A Mind at Home with Itself: How Asking Four Questions Can Free Your Mind, Open Your Heart, and Turn Your World Around

A Mind at Home with Itself: How Asking Four Questions Can Free Your Mind, Open Your Heart, and Turn Your World Around

by Byron Katie, Stephen Mitchell


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A Mind at Home with Itself: How Asking Four Questions Can Free Your Mind, Open Your Heart, and Turn Your World Around by Byron Katie, Stephen Mitchell

Internationally acclaimed, bestelling author Byron Katie’s most anticipated work since Loving What Is

We live in difficult times, leaving far too many of us suffering from anxiety and depression, fear and anger. In her new and most anticipated work since Loving What Is, beloved spiritual teacher Byron Katie provides a much-needed beacon of light, and a source of hope and joy.

In A Mind at Home with Itself, Byron Katie illuminates one of the most profound ancient Buddhist texts, The Diamond Sutra (newly translated in these pages by Stephen Mitchell) to reveal the nature of the mind and to liberate us from painful thoughts, using her revolutionary system of self-inquiry called “The Work.” Byron Katie doesn’t merely describe the awakened mind; she empowers us to see it and feel it in action. At once startlingly fresh and powerfully enlightening, A Mind at Home with Itself offers us a transformative new perspective on life and death.

In the midst of a normal American life, Byron Katie became increasingly depressed and over a ten-year period sank further into despair and suicidal thoughts. Then one morning in 1986 she woke up in a state of absolute joy, filled with the realization of how her own suffering had ended. The freedom of that realization has never left her. Its direct result, The Work, has helped millions of people all over the world to question their stressful thoughts and set themselves free from suffering.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062651594
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/11/2018
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 198,015
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

BYRON KATIE discovered inquiry in 1986. She has been traveling around the world since 1992, teaching The Work directly to hundreds of thousands of people at free public events, in prisons, hospitals, churches, corporations, battered women’s facilities, universities and schools, at weekend intensives, the nine-day School for The Work, and her 28-day Turnaround House. She is the author of three bestselling books: Loving What Is, I Need Your Love-Is That True?, and A Thousand Names for Joy. Her other books are Question Your Thinking-Change the World, Who Would You Be Without Your Story?, A Friendly Universe, and, for children, Tiger-Tiger, Is It True?. Her website is www.thework.com, where you will find many free materials to download, as well as audio and video clips, a schedule of events, and a free helpline.

STEPHEN MITCHELL’S many books include the bestselling Tao Te Ching, The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke, Gilgamesh, The Gospel According to Jesus, The Book of Job, The Second Book of the Tao, The Iliad, and The Odyssey. You can read extensive excerpts from all his books on his website, www.stephenmitchellbooks.com.

Stephen Mitchell's many books include the bestselling Tao Te Ching, Gilgamesh, and The Second Book of the Tao, as well as The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke, The Gospel According to Jesus, Bhagavad Gita, The Book of Job, and Meetings with the Archangel.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

About Inquiry xix

About the Diamond Sutra xxi

About This Version of the Diamond Sutra xxiv

1 The Cosmic Joke 1

2 Bowing to a Grain of Sand 11

3 The Radiant Moment 23

4 Giving Is Receiving 29

The Work in Action: "Dave Didn't Acknowledge Me" 35

5 Everyday Buddhas 53

6 Mind Is Everything, Mind Is Good 61

7 At Home in the Ordinary 69

8 The Ultimate Generosity 75

9 Love Comes Back for Itself 81

10 Living in Inquiry 89

11 The Gift of Criticism 95

12 Teaching a Cat to Bark 101

The Work in Action: "My Mother Attacks Me" 107

13 The World Beyond Names 133

14 Noting Belongs to Us 137

15 Coming Home 147

16 Everything Happens for You, Not to You 151

17 Life Without Separation 159

18 Freedom Is Not Believing Your Thoughts 167

The Work in Action: "Sophia Doesn't Listen" 171

19 Inconceivable Wealth 185

20 The Perfect Body 189

21 Nothing to Lose 195

22 Picking Up the Garbage 199

23 Gratitude Has No Why 203

24 The Cause of All Suffering 213

The Work in Action: "Daniel Doesn't Keep His Promises" 219

25 Equal Wisdom 229

26 A Buddha in the House 237

27 The Space Between Thoughts 243

28 "Brush Your Teeth!" 249

29 Being Transparent 253

30 A World That's Completely Kind 259

The Work in Action: "Glenn Is Drinking Again" 263

31 The True Nature of Everything 271

32 Loving the Dream 277

Appendix: How to Do The Work 281

Contact Information 301

Acknowledgments 303

About the Authors 305

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