How can we be more mindful when the world is this f*cked up?
How to Stay Human in a F*cked Up World is the fresh, engaging answer to this important question. If you’ve tried mindfulness before and failed, we get it. Likely you were told to sit on a pillow in a dark room, meditate, or count your breaths. But mindfulness isn’t about separating ourselves from the problems in the world. Instead, it is about re-learning how to get out there, connect with the suffering of every living being and in so doing, embrace your own personal suffering to heal, transform, grow, and finally find peace.
Tim Desmond—an esteemed Buddhist philosopher who has lectured on psychology at both Harvard and Yale and studied under Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh—has spent his life cultivating new ways to bridge the gap between the ancient tradition of mindfulness and modern life. With How to Stay Human in a F*cked Up World Desmond gets right to the heart of our collective pain with a life-changing mindfulness practice for surviving the sometimes-miserable world we live in, featuring strategies and guidance you can start using to feel more connected, joyful, and present today.
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About the Author
TIMOTHY AMBROSE DESMOND is a Distinguished Faculty Scholar at Antioch University, teaching professional psychology rooted in self-compassion. He currently co-leads a team at Google working to offer affordable, accessible emotional support to individuals around the world. After a troubled youth, Desmond was exposed to the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh and eventually studied at Plum Village. Desmond was also a co-organizer of Occupy Wall Street.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Something Deeper Than Despair 5
Chapter 2 Finding Beauty in Life 15
Chapter 3 The Art of Unhappiness 25
Chapter 4 Know Yourself 49
Chapter 5 How to Stay Human When Other People Suck 63
Chapter 6 Why Do Bad Things Happen? 85
Chapter 7 The Art of Not Existing 101
Chapter 8 Healing Old Pain 115
Chapter 9 You're Not Crazy 131
Chapter 10 Becoming Fearless 147
Chapter 11 Community as Refuge, Community as Weapon 165
Chapter 12 Your Ten Thousand Hours 177
About the Author 199