10 Conversations You Need to Have with Yourself: A Powerful Plan for Spiritual Growth and Self-Improvement Hardcover – Sep 1 2011
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Everybody's talking at us. In today's world, we are bombarded by voices from the outside that tell us everything from how beautiful, thin, and successful we could be to how frightened and angry we should feel. It's easy to internalize this constant bombardment of negative, agenda-driven noise. When we let them in, these voices can skew our self-image and clash with our personal dreams and values, causing depression, anxiety, workplace issues, family problems, and more. Worse, the cacophony of sound from the modern world can drown out the interior voice of conscience that serves as our inner navigation system. It doesn't have to be that way.
10 Conversations You Need to Have with Yourself takes self-talk to a whole new level. Bestselling author and counselor Rabbi Shmuley Boteach explains how internalized negative voices can pull you away from who you really are and reveals what you can do to rediscover your authentic self and find genuine happiness via guided conversations with yourself. Drawing on dramatic true stories from his work counseling others, he helps you recognize negative self-talk and replace it with positive communication with the real you.
The ten conversations Rabbi Shmuley identifies and explores in this book will speak to your character on the deepest level and help you decide what you truly want from life. With Rabbi Shmuley's guidance, you will discover and learn to listen to:
Your true voice of inspiration, which motivates you to be a greater person than you ever believed possible. By speaking with this voice, you will learn to choose love over attention and make use of your ego for positive change.
Your voice of conscience, which gives you the power to choose to do what is right over what comes easiest. In conversations with this voice, you will learn how to find feeling through doing and become a blessing rather than a burden.
Your inner self, the deepest voice of all—the essence of who you really are. This voice will remind you of the importance of struggle and triumph and the knowledge of your own individual gift.
At the end of each conversation, Rabbi Shmuley provides detailed questions for you to ask yourself. Answering them will help you to create your own personal design for living the way you were meant to live and be the person you were truly meant to be.
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10 Conversations You Need to Have with Yourself
"Rabbi Shmuley's book focuses on the heart of Gandhi's great call to 'be the change you wish to see in the world.' Readers who seek to live a life more consistent with their higher calling and who wrestle with the daily challenge to be a more righteous person will find compelling wisdom in Shmuley's words."
—Mayor Cory Booker
"In this age of multitasking, bombarding media, and pervasive communications, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach reminds us of the centrality of our own inner voices. Read this book, listen to your own voice, and repair yourself and the world."
—Alan Dershowitz, New York Times bestselling author of The Trials of Zion and The Case for Israel, Felix Frankfurter Professor, Harvard Law School
"Rabbi Shmuley Boteach has always spoken with the voice of conscience. In this important book, he gives the reader important practical advice on how to transcend the demands of practical life and achieve something deeper and more meaningful."
—Noah Feldman, author of Scorpions, Bemis Professor, Harvard University
"I loved Rabbi Shmuley's 10 Conversations You Need to Have with Your Children and have used it to guide and inspire my own kids. 10 Conversations You Need to Have with Yourself reminds us to follow our inner GPS in a culture that rewards us for what we do and make, rather than who we are."
—Laurie Cantillo, Program Director of WABC radio
"With his trademark wisdom and wit, Rabbi Shmuley conveys a profound and relevant message in this thoroughly enjoyable read. In 10 Conversations You Need to Have with Yourself, Boteach puts his finger on the pulse of the culture and writes a prescription for what ails it."
—Ron Dermer, senior advisor to the Prime Minister of Israel
"This enlightening book, written by one of today's most effective conversationalists, is a powerful guide to recalibrating our internal¿road maps."
—Michael Harrison, Publisher, Talkers
"I'm convinced that Rabbi Shmuley didn't so much write this book as transcribe our own hearts' pleas for a life of meaning, which is so often drowned out by the clanging of our culture's superficiality."
—Lisa Allred Bloom, legal consultant for CBS News
"Boteach possesses one of the most fertile minds of our generation."
—Dennis Prager, author of Happiness Is a Serious Problem