to the moon and back:
a childhood under the influence

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Lisa Kohn’s memoir of being raised in and torn between two conflicting worlds. There was the world she longed for and lived in on weekends – her mother’s world, which was the fanatical, puritanical cult of the Moonies – and the world she was forced to live in during the week – her father’s world, which was based in sex, drugs, and the squalor of life in New York City’s East Village in the 1970’s.

To the Moon and Back

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Silver Medal Award

2019 Shortlist

2018 INDIES Book of the Year

13th Annual Finalist

Honorable Mention

2019 Finalist

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Lisa Kohn

Lisa’s long-running blog offers hope and joy to others who may feel beaten or damaged by their upbringing or circumstances.
Lisa shares stories from her past, as well as her challenges, peace, and healing of today.

to the moon
and back

Told with spirited candor,
to the moon and back reveals
how one can leave behind
absurdity and horror and create a life of intention and joy. This is the fascinating tale of a story rarely told in its full complexity.

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As a Chatsworth Consulting Group Partner, Lisa focuses on leadership consulting and executive coaching, spending time speaking, writing, teaching, and presenting approaches to life and business.

Lisa Kohn Writes

god is in the place we hate ourselves most

I’ve long said that my god – god with an intentional small g – is love. My god is the energy that we all are and that we are all connected by (check out quantum physics). My god is the healing force of warmth and adoration and tenderness…for ourselves and others....
It sucks to be human when you were raised not to be

It sucks to be human when you were raised not to be

I was on the phone with a Second Gen friend (those of us born and/or raised in an extremist situation or cult). She has two young kids and had lost it with one of them. Her shame slam was huge, because she felt she hadn’t been the amazing mom she wants to be. I let...

We all probably need a bit more self-compassion

We all probably need a bit more self-compassion

I am slowly coming back into my body and my self, after the week of disassociating in order to record the audiobook. It. Was. Hard. I know I still have a lot to process, as there were things I read that I’d never excavated in therapy, that I haven’t released the...

Day of celebration is at hand

Day of celebration is at hand

I just finished recording the audiobook yesterday. Today we’ll wrap with a Q&A postscript, and I’ll probably sing a few stanzas of Church “holy songs” for the last chapter. Let me tell you now, singing those is weird. And triggering. And hard. And also affirming...

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playing with other senses

this one is smell

stopping to inhale these flowers

reset my day

brought me even more into thankfulness and love and awe

it’s always there for me

when I stop and be there for it

#tothemoonandback #thoughtfulleaders #baldisbeautiful #cultsurvivor

I was listening to @alittlebitculty interview @annelpeterson about Landmark

her quote, "learning to trust myself again" so resonated

it's a continuing journey as a #cultsurvivor

it's probably a journey for us all

#tothemoonandback #thoughtfulleaders #baldisbeautiful

I heard myself say “They may be mad at me for that, and that’s okay”

I’m damn sure we don’t need to hate ourselves as much as we do

my latest blog post - god is in the place we hate ourselves most -

#tothemoonandback #baldisbeautiful #cultsurvivor

a run in MA visiting my cousins

cool sculpture

again there is so much beauty when I stop and notice

also I heard a woodpecker in the distance

let me remember to hear the beauty too

let it soothe and fill me

#tothemoonandback #thoughtfulleaders #baldisbeautiful #cultsurvivor

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