Candyce Ossefort-Russell is the author of the e-book, Your Grief is Your Own: Dispelling common myths about grief. She is a psychotherapist, grief advocate, writer, therapist trainer, and speaker. She has actively lived, studied, and trained in psychological, spiritual, and scientific perspectives of suffering and transformation for over 25 years and has extensive experience living through, working with, and writing about trauma, grief, and life transition. Known for her warm and emotionally engaged therapy and teaching style, Candyce is a contributor to the forthcoming book, “Clinical Applications of The Polyvagal Theory: The Emergence of Polyvagal-Informed Therapies”.
As we all know, life is full of surprises that are not always the kind we would wish for. While these kinds of disappointments are a normal part of the human experience, we all have something to gain by learning from disappointment rather than just attempting to get rid of it, get over it, or wallowing in misery. Christine Hassler, author of the new book, Expectation Hangover: Overcoming Disappointment in Work, Love and Life, left a successful career as a Hollywood agent to share her passion to ease suffering on the planet as a speaker, retreat facilitator and life coach.
Guy Finley is the author of the new book, The Secret of Your Immortal Self: Key Lessons for Realizing the Divinity Within. Open the doors to self-understanding and let go of suffering. Guy discusses how to seek a deeper relationship with the Divine and provides powerful insights on how to find a guiding light in any dark moment.
Our guest today on Pathways is Tina Gilbertson, author of the new book Constructive Wallowing: How to Beat Bad Feelings by Letting Yourself Have Them. Tina is a licensed psychotherapist whose practice here in Portland includes individual therapy and non-traditional career counseling. A popular blogger and workshop leader, her first book cuts to the chase and teaches people how to accept and feel their feelings instead of stuffing them and teaches the value of having a little self-compassion for our own lives.
Phillip Moffitt presents his book, Dancing with Life: Buddhist Insights for Finding Meaning and Joy in the Face of Suffering. Phillip walked away from his highly successful post as chief executive and editor-in-chief on Esquire magazine 1987, in order to focus on his inner life. He is the founder and president of the Life Balance Institute, a non-profit organization devoted to the study and practice of spiritual values in daily life. Phillip teaches vipasana meditation at retreat centers around the country and holds a weekly meditation class in Marin County, California. More information is available at http://www.dancingwithlife.org
Mark Epstein discusses his book, Open to Desire: Embracing a Lust for Life. He is a psychiatrist in private practice in New York City. Mark lectures frequently about the value of Buddhist meditation in psychotherapy. His previous books include Thoughts Without a Thinker, Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart, and Going on Being. He is a contributing editor to “Tricycle: The Buddhist Review” and has written many articles for “Yoga Journal” and “O: The Oprah Magazine.”