A Look at a Book is a series I’m hosting to help keep you informed about the latest books having to do with adult development and middlescence. A Look at a Book is an efficient, enjoyable way to stay informed.
This is a guest review by Karen Hirsch:
In her recently published book: The Wisdom of Not Knowing: Discovering a Life of Wonder by Embracing Uncertainty, Estelle Frankel weaves together concepts from ancient myths and spiritual traditions to explore the role of the unknown in our lives and help guide the reader toward a deeper understanding and value of experiencing ‘the wisdom of the unknown’. She incorporates stories and poetry and shares philosophical and theological ideas from Jewish mystics like Martin Buber and Abraham Joshua Heschel, ethical disciplines like Mussar, Buddhist “mindfulness” training and contemporary psychology to create a meditation on the practice and art of not knowing.
“Wisdom…always involves a synergy of knowing and not knowing, discovery and mystery, action and stillness, words and silence”
Frankel tells us that any path to self awareness and spiritual growth is frightening – it’s natural to cling to past knowledge and experience and really hard to let go of our notions of certainty – but letting go and opening up to childlike curiosity is the starting point for genuine adventure and transformation. She guides us towards a profound spiritual journey, which requires a deep commitment and discipline to opening the mind and heart to unknown possibilities and experiences.
Ms. Frankel’s thinking dovetails with the coaching process Barbara Waxman offers— how and why to live a fuller, richer, more engaged life at all ages and stages for all sages by sharing rich stories, quotes and poems which creates thoroughly enjoyable reading (but not light!).
“Questioning opens the doors of our imagination, enabling us to consider alternatives to the status quo. Unless one is capable of imagining another possible reality, once cannot free oneself from bondage”.
Ms. Frankel writes: “Wisdom…always involves a synergy of knowing and not knowing, discovery and mystery, action and stillness, words and silence”. And states “Questioning opens the doors of our imagination, enabling us to consider alternatives to the status quo. Unless one is capable of imagining another possible reality, once cannot free oneself from bondage”.
A deeply affirming exploration of the challenges and possibilities of the unknown–with meditations and exercises that can help transform the fear and uncertainty of “not knowing” into a sense of openness, curiosity, and bravery. This book challenges us to expand the arc of what we believe is possible by increasing our tolerance for the unknown and for uncertainty.