THE HEART OF THE MATTER by Joffre McClung

THE HEART OF THE MATTER

A Workbook and Guide To Finding Your Way Back To Self-Love
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KIRKUS REVIEW

In this self-help guide, McClung (How Learning to Say Goodbye Taught Me How to Live, 2015) encourages readers to do “inner work” through meditation in order to facilitate spiritual healing.

This short, intimate, and interactive guide aims to help the reader explore, through exercises, their own relationship with the “Higher Self.” The author explains that the Higher Self is always inside us, and it’s always capable of repairing the painful and repressed areas of one’s soul. An important first step, she says, is to develop a “safe space” in which to explore and access “self-love.” McClung provides techniques to expand one’s imagination to create a permanent haven for one’s inner work. She cautions, however, that although one may release pain and negative feelings through meditation, one’s practice shouldn’t end there: it’s important, she says, to finish meditation by replacing pain with love. At the end of each chapter, the author presents “Questions to Investigate” that will assist readers in finding other areas that may require healing. Readers are also encouraged to confront their own conflicts and hesitancies about meditation and other core concepts (“Do you believe everyone has a Higher Self?”). Such questions will help readers look inwardly instead of outwardly for sources of confidence, love, healing, and strength. McClung also urges readers to analyze their current relationships and investigate boundaries that keep them from accessing a Higher Self. For example, one question asks, “Who would you piss off by taking back your power and looking inward to your Higher Self instead of outward for love and wisdom?” These types of queries encourage an honest exploration of dependencies and relationship dynamics. The book also contains extensive exercises for identifying negative emotions, encouraging readers to honor such feelings rather than running from them. Overall, this guide promises an enriching, enlightening self-discovery process.

A concise, clear, and helpful workbook.

Pub Date: March 22nd, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-5043-7511-5
Page count: 338pp
Publisher: BalboaPress
Program: Kirkus Indie
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