How To Survive…

How To Survive… 2017-11-18T09:46:43+00:00

“Ira Israel’s courageous and riveting new book takes on the status quo: How to Survive Your Childhood Now That You’re an Adult illuminates our society’s extremely narrow bandwidth for emotions common to us all. In particular, feelings of sadness and grief are stifled (or medicated) because the may hinder our perceived productivity and participation, even if temporarily. Ira asserts, unmistakably that happiness is only achievable when we live into it with pure authenticity, feeling all our emotion without needing to grasp or avert. He helps the reader realize the power of loving and genuine relationships that enable access to the true self. Ira provides a place to contemplate the intimacy born of nonjudgmental, intentional support in relationships where we are free to feel and process our wide range of emotions that are encompassed in the uninhibited human experience. This is a very brave book by someone with an eagle eye and an open and tremendous heart.” ~ Dr. Joanne Cacciatore, author of “Bearing the Unbearable,” Founder of MISS Foundation

“The cultural illusions that my dear friend Ira Israel so elegantly unpacks in this deep-thinking dive into the heart of being human are nothing short of a revelation.” ~ Katherine Woodward Thomas, author of “Calling in the One” and “Conscious Uncoupling”

“With mastery and wit, Ira Israel challenges us to make a journey— from the identity we constructed to protect us as children, to authentic adults living a creative, meaningful and joyful life.” ~ Allan Badiner, editor of “Zig Zag Zen,” “Mindfulness in the Marketplace: Compassionate Responses to Consumerism”

“Ira Israel has discovered the way to be fully mature and keep a childlike sense of wonder. In print and in person he is a delight to be with.” ~ Sam Keen, Ph.D., author of “Fire in the Belly,” “To Love and Be Loved,” “The Passionate Life”

“Ira Israel is a brilliant, progressive teacher who draws upon philosophical and psychological teachings from Buddhism and Hinduism to Western psychology and thought in order to find the lessons that we need to learn today to embody authenticity and experience true happiness. This book is the guide we have all been looking for to navigating the complexities of the mind in the modern world.” ~ Felicia Tomasko, Editor in Chief of LA Yoga and Boston Yoga magazines and president of Bliss Network

“Ira Israel has given us a tremendous gift in his new book How to Survive Your Childhood Now That You’re an Adult: A Path to Authenticity and Awakening! His wisdom, clarity, and insight permeate seamlessly through the pages in service of us all living in a greater landscape of joy and truth. A must read for all truth seekers on the path.” ~ Govind Das

“Ira’s psychological insights into the causes of depression and anxiety are staggering and his writing is poignant and provocative. I’m going to recommend this book to many patients.” ~ Jenny Pascal, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

“As a yoga teacher of 37 years, whose chronological age (almost 70) belies his emotional age (on the best of days about 13), I found Ira’s book enormously helpful in suggesting a number of simple ways that I might finally learn to act my actual age. I especially enjoyed his take on dharma and our proper place in the grand scheme of things, which is perhaps the most lucid I’ve ever encountered on that difficult subject.” ~ Richard Rosen, author of “Yoga FAQ: Almost Everything You Need to Know about Yoga from Asanas to Yamas,” “The Yoga of Breath: A Step-by-Step Guide to Pranayama,” “Original Yoga: Rediscovering Traditional Practices of Hatha Yoga”

“With this comprehensive and engaging book, Ira Israel stations himself on the cutting edge where modern psychology meets authentic spirituality. Many books that attempt to synthesize East and West fail to do justice to either, and many that draw from a broad range of sources remain on the surface of each. This one draws deeply from ancient traditions such as Advaita Vedanta and Mahayana Buddhism and blends their wisdom seamlessly with the pragmatic insights of science. Readers will find it illuminating and transformational.” ~ Philip Goldberg, author of “American Veda,” “Roadsigns: On the Spiritual Path”

“Ira Israel teaches us authenticity by example in his truly paradigm-shaking book. He challenges us to ask the deeper questions about our relationships to self, other and world. Israel crafts a brilliant (and hilarious) cultural criticism uncovering Western culture’s childhood conveyor belt to an anxious and depressed adult world, then offers a beautiful reprieve toward cultivating, as he puts it, “new ears for new music.” This fiercely compassionate book offers us a deep excavation to exhume the authentic self, experience the authentic relationship, and break the chain of suffering in our toxic society.” ~ Julie Morley, author of “Spirit Walk: The Wisdom of Thomas One Wolf,” “Sacred Future” and founder of Sacred Futures educational organization

How to Survive Your Childhood Now That You’re an Adult by transpersonal thinker, therapist, and teacher of yoga and mindfulness meditation, Ira Israel, exquisitely weaves together the best of contemporary attachment thinking with communication theory and applied skills to assist the reader to become more authentic and attuned to their lived world experience.  A great read to provide you with a new view for forging a more expansive future and allowing you to let go of the past.” ~ Ronald Alexander, Ph.D., author of “Wise Mind Open Mind,” executive director of Open Mind Training Institute

“A masterful and most relevant book for our times. Highly recommended!” ~ Larry Payne, Ph.D., Founding Director Yoga Therapy Rx™ & Prime of Life Yoga™

“Ira Israel’s book, How To Survive Your Childhood Now That You’re An Adult is chock full of valuable wisdom that will benefit just about any reader who has ever struggled with issues of approval, which probably includes about 98% percent of the population. It contains an abundance of practical ideas for how to live a life of authenticity, integrity, and well-being. I recommend it highly!” ~ Linda Bloom, co-author of “101 Things I Wish I Knew When I Got Married,” “Secrets of Great Marriages,” “Happily Ever After…and 39 Other Myths about Love”

“Ira has a clear grasp of what we often fail to realize. Shedding our fears and learning how to be present to build and maintain healthy relationships is part of gaining a better understanding of who we are and what we desire. Ira has pinpointed how to cut through the BS of our pasts and live in the present, without worrying about the future. He is a powerhouse of insight and guidance!” ~ Dr. Janeane Bernstein, Ed.D., Host of “Get the Funk Out!”

“Ira shares his wealth of knowledge to help us better understand ourselves, our behaviors, and most importantly the tools to live fully, happily, and authentically. This book is a gift. ~ Zippora Karz, author of “The Sugarless Plum,” “Ballerina Dreams,” former NYC Ballet soloist

“Prepare to shake up your psyche with HOW TO SURVIVE YOUR CHILDHOOD NOW THAT YOU’RE AN ADULT. This is not just another book about recovery from a messed up childhood. What author Ira Israel offers is an energizing breath of fresh air for those whose childhood has left them dulled and sleepwalking through life. This book will help you overcome fears and jump with both feet into the authentic self that is waiting for you!” ~ Donald Altman, America’s Mindfulness Coach and best-selling author of Clearing Emotional Clutter, The Mindfulness Toolbox, and One-Minute Mindfulness

How to Survive Your Childhood Now That You’re an Adult: A Path to Authenticity and Awakening is a masterful blend of eastern and western psychology and ancient wisdom. Ira is a pioneering thought leader and an extremely knowledgeable teacher who comprehensively provides a multi-faceted approach to discovering the authentic self. If you are looking for new ways to see old problems, I recommend this book.” ~ Geeta Novotny, award-winning vocalist, teacher, and creator of Revolution Voice™

“Ira Israel has written an engaging and thoughtful book. Integrating psychology, philosophy, meditation and common sense with discernment, he guides the reader skillfully to authenticity and happiness.” ~ Frederic Luskin, Ph.D., author of “Forgive for Good,” “Forgive for Love: The Missing Ingredient for a Healthy and Lasting Relationship”

“Ira really does an outstanding job of merging the principles of Buddhism with the languaging of modern psychotherapy. We all want to be strong adults, yet at the same time, deep down, we want to be taken care of. Reconciling this is the task and this book is up to the task. I highly recommend it.” ~ Dr. Adam Sheck, Clinical Psychologist & Director of the Los Angeles Counseling Center

“Ira Israel is a deep thinker, always researching and pondering the human condition, and is such a good writer that the heady musings in How to Survive Your Childhood Now That You’re an Adult are presented in a thoroughly entertaining fashion (that may also help the inquiring reader put some of the world’s craziness into better focus).  A joy to read.” ~ Gill Holland, Film Producer

“Ira’s new book How to Survive Your Childhood Now That You’re an Adult: A Path To Authenticity and Awakening is an intuitive synthesis of ancient wisdom and cutting edge psychological interventions, a helpful guide for the treatment of stress, anxiety and depression stemming from painful, childhood events. His unique and progressive vision will help people overcome afflictions and addictions so that they may live healthier, more authentic and successful lives.” ~ Shannon Byrnes, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

“One of the lies being perpetuated in the name of meditation is that you need to be submissive and spiritual in order to practice. In other words, develop a false self and meditate as that. The truth is the opposite, be your naturally defiant and wild self and discover the serenity there is in being real. Ira is challenging a whole army of these crippling, imprisoning assumptions that people are being told to impose upon themselves.” ~ Lorin Roche, Ph.D., author of “The Radiant Sutras,” “Meditation Made Easy,” “Whole Body Meditations: Igniting Your Natural Instinct to Heal”

“Ira Israel’s writing is witty, engaging and wise.” ~ Helen Fielding, author of “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” “Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason,” “Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy”

“In the words of J Krishnamurti. “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” In his comprehensive book, How to Survive Your Childhood Now That You’re an Adult, Ira Israel draws upon the great traditions and his many decades of study and teaching to deconstruct our seemingly but inauthentic “normal and well-adjusted lives.” He show us, step-by-step, how to reach for an authentic well-being that is rooted in our essential and natural self. Someone has to show us the path, and Ira does so skillfully and brilliantly. He begins by opening a window of awareness into the inauthentic personna we acquire, trust, and use as an anchor for our “well-adjusted” lives. But of course, it will not work. What is false cannot ultimately survive the truth of life. The author then takes us through the process of re-construcing or re-discovering the elements of an authentic self – one that has never left us regardless of our detour into an illusionary self. T.S. Eliot says that humankind cannot bear much reality. Well we can. And Ira Israel shows us the steps in experiencing the truth of who and what we are. And this self is free of personal history, free of distress and suffering, free of time, and fully attuned to the atonement of life. I highly recommend this book as a good path to authenticity and well-being.” ~ Elliott S. Dacher, M.D., author of “Aware, Awake, Alive”

“Ira’s book is a practical guide to identifying the impact you’re allowing your childhood wounds to have on yourself and your relationships in business and in life.” ~ Kenneth Borg, CEO, The Social Life

“Ira is a brilliant author. His book has us examine ourselves and our cultural paradigm through the lens of psychology and spirituality. He gives us tools to find our authentic selves. I highly recommend this book.” ~ Denise Wiesner, L.Ac., author of “The Conception of Love” (forthcoming)

“If there is one thing you will learn from Ira’s inspiring and transformative book is that you are your own agent of change and you can achieve an authentic life. It may be hard work to find your path and stay on it but finding out who you must be and being that person (“mitigating hypocrisy,” as he says) is your best shot at lasting happiness.” ~ Emmanuel Itier, Documentary Filmmaker, “Femme,” “The Invocation,” “Shamanic Trekker”