A Tough Grace: Mental Illness as a Spiritual Path
A Tough Grace: Mental Illness as a Spiritual Path by Alice A Holstein, Ed.D
Mondays beginning August 16
Suggested Donation: $25 (includes book)
Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression, affects approximately 5.7 million Americans, or 2.6% of the population. Domestic and other violence, drug usage, homelessness and alcoholism comes from undiagnosed or untreated manic depression, not to mention suicides and premature deaths from the side effects of preventative medications. Thousands can be rescued from poverty and the disrupted family and economic lives that accompany this illness. A new approach to treating manic depression is desperately needed.
Author Alice Holstein has lived with manic depression for over 40 years.
Excerpt: No one told me that it would take so much effort to do the inner work essential to living life fully. No one told me that this kind of work would begin in earnest at mid-life, absorbing me afterwards for another 12 years with both intense suffering and breakthroughs as the manic depression unfolded.
This book proclaims the revolutionary idea that mental illness can be a profound spiritual journey. A path filled with tests, trials and suffering, mental illness can be a kind of “tough grace” where people can reframe their experiences to understand them as a hero’s journey that creates wisdom and steely strengths. Join us as we read Alice’s story and explore how the illness ultimately forced her to acquire the knowledge and skills that produce creativity and inner happiness.