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review 2017-03-21 00:32
Review: The Ultimate Happiness Prescription by Deepak Chopra
The Ultimate Happiness Prescription: 7 Keys to Joy and Enlightenment - Deepak Chopra

Quick review for a quick read. A library read that was recommended to me regarding texts on mindfulness. I really enjoyed it. "The Ultimate Happiness Prescription" is one of the most concise, inspiring reads that I've picked up in its respective genre. Chopra's explanation of the seven keys are logical, honest, encouraging, and informative. While admittedly much of this may be simply stated, I think revisiting the affirmations helps in one quick guide that's easy to flip back to and put to practice. Many of the principles here encourage mindfulness and note that happiness isn't a byproduct of having things from the external world, but rather comes from within and being honest in a unified mind, body, and spirit approach. I enjoyed the read immensely, and I definitely could see myself coming back to this for years to come. Chopra narrated the audiobook as well, and I give it extra notation for his clear diction and soothing voice.

Overall score: 4/5 stars.

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review 2017-02-02 15:49
The Book of Joy
The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World - Dalai Lama,Desmond Tutu,Douglas Carlton Abrams

I stayed up into the wee hours of the morning to finish this novel. I had intended to savor this novel, to read it slowly and reflect upon different sections as I read it but no, I couldn’t stop myself. Once I started reading, I was immersed into this wonderful reunion in which these two powerful individuals talked openly about humanity, they shared of themselves and the world around them.

 

The reunion was held in the home of Dalai Lama and during their visit they also celebrated his 80th birthday. These two highly influential men have met a handful of times before and they were meeting for five days to discuss what true joy was, how to achieve it and what the Eight Pillars of Joy were. I enjoyed this novel tremendously, I enjoyed the humor and the tenderness that they shared between them. The way they joked with one another, the patting of each other after a humorous chuckle, the holding of each other’s hands and just waiting for the other person to speak, spoke volumes for the love and respect that they had for one another. It is a treasured friendship, one that is picked up immediately upon seeing one another and it brought smiles and laughs from the individuals that they were around including myself as I read. What I read intrigued me and enlightened me and I know that I will have to reread this novel to fully appreciate it.

 

The reason this novel is so important now is that the world is hurting, in every part of the globe there are individuals who are struggling and need to find joy. There is no need for sorrow, they both agree on this. They both agree that individuals need each other to find joy and the concept behind joy. These great leaders go into great details, humorous at times, about these concepts and it was interesting, their ideas and the stories that they share, both personal and about others. Douglas probes them deeper into their thoughts about humanity exploring issues such as sadness, acceptance, gratitude, compassion and humility. There were lots of different subjects, stories and these leaders shared their views openly and I appreciated Douglas’ effort and the heartfelt responses that he received in return.

 

My eyes started to cloud over, the tears streaming down my cheeks as the Archbishop gets ready to depart for the airport. Their time together is over for now. The jokes, the hand holding and the way that they smiled at one another is coming to an end. They are both fighting for peace, they are both getting up there in years, one is battling an illness, and one is restricted in where he can travel, who knows if they will ever see each other in-person again and they know this. This is a novel that should be read, one that should be reflected upon for there are many inspirations and views inside.

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url 2017-01-17 15:19
Conscious Parenting Interview at Shattering the Matrix
Conscious Parenting: Mindful Living Course for Parents - Nataša Pantović Nuit

Interview with Nuit about Conscious Parenting

 

Nuit is the author of seven mindfulness books. this Interview was published in Shattering the Matrix

 

Q. You say that the parenting is the most difficult job in the world. Why?

A. The art of parenting is extremely complicated

There are many variables that influence our kids growth and development and we as parents wish to understand them all. As any true and deep life experience, the parenting experience catches us unprepared.  No matter how many books we have read and how many baby-sitting nights we spent with our best friend's kids, the child still surprises us with all that happens within its growth. However, we have no time for too many mistakes and our little ones are too precious for costly experiments.

 

Q: Your book Conscious Parenting is full of exercises, questionnaires, tips. How did you decide to create such a wide mix of tools?

 

A: The idea was to create a practical and inspirational guide to mindful living, a type of the self-development course for parents that wish to improve their parenting skills. My experience as a Management Trainer helped in creating the Alchemy of love mindfulness training, and with my new parenting role, it was natural to turn towards: Conscious Parenting. The tools within this 12 modules course include a variety of self-development and spiritual tools: Soul's Diary, Spiritual Parenting Diary, Developing Parenting Virtues, Meditations, Rhythm, Day-to-day Routine, Happy Family Structure, Cultivating of Relationships, etc.

 

 

Q. Do parents have time for self-development?

It is a million dollars question: how do we still work on self-development increasing Love, Understanding, Wisdom even though the art of parenting is so complicated? How do we become more loving parents?

 

Q. What is the biggest problem of Parenting today?

A. It is easy for parents to lose themselves in Parenting Responsibilities, in day to day tasks, in screams of demanding children, within the piles of shit of their babies, within Parenting Rules and Roles. It is easy for parents to lose the connection with Her Majesty Love. A harsh or sceptical parent can easily subdue the life force of the child. An energy of a warm, gentle, loving parent will be absorbed unconsciously into the new forming mind that will so gain and maintain a deep devotion to Life.

Source: shatteringthematrix.com/profiles/blogs/conscious-parenting-and-kids-happiness#.WH4yshsrLDc
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review 2016-12-21 23:50
Review: Happiness is a Commodity
Happiness Is A Commodity - The Behrg

I received this book to give an honest review. So this novella is told through a man named Jerry via his blog. He informs the world of how he has noticed certain elite have happiness. When he gets invited to this "party" though it isn't a normal party. It is one you don't want to go to ever. Unless you are good with getting joy and happiness from the hurting of others is how I took the story. We see through Jerry how no one has happiness unless you have a punch card and then you are only happy for so long. Though it is really worth it to have no feelings? To me it isn't. I am not too sure on this novella as it just didn't click with me on any levels. I couldn't connect with Jerry and I wasn't sure of where this story was truly headed. The author asks at the end of the book what makes you happy. There is so much that makes me happy but I have to say the one thing on the list is freedom. The freedom to make choices or decisions that I want to make. The freedom to be who I want to be. If I went on with the list it would be my family the fact that they are so sweet, loving. My husband he scarifies so much of his own happiness for others. To me this was an okay book nothing that really stood out for me.

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