Esther Adler Shares Her Tragedies at Catholic Worker to Help Others Dealing with Their Own

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And you thought you had it rough: Esther Adler was physically abused by a family member from age 3 and forced into becoming a caregiver to her handicapped mother at age 8. She ran away from her ultra-conservative Jewish family but was later "married off" at 18 to a controlling, abusive husband, bearing him four children by the time she was 27. After a messy divorce, her kids alienated her. That was before she was diagnosed with a life-threatening, incurable disease. Who better to speak to women in need, as Adler will do Wednesday afternoon at the Catholic Worker in Santa Ana?

Having overcame more than 20 years of physical and mental abuse and personal tragedy, Adler now travels the country, visiting homeless shelters to provide women tools to change their lives. She reveals how the most devastating aspects of one's life can provide the greatest blessings.

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You'll also find this knowledge in her 2011 book, Breaking the Chains to Freedom, which is intended to be a guide to help people through any trauma the reader has gone through or is going through, so that they can move forward. Among the techniques she teaches are moving away from negative thought patterns and toward positive ones, understanding grief and moving through it, and practicing forgiveness.

Adler has also studied various forms of dance for years and teaches yoga and movement techniques to help her audiences relax and maintain the physical well-being needed to improve their lives.

Many have described Adler's events as life-changing. Find out if that's true when she speaks from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Catholic Worker, 316 S. Cypress Ave., Santa Ana. To learn more about her, visit EstherAdler.com.


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18 comments
Bill T.
Bill T.

Support your local women's center, folks. It takes a huge leap of faith and bravery to check into one in the face of threats of and actual assaults.

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

Nothing says "I luv u" like a sharp elbow to the teeth. 

909Jeff
909Jeff

Fish?  This should be right up your alley! 

Bill T.
Bill T.

DUH, "women's shelter" vs. "women's center".

Bill T.
Bill T.

DUH, "women's shelter" vs. "women's center".

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

I usually follow that by saying something beautiful like, "why do u make me hurt you Baby.  U know I luv u."

Matthew T. Coker
Matthew T. Coker

PBR, represent! Although this 909er is more a Mickey's Big Mouth fan.

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

Aye...but the boss won't let me leave work early tomorrow...we're a little short-handed. :-( 

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

But I'm still full from that "knuckle sandwich" you gave me earlier, snookums...

909Jeff
909Jeff

HA! While I do enjoy PBR I chose that to further coax people into making inbred 909 cracks! 

You mind me asking where in the 909 you hail from? 

Bill T.
Bill T.

Good exchange, well illustrates why in California it's not necessary for the victim to swear a complaint. Prosecute those scum!

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

Not necessary...I'll call my troupe of harpies to escort you! :-D

Matthew T. Coker
Matthew T. Coker

No. 1 cause of domestic violence against women?

YOU DON'T KNOW HOW TO LISTEN! (said while pounding table).

I'll show myself out now, FWB ...

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

That's straight up gangster holmes.

909Jeff
909Jeff

Damn you were DEEP in the nine-o-nine! 

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