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The Four Things That Matter Most : A Book about Living - Ira Byock

The Four Things That Matter Most

A Book about Living

By: Ira Byock

Hardcover

Published: 15th May 2004
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Four simple phrases -- "Please forgive me," "I forgive you," "Thank you," and "I love you" -- carry enormous power. In many ways, they contain the most powerful words in our language. These four phrases provide us with a clear path to emotional wellness; they guide us through the thickets of interpersonal difficulties to a conscious way of living that is full of integrity and grace.

In "The Four Things That Matter Most, " Dr. Ira Byock, an international leader in palliative care, teaches us how to practice these life-affirming words in our day-to-day lives. Too often we assume that the people we love really know we love them. Dr. Byock reveals the value of stating the obvious and provides insights into how we burden ourselves by hanging on to old grudges unconsciously and unnecessarily. He shows us how to avoid living with those awkward silences and uncomfortable issues that distance us from the people we love and erode our sense of well-being and joy. His insights and stories help us to forgive, appreciate, love, and celebrate one another more fully.

The inspiring stories in "The Four Things That Matter Most" demonstrate the usefulness of the Four Things in a wide range of life situations. They also show that a degree of emotional healing is always possible and that we can experience a sense of wholeness even in the wake of family strife, personal tragedy, divorce, or in the face of death. With practical wisdom and spiritual punch, "The Four Things That Matter Most" gives us the language and guidance to honor and experience what really matters most in our lives every day.

The Four Things
Saying the Four Things
The Healing Power of Words
Completing Relationships
Transformations
Forgiveness
Loved Ones Live On Inside Us
Resolving a Legacy of Pain
The Emotional Economics of Forgiveness
Extreme Acts of Forgiveness
Forgiving Yourself
Living with Uncertainty and Illness
Thank You
Practicing Gratitude
The Unexpected Grace of Reconnection
The Family Dynamics of Gratitude
I Love You
Creative Ways of Saying the Four Things
Loving the Body
Living Every Day as if It Were Your First -- or Last
Lives Intertwined with Love
Good-bye
Nothing Left Unsaid
The Mysterious Magic of Some Good-byes
Good-byes That Are Gifts Through Time
Good-byes That Celebrate Life
Reflections Before Good-bye
Acknowledgments
Index
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ISBN: 9780743249096
ISBN-10: 0743249097
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 15th May 2004
Publisher: FREE PR
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 14.17  x 2.26
Weight (kg): 0.34