A new approach to looking for lasting love using meditation, visualization, and a deeper sense of self.
After repeatedly lookin' for love in all the wrong places, personal development guru Freston realized that she needed to change herself, not her prospective mate, to find happiness. Along the way, she compiled her mishmash of methods and tools into this loose compendium. Though the good bits are pretty good, it's basically just a 12-step approach fused with New Agey mumbo jumbo. Well-phrased observations ("Miracles are not always earth-shattering, but can, in their quiet and chancelike way, change our lives profoundly") are frequently counteracted by nonsense: "It is the law of spiritual evolution for love to expand itself." There are examples and anecdotes amid the how-to, but somehow this puzzler holds more promise than it delivers. Like Debra Mandel's Healing the Sensitive Heart: How To Stop Getting Hurt, Build Your Inner Strength, and Find the Love You Desire, this is for large public libraries and special collections dealing exclusively with self-help. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information. -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.
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St. Martin's Press
February 13, 2004
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Excerpt from Expect a Miracle by Kathy Freston
You might think, as so many people do, that to find a great relationship you've got to grit your teeth, go out and make a great effort, and basically do whatever it takes to find the guy or gal. In fact, that might seem easier than what I'm about to propose because you're probably at least familiar with the rules of that game. No, expecting a miracle isn't about doing anything. It isn't about changing who you are on the outside. It isn't about getting fit or mastering the art of scintillating conversation or buying a whole new wardrobe.
It's about going deep within and finding out where you are holding yourself back from love. It's about preparing yourself to have the relationship that would fulfill your highest potential. It's about becoming still so that you can listen for cues from your heart and soul, and then just waiting and watching as everything unfolds exactly as it is supposed to. If you can take to heart this one simple idea -- that all you need to do is be still and present -- everything else, including finding a great relationship, will take care of itself.
In this first step we'll be looking at just how to bring about that sense of inner stillness, so that you are ready for the entry of Mr./Ms. Right into your life.