7 Life Lessons From Dr. Seuss

By Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

elisha-goldsteinElisha Goldstein, a PHD in Transpersonal Psychology graduate from The Institute of Transpersonal Psychology at Sofia University.  is co-founder of The Center for Mindful Living in West Los Angeles and creator of the 6-month mentorship program A Course in Mindful Living. He is a psychologist, author and speaker who synthesizes the pearls of traditional psychotherapy with a progressive integration of mindfulness to achieve mental and emotional healing.

Dr. Goldstein has published extensively and is author of numerous articles, chapters, and blogs, including numerous bestselling books which can be found on his Amazon Author’s Page. He is also creator of the Mindfulness and Psychotherapy column at Psychcentral.com and a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post. His professional research on Sacred Moments: Implications on Stress and Well-Being is published in The Journal of Clinical Psychology.

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Wisdom in the Books

Many of us grew up reading Dr. Seuss. If you have kids, you’ve likely relived your childhood reading over his books only to find, “Wow, there’s some real wisdom in these books.” One book that has grown on me over time as an adult is Oh, the Places You’ll Go! It brings you through all the experiences in life: the triumphs, the doubts, the confusions, the depressions, the fearful moments and the moments you stare your difficulties in the face and overcome them.

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There are also several other notable books: Yertle the Turtle, Horton Hears a Who, The Lorax. The list is endless.

Here are 7 Life Lessons from Dr. Seuss:

  • “A person’s a person, no matter how small.”
  • “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?”
  • “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”
  • “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”
  • “I’m afraid sometimes you’ll play lonely games too, games you can’t win because you’ll play against you.”
  • “Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.”
  • “And the turtles, of course… All the turtles are free – As turtles and, maybe, all creatures should be.”

So much to be mindful of in his writings.

Here’s our chance to act like a community. Dig deep and share your favorite quotes below from Dr. Seuss or any children’s book. Either just write the quote or you’re welcome to write what the quote means to you to.

I also welcome you to add your quote and reflection in The Now Effect Community for many more to be inspired. Your contributions not only create a living wisdom for us all to benefit from, but also makes ripple effects far beyond what you might imagine.

About ITP at Sofia University

itp-logo_small1Since 1975, the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology at Sofia University has continued to be an international leader and pioneer, moving humanity forward in the areas of transpersonal research and transpersonal education. training clinicians, spiritual guides, wellness caregivers, and consultants who apply transpersonal principles and values in a variety of settings.  The Sofia educational model offers students not only a solid intellectual foundation, but an extraordinary opportunity for deep transformational growth and personal experience of the subject matter. How does Sofia University accomplish this? The university builds upon its strong, whole-person psychological foundation to give students a greater understanding of the human condition.

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