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This book describes Buddhist-Yogic ideas in relation to those of contemporary Western psychology. The book begins with the Buddhist view of the human psyche and of the human condition. This leads to the question of what psychological changes need to be made to improve that condition. Similarities between Buddhism and Western Psychology include: Both are concerned with alleviating inner pain, turmoil, affliction and suffering Both are humanistic and naturalistic in that they focus on the human condition and interpret it in natural terms. Both view the human being as caught in a causal framework, in a matrix of forces such as cravings or drives which are produced by both our biology and our beliefs. Both teach the appropriatenss of compassion, concern and unconditional positive regard towards others. Both share the ideal of maturing or growth. In the East and the West, this is interpreted as greater self possession, diminished cravings and agitations, less impulsivity and deeper observations which permit us to monitor and change our thoughts and emotional states. Buddhism, Yoga, and Western Psychology, especially the recent emphasis on positive psychology, are concerned with the attainment of deep and lasting happiness. The thesis of all three is that self-transformation is the surest path to this happiness.
The recent discovery of two manuscripts by Thomas Traherne has sparked renewed interest in the seventeenth century writer and a reappraisal of his significance not only as a poet but as a theologian and philosopher engaged in the political and social realities of his day. Happiness and Holiness includes extracts from the newest manuscripts, from better known works and from fragments and notebooks - all of Traherne's known works are represented, making this the most varied and complete collection of his writings available in a single volume.Here we see Traherne, who died at the age of 37, in all his creative genius as a visionary poet, political controversialist, contemplative, teacher, parson, amateur scientist, friend and benefactor. This volume offers for the first time an introduction to the full range of Traherne's work, and opens doors on the breadth and depth of Traherne's theology and its surprising resonance with our own times.Traherne is best known for his poetry of innocence, nature and joy, yet what we have known and loved best from his writings reveals only part of the picture. Happiness and Holiness allows a much richer and fuller understanding of Traherne to emerge.'Traherne is poised to come into his own as a great classic of Christian thought and imagination, and this superb collection should make sure it happens sooner. Denise Inge gives the best available concise introduction to Traherne's life and work, and then offers a selection of his writing that decisively shows not only his extraordinary range as a spiritual writer, poet, philosopher, ethicist and celebrant of God and God's ways but above all the richness, liveliness and breadth of his theology. The sensitive and daring choice of extracts leads the reader into the depths of a life intensely engaged with God and with the glorious variety of creation. Again and again one is amazed at Traherne's striking relevance to the twenty-first century.' David F. Ford, Regius Professor of Divinity, University of Cambridge
Heal yourself and in doing so you will heal others. Feel their pain; don't judge. Offer love and compassion; give of yourself, as that is when you receive the most for yourself and your dreams" "DIAL LOVE: God's Planetary Guide for Attaining Happiness through Spiritual Fulfillment" is a collection of channeled work, with each channeling conveying a message, one paragraph at a time. In 2006, something out of the ordinary occurred. Author Donna Lynn was preparing for a spiritual workshop when she began to hear a comforting, gentle, and loving voice. "Heal yourself, and in doing so you will heal others. Feel their pain; don't judge. Offer love and compassion; give of yourself, as that is when you receive the most for yourself and your dreams." During the following four months, for sixteen consecutive Wednesdays, Donna continued to receive messages of truth. "Dial Love" is her endeavor to share those messages with you. "Dial Love" provides simple truths about divinity and spirituality. May you find an enlightened approach to the fulfillment of your life's purpose. You are the miracle that is waiting to happen. Now is the time to reset your frequency and "Dial Love."
How can we expect to find happiness and meaning in our lives when the modern world seems such an unhappy place? His Holiness the Dalai Lama has suffered enormously throughout his life, yet he always seems to be smiling and serene. How does he do it? In The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World, Dr. How-ard Cutler walks listeners through the Dalai Lama's philosophy on how to achieve peace of mind and come to terms with life's inherent suffering. Together, the two examine the roots of many of the problems facing the world and show us how we can approach these calamities in a way that alleviates suffering and helps us along in our personal quests to be happy. Through stories, meditations, and in-depth conversations, the Dalai Lama teaches us to identify the cultural influences and ways of thinking that lead to personal unhappiness, thereby making sense of the hardships we face personally as well as the afflictions suffered by others.
NEFFE A story that doesn't justify the streets but glorifies a destiny unfolding through time. As you read this book, as you digest each portion of my poured out soul, I need you to understand that these words are not just apart of me but apart of you. No matter who you are No matter how old you are No matter your race, religion, economical status, sexuality, gender, occupation, or IQ. I challenge you to journey through these pages of broken promises, revived hopes, and countless dreams without being able to relate. I dare you to continue over looking the dysfunctional instabilities that society tends to disregard behind heavy coats of bull...and expose them for the traumatizing burdens they weigh down to be. I encourage you to read my story and deny a need to call out the counterfeit, unveil the hypocrite and assist with reconstructing the destruction of innocence. I warn you as this book is in your possession to wake up the worrier within and re-affirm that life is not about being perfect but being in position I plead that you take heed and rise above the circumstances trusting that there is a bigger promise awaiting your arrival. as I testify to you, The truth The whole truth And nothing but.....
Encyclopedia of Mystics, Saints & Sages: A Guide to Asking for Protection, Wealth, Happiness, and Everything Else!
Discover the World of Mystics, Saints, and Sages Throughout history, people of all countries, cultures, and religious traditions have looked beyond the grave for help in facing life's problems. Here, bestselling author Judika Illes pulls together the stories, myths, and legends about the mystics, saints, and sages who people have called upon for help. Including saints from all traditions--Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Pagan, Sufi, and more--this is the essential guide for all who are interested in folklore, mythology, and history, and will help seekers identify who to approach for assistance with any situation.
George Elliot once wrote, "It's never too late to become what you might have been." "Becoming You" provides a step-by-step roadmap to achieving personal happiness through authentic learning strategies and thoughtful self-awareness. The result is personal fulfillment, satisfaction, and ultimately contentment. Dr. Marshall reveals her twenty-five years of experience in the field of behavioral change sharing the strategic key to achieving personal happiness-embracing change as a lifelong partner. Marshall offers the skills and guidance that allows the reader to tap into the energy of change, define and attain goals, release false securities, negotiate resolutions, and accept compromise. Along with many true stories of personal growth and change, Dr. Marshall also includes practical tools, proven theories, and twelve "Marshall Laws" teaching how to: Review past choices Break old patterns Predict emotional tornadoes Prioritize goals "Becoming You" provides the guidance that will help you rise to the challenge of making your dreams come to fruition with the ultimate realization that being happy is a skill, not a secret
The World Book of Happiness: The Knowledge and Wisdom of One Hundred Happiness Professors from All Around the World
"The knowledge and wisdom of 100 happiness professors from around the world. " It may be surprising to learn the amount of scientific research conducted on happiness and that there is a World Database of Happiness, a cumulative and continuous register of that research. In fact, the United States ranks higher than average in happiness, though not as high as the Nordic countries, including the happiest of nations, Denmark. So perhaps there is a lot to be learned about happiness and how to achieve it. "The World Book of Happiness" is a fascinating compilation of brief essays by 100 of the most prominent experts in positive psychology working in 50 countries. Writing from their own areas of expertise in language free of academic jargon, the contributors examine the principles of happiness, also known as subjective well-being, and how to achieve it. These expert recommendations are shown as "keys" to happiness. The book reveals many paths to happiness. From the founder of positive psychology, it is "other people matter." From Germany it is "pride, modesty and gratitude." In Malaysia it is "nourish the soul," and in Austria "fitness, friends and fun" bring happiness. And in Denmark, home to the happiest: "Believe in yourself." But what, too, of genetics, geography and health? The experts also consider these factors and recommend keys to happiness that address what we think we cannot control. Positive psychology may not be widely known, but the desire to be happy is universal. By transforming information into knowledge and knowledge into wisdom, "The World Book of Happiness" brings readers a hopeful and practical guide to that elusive state of being.
SPONTANEOUS HAPPINESS is Dr. Weil's paradigm-shifting guide to peak emotional wellness. In the book, he redefines the notion of happiness and demonstrates the limitations of the biochemical model of mental health. He presents a vast, scientifically proven array of integrative treatment strategies for low mood and depression, drawing on techniques from Ayurveda, Buddhism, acupuncture, psychotherapy, mindfulness training, and much more. Dr. Weil offers advice on lifestyle, behavior, and dietary changes, and helps readers assess their own emotional wellness and build personalized step-by-step plans to manage their moods. Whether suffering from mild to moderate depression, or simply seeking greater contentment, Dr. Weil's science-based integrative approach will help readers achieve their goals. With fascinating case studies and a comprehensive program, this guide breaks new ground in the field of happiness.
Genuine Happiness: Meditation as the Path to Fulfillment
Discover your personal path to bliss "This book will give anyone interested in the spectrum of core meditative practices stemming from the Buddhist tradition but in essence universal the deepest of perspectives on what is possible for us as human beings as well as excellent guidance in the essential, time-tested attitudes and practices for actualizing our innate capacity for wisdom, compassion, and well-being, right here and right now." --Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Coming to Our Senses and Full Catastrophe Living "In Genuine Happiness, Alan Wallace displays his rare talent in boiling down the complex to the clear and in guiding readers through a practical path to contentment. A gift for all moods and seasons." --Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ "This lucid and rich book offers brillant, wise, and accessible teachings on the essentials of four core meditation techniques that lead one to genuine joy and happiness. Alan Wallace's years of practice and teaching shine through every page, as with ease and great humanity, he brings to the reader the possibility of liberation." --Joan Halifax Roshi, abbot of Upaya Zen Center "Genuine Happiness is a treasure chest of wisdom: clear, inspiring teaching jewels. It is an excellent support for any student of meditation." --Sharon Salzberg, author of Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience In today's overstimulated world, many are realizing that happiness gained through material wealth and frivolous conquests is short-lived. To achieve long-term happiness, you must access your own bountiful resources--housed in your heart and mind. In Genuine Happiness, longtime Buddhist practitioner Alan Wallace shows you the path to bliss. Drawing on more than three decades of study under His Holiness the Dalai Lama and sixty other teachers, as well as 2,500 years of Buddhist tradition, Alan Wallace guides you step by step through five simple yet powerful meditations to help you focus your mind and open your heart to true happiness. Featuring a Foreword by the Dalai Lama, this book will help you discover that it is possible to experience genuine happiness every day. As you incorporate the meditations from Genuine Happiness into your life, you will discover that the joy you've sought has always been only a few meditative minutes away.
Genuine Happiness: Meditation as the Path to Fulfillment
In the course of our lives, we struggle to establish careers and relationships that we hope will infuse us with a sense of purpose. While important titles, wealth, power, and possessions may represent a life that is successful in the eyes of others, pursuit of these achievements prompts us to seek more of the same again and again. However, it is only through a fundamental understanding of faith in God that we can discover His purpose for each of us in life, and can in turn pursue a meaningful existence and achieve lasting happiness. In his authentic and profound book The Spirit of Happiness, Dr. T. Byram Karasu explores the psychological barriers that prevent so many of us from allowing faith to become an integral part of our lives and from becoming truly serene and fulfilled human beings. We all experience many difficulties and conflicts in our daily lives, meeting challenges at work and in relationships, suffering through illness, losses, and failures, feeling anxious, depressed, or simply empty and purposeless. If we view such ordeals through the wisdom of the Holy Bible, which Dr. Karasu presents to us here as the ultimate self-help book, we can learn to understand and identify with God's Holy Purpose. Psycho-spiritual exercises, including meditations and affirmations based on God's word, are placed at the end of each chapter to help focus the reader's spiritual intention and lead the way to a more joyful and rewarding existence. Beautifully written and deeply moving, The Spirit of Happiness begins where most self-help books end.
The Spirit of Happiness: Discovering God's Purpose for Your Life
Ancient Keys of Joy: Discover the Ancient Secrets of Authentic Happiness!
You CAN Achieve Your Goals-and Live a More Relaxed, Enjoyable Lifestyle-Just By Changing Your Way of Thinking Inside each of us are the keys to achieving our innermost desires-from professional goals to personal objectives. Ancient Keys of Joy, from self-development author Tomislav Tomic, reveals the remarkably powerful, age-old-yet simple-techniques for realizing your fullest potential. And best of all, these incredible tools won't require more than 20 minutes a day to help you re-frame your worldview, so that you can actually attain the reality you desire. You'll learn: -The groundbreaking science that outlines how your thinking and outlook affects your physical reality-and how to harness this extraordinary power. -Why you should reprogram your old, worn-out beliefs to help put you on the path you truly desire and deserve. -The top 3 mistakes most people make that prevent them from achieving their dreams-and how to avoid them. -Why just 20 minutes of meditation a day can help you become aware of and unlock the unlimited joy within. -A complete, step-by-step guide to meditation, perfect for beginners. -The secret for creating time for yourself and achieving a more relaxed state, every day. -Much, much more Concise, approachable, and always easy to understand, Ancient Keys of Joy is the antidote to our harried, stressful, and go-go modern lives. Tomislav Tomic is a lawyer, entrepreneur, and author. A practitioner of yoga and meditation since he was 18, Tomislav has spent countless hours researching these topics and has been taught by respected experts. He is a graduate of the law school at the University of Zagreb (Croatia), and lives with his wife and daughter on the island of Hvar, Croatia.
Here is an extraordinarily lucid and intelligent self-help book, inspired by the Abhidhamma, an ancient Buddhist teaching in training the mind and living a liberating, happiness-promoting way of life. Mirko Fryba has designed a complete workbook based on this training, with detailed exercise designed to help us feel at home in our bodies, protect well-being through mindfulness, and perceive reality with clarity and wisdom. These exercises show how to deal skillfully with painful events and negative emotions and also offer direct ways of promoting positive emotions such as cheerfulness, self-confidence, joy, and compassion. By relating these experiences to specific situations encountered in his work with friends, students, psychotherapy clients, and workshop participants, the author makes these traditional techniques applicable to familiar contemporary settings, whether in everyday life meditation practice, or psychotherapy.
The Crabby Angels Chronicles: Radical Guidance on Love, Healing, Happiness, Inner Peace and Creating Miracles in Everyday Life
Wouldn't it be great to have a little message from Heaven every day to send you on your way? Or a kind of oracle like the I Ching or the Runes with a modern voice to give some direction when you have a question? The Crabby Angels Chronicles is just that, the book that the author's fabulous, nutty, funny, loving stalker angels wanted him to write. They've been after him for so long so he decided to let them write their book now. They're a nutty bunch who fit his life perfectly. Jacob Glass, along with his Angelic Guides, has written a handy spiritual tool kit to soothe, uplift, guide, direct, and renew you on your daily walk through a sometimes overwhelming world in which it is easy to lose connection with what really matters and what is really true. Direct, simple and based on the profound principles of A Course in Miracles, these short lessons are here to give you the comfort and peace that you deserve by reminding you of who you are and why you came here.
In Search of Happiness: Through Love, Positive Attitude, Good Relations and Spirituality
Every person has a right to be happy, no matter in whatever condition he or she is placed in life. Happiness does not come automatically nor does it remain with us for all the time. It requires nurturing with a right attitude and better understanding of our goals in life. Sometimes, people have attitudes and hold certain beliefs that bring a lot of pain and turmoil in their lives. The search for happiness starts with re-examining issues that bring us trials and tribulations. A simple way to have a fulfilling life is to love others. Loving others requires care, understanding, tolerance and patience. Family, relations and friends are a source of steadfast support and bring purpose to our lives. In today's world, wealth, professional status and society have a lot of influence on our well being and happiness. People feel wealth or professional success alone is sufficient to provide happiness; often, thereby losing balance in life. People talk about religion and spirituality that provide different perspective of human life. Each person is spiritual in essence and has inner spiritual needs to be fulfilled, to achieve peace, calmness and long term happiness. Spirituality helps us to resolve many of the problems of life, provided we take it with faith. We can bring happiness in our lives through having better values, understanding and a positive outlook. This book deliberates on each aspect of life, be it love, attitude, family, society, profession, wealth, health, religion and spirituality, and discusses instances where we tend to err in our understanding. The focus of this book is to raise awareness of these issues so that readers can understand the relevance of these issues in their lives; and realize that current perception and outlook needs re look.
Spiritual Answers for Health and Happiness focuses on simple, spiritual practices you can use daily to enhance your life. It contains: -- new ideas using light to protect and heal your aura, aura fabrics and colors, vibrational practices, boosting your immune system, etc.- guidance on working towards a healthier aura, plus information on energy blocks, mobile blocks, protective shields and masks- positive strategies to release pain from your life, filtering skills and introduces the concept of memory lights- various methods to let go of unwanted emotions and negative energy, as well as breaking down your walls and surrendering- thoughts about genetic codes, past-life stamps and genetic stamps- discussion on the different energetic cords we form between each other, animals and places, and ways to cut or strengthen these cords- understanding the impact words can have on your health and happiness featuring thought forms, energetic knives and word bubbles- the relevance of energy medicine, crystals, ley lines, the sea, trees, flowers, air and art energies in your lifeBeing able to heal ourselves is our greatest challenge, and awakening the healer within is the beginning of our true spiritual journey. You will return to reread this book and "download" the answers as you need. Book two is a wealth of spiritual insights, now at your fingertips.
This lively and compelling book by Paul Murray OP names and celebrates aspects of the Dominican tradition which are at the very core of its spirituality. This tradition has often been described in the past, and for good reason, as scholarly and intellectual. But the lives of the Dominicans whose voices we hear in this book were also, and to an extraordinary degree, apostolic, exuberant, evangelical, risk-taking, mystical, and robust. One of the things which has characterized the Dominican spirit from the beginning is a sense of openness to the world. Dominicans such as Thomas Aquinas, Jordan of Saxony, and Catherine of Siena, were not only impressive celebrants of grace. They were also defenders of nature. After the example of St Dominic himself, they learned to drink deep from the wine of God's Word, and became witnesses not only of certain great moral and doctrinal truths but witnesses also of an unimaginable joy. One reason, in society today, why so many feel unfulfilled and are not happy is because the vision of life offered is one that is restricted to a pragmatic, one-dimensional view of the world. The Dominican vision of life we find presented in this book is one that is truly broad and joyous. It is a path of spirituality a way open to people of all kinds and conditions.
Learn how to release old negative thought-patterns and self-limiting beliefs for a better quality of life, and at the same time heal your soul, mind, and body. Dr. Michael H. Likey, Ph.D., D.D. shares the history and techniques behind the success of his Mind Treatments. Dr. Likey is a Doctor of Metaphysical Science, Reiki-Master, Clinical Hypnotherapist, teacher and author. He is a Member of the American Metaphysical Doctors Association, Association of Ethical and Professional Hypnotherapists, England, and Associate-Member of the Canadian International Metaphysical Ministry. He is the CEO of Canada's first Academy of Metaphysics, and the CEO/Founder of his own ministry, the International Spiritual-Light Centre.
The Emotion Code is a powerful and simple way to rid yourself of unseen baggage. Releasing trapped emotions often results in the sudden disappearance of physical problems, self-sabotage, and recurring relationship difficulties.This book is Filled with real-world examples from many years of clinical practice, The Emotion Code is a distinct and authoritative new work that is destined to become an instant classic on self-healing.
Radical Happiness is for seekers who are ready to be finders and anyone asking the question, Who am I really? Radical Happiness provides the keys to experiencing the happiness that is always present and not dependent on circumstances. This happiness doesn't come from getting what you want but from wanting what already is. It comes from realizing that who you think you are is not who you really are. This is a radical perspective Radical Happiness describes the nature of the egoic state of consciousness, the mind's role in maintaining it, how this interferes with happiness, what awakening and enlightenment are, and how to live in this world following awakening. Exercises are included to help you apply the information and transform your experience of life--and become happier.
Spiritual Intelligence is an inspirational, compelling account of the author's spiritual journey of triumph over adversity. Barbara Halcrow, MSW, reveals her healing processes and spiritual insights from her 0wn experiences and from being a healer herself. She shows us how to recognize and strengthen our own connection with the powerful life energy that surrounds us - thereby leading us to greater health, success and happiness.In this book you'll discover how to: - Open and strengthen yourself to receive more of Spirit's direction and healing.- Increase your positive energy to magnetize what you desire.- Understand what synchronicity, dreams and divine intervention can reveal about your life path.- Recognize emotional blocks and fears that can keep happiness away.- Become more aware of the meaning and lessons of your relationships.- Realize your higher purpose and recognize your Higher Self.- And much, much more.
Happiness is something everyone desires. Yet how to find happiness-or even if we deserve to-remains a mystery. Still more mysterious is the secret to a lasting happiness that cannot be taken away. In "The Ultimate Happiness Prescription," bestselling author Deepak Chopra shows us seven keys to uncover the true secrets of joy in the most difficult times. The goal of life is the expansion of happiness, he contends. But in today's demanding world, that goal seems elusive, if not impossibly out of reach. Society reinforces the belief that fulfillment comes from achieving success, wealth, and good relationships. Yet Chopra tells us that the opposite is true: all success in life is the by-product of happiness, not the cause. So what is the cause? "The Ultimate Happiness Prescription" shares spiritual principles for a life based on a sense of your "true self" lying beyond the ebb and flow of daily living. Simple daily exercises lead to eliminating the root causes of unhappiness and letting a deeper level of bliss unfold. After all avenues to happiness have been explored and exhausted, only one path is left: the journey to enlightenment. In "The Ultimate Happiness Prescription," the daunting and exotic challenge of finding enlightenment becomes accessible step by step. We are taken on an inspiring journey to the true self, the only place untouched by trouble and misfortune. On the way we learn the secrets for living mindfully and with effortless spontaneity. Now happiness is no longer hostage to external events but an experience we carry with us always. As Chopra inspiringly concludes, "Everything we fear in the world and want to change can be transformed through happiness, the simplest desire we have, and also the most profound.
Now, you can find the happiness you want and live "the good life" you deserve by applying the helpful information in "Happiness For Dummies," the ultimate guide to achieving bliss You'll discover proven techniques for living a meaningful, healthy, and productive life no matter what your life circumstances happen to be. Positive concepts and techniques will help you change key behaviors, foster good habits, and be in sync with your surroundings. This helpful guide will give you the chance to assess your happiness and understand what it means to be happy at each stage of self-actualization. You'll learn why having positive emotions can improve your health and well-being. And, you will find out what happiness isn't and how to avoid confusing happiness with culturally valued outcomes like wealth, power, and success. Pursue what you want, seize the day, find benefits in life's challenges, and live a coherent lifestyle. Find out how to: Assess your current capacity for happiness Live the life that you want Overcome common obstacles to happiness Identify your strengths and virtues Improve your emotional and spiritual life Create meaningful social ties and learn to be alone Find the silver lining Complete with lists of ten ways to raise a happy child, ten common roadblocks to happiness, and ten personal habits to foster happiness, "Happiness For Dummies" is your one-stop, easy-to-follow guide to being happy and living your best life.
The Achitecture of Happiness "is a dazzling and generously illustrated journey through the philosophy and psychology of architecture and the indelible connection between our identities and our locations. One of the great but often unmentioned causes of both happiness and misery is the quality of our environment: the kinds of walls, chairs, buildings, and streets that surround us. And yet a concern for architecture is too often described as frivolous, even self-indulgent. Alain de Botton starts from the idea that where we are heavily influences who we can be, and argues that it is architecture's task to stand as an eloquent reminder of our full potential.
Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love & Wisdom"/>
Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love & Wisdom
Jesus, Moses, Mohammed, Gandhi, and the Buddha all had brains built essentially like anyone else's, yet they were able to harness their thoughts and shape their patterns of thinking in ways that changed history. With new breakthroughs in modern neuroscience and the wisdom of thousands of years of contemplative practice, it is possible for us to shape our own thoughts in a similar way for greater happiness, love, compassion, and wisdom. Buddha's Brain joins the forces of modern neuroscience with ancient contemplative teachings to show readers how they can work toward greater emotional well-being, healthier relationships, more effective actions, and deepened religious and spiritual understanding. This book will explain how the core elements of both psychological well-being and religious or spiritual life-virtue, mindfulness, and wisdom-are based in the core functions of the brain: regulating, learning, and valuing. Readers will also learn practical ways to apply this information, as the book offers many exercises they can do to tap the unused potential of the brain and rewire it over time for greater peace and well-being.
The Buddha's Way of Happiness: Healing Sorrow, Transforming Negative Emotion & Finding Well-Being in the Present Moment
Discover the Secrets to Happiness and Well-Being The excitement you feel after hearing good news or achieving a goal is fleeting, but true happiness-that is, the warm feeling of deep contentment and joy-is lasting, and it can be yours in every moment. The Buddha's Way of Happiness is a guide to putting aside your anxieties about the future, regrets about the past, and constant longing to change your life for the better, and awakening to the joy of living. With this book as your guide, you'll identify the barriers to happiness you create in your own life and use the eightfold path of Buddhist psychology to improve your ability to appreciate the small, joyful moments that happen every day. These exercises, meditations, and concrete approaches to practicing happiness and well-being are drawn from mindfulness, "no self," and other ancient Buddhist insights, many of which have been proven effective by today's psychologists and researchers. With the knowledge that happiness is a habit you can adopt like any other, take the first step down this deeply fulfilling path on your life's journey.
You have a Constitutional right to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."And every day thousands of advertising images seduce into believing that happiness can be bought. But put away your wallet away. Happiness is at your fingertips, or rather sitting in your DNA, right now The new science of epigenetics reveals there are reserves of natural happiness within your DNA that can be controlled by you, by your emotions, beliefs and behavioral choices. Happiness Genes: Unlock the Positive Potential Hidden in Your DNA examines the nature and source of happiness from ancient times to the present. It presents research in biology and epigenetics that show DNA contains genes for natural happiness and your ultimate well-being.
The message of this book is very simple: Right now, you can be happier More athingsa wonat do it. Even a great relationship may not save you. In "Choosing Happiness" the focus is on the only place where real change can happen: in how you see yourself and relate to other people. The book uses practical guidance and warm, realistic inspiration to show clearly that while you canat always choose what happens in your life, you can choose your responses, values and behaviors a and the results are life changing. "Choosing Happiness" offers skills and insights across all areas, from your most intimate relationships to your friendships, extended family, work, and community. Psychologically positive and astute, it also looks at the big spiritual questions that let you value your life rather than just aspendinga it. Small changes bring big results. Beautifully packaged, with a flexibind spine and a red ribbon placeholder, this book is like the wise, kind friend you canat wait to return to again and again.
During the past forty years, thousands of studies have been carried out on the subject of happiness. Some have explored the levels of happiness or dissatisfaction associated with typical daily activities, such as working, seeing friends, or doing household chores. Others have tried to determine the extent to which income, family, religion, and other factors are associated with the satisfaction people feel about their lives. The Gallup organization has begun conducting global surveys of happiness, and several countries are considering publishing periodic reports on the growth or decline of happiness among their people. One nation, tiny Bhutan, has actually made "Gross National Happiness" the central aim of its domestic policy. How might happiness research affect government policy in the United States--and beyond? In "The Politics of Happiness," former Harvard president Derek Bok examines how governments could use the rapidly growing research data on what makes people happy--in a variety of policy areas to increase well-being and improve the quality of life for all their citizens. Bok first describes the principal findings of happiness researchers. He considers how reliable the results appear to be and whether they deserve to be taken into account in devising government policies. Recognizing both the strengths and weaknesses of happiness research, Bok looks at the policy implications for economic growth, equality, retirement, unemployment, health care, mental health, family programs, education, and government quality, among other subjects. Timely and incisive, "The Politics of Happiness" sheds new light on what makes people happy and how government policy could foster greater satisfaction for all.
If you have an interest in optimum mental health, this book belongs on your shelf " --Amy Weintraub, author of "Yoga for Depression" "A must-read for anyone interested in overcoming depression and healing themselves naturally. A very important book that will elevate you in many ways. Everyone must seek it out." --Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D., author of "Meditation as Medicine" and "Dead Brain Cells Don't Lie" Activate the inherent wisdom of your mind-body "Healing Depression the Mind-Body Way" shines a new light on the darkness of depression by presenting specific antidepression strategies designed to help you unleash your innate healing potential. The time-tested advice presented in this book is based on the latest theories of modern science and the practical wisdom of Ayurveda, an ancient system of natural medicine. This unique book offers a comprehensive step-by-step program for eradicating the root of depression from the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of your being. Through detailed questionnaires about your psycho-physiological profile and elemental imbalances, you will identify an archetype that most represents your experience with depression. Then, you will design a tailor-made health program to regain balance in your mind-body. You will learn to undo depression by: Identifying your unique manifestation of depression based on elemental imbalances Using yoga, exercise, and breathing techniques that are in sync with your specific physical, mental, and emotional needs Using food and meditation as medicine Whether you are battling a depressive episode or need support coping with the problems of daily living, this book will help you awaken the "physician within" and embark on a pathway to a life of balance and renewal.
Throughout our lives we long to love ourselves more deeply and find a greater sense of connection with others. Our fear of intimacy--both with others and with ourselves--creates feelings of pain and longing. But these feelings can also awaken in us the desire for freedom and the willingness to take up the spiritual path. In this inspiring book, Sharon Salzberg, one of America's leading spiritual teachers, shows us how the Buddhist path of lovingkindness can help us discover the radiant, joyful heart within each of us. This practice of lovingkindness is revolutionary because it has the power to radically change our lives, helping us cultivate true happiness in ourselves and genuine compassion for others. The Buddha described the nature of such a spiritual path as "the liberation of the heart, which is love." The author draws on simple Buddhist teachings, wisdom stories from various traditions, guided meditation practices, and her own experience from twenty-five years of practice and teaching to illustrate how each one of us can cultivate love, compassion, joy, and equanimity--the four "heavenly abodes" of traditional Buddhism.
Drawing from the latest scientific and psychological research on the quest for happiness, "The Law of Happiness "reveals that the spiritual truths of the Bible hold the secrets to the happiness we desire. As Dr. Cloud unpacks these universal, eternal principles, he reveals that true happiness is not about circumstances, physical health, financial success, or even about the people in our lives. In other words, it's not about the factors that are frequently beyond our control. Rather, happiness is found in choosing to become the kind of people God created us to be. With chapter titles like "Happy People Connect," "Happy People Don't Compare Themselves," "Happy People Have a Calling," and "Happy People Forgive," Cloud shows just how happiness is achieved as he sets readers on a pathway of spiritual transformation that connects them with the God of the universe. With these new tools, readers will discover that their relationships, their careers, and their inner selves are infused with the joy they've been seeking.
Thousands of years prove it, and Western science backs it: Meditation sharpens focus. Meditation lowers blood pressure, relieves chronic pain, reduces stress. Meditation helps us experience greater calm. Meditation connects us to our inner-most feelings and challenges our habits of self-judgment. Meditation helps protect the brain against aging and improves our capacity for learning new things. Meditation opens the door to real and accessible happiness. There is no better person to show a beginner how to harness the power of meditation than Sharon Salzberg, one of the world's foremost meditation teachers and spiritual authors. Cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society, author of "Lovingkindness," "Faith," and other books, Ms. Salzberg distills 30 years of teaching meditation into a 28-day program that will change lives. It is not about Buddhism, it's not esoteric-it is closer to an exercise, like running or riding a bike. From the basics of posture, breathing, and the daily schedule to the finer points of calming the mind, distraction, dealing with specific problem areas (pain in the legs? falling asleep?) to the larger issues of compassion and awareness, "Real Happiness" is a complete guide. It explains how meditation works; why a daily meditation practice results in more resiliency, creativity, peace, clarity, and balance; and gives twelve meditation practices, including mindfulness meditation and walking meditation. An extensive selection of her students' FAQs cover the most frequent concerns of beginners who meditate-"Is meditation selfish?" "How do I know if I'm doing it right?" "Can I use meditation to manage weight?
Become the master of your own life and destiny with a simple four-step process that combines powerful law-of-attraction techniques, cutting-edge science, and the wisdom of some of the world's oldest spiritual traditions. According to author Andy Baggott, we have more control over our life and our feelings than we realize. In Blissology, he shows how to reclaim this control and, in doing so, reclaim your power to create the life of your dreams. This is a real, hands-on approach--you don't need to take great leaps of faith or radically change your beliefs in order to achieve a better life. Simply by using the tools and techniques within these pages, you can immediately begin to understand, practice, live, and share happiness, creating a life that is truly fulfilling and successful.
Drawing from the latest scientific and psychological research on the quest for happiness, The Law of Happiness reveals that the spiritual truths of the Bible hold the secrets to the happiness we desire. As Dr. Cloud unpacks these universal, eternal principles, he reveals that true happiness is not about circumstances, physical health, financial success, or even about the people in our lives. In other words, it's not about the factors that are frequently beyond our control. Rather, happiness is found in choosing to become the kind of people God created us to be. With chapter titles like "Happy People Connect," "Happy People Are Envy-Free," "Happy People Have a Calling," and "Happy People Forgive," Cloud shows just how happiness is achieved as he sets readers on a pathway of spiritual transformation that connects them with the God of the universe. With these new tools, readers will discover that their relationships, their careers, and their inner selves are infused with the joy they've been seeking.
The "Zen" of doing anything is doing it with a particular state of mind that brings the experience of enlightenment-and through that experience, happiness.Cutting-edge science and spirituality tell us that what we believe, think, and feel actually determine the makeup of our body at the cellular level. In this book, you will learn how to think and feel so that what you think and feel creates happiness and vibrancy in your life rather than gloominess and depression.The gentle wisdom of Zen and the Art of Happiness will show you how to invite magnificent experiences into your life and create a philosophy that will sustain you through anything. A timeless work about the art of happiness, the inner game of happiness.
Wokini, translated from Lakota, means "seeking a new beginning" or "seeking a new vision." This book will teach you about yourself, show you what it means to be happy, and lead you on your own personal journey to joy and satisfaction in life. In Wokini you will find the keys to peace of mind and self-understanding. Wokini is a blend of modern therapeutic principles; positive thinking; self-awareness; and Native American beliefs in meditation, dreams, and respect for the harmony and balance of nature.
A book of feel-good quotations and quirky ideas that will keep you smiling all year ""Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined." --Henry David Thoreau" It's never too late to remember that we should make the most out of life, so allow this heartwarming collection of inspirational quotes and fun ideas to help get you started down the right path today. Host an air guitar tournament for your friends and family, learn origami, cartwheel down the street, tell nothing but the truth all day, prepare for a grand adventure, instigate a little mischief, or just embrace a sunnier outlook, all with the help of these awe-inspiring thoughts and quotations.
Everyone wants to be happy and everyone can be. The key lies not outside ourselves, in what we have or don't have but within. If we choose to be happy, we keep our attitudes positive and we think outside ourselves. We give our time away; we offer to be present to others in need; we like the person we see in the mirror; we respect and accept what each moment holds for us. These 99 sayings come from the author herself as well as from a diverse group of her favorite writers, including John XXIII, Victor Hugo, Aristotle, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, Leo Tolstoy, Thomas More, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Teresa of Avila, Henri Nouwen and Chiara Lubich.
So simple in concept yet often so mysteriously tricky in practice, happiness is many things to many people. To best-selling artist, humorist, and philosopher Edward Monkton, happiness is an excellent basis for another clever collection of his amusing and inspiring thoughts and drawings. In this one, titled simply enough, "Happiness," Monkton points out that the secret of happiness, as with the answers to so many of life's grander mysteries, has been right in front of us all along. In "Happiness," Monkton pairs his astute insights with his droll artwork to gain insight into this most-common-yet-elusive of emotions. Following the success of his stylish and highly original books "The Pig of Happiness" and "A Lovely Love Story," Monkton has created a thoughtful and moving book that, like happiness itself, is appealing to us all.
Geshe Michael Roach and Christie McNally have, for the last ten years, explored together the ancient cities, rare manuscripts, and oral traditions of India and Tibet which bear witness to teachings of Thomas - the disciple that Jesus sent to the east. "The Eastern Path to Heaven" presents the great ideas that came to those lands through Thomas, and describes how we can use authentic Christian teachings of ancient Asia to achieve six goals of life: physical health; financial security; love; happiness; freedom from aging and death; and fulfilment in the service of others. Brief, accessible, chapters each open with a quotation by Jesus from the New Testament that speaks to achieving the six goals according to the wisdom of the Eastern side of the Christian family. Brief historical summaries show how the teachings of Jesus entered India with Thomas, traveling along the routes pioneered by Alexander the Great, and then reached Tibet. These sketches utilize information from Syrian, Coptic, Greek, Tibetan, and Sanskrit manuscripts, often translated by the authors for the first time.
For centuries the pursuit of happiness was the preserve of either the philosopher or the voluptuary and took second place to the basic need to survive on the one hand, and the pressure to conform to social conventions and morality on the other. More recently there is a burgeoning interest in the study of happiness, in the social sciences and in the media. Can we really answer the question what makes people happy? Is it really grounded in credible methods and data? Is there consistency in the determinants of happiness across countries and cultures? Are happiness levels innate to individuals or can policy and the environment make a difference? How is happiness affected by poverty? By economic progress? Is happiness a viable objective for policy? This book is an attempt to answer these questions, based on research on the determinants of happiness in countries around the world, ranging from Peru and Russia to the U.S. and Afghanistan. The book reviews the theory and concepts of happiness, explaining how these concepts underpin a line of research which is both an attempt to understand the determinants of happiness and a tool for understanding the effects of a host of phenomena on human well being. The research finds surprising consistency in the determinants of happiness across levels of development. Yet there is still much debate over the relationship between happiness and income. The book explores the effects of many mediating factors in that relationship, ranging from macroeconomic trends and democracy to inequality and crime. It also reviews what we know about happiness and health and how that relationship varies according to income levels and health status. It concludes by discussing the potential--and the potential pitfalls--of using happiness surveys to contribute to better public policy.
Over the last decade hundreds of scientific studies have touted the benefits of meditation and its ability to do everything from rewire your brain for happiness to bolster your immune system against illness to improve your mental concentration and performance. While meditation has gone mainstream many would-be practitioners are confused about how to integrate meditation into their everyday lives. "The Best Meditations on the Planet "gives readers 120 meditations that can used anytime, anywhere, by anyone to immediately improve their emotional, mental, and physical state. Release Stress at the End of the Day Breathe Deep to Lower Your Blood Pressure Manage Anger by Disconnecting Your "Buttons" Release Unwanted Habits and Behaviors Exercise Your Brain to Improve Concentration and Focus The Best Meditations on the Planet shows you how to harness the incredible benefits of meditation--in just minutes per day
Today, our global village is filled with strife, caused primarily by extremists of every kind, all unwilling to compromise. But there is a better way--a middle way--where we might discover common ground for peace, both personally and universally. Lou Marinoff, professor of philosophy and author of "Plato, not Prozac," reveals the ABCs of finding that spiritually rich path: Aristotle, Buddha, and Confucius. Each of these wise men knew that extremism destroys happiness, health and harmony, and shared the supremely important notion that the main purpose of our existence is to lead a good life, here and now. In three sections, Marinoff examines the contemporary world and shows how the "Middle Way" provides solutions to our most pressing problems. Part One looks at civilizational dynamics that drive both cooperation and conflict across borders, and introduces each of the ABCs. The second segment focuses on some notorious extremes--including political polarization, and simmering religious, tribal, gender, cultural, and economic divides--and how the ABCs can reconcile them. And the third, final section enlightens us on how we all can apply the ABCs to the betterment of our own lives and humanity as a whole. A short list of recommended readings accompanies each chapter, along with illustrations, maps, and eye-opening charts.