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The Art of Uncertainty: How to Live in the Mystery of Life and Love It [NOOK Book]

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What if we could learn to accept I don't know and embrace the possibility that the future is full of mystery, excitement, and unlimited opportunity?

The Art of Uncertainty is an invitation to the reader to consider its essential message: learning to love the unknown by staying present in the moment. If the difficulties of recent years have taught us anything-particularly those who "did everything right" and still saw it all fall apart-it's ...
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The Art of Uncertainty: How to Live in the Mystery of Life and Love It

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Overview

What if we could learn to accept I don't know and embrace the possibility that the future is full of mystery, excitement, and unlimited opportunity?

The Art of Uncertainty is an invitation to the reader to consider its essential message: learning to love the unknown by staying present in the moment. If the difficulties of recent years have taught us anything-particularly those who "did everything right" and still saw it all fall apart-it's that none of us has as much control over our lives as we believe. The only thing we can control is our next thought.

What if we could learn how to be at peace with uncertainty and embrace the possibility that the future is full of mystery, excitement, and unlimited opportunity? What if we discovered that a new paradigm can be more fulfilling, more rewarding, and more peaceful than what we have known? Living in the I don't know and loving it is an art form we can all master, and The Art of Uncertainty is the perfect guidebook.




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Jones (The Art of Being) draws on his spiritual background and the teachings of various philosophers to help readers embrace the uncertainty of life. Essentially, he writes that one must choose to listen to one's intuition and have the faith to follow its guidance and take action accordingly. Jones teaches readers how to use mindfulness to deal with fears, plumb the depths of their potential, appreciate abundance, and make conscious decisions. Each of the 14 chapters delivers a lesson, a mindfulness exercise, and points to ponder. While Jones seems somewhat overly optimistic about experiencing excitement over one's future, he offers a clear-cut way to better self-understanding and experiencing life to its fullest.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101516980
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/9/2011
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 477,325
  • File size: 285 KB

Meet the Author

Dennis Merritt Jones has been involved in the human potential movement and the field of spirituality as a minister, teacher, mentor, and lecturer for more than twenty-five years. He founded and led the Center for Spiritual Living in Simi Valley, California, for many years. Jones is the author of How to Speak Science of Mind and The Art of Being; his workshops, lectures, and tele-classes are attended by thousands each year.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2012

    Loved it!

    What great gift to my soul this book has been! If you're filled with self doubt and frustration, this book will give you the inspiration to push through. Many thanks and blessings to the author:-)

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  • Posted June 27, 2011

    The Real Deal

    Dennis Merritt Jones is an excellent writer, a deep thinker, and a "for real" spiritual adventurer. He means what he says, and he lives true to every word. He is also a warm, loving, funny guy who has been my friend and colleague for over 30 years. I had the privilege of reading the original manuscript of "The Art of Uncertainty." I was immediately captivated by Dennis' thesis that we are not in control of our individual life in the sense that if we just sit tight, hang on, and affirm the positive, we can "rest assured" that things will go as we have planned. Throughout his book, he continuously reminds us that if we can surrender, moment-to-moment, to "What Is," no matter what seems to be, and if we can continue to have faith that things will unfold according to the Divine Mystery of One Beautiful Universal Plan (that includes us), we can live each moment in joy and peace. I highly recommend this book. It contains the quintessential message for these uncertain times.

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  • Posted June 24, 2011

    Uncertainty can bring out the artist in you!

    Being uncertain about outcomes in our daily lives is a widely accepted fact of life, but it tends to be a tad unsettling for most of us. Using practical examples drawn from Dr. Jones' own real life stories, combined with his astute wisdom, this book drew me into sharpened insights about the inside action going on "behind the scenes" in my own everyday living, and pushed me into new awarenesses with every chapter. While reading The Art of Uncertainty, unavoidably at least some part of your consciousness is tranformed. Once that happens your thinking will be transformed if you so choose, and if you do choose that, your life is transformed. Insight I found in this book helped me discover that combining work with love... reveals art!

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  • Posted June 24, 2011

    Timely Perspectives for Turbulent Times

    Dennis has put together a piece of work that, to be honest, just may have pulled me back from an emotional brink. The amazing part is how I found key phrases, metaphors, and visualizations that had me scrambling for a pen (okay... okay... I used the notes feature on my Kindle, but you get the idea) so I could get my thoughts and feelings into a form for future reference. In fact, the book will require another reading in the near future, as I am sure the material will strike different chords with different people in varying situations. As I am currently undergoing a lot of changes in my life (financial status, living situation, marital strife, self-employment), this book's message made so much sense on so many levels. While I avoid spoilers in my reviews, you should know this: You will not view your station or path in life the same when you shine the light of this material on them. Living in fear has so many of us curled into virtual balls of inactivity where we believe that we are safe - when the opposite is true. Off the top of my head (as my notes would be too extensive for this review), I can list a few concepts discussed by Dennis that will have a lasting impact on how I view the changes and the unknown future in my life: 1. Habit energy's ability to carve ruts into our minds that can set us on auto-pilot when it comes to how we live our daily lives. More importantly, there is a poignant discussion on how habits themselves are neither good or bad and must be judged their relative merits: Whether they moves us closer or further away from our visions of our ideal selves. 2. The campsites that have been set up along the path to the top of the mountain where others ceased their journeys and decided (whether consciously or subconsciously) to abandon their dreams. 3. The great influence and power of the Collective Unconscious to affect the lives of those who do not live consciously and brave the edge of the unknown - where real growth takes place. For me, this was a big one, as I have been living with an excess exposure to the media in the past few years. It is no wonder I am paralyzed. The media exerts a great influence on the Collective Unconscious - an it sells the worst news to us in massive doses. This is by no means a "top three" list. There are many others that had just as much impact on how I am now viewing my world. I will be forever keeping so many of these concepts in mind as I forge ahead with my life. This should be required reading for anyone who wished to live their life more fully and avoid the pitfalls of negative group thinking that permeate the airwaves. Thanks, Dennis. I owe you one. :)

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  • Posted June 16, 2011

    A must read for anyone choosing to realize your deepest dreams!!!

    The Art of Uncertainty is an enlightened companion for anyone facing the uncertainties of change in their life. Whether these changes are mandatory or chosen this book will be of great assistance in transforming life's uncertainties into opportunities for a life truly worth living. I highly recommend this book written by an insightful and dedicated teacher, Dennis Merritt Jones. ~ Sandy Schwartz

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