TRANSITIONS

When I let go of what I am,
I become what I might be.
- Lao Tzu

Transition is an internal process that informs us that it’s time to move on, that we’re ready to leave behind old behaviors and patterns. This ability to let go strongly suggests that we’re in control over what happens to us as opposed to just letting things happen. What we leave behind may be an old identity or status, if we’re talking about social change, or perhaps an outdated part of our self that is no longer in sync with our developing personality and emerging persona, if we’re talking about psychological change.

As part of the process through transition, we leave behind a part of ourselves -- who we thought we were up until the change. In essence, we die to something in order to be born to something new.  Before we can find and anchor ourselves to something new, though, we may have to go through a period of not knowing. We may know we’re moving in the right direction but we don’t know yet where we’re going.

In this transitional place, we have the opportunity to turn back, but not to return, to view what once was with a perspective altered by time and distance; we can see all that was for what it is, rather than for what we wished it had been. Each re-view broadens our perspective on our life; the cumulative effect of this is learned wisdom.

Transitions are not just meant to be endured, but rather to be welcomed and embraced with anticipation and excitement for the potentials they tap into and for the unlimited possibilities they make available to us.

One of my chief missions in life is to help people make better transitions. I hope my books help you do that.


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LIFE MATTERS
Stories of Transiton, Healing,
and Hope

by Dr. Abigail Brenner

No matter how difficult it might seem, change is always positive. Life Matters: Stories of Transition, Healing, and Hope, by psychiatrist and interfaith minister Abigail Brenner tackles the transitions in our lives and shows how they can empower us. Brenner moves through all cycles of life, letting the people going through these transitions tell their own stories. A young parent adjusts to life with... MORE

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THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE
TO BABY'S FIRST YEAR
by Dr. Erika Landau
and Dr. Abigail Brenner

A baby’s first year, from the moment of birth to the first birthday, is exciting, wonderful and sometimes confusing for both a baby and parents. With so many firsts in those twelve months, there are many questions. The Essential Guide to Baby’s First Year addresses the issues and concerns that are most important to first-time parents... MORE

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SHIFT:
How to Deal When Life Changes
by Abigail Brenner, MD

This book is a small, yet concise and user-friendly manual about change and transition. Part One: Change, describes the nature of change, the stages of change, and the emotions of change. This should give readers an overview of what change is all about and and explains that once this process is understood... MORE

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TRANSITIONS:
How Women Embrace Change and Celebrate Life
by Abigail Brenner, MD

Throughout their lives, women go through big changes, but what makes some women embrace these moments while others feel as if they are about to fall apart? Psychiatrist Abigail Brenner believes that the answer lies in how we consciously mark these changes and allow them to change us. Full of personal stories and... MORE

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