Midlife Crash Course : The Journey from Crisis to Full Creative Power

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  • Copyright: 2011-06-01
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One might imagine that a clinical psychologist and trauma counselor would be unusually self-aware in times of pain and transition, and from that very expert lens comes this healing journey that will leave the reader with tears of sorrow and laughter. Dr. Gail Feldman may have seen it all before in her patients, but no amount of prior knowledge could prepare her for the impact of a series of bodily and emotional shocks: a divorce after 35 years of marriage, a subsequent relationship that imploded with upending revelations, and a skiing accident that resulted in broken bones and a head injury. Both deeply personal and universally relatable, Dr. Feldman tells not only her own story, but that of the mythological heroine archetype. Midlife Crash Coursestands as an inspirational missive for women who have been stopped, stunned, left, lost, wounded women who wonder whatrs"s next. The climatic endings and ensuing pursuit for new beginnings that characterize midlife journeys are recounted, tussled with, reveled in uniquely and unflinchingly honest, Dr. Feldmanrs"s latest book is a reminder that as we all suffer, so shall we recover.

Author Biography

Gail C. Feldman, PhD is a clinical psychologist, award-wining author and popular public speaker. She has appeared on radio and television programs across the United States, including Larry King Live. She has also spoken on creativity and resilience in Puerto Rico Greece, and Viet Nam. Dr. Feldman's thirty-plus year of experience include teaching as a clinical assistant professor at the University of New Mexico Medical School, facilitating conflict resolution with families, children and adolescents, providing psychotherapy for trauma survivors and hypnosis for a wide variety of issues. Her current passion is positive psychology, resilience and transformation in midlife.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. xiii
Tossed on the Pathp. 1
Broken Body, Broken Heart
Alone with Pain
The Three Ds: Denial, Disbelief, Dissociation
Helpers on the Path
Friends as Heroes
The Road of Trialsp. 25
Descent into Darkness
Disoriented on the Journey
Rescue Withheld
In the Belly of the Whale
A River of Tears
Another Ally on the Path
The Land of Panic
The Power of Prayer
Help Along the Wayp. 51
Disturbing Dreams
Breathing Through Fear
Burning Up Grief
Supernatural Aid
Dragon Fire
More Comfort on the Path
Magic Medicine
A Bad Ogre
Communications from Spirit
Finding the Way, Falling Back into Fear
Love Wars
Internal Battles
Healing the Body, Connecting With Heartp. 77
Yoga for Body, Mind, and Heart
Another Heart Helper
Broken Heart Syndrome
Fallen Warrior
More Assistance on the Path
Snake Visit
Transforming an Opponent
Progress on the Path
Water, Rainbows, and Butterflies
The Journey Continuesp. 103
A Landmark Resource
Finding Treasure
Returning with Gifts
A Mighty Woman
Sharing the Treasurep. 125
Red Tent Wisdom
Sharing Circles
Historical Heroine
Past Life Adventures
Asserting New Power
The Long Road of Resiliencep. 143
Universal Trials
Reunion With Heart
New Worlds
Finding Wisdom
Witch Trial
Back in the Belly of the Whale
Final Challengesp. 165
Magical Assistants
Spiritual Muscle
X-Ray Vision
Hawk Medicine
Facing Down the Demons
Presence and Possibility
Victory Over the Pastp. 179
Releasing the Past
Magical Flight
Refusal to Return
Master of Two Worlds
Red Resilience
The Ultimate Boon
Finding the Freedom to Flourishp. 201
The Keys to Transformation
The Power of Self-Care
My Own Crone
Snake Medicine
Supremely Supportive Self-Care for the Journeyp. 221
Power Yourself with Prayer
Breathing Healing
Grieving Feelings
Meeting Your Ogres
Gentle Self-Coaching Along the Way
Guiding Metaphor-Becoming a Warrior for Your Life
Rainbow your Life
Meditation I
Mighty Woman Updatep. 257
Format for Mighty Women or Women of Wisdom
Sharing Circles
Acknowledgmentsp. 263
Referencesp. 267
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