A Not So Big Life is one in which you learn to listen to what your heart longs to do, and to integrate these passions into your everyday life. When you engage what you are truly passionate about, you are automatically present in what you are doing—you are showing up completely in each moment. Life becomes a natural expression of your true nature.
A Not So Big Life gives you more room to breathe and to engage the things you really love. You’ll find more vitality and meaningfulness, and that sense of being “at home” in your life.
The Not So Big Life unveils a process for changing the way we live by fully inhabiting each moment of our lives and by showing up completely in whatever it is we are doing. Just as we can tear down interior walls of a house to open up space, The Not So Big Life shows us that we can tear down our fears, assumptions and conditionings in a way that opens us up to new possibilities so we can start passionately engaging the things we long to do. The Introduction provides a good orientation to the book.
We know deep down that there truly is more somewhere. We just don’t know where to find it. And the last place we’re likely to look for it is in the place we most fear underneath that feeling of hollowness itself.
- Sarah Susanka, The Not So Big Life
As we cautiously re-emerge from the pandemic, after a year of social distancing and associated dramatic shifts in our everyday patterns of living, we are being given an unusual perspective on how our lives are constructed. Things that we didn’t even think about pre-pandemic—like going out to eat inside a…
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The next Not So Big Life Workshop, hosted by Duke Integrative Medicine, will take place September 2 - 4, 2021, online via Zoom. This workshop is open to everyone, and…
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6 - 2October - March
2021 - 2022
A special opportunity for Not So Big Life Workshop participants.
To be eligible for the meeting series, you must first attend a Not So Big Life Workshop. Read more about the workshop.
When (Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:00 pm Eastern):
October 6, 2021
November 3, 2021
December 1, 2021
January 5, 2022
February 2, 2022
March 2, 2022
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14 - 16January
To be eligible for this workshop, you must first attend an introductory Not So Big Life Workshop. Read more about the Not So Big Life Workshop.
Friday, Jan. 14, at 4:30 pm Eastern to
Sunday, Jan. 16, at 1:30 pm Eastern
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