A Guide to the Kind of Happiness That Helps the World
Author: Colin Beavan
“This is the book where self-help turns into helping the world—and then turns back into helping yourself find a better life. Fascinating and timely!”—Bill McKibben, author of Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet What does it take to achieve a successful and satisfying life? Not long ago, the answer seemed as simple as following a straightforward path: college, career, house, marriage, kids, and a secure retirement. Not anymore. Staggering student loan debt, sweeping job shortages, a chronically ailing economy—plus the larger issues of global unrest, poverty, and our imperiled environment—make the search for fulfillment more challenging. And, as Colin Beavan, activist and author of No Impact Man, proclaims, more exciting. In this breakthrough book, Beavan extends a hand to those seeking more meaning and joy in life even as they engage in addressing our various world crises. How to Be Alive nudges the unfulfilled toward creating their own version of the Good Life—a life where feeling good and doing good intersect. He urges readers to reexamine the “standard life approaches” to pretty much everything and to experiment with life choices that are truer to their values, passions, and concerns. How do you stop placing limits on your potential impact? How do you make your choices really matter in everything from your clothing purchases to your career? How do you find the people who will most support you in your quest for a good life? To answer these questions and more, Beavan draws on classic literature and philosophy; surprising new scientific findings; and the uplifting personal stories of real-life “lifequesters”—people who are breaking away from those old broken paths, blazing fresh trails, and reveling in every step along the way. “There is a movement afoot for a better life and Colin Beavan is its prophet, with a new book as powerful as his already classic No Impact Man.”—John de Graaf, coauthor of Affluenza
When you nearly die three times, you learn a thing or two about how to live... An Emmy-nominated art director for television, Robert Kopecky never dreamed he'd end up writing a book about how to survive life and death. But what else could he do? Over the years, Kopecky had not one but three near-death experiences. He discovered exactly what lives on the other side of our fears about dying–and living. And he had some stories he knew we'd want to hear. Even some very funny ones. Read this book and you'll find yourself uncoiling, relaxing your shoulders, taking deeper breaths. You may even feel like you're floating as you begin to shed the weight of a lifetime of social and existential anxiety. You'll discover what Kopecky believes are the three keys to living more life: Radical Kindness Radical Forgiveness Radical Surrender. And you'll find the calm determination to live your life accordingly.. “When you travel simply and lightly, with humility and curiosity and open-heartedness, you're bound to discover the most beautiful things—about yourself, everyone else, and Life. You learn the rewards of simply showing up and being the best person you know how to be—without expecting anything in return, except maybe the chance to learn something new, and to share Love. Why not make your ‘travel’ plans through Life like that?” —from the book
The Gleeful Guide to Finding and Following Your Bliss
Author: Louise Harmon
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Happiness is around every corner but everyone once in a while, we need a map or a pointers on how to find it. This book is just such a guide with 26 chapters filled with ideas and inspiration. Joy unites all people and words are often how we best express our joy. Happiness A-Z is the perfect collection of power thoughts and insightful quotes that expresses some of the best ways to "get happy." From exploring the excitement of being fully “Alive” to the adventure of exploring the world's most “Zestful” experiences, this collection of quotes takes you through the most important ABC’s of life. One thing the world's wisdom traditions all agree is that all states of "higher being" are not attained by stumbling around an unmarked road to "blisstown" but as result of doing inner work and self development. Bliss means connecting with your true self more deeply and arriving at a place of ease and awareness. ‘If you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living.
A Guide to Thinking and Feeling Better About Things
Author: George Weathers
To find happiness, first we must know how we seek it. We perceive reality through combinations of feeling, training, logic and personal capability. It’s important not to operate in one area when we think we’re operating in another. We also need to separate fact from inference or opinion, and to understand causality. Advertising affects everyone today. Ads make us unhappy, because happy people aren’t in the market for anything. Ads are almost never logical, though they seldom really lie. This is good in some ways, bad in others. Abraham Maslow created a hierarchy of human needs that can help us seek happiness. We need shelter, for instance; but our possessions possess us as we possess them. The simplicity baseline to shelter is a used tent, but most people would feel terrible living in one. Various forms of mobile housing are worth a look however, if only for what they can teach us about what we can tolerate, how well we can resist ads and how self-trainable we are. Home remodeling, for instance, is a dangerous pit. Fashion-worship in any area can lead to misery. Maslow didn’t see transportation as a human need, but house and car together represent over half the average American’s expenses. How can we simplify transportation without sending our feel-meter off the scale? Transportation also provides a good place to examine the new vs. used question. A lot of unhappiness involves a desire for stuff, and used stuff can help solve that. We can often buy used stuff, in good shape, for very little. Maslow said we need love and a family, but how much and what kind? The better we understand all the wildly different things that our culture lumps together as love and family, the more likely we are to be happy in this area. We treat work and play as opposites, but many people enjoy most of what they’re paid to do. If we think in terms of plurk, a mix of play and work, it’s easier to mesh reality here with Maslow’s human need for respect. We might also deal with how to treat excess the money that can accumulate as we immerse ourselves in the joyfully profitable. Excess money unmonitored produces excess stuff. How do you avoid drowning in your favorite things? Gourmet’s Disease sufferers need the best currently available. Advertising contributes greatly to this malady. You can almost always get 90% as good as the best quite cheaply. For that last 10%, the cost sharply escalates. “You deserve better,” is a poison proverb. Ads also have us spending big money on the voluntary--leisure time activities. Today’s gourmet recreational equipment is often so good that users must seek out harder and harder challenges. If we go back to cheap, used equipment, suddenly activities like skiing, golfing and motorcycle trail riding become much more fun in cheaper locales. Maslow said the highest aspiration for man is devotion to something beyond himself--self-actualization. Surveys suggest post-materialists spend time on nature, creativity or other people. All these areas, and others, offer fodder for self-actualization, and it doesn’t really matter whether or not your self-actualization meets anyone else’s standards. Don’t fret over whether others live by your principles. Don’t let others’ attention or lack of it consume you. Lots of criminal behavior springs from people who obsess about being noticed, even if it means they’ll be hated. You need to make the most of your life, not to make some who’s-who list. Things like the government and the economy are part of the service sector. Their duties to us outweigh our duties to them, or so says the Declaration of Independence. Habit, routine and loyalty can be okay, even though they all involve living in the past. There’s a strong up-side to continuing to do something effectively as you’ve always done it--or to being someone people can trust. Just check periodically to make sure the way you do things still works for you.
In 1977, Elizabeth Lesser cofounded the Omega Institute, now America's largest adult-education center focusing on wellness and spirituality. Working with many of the eminent thinkers of our times, including Zen masters, rabbis, Christian monks, psychologists, scientists, and an array of noted American figures--from L.A. Lakers coach Phil Jackson to author Maya Angelou--Lesser found that by combining a variety of religious, psychological, and healing traditions, each of us has the unique ability to satisfy our spiritual hunger. In The Seeker's Guid, she synthesizes the lessons learned from an immersion into the world's wisdom traditions and intertwines them with illuminating stories from her daily life. Recounting her own trials and errors and offering meditative exercises, she shows the reader how to create a personal practice, gauge one's progress, and choose effective spiritual teachers and habits. Warm, accessible, and wise, this book provides directions through the four landscapes of the spiritual journey: THE MIND: learning meditation to ease stress and anxiety THE HEART: dealing with grief, loss, and pain; opening the heart and becoming fully alive THE BODY: returning the body to the spiritual fold to heal and overcome the fear of aging and death THE SOUL: experiencing daily life as an adventure of meaning and mystery From the Trade Paperback edition.
Babaji Bob Kindler,DS Lokanath,Swami Aseshananda,Swami Brahmeshananda,Nan Huai Chin,S Jagadishan,Annapurna Sarada
With open arms and open minds we welcome the contemporary reader and lover of Truth to another feast for the soul, some Amrita, Nectar for the aspiring mind of the devout and avid practitioner. This open invitation is extended not only to those who have already grounded themselves in the search for Freedom via authentic spiritual traditions, but also to those who show a keen interest and feel drawn to those subtle visions and revelations of spiritual life which otherwise get obscured by the everyday goings-on of the secularized world and its conventionalized religion. Even a basic curiosity about mystical paths and ways and the esoteric wisdom they contain is apt excuse to embark upon this compelling journey which will turn the confused and restless soul, now enjoying and suffering in turns at the hands of fragmented mind and insentient matter, towards all the answers it requires and has been searching for over many lifetimes. So come, say the sages and seers, and find the highest refection of the soul possible at this sublime wisdom retreat in the isolated mountain ranges of varied spiritual experiences. Any of the tried and true pathways called authentic religions, rightly comprehended, will lead one there. The life-giving waters of Vedanta, Jainism, Vajrayana Buddhism, Chinese Buddhism, and Bhakti and Karma Yogas all flow predominantly through the pages of this enlightening issue of Advaita-satya-amritam. Book reviews inclusive of world religions such as Christianity and Tibetan Buddhism also form little liquid pools of its conscious content, while eddies of Sufism, Yoga, Tantra, and Western Philosophy also play with in it — all carried on the powerful but unseen Truth-tide of Nonduality. Read on, dear soul, read on. Get immersed in the Waters of Eternal Life which, like a well-spring appearing near the thirst-filled road of embodiment, brings both peace and Self-realization to the transmigrating soul.
Wir alle haben schon gespendet. Doch geht es uns dabei wirklich um die Hilfe für andere? Oder wollen wir eher unser Gewissen beruhigen, ein wohliges Gefühl verspüren oder spendabel wirken? Millionäre lassen Kunstmuseen errichten, statt Verhungernden zu helfen, und Normalbürger geben Beträge, die nicht einmal die Bearbeitungsgebühren decken. Wer dagegen so viel Gutes wie möglich tun will, sollte besser auf seinen Verstand hören als auf seinen Bauch. Diese simple Idee ist Ausgangspunkt einer neuen sozialen Bewegung – des effektiven Altruismus. Peter Singer, einer ihrer Gründerväter, zeigt in seinem Buch, wie effektives Spenden möglich und warum es richtig ist. Gestützt auf harte Fakten und neue wissenschaftliche Methoden, können wir heute in vielen Fällen sagen, welcher gute Zweck der bessere ist. Gleiches gilt für die Wahl der Mittel: Auch hier orientieren sich effektive Altruisten daran, was den größten Nutzen verspricht. Um mehr spenden zu können, beschränken sich manche von ihnen auf das Allernötigste, andere geben gar freiwillig einen Teil ihrer selbst, etwa eine Niere. Effektive Altruisten sind aber weder Heilige noch Masochisten: Man darf sie sich als glückliche Menschen vorstellen. Singers Buch ist ein Aufruf zu einem in doppelter Hinsicht gelungenen Leben: Indem man für andere das Bestmögliche tut, gibt man dem eigenen Leben Sinn.
Der bekannte buddhistische Weisheitslehrer verbindet auf einzigartige Weise neueste wissenschaftliche Erkenntnisse mit der spirituellen Praxis des Buddhismus. Glück ist kein Zufall, sondern jeder kann es lernen. Matthieu Ricard gibt revolutionäre neue Einblicke in das, was wir als Glück im Leben bezeichnen, und zeigt, wie wir den Geist so verändern können, dass wir tiefes Glück empfinden. Glück entsteht, wissenschaftlich messbar, aus einem inneren Gleichgewicht von Körper und Geist. Es ist das Resultat einer inneren Reifung, die ganz allein von uns abhängt und die wir Tag für Tag verfolgen können. Konkrete Übungen und Meditationsanleitungen am Ende jedes Kapitels weisen einen klaren Weg zu einem glücklicheren Leben. Das Vorwort schrieb Daniel Goleman, Autor der Bestseller "Emotionale Intelligenz" und "Die heilende Kraft der Gefühle".
A Practical Guide to Finding Holistic Health/Inner Peace
Author: Craig Brown
Publisher: Random House
Category: Family & Relationships
OPTIMUM HEALING is an essential guide to everyone interested in what good health really means - and how to encourage it. Through case histories which mirror the lives of ordinary people everywhere, Dr Craig Brown shows that physical illness is often the expression of a deeper emotional and spiritual problem. He explains that five negative attributes underly all illness: anger, depression, guilt, attachment and worry, and that unless these are released, as one physical symptom is cured, so another will inevitably occur. In this highly readable book, Dr Brown offers practical suggestions, excercises and ideas to help you: *Confront and release your own negative attributes *Find a balance between your body, mind and spirit *Establish harmony with your environment *Discover your own path to optimum healing and inner peace
Lama Zopa Rinpoche,Thubten Zopa,Josh Bartok,Alisa Cameron
Author: Lama Zopa Rinpoche,Thubten Zopa,Josh Bartok,Alisa Cameron
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
An accessible introduction to Buddhism by a forefront teacher makes recommendations for transforming problems into sources of happiness, feeling compassion for one's enemies, and rejoicing in the good fortune of others, in a guide complemented by three spiritual meditations.
Although we are materially better off than ever before, surveys show that we are depressed and listless. In his revolutionary book, Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard shows that happiness is not just an emotion, but a skill that can be developed. Free of jargon, Happiness contains simple exercises that will train the mind to recognize and pursue happiness by concentrating on the fundamental things in life, and in doing so change the way we view the world.
God’S Planetary Guide for Attaining Happiness Through Spiritual Fulfillment
Author: Donna Lynn
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Much like Neale Donald Walshs Conversations with God... except this time God provides a manual, with instruction for those interested in making a clear connection to his divine guidance This extraordinary dialogue conveys an unmistakable message of truth. The Divine Intelligence Almighty Love Light Omnipresent Vibrational Energy is a channeled work from Godthe Real McCoy and a must read! Donna Lynn was a remarkable person. She was a Healer and an Educator. A woman of Conscience, Character and Commitment...a loving daughter, a devoted wife, an accomplished Pilot, a bringer of light... Donna touched the hearts of many before she succumbed to the disease Amyloidosis in May 2011...just 50 years of age and in the prime of her life... Before Donna left this world she gave us this book, the DIAL LOVE ...Gods Planetary Guide for Attaining Happiness through Spiritual Fulfillment
Passed and Present is a one-of-a-kind guide for discovering creative and meaningful ways to keep the memory of loved ones alive. Inspiring and imaginative, this bona fide "how-to” manual teaches us how to remember those we miss most, no matter how long they’ve been gone. Passed and Present is not about sadness and grieving—it is about happiness and remembering. It is possible to look forward, to live a rich and joyful life, while keeping the memory of loved ones alive. This much-needed, easy-to-use roadmap shares 85 imaginative ways to celebrate and honor family and friends we never want to forget. Chapter topics include: Repurpose With Purpose: Ideas for transforming objects and heirlooms. Discover ways to reimagine photographs, jewelry, clothing, letters, recipes —virtually any inherited item or memento. Use Technology: Strategies for your daily, digital life. Opportunities for using computers, scanners, printers, apps, mobile devices, and websites. Not Just Holidays: Tips for remembrance any time of year, day or night, whenever you feel that pull — be it a loved one’s birthday, an anniversary, or just a moment when a memory catches you by surprise. Monthly Guide: Christmas, Thanksgiving, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and other special times of year present unique challenges and opportunities. This chapter provides exciting ideas for making the most of them while keeping your loved one’s memory alive. Places to Go: Destinations around the world where reflecting and honoring loved ones is a communal activity. This concept is called Commemorative Travel. Also included are suggestions for incorporating aspects of these foreign traditions into your practices at home. Being proactive about remembering loved ones has a powerful and unexpected benefit: it can make you happier. The more we incorporate memories into our year-round lives —as opposed to sectioning them off to a particular time of year—the more we can embrace the people who have passed, and all that’s good and fulfilling in our present. With beautiful illustrations throughout by artist Jennifer Orkin Lewis, Passed and Present includes an introduction by Hope Edelman, bestselling author of Motherless Daughters.