Transcending The I:: A story of breakdown, surrender, and an existential pilgrimage away from the modern world to find my true self.
What is our never-ending focus on working hard to achieve the “good life” getting us? America, once the healthiest nation on earth, now ranks 27th - below all European nations and many third world countries. In her book, Transcending the I, Carol Grojean invites us to join her profound journey into her experience of self as she “woke up” from her way of living through external, socialized definition. Her journey began one day when, while exploring the dissatisfaction of her life, she participated in a workshop with a friend. Sitting on the floor in a circle, everyone was asked the question, “What do you pretend?” Her answer surprised her and sent her on a journey to redefine who she truly is. “I pretend that getting up every morning and getting ready for work, the kids off to school, followed by 10+ hours sitting at a desk or in meetings, inside four walls not even aware of the weather outside let alone life, arguing for some reason or another and thinking that whatever the subject is, it is the end of the world if I don’t get my way, then coming home late, usually too late for dinner with the family, and plopping on the couch in front of the TV with a big glass of wine to decompress so I can sleep – I pretend this is a meaningful life.”