Being True to Life

Being True to Life

Poetic Paths to Personal Growth

By David Richo

Shambhala Publications, Paperback, 9781590307427, 165pp.

Publication Date: December 15, 2009

Psychotherapist David Richo offers a fresh and inspiring approach to personal growth: we can use the process of writing and reading poetry to move toward greater self-understanding and emotional healing. Even if you've never written a poem before, you can learn to use poetry to explore your feelings, your relationships, your childhood, your dreams, and more.
Richo explains how the creative, intuitive process of making poetry can help us gain access to our deepest truths, leading us to make connections and explore experiences in a new way, beyond the constraints of everyday language. This book offers a range of practical exercises for getting started, as well as guidance on how to read poetry in a way that can be personally transformative.""
"Being True to Life" shows us that poetry is not reserved for a few specially talented individuals but is a deeply human activity that anyone can tap into for greater clarity and insight into life's struggles, beauty, and mysteries.

About the Author
David Richo, PhD, MFT, is a teacher, workshop leader, and psychotherapist in Santa Barbara and San Francisco, California. He combines Jungian, Buddhist, and mythic perspectives in his work. He is the author of numerous other books, including The Five Things We Cannot Change and How to Be an Adult in Love.

Praise For Being True to Life

“Fascinating. Richo’s comments on reading poetry are well worth savoring.”—