Inspired by the Tao Te Ching, this is Byron Katie's inspiring and pragmatic approach to achieving an awakened mind and living more simply and profoundly. Using the template of the 81 chapters of the Tao Te Ching she talks about her own experience of living in harmony with the way things are, and the difference between what hurts and what doesn't.
Katie has written two books that teach how suffering can be relieved by questioning the thoughts that create it, the thoughts that argue with reality. This questioning takes courage and, in this her third book, she gives readers profound encouragement by showing them the freedom and love that live on the other side of self-inquiry.
Many people believe that although enlightenment was attainable thousands of years ago by a few great saints or ascetics, such a state is out of reach of anyone living in the modern world, let alone themselves. This richly detailed account has the ability to change that belief.
Katie's comments on life, and how to live it, are profound, vibrant, funny and crystal clear and all rooted in the familiar circumstances of everyday life.
This unusual collaboration brings together the Way (the Tao) and the\t\t Work, Katie's form of self-inquiry and path to joy. Katie is the author of\t\t Loving What Is, and Mitchell, the noted\t\t translator of the Tao, is her husband. In each chapter of this new book,\t\t Mitchell has presented Katie with a passage from the Tao and noted down her\t\t exposition on the theme. (This oral format can result in choppy, repetitive\t\t text.) Katie's own "awakening" came in 1986, after 10 years of depression. One\t\t morning she felt a sense of freedom from her overwhelming distress, a feeling\t\t she calls "a falling-away of the self." This freedom, she claims, is available\t\t to anyone who practices the Work, which consists of asking oneself four\t\t questions intended to turn around fixed ideas and dismantle painful, knotted\t\t thoughts about the past. Four dialogues Katie has conducted with seekers\t\t illustrate the Work in action. Her belief that reality is good and can only be\t\t grasped if we live in the present moment resonates with many traditional\t\t spiritual teachings, and in this genuine and fresh spiritual manifesto, Katie's\t\t engaging personality springs from the page.
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A thousand names for Joy
A truly beautiful read, an amazing view of the world through Byron Katie's eyes.
Everyone should have a copy of this book.