Title - Living Lightly
Author - Dale Curd and Kimberly Alexander
Genre - Personal Growth / Happiness / SELF-HELP / Motivational & Inspirational / BODY, MIND & SPIRIT / Mindfulness & Meditation
Publisher - Harper Collins Canada
Book Blurb –
EMBRACE THE PRESENT AND FIND CALM AND JOY—EVERY DAY
Living Lightly is a daily devotional that offers a year’s worth of opportunities to commune, in the deepest and most beautiful sense of that word, with your self and your life. Partners and therapists, Dale and Kim Curd step through the universal doorways of life and offer us a nudge to slow down and experiences to help return us to our selves. Their personal reflections invoke gentle introspection and come from their own healing journeys and from being active therapists. Living Lightly invites you to explore how your mind works, understand and express your feelings and be reminded that you are much, much stronger than you realize. Living Lightly is a great way to start or end the day.
Writing Living Lightly has been about coming to terms and getting friendly with lightness as a discipline for me. As I sat down each day to consider and write an entry, I was alert to the reality that the world is both a fearsome and a friendly place, and that people are capable of so much kindness as well as causing so much pain. I couldn’t bury my head in the sand and write niceties, pretending that suffering didn’t exist—it does. I had to choose to rise above fear—transcend it as my default way of thinking and seeing the world—and let my mind redevelop the muscles of curiosity and empathy.
The discipline of writing every day anchored me and helped me turn my attention from the outside to the richness of my inner landscape. It has been—and, in a sense, remains—a mindfulness exercise, and I, the student, have come to it, formed a relationship with it, and learned more about my self.
For me, there has also been a letting go of sorts. To walk the path back to myself, lowering my defenses, I’ve had to reconsider much of what I grew up believing was manly. To be childlike in my curiosity and vulnerable enough to feel empathy, I’ve had to come to terms with and rewrite the conditioning I grew up with—that boyhood is something I must leave behind. Much of our “growing up” as men seem to be about shutting down our feelings, wants and needs, so much so that we lose our ability to recognize or describe what we feel, much less express our emotions fully and responsibly.
Writing Living Lightly reconnected me to the boy inside who would explore ponds, walk in the woods, or make creations out of anything. I can see now how important it is for me to always maintain that bond in healthy ways because it is he who leads me to live lightly. My inner adult, the responsible part of me, now needs that boy’s lightness, curiosity, and courage to guide me into aging, that next chapter, where I will again redefine my self.
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Author Biography - About Dale and Kim
Dale is a mental health professional, the host of CBC TV’s Hello Goodbye and a co-host of Life Story Project on the Oprah Winfrey Network. The creator of an acclaimed Empathetic Listening Method, Dale leads specialized workshops for law enforcement, hospitals and corporations across North America.
Kim spent twenty years in the tech startup world, helping to launch successful online companies in US banking, healthcare, organizational collaboration, and international development. She has traveled extensively and considers travel one of her greatest pleasures. In 2014 she completed her training as a therapist, merging her worlds of technology and therapy, by offering clients online video counseling. Kim is a lifelong learner, always engaged in activities and ventures that expand her self-awareness, from writing, raising animals, to listening to horses and trees.
Dale and Kim founded The Child Therapy List and The Men’s List, two global, online mental wellness professional directories, to help normalize therapy and end mental health stigma. They created LivingLightlyToday.com as an online community to acknowledge and connect with readers and inspire people to share in their passion for beauty. In 2015 Dale and Kim left city life to live on a historic farm in Muskoka.
www.livinglightlytoday.com is a growing online community of souls committed to living fully, exploring new experiences, making new discoveries in our inner and outer landscapes. Dale and Kim are so excited for your images and stories, of beauty and connection. Come join the journey—we are waiting for you!
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