Dropping the Struggle: Seven Ways to Love the Life You Have

Dropping the Struggle

Roger Housden

$19.95 H, 9781608684069
New World Library

The author of the Ten Poems series, has now turned his attention to the idea of surrender as the path to true happiness. The idea that attachment is the cause of all suffering is a key concept of Buddhist teachings, at least in the West. It’s also something that is often difficult for Westerners to understand. Housden is offering readers an in-depth discussion of the subject in terms of surrendering to the moment rather than detachment.

He asks us to look for the space that exists between our fear-based thoughts, because that is the state of mind from which clarity arises. It is the feeling we experience when we stop struggling against the current circumstances of our lives and allow the intelligence of the heart to surface. There are opportunities in the current moment that will be missed if we insist on struggling to change those circumstances from the outside rather than allowing “spacious awareness” to create change from the inside.

In seven heartfelt chapters that draw on his own experience, he tells us how to stop struggling to be special, for a perfect life, for meaning, for love, for time, with change, and, finally, to know. He laces the chapters with poetry, which he reminds readers is the language of true wisdom.

September 1, 2016
Reviewed by: 
Anna Jedrziewski