With constant pressure to do more, keep moving and go faster, our everyday lives often do not and cannot reflect our most heartfelt values and ideas. In the perfect follow-up to YOUR LIFE IS YOUR MESSAGE, the founder of the world famous Blue Mountain Center of Meditation teaches us how to achieve daily happiness by slowing down our hectic pace and ...
With constant pressure to do more, keep moving and go faster, our everyday lives often do not and cannot reflect our most heartfelt values and ideas. In the perfect follow-up to YOUR LIFE IS YOUR MESSAGE, the founder of the world famous Blue Mountain Center of Meditation teaches us how to achieve daily happiness by slowing down our hectic pace and making controlled choices.
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This book describes a way of coming to terms with our hurried and often non-sensical world. I found it put into precise words many vague thoughts and feelings I had already experienced. It is a spiritual book, but does not address any particular faith or religion. Rather it quotes wise sayings from people of all religions and I think also , of none. It includes an eight step recipe for applying the principles to one's own life, but even if you are not attracted to that procedure, I think it is worth reading because it gives hope and relies on the idea that starting within oneself the whole world , or at least some of those around you, can 'catch' the effect. I removed one star, only because I felt occasionally that it was a bit repetitive; even so I read every word!
Publishers Weekly, 1997-07-14 In his characteristically gentle way, Easwaran (Your Life Is Your Message), founder of California's Blue Mountain Center of Meditation, instructs readers in the art of "intentional living." Offering a simple "Eight-Point Program" for reclaiming control over one's time and mind, Easwaran stresses slowing down, eliminating unnecessary activities and focusing on "only one thing at a time." He explains the difference between compulsive pleasures and true happiness, the "kind of peace of mind [that] cannot be disturbed by any external circumstance." Each of the Eight Stepsæ"slowing down, one-pointed attention, training the senses, putting others first, spiritual companionship, spiritual reading, repetition of a mantra, and meditation"æis clearly explained and illustrated in Easwaran's humble and often humorous voice, which inspires readers to believe that they can achieve the often drastic lifestyle changes he suggests. From getting up early in the morning to making "wise choices" about everything from food and entertainment to companions, the author shows how to make simple, specific efforts that "open a door to joy and peace." (Sept.)
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