Entering the Dark Wood

October 10, 2018. By Jeff Wolfsberg

The midlife passage is one of the great thresholds in life. It is a period of intense personal transformation marked by the passing of youth coupled with a growing awareness of our own mortality. James Hollis describes this period of time as the middle passage, in which we move from misery to meaning. How does the middle passage lead us toward a deeper sense of meaning in life?

This article explores a selection of ideas presented by James Hollis in his book, The Middle Passage: From Misery to Meaning in Midlife (1993). Rather than providing a book review, my interest is focused on identifying the core elements in the shift from misery to meaning.

Personal note:  I am a big fan of James Hollis’ work.  He has written a few books about the midlife, especially for men.  I’m 52 years old at the time of this writing.  I have entered what James Hollis called “The Dark Wood” and finding my way has been difficult as it is for many men.  I have found that sticking with my health plan of eating well and exercise has given me the strength to look at my issues in a way that if I was more fragile may not be able to do.  In terms of exercise, I’ve increased my yoga practice for its meditative qualities.

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