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Zen and the Art of Happinessby Chris Prentiss
A timeless work about the Zen of happiness—the art of happiness, the way of happiness, the inner game of happiness. 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. In Zen and the Art of Happiness, you will learn how to think and feel so that what you… See more details below
A timeless work about the Zen of happiness—the art of happiness, the way of happiness, the inner game of happiness. 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. In Zen and the Art of Happiness, 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 or depression.
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. We all have a personal philosophy that influences our thoughts and feelings. It deals with what we have come to believe about the world, its people and its events�about how those events affect us and how we affect them. Whatever your personal philosophy is, it is completely responsible for your state of happiness and well-being because it determines how you respond to events that come into your life.
How can we change what we believe when our experience has convinced us otherwise? By creating a new experience.
The gentle wisdom of Zen and the Art of Happiness will show you how to invite those magnificent experiences into your life and create a philosophy that will sustain you through anything.
James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief
"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
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Chris Prentiss is cofounder and codirector of the world-renowned Passages Addiction Cure Center in California and the author of twelve other books on personal growth and recovery.
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AS YOU BELIEVE, SO IT IS FOR YOU
"The true man sees what the eye sees, and does not add to it something that is not there. He hears what the ears hear, and does not detect imaginary undertones or overtones. He is not busy with hidden meanings."-CHUANG TZU
Acting on the basis of what you believe is what brings about the conditions of your life and the degrees of happiness you have experienced. . . . Take the story of Max. Max owned a thriving sandwich shop. There were almost always people waiting in line to eat at his little shop. He gave away free pickles, free potato chips, sometimes a free soft drink, and his sandwiches were famous for being overstuffed.
One day his son, who lived in a distant city, came to visit. They had a good visit, but as the son was leaving, he told his father, "Since I've been here, I've been observing how you run the sandwich shop, and I have to tell you for your own good that you're making a big mistake giving away all those extras. The country's economy is in bad shape. People are out of work, and they have less money to spend. If you don't cut back on the free items and on your portion sizes, you'll be in a bad way before long too.” His father was amazed, thanked his son, and told him he would consider his advice.
After his son left, Max followed his son's advice. He stopped giving away free items and he cut back on the generous portions of food in his sandwiches. Before long, after many of his disappointed customers had stopped coming, he wrote to his son: "You were right! The country's economy is in bad shape, and I'm experiencing the results of it right here in my sandwich shop!”
The poor economy that the man's son saw all around him was real. Despite the poor economy, though, the father had been running a successful sandwich shop. He didn't realize that times were hard, that many people were out of work, and that money was scarce. He was treating everyone with great generosity and he was reaping the rewards that such actions always bring: a positive, generous outpouring of good things. But after his son told him about the "bad shape” the country was in, he began to act as if it were so, bringing about the only possible result-a negative, fearful, ungenerous experience of life, an experience that he believed was "out there.” Was it "out there”?
The answers are never "out there.” All the answers are "in there,” inside you, waiting to be discovered.
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