Manual For Living: CONNECTION, A User's Guide to the Meaning of Life

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CONNECTION, the second book in the Manual For Living series, is a thought-provoking, soulful inquiry. Award-winning author and two-time cancer survivor Seth David Chernoff guides us through a series of questions, asking why we think what we think and do what we do in relationship to our own life, others in our immediate environment, and humanity at large. Written in easy to understand language with contemporary, practical examples, CONNECTION shows us that our life is much grander than our circumstances; it is a ...

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CONNECTION, the second book in the Manual For Living series, is a thought-provoking, soulful inquiry. Award-winning author and two-time cancer survivor Seth David Chernoff guides us through a series of questions, asking why we think what we think and do what we do in relationship to our own life, others in our immediate environment, and humanity at large. Written in easy to understand language with contemporary, practical examples, CONNECTION shows us that our life is much grander than our circumstances; it is a gift filled with choices. We come to see others and ourselves through the lens of compassion and oneness. These concepts help us eliminate pain and victim mentality. By choosing full engagement in the present moment, denial, excuses and regrets naturally drop away. The process requires only an open mind and open heart. The information presented steers each of us toward an inner compass and unique path to view life's challenges in a new way. Connection is for everyone.

Century Romanian playwright, Eugene Ionesco once famously said, "It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question."

It is in this similar spirit and wisdom from which CONNECTION—the second book in the award-winning Manual for Living series — is founded. Two-time cancer survivor and author Seth David Chernoff presents Manual for Living: CONNECTION, A User's Guide to the Meaning of Life. It is a thought-provoking, soulful inquiry, asking us to look within and pay close attention. It offers questions that delve into why we think what we think and do what we do in relationship to our own life and humanity at large, forming the premise that life's potency emerges in the here and now.

Chernoff illuminates a pathway for full awareness in each moment as an act of love, compassion, joy and peace. He highlights this model as a means to achieving inner and outer peace. Authentic connection requires open-heartedness and a willingness to be honest; for the moment we get out of our heads and into our hearts, grace moves in. Chernoff writes, "We forget that life is so quickly over and that living in the moment does not allow time for regret."

Another tenet in CONNECTION is that human bonding is as necessary as food and water. We each have an innate desire to be loved, recognized and understood, as well as to reach out and share with others. Despite living in a high tech world that discourages "real" human engagement, Chernoff asserts that technology will never replace human connection. Thusly, he focuses on the value and meaning in people all around us, even those we might be inclined to overlook or dismiss.

CONNECTION speaks to our authentic connection with one another, as well as to self and to Spirit. Surpassing superficiality, authentic connection calls for radical self-responsibility, honesty, and awareness now. CONNECTION implores us to tune in to our inner guidance system and pay attention to what we're feeling, because these feelings have much to teach us. In the present moment, when there is no dwelling on yesterday or fretting about tomorrow, transformation happens. In this way the author teaches that paradigms can and do shift.

All told, CONNECTION reads like a gentle friend who continually nudges us to embrace the present moment. We're reminded that our experiences, and consequently our levels of satisfaction, are the by-product of choice. Chernoff assures us that happiness and prosperity in all its forms are our birthright, and that the power of choice and brilliance of life are discovered in the here and now. Chernoff writes, "Connection is not a task that can be completed; it is a way of being, a philosophy of living."

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Editorial Reviews

Elizabeth Kolodziej
I almost want to say screw getting a relationship counselor and just get this book ... if you are having problems this is a great book to accompany seeing a psychologist or just getting some better insight as to who you are inside and why you may do the things you do. Due to the quotes made in each section it ended up reminding me of The Art of War because everything is touched upon with few words but those few words are deeper and more meaningful than most other books I read.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781937215002
  • Publisher: Spirit Scope
  • Publication date: 9/21/2011
  • Series: Manual For Living
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Seth David Chernoff is a two-time cancer survivor, an award-winning author, a gifted public speaker, highly successful marketing professional and founder of multiple companies. His work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Popular Mechanics, Business Week, USA Today, and nationally and internationally on TV and Radio. For more information please visit SethChernoff.com.
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Table of Contents

Prologue xvii

Introduction xx

Note to Reader xxiv

Connection 1

True Connection 1

Connection & Interchange 3

Isolationism & Independence 9

Recurring Soul Connections 11

Supportive Connection 14

Conflict & Resolution 17

Communicate 19

Communication Is Everything 21

Human Interaction 24

Communication's Shelf-life 27

Ignorant Beings 30

Selective Language 33

Disagreement 37

Nobody Is Ever Right 39

Disagreement Is Futile 42

Disagreement & Conflict 44

Communication Problems 47

Judgment 51

Non-linear Development 53

Relative Disdain 57

Beyond Judgment 60

Letting Go 65

Letting Go 67

Moving Forward 70

Positive Present 73

Convoluted & Complicated 76

Forgiveness 79

Deception & Betrayal 81

Hatred & Anger 85

Fluidity and Flexibility 87

Forgive Yourself 90

Acceptance 93

Acceptance & Unconditional Love 95

Control & Adaptation 98

Relationship with Ourselves 100

Comparative Significance 103

Gratitude 107

Damaging Desires 109

Society of Consumption 112

Prevailing Insignificance 115

The Gift of Parents 117

When Everything Is Great 120

Attitude 123

Attitude & Activity 125

Choose Positive 128

Wasteful Whining 130

Kindness Always 132

Mind Power 135

Power of Mind 137

The World to Come 140

Spiritual Union 142

External Reflections 144

Boundless with Opportunity 147

Character 151

A Lifetime of Character 153

Words are Meaningless 156

Downfall of Competence 159

Manifest Reality 161

Heart 163

Follow Your Heart 165

Intimacy in Relationship 168

Heartfelt Connection 171

Friendships 173

Nurturing Relationship 175

The Third Being 178

Good Friendships 181

Intimacy 183

Intimate Connection 185

Committing to Greatness 188

Spiritual Connection & Relationship 191

Lessons for Longevity 193

Intuition & True Love 196

When Relationships Fail 199

Children 203

Children's Commitment 205

A Child's Wisdom 208

Children & Growth 211

Family & Parenting 215

Boundaries & Freedom 217

Good Parenting 219

Child's Connection 222

Balance & Children 225

Truth 229

Genuine Honesty 231

The Void Within 234

Death & Truth 237

Extended Connection 240

Nothing Really Matters 243

Responsibility 247

Choose Life & Take Responsibility 249

Universal Balance 252

Unbending Faith 254

God Within 256

Petty Blame 259

Conclusion 263

About the Author 267

Acknowledgments 269

Affirmation of Purpose 271

Highlights 273

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  • Posted September 5, 2011

    Snapshots Experiences

    Cancer survivor used experiences and pain to explore the meaning of life. *** Author Seth David Chernoff is an entrepreneur whose life changed when he survived cancer not once, but twice. His "Manual for Living Series" is 2-3 page snapshots on a variety of topics gathered together in chapters. The author expects the reader to randomly open up a chapter, read the information, and reflect on its meaning. The theme throughout the book is the belief that there is a higher power that guides internal and external action. Do not expect to find any new or magical answers within the book. The author will be the first to tell readers that the value will come from the soul searching, thought and conversation the topics will provoke. Other books in the series include Peace, Balance, Time, Death, Environment, and Finance.

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  • Posted September 2, 2011

    Another Winner from Seth Chernoff

    Seth Chernoff's Manual For Living: Connection is a true blessing. Like the first book in this series, it reaches deep within our souls to suggest how we can better live our lives on a daily basis. What I liked most is how Seth speaks to each of us personally, as if we are having a conversation over a cup of coffee with him. His personal tone makes it easy to roam through the book and pick up key jewels of useful information that cause us to stop and think and then to implement the lessons learned as we make our way through these confusing times.

    One section that hit home was Mr. Chernoff's discussion of "being right" at page 39. He begins with stating, "No matter how right we think we are in times of disagreement, the shallowness that we harness in order to feel "right" isn't worth it." A couple of sentences later, he adds, "Even when we are right, especially in the context of a relationship, by fighting for what we believe to be the truth, we often end up losing what we really desire."

    Good advice all around, something I have come to expect from Mr. Chernoff. This book is a dead solid winner, and I highly recommend it.

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