Learning to Fly

Learning to Fly : Trapeze - Reflections on Fear, Trust and the Joy of Letting Go

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The acclaimed author of Fire in the Belly presents an exhilarating memoir of his late-blooming love affair with the flying trapeze--and a provocative look at the potential it offers for growth, transformation, and overcoming deeply rooted fears.

An unprecedented adventure of the soul and psyche, Learning to Fly teaches us to soar on the wings of possibility as we watch Sam Keen and his students progress through breathtaking exercises on the trapeze which they use as a vehicle for exploring the challenges and dilemmas of life. As he describes takeoffs, knee hangs, and thrilling midair catches, Keen imparts moving revelations about risk-taking, trust, bravado, living more passionately, true strength, falling, and letting go. Guiding us on a remarkable inner journey through the "circus of the mind," Learning to Fly reveals the grace of ascending in body and spirit--and living with levity.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 258 pages
  • 132.3 x 203.2 x 18.3mm | 228.92g
  • Broadway Books (A Division of Bantam Doubleday Del
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0767901770
  • 9780767901772

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"A wonderful account of five very good years of spiritual adventure, and of growing mastery in fashioning life as something of beauty, risk, and promise."
-- Napra Review

"Gracefully written . . . Keen delivers unobtrusive lessons in the arts of fear, strength, and trust as natural corollaries of a real and vividly described experience. Charming and worthy."
-- Library Journal

"[Keen uses] flying trapeze as a channel for enlightenment."
-- New York Times

"Keen is a true wordsmith. His book is a rare opportunity to be privy to the inner world of someone who's a master in one realm but a neophyte in another. As Keen grapples to achieve flight--in all senses--the reader becomes enriched, heartened and elated with his every word."
-- Vegetarian Times
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About Sam Keen

Sam Keen regularly conducts Upward Bound workshops at the Omega Institute and at his farm in Sonoma, California. The author of twelve books, including the bestseller Fire in the Belly, and a graduate of Harvard Divinity School, he served as consulting editor of Psychology Today for many years.

From the Hardcover edition.
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