Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow by Elizabeth Lesser (Author)


In the more than twenty-five years since she co-founded Omega Institute – now the world’s largest center for spiritual retreat and personal growth –Elizabeth Lesser has been an intimate witness to the ways in which people weather change and transition.

In a beautifully crafted blend of moving stories, humorous insights, practical guidance, and personal memoir, she offers tools to help us make the choice we all face in times of challenge: Will we be broken down and defeated, or broken open and transformed? Lesser shares tales of ordinary people who have risen from the ashes of illness, divorce, loss of a job or a loved one – stronger, wiser, and more in touch with their purpose and passion. And she draws on the world’s great spiritual and psychological traditions to support us as we too learn to break open and blossom into who we were meant to be.

Elizabeth Lesser is the cofounder and senior adviser of Omega Institute (Rhinebeck, New York), recognized internationally for its workshops and professional training in holistic health, psychology, and cross-cultural arts and religion. Since 1977, when Omega was founded, she has helped direct the institute’s organization, research and develop its programs, and train its staff. She has also been privileged to study and teach with leading thinkers and practitioners in the fields of human development and spiritual growth. Prior to her work at Omega, she was a midwife and childbirth educator. She attended Barnard College and San Francisco State University. She lives in the Hudson River Valley with her family.

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What It Means to Be Broken Open | Super Soul Sunday | Oprah Winfrey Network

Sometimes, difficult times can help you realize the true potential of your life. Watch as Omega Institute co|founder Elizabeth Lesser talks about the meaning of her book Broken Open, which shares how Elizabeth grew on her spiritual path. Plus, Elizabeth and Oprah discuss what spirituality means to them.

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Elizabeth Lesser: Broken Open

Published on Apr 20, 2013
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During times of transition or when we face adversity, life offers us a choice: to turn away from change or to embrace it. To shut down or to be broken open and transformed. Elizabeth Lesser povides tools to help us turn difficult times into times of growth and empowerment.

Elizabeth is the co-founder of Omega Institute, a learning center that focuses on health, wellness, spirituality, creativity, and social change. She is the New York Times best-selling author of Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow and The Seeker’s Guide: Making Your Life a Spiritual Adventure. For more than 30 years Elizabeth has worked with leading figures in the fields of healing—healing self and healing society.

In 2008 she helped Oprah Winfrey produce a 10-week online seminar based on the book, A New Earth. Since then, she has appeared several times on the Oprah Winfrey television show and Oprah.com webcasts, and is an ongoing host on Oprah’s Soul Series, a weekly radio show on Sirius/XM. Her newest book, Broken Open, is a guide for anyone going through a difficult time.

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“Spirituality is following the deep internal desire for something grand, big and wonderful.”

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