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To love and let go : a memoir of love, loss, and gratitude
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viii, 322 pages ; 23 cm
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"Rachel beautifully illustrates that loving fiercely and grieving deeply are often two halves of the same whole. Her story will break you down and lift you up." -Glennon Doyle, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Love Warrior and founder of Together Rising While on her way to teach a yoga retreat in March 2014, Rachel Brathen collapses at an airport, brought to her knees by excruciating stomach pains. She is rushed to the hospital on the tiny island of Bonaire, and hours later forced to undergo surgery. When she wakes up from anesthesia, her boyfriend is weeping at her bedside. While Rachel was struck down with seemingly mysterious pain, her best friend, Andrea, sustained fatal injuries as a result of a car accident. Rachel and Andrea had a magical friendship. Though they looked nothing alike-one girl tall, blond, and Swedish, the other short, brunette, and Colombian-everyone called them gemelas: twins. Over the three years following Andrea's death, at what might appear from the outside to be the happiest time-with her engagement to the man she loves and a blossoming career that takes her all over the world-Rachel faces a series of trials that have the potential to define her life. Unresolved grief and trauma from her childhood make the weight of her sadness unbearable. At each turn, she is confronted again and again with a choice: Will she lose it all, succumb to grief, and grasp for control that's beyond her reach? Or can she move through the loss and let go? When Rachel and her husband conceive a child, pregnancy becomes a time to heal and an opportunity to be reborn herself. As she recounts this transformative period, Rachel shares her hard-won wisdom about life and death, love and fear, what it means to be a mother and a daughter, and how to become someone who walks through the fire of adversity with the never-ending practice of loving hard and letting go.
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"Rachel beautifully illustrates that loving fiercely and grieving deeply are often two halves of the same whole. Her story will break you down and lift you up." --Glennon Doyle, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Love Warrior and founder of Together Rising

While on her way to teach a yoga retreat in March 2014, Rachel Brathen collapses at an airport, brought to her knees by excruciating stomach pains. She is rushed to the hospital on the tiny island of Bonaire, and hours later forced to undergo surgery. When she wakes up from anesthesia, her boyfriend is weeping at her bedside. While Rachel was struck down with seemingly mysterious pain, her best friend, Andrea, sustained fatal injuries as a result of a car accident. Rachel and Andrea had a magical friendship. Though they looked nothing alike--one girl tall, blond, and Swedish, the other short, brunette, and Colombian--everyone called them gemelas : twins.

Over the three years following Andrea's death, at what might appear from the outside to be the happiest time--with her engagement to the man she loves and a blossoming career that takes her all over the world--Rachel faces a series of trials that have the potential to define her life. Unresolved grief and trauma from her childhood make the weight of her sadness unbearable. At each turn, she is confronted again and again with a choice: Will she lose it all, succumb to grief, and grasp for control that's beyond her reach? Or can she move through the loss and let go?

When Rachel and her husband conceive a child, pregnancy becomes a time to heal and an opportunity to be reborn herself. As she recounts this transformative period, Rachel shares her hard-won wisdom about life and death, love and fear, what it means to be a mother and a daughter, and how to become someone who walks through the fire of adversity with the never-ending practice of loving hard and letting go.


Author Notes

Swedish native Rachel Brathen is an author, motivational speaker and international yoga teacher living in Aruba. After graduating school in Stockholm she traveled to Costa Rica and it was there where she incorporated yoga into her everyday life. She deepened her yoga practice started teaching. She moved to Central America where she explored the studies of yoga and spirituality. After moving to Aruba in 2010 she started teaching yoga full time.

Rachel is known for her inspirational inversion practice and adds arm balances and inverted poses to her classes. She leads workshops across the globe, focusing on headstands, arm balances and fearless living. She designs each class to energize the body and offer greater vitality. In 2015 her book Yoga Girl made the New York Times Best Seller List.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Endp. 1
Chapter 2 Awakenp. 15
Chapter 3 Practicep. 37
Chapter 4 Forgivep. 49
Chapter 5 Surrenderp. 61
Chapter 6 Receivep. 75
Chapter 7 Listenp. 91
Chapter 8 Groundp. 99
Chapter 9 Movep. 113
Chapter 10 Processp. 141
Chapter 11 Releasep. 157
Chapter 12 Believep. 177
Chapter 13 Acceptp. 187
Chapter 14 Prayp. 195
Chapter 15 Trustp. 217
Chapter 16 Breathep. 225
Chapter 17 Feelp. 239
Chapter 18 Sharep. 247
Chapter 19 Createp. 253
Chapter 20 Healp. 261
Chapter 21 The Beginningp. 295
Epiloguep. 315
Acknowledgmentsp. 319