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Gail Straub

Gail Straub is coauthor of the best-selling Empowerment: The Art of Creating Your Life as You Want It and the author of the critically acclaimed The Rhythm of Compassion: Caring for Self, Connecting with Society, as well as Circle of Compassion, a book of meditations. Considered a leading authority on empowerment, she codirects the Empowerment Institute, a school for transformative leadership. Over the past thirty years she has trained thousands of people worldwide in empowerment, engaged spirituality, and the wisdom of the feminine. Straub lives with her husband, David Gershon, in the Hudson River Valley in New York.

    Gail's Books

    Returning to My Mother's House

    Taking Back the Wisdom of the Feminine

    Gail Straub, a leader in the human potential field, had helped thousands around the world find meaning and purpose in their lives, all the while sensing that something fundamental within her was missing. Many years after the premature death of her mother, she undertook a period of soul searching and came to believe that, like her mother and so many women of our time, she had overcorrected in the direction of the masculine, her “successful” life of outer accomplishment and committed social activism having come at the expense of a rich and satisfying inner life.

    Empowerment

    The Art of Creating Your Life As You Want It

    Now in its 11th printing, and translated into eight languages, Empowerment: The Art of Creating Your Life As You Want It is widely considered to be a classic in the field of personal empowerment and transformation. Much more than a collection of inspiring principles, the book guides readers step-by-step through a systematic self-transformation program addressing seven key areas of life: relationships, sexuality, money, work, body, emotions and spirituality. Empowerment is based on its authors’ two decades of work helping thousands of people create the life of their dreams. Its simple premise—that our thoughts and beliefs create the conditions of our life—is illustrated with anecdotes from each of the seven areas.

    The Rhythm of Compassion

    Caring for Self, Connecting with Society

    The Rhythm of Compassion addresses one of the central spiritual questions of our time: Can we heal ourselves and society simultaneously? The core premise of this book is that the health of the human psyche and the health of the world are inextricably related, and we cannot truly heal one without healing the other. The book is written to help readers balance soul and society, offering a seamless set of values that unites the inner and the outer. Providing real answers, inspiration, and practical exercises, this is a book for those who long to make a difference and search for a way to balance self-care with service to the world. Using the profound metaphor of in-and-out breath meditation, Straub compellingly invites the reader to connect with the in-breath of self-knowing and the out-breath of acting to heal others. Through this fascinating yet simple practice, Straub shows, we can truly heal ourselves, our society, and our planet.

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