -- Stage four: Paradise. Into the mystery ; Humanity at the gates ; The great unbuilding.