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Elizabeth Lesser: How Difficult Times Can Help Us to Grow
In times of challenge, how do we know how to make the right choices? Will we be broken down and defeated, or broken open and transformed?
Writer Elizabeth Lesser has faced and written about many of life’s challenges, including the illness that ultimately took the life of her sister. Most of us will probably never learn what it feels like to be a bone marrow donor for someone we dearly love. Writer, Elizabeth Lesser learned many things after finding out she was a perfect bone marrow match for her beloved sister; the greatest of which was to stop holding on to difficult truths and you will have less to let go of later.
In 1977, a time when a variety of fresh ideas were sprouting in American culture, Elizabeth Lesser cofounded the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY: which is now at the forefront of holistic learning. Each year more than 30,000 people participate in Omega’s programs and more than a million people visit its website for online learning.
Her bestselling book, Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow, courageously explores one of the most compelling questions of life: How do we emerge from suffering and challenge with real, encompassing wisdom and love?
In 2008 Elizabeth Lesser helped produce a ten-week, online seminar based on Eckhart Tolle’s book, A New Earth. The webinar was viewed by more than 8 million people worldwide. She has been a frequent host on Oprah’s Soul Series and her popular TED talk called “Take the Other to Lunch” is a call for civility and understanding as we negotiate our differences as human beings.