Zen and the Art of Happiness: Deluxe Gift Edition

Zen and the Art of Happiness: Deluxe Gift Edition

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by Chris Prentiss
     
 

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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

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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.

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"...charming...Shows readers, with humor and zest, how to live in the now and change our futures. For most collections." -- Library Journal

"Enthusiastically recommended and 'user friendly' reading for anyone seeking to enhance their spirituality, deal with life's stresses, and improve their physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being." -- Midwest Book Review

Midwest Book Review
Zen and the Art of Happiness by Chris Prentiss (cofounder and codirector of Passages Substance Abuse Treatment Center) is a pocket-sized and highly portable 160-page book presenting practical, spiritual, applicable wisdom from the Eastern philosophy of Zen Buddhism designed to provide the reader with a positive, uplifting message that we can affect and influence the very makeup of our body at a cellular level through what we believe, think, and feel. That when we create happiness and vibrancy within our lives we are better able to adapt to life's inevitable stresses and changes. By learning to deal with stress and change in healthy ways, we create, nurture, and perpetuate 'mindful happiness' in our daily lives. Zen and the Art of Happiness is enthusiastically recommended and 'user friendly' reading for anyone seeking to enhance their spirituality, deal with life's stresses, and improve their physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
—James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief
New Age Retailer
The big-bellied, somewhat eccentric laughing Buddha on the cover tells it all. The author does not believe that happiness depends on being the same size as models in the fashion magazines, finding the perfect mate, filling one's house with cutting-edge electronic gadgets, or studying meditation with the current 'it' guru. . . . The book reflects a long-standing esoteric maxim: We create our own reality. What makes this work different from so many others is the personal energy, knowledge, and insight with which he communicates. He draws on Eastern and Western philosophy, modern science, and personal-sometimes catastrophic-experience to explain why believing circumstances will benefit us is what will, ultimately, cause this to be true. His life has been filled with challenges he has turned into opportunities. He does not lecture to us from a pedestal as an enlightened being. Instead, he speaks as one who has survived the muck and mire and retained his childlike wonder and enthusiasm. Prentiss beckons us to see the world through his eyes and share his joy. It is easy to believe it is possible.
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Happiness can be a fickle thing. It can be a snug, magnetic garment, attracting more and more of the same, or it can be an ill-fitting gossamer veil flitting here and there. It all depends on one's psychology, karma, and attitude. This wonderful little book shows that we can overcome the obstacles to happiness. It's for those who want and need change-in expectations, habits, and outlook. Chris Prentiss teaches us how, with a joie de vivre that obviously comes from experience. Use his practical wisdom to get in the habit of being happy-every day. Put this book by your bedside and the Zen of happiness can be yours.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780943015576
Publisher:
Power Press
Publication date:
09/01/2008
Edition description:
Deluxe
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
850,442
Product dimensions:
4.92(w) x 7.22(h) x 0.65(d)

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Chapter 2.

We Are the Authors of Every Next Moment.

All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
It is founded on our thoughts, it is made up of our thoughts.
-the Dhammapada

What has gone before in your life has most probably convinced you, first, that the statement "Everything that happens to me is the best possible thing that can happen to me" is not true and cannot be true and, second, that a book based in part on that premise is not going to do you much good. It may seem futile to even attempt to put that to the test.
But this is a new day. We have begun a new century and a new millennium, and you may discover in reading this book that it is your time to take on a new belief that will bless your life from this time onward.

We are the authors of every next moment.

We are powerful beings, creating our futures with our thoughts and actions. We are the mechanism by which life is controlled, and we control the events in our life by our personal philosophy, which determines how we respond to those events.
Each of us has a personal philosophy, but few of us have defined what it is. Although you may have never sat down and defined what your philosophy is, it is fully operative and working in your life at all times. It deals with what you believe about the world in which you live, about its people and events, about how events and circumstances affect you, and about how you affect them.
If you were asked about your philosophy of life in general, you might say, "Life is great, good things happen to me, I'm a lucky person, and I believe the world is a wonderful place with wonderful people in it." Or you might say just the opposite: "I'm unlucky, bad things happen to me, the world isn't a very nice place, people take advantage of me, and they're just out for what they can get." You might believe in Murphy's law-"If anything can go wrong, it will."
Many people say that bad accidents happen, that unfairness is not only possible but likely. They say that real happiness is hard to come by and usually short-lived, that we come into the world, live, and die and what we experience in between is mostly a struggle and a continual compromise between what we want and what we get.
Because that is what people have generally believed, their actions have been based on that belief and, as a result of natural law, they have brought about that end. Then they have said, "I told you so."

Meet the Author

Chris Prentiss is the cofounder and codirector of the Passages Addiction Cure Center in Malibu, California, and the author of The Alcoholism and Addiction Cure: A Holistic Approach to Total Recovery. He has also written a dozen books on Chinese philosophy and personal growth. He is known worldwide for his interpretations of the I Ching that make this ancient and sometimes difficult-to-understand subject easy to use and apply. Prentiss has led personal empowerment workshops in southern California and has written, produced, and directed a feature film. He resides in Malibu, California.

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