The multimillion-copy bestselling book of spiritual wisdom about the importance of slowing down in our fast-paced world, by the Buddhist author of Love for Imperfect Things
“Wise advice on how to reflect and slow down.” —Elle
Is it the world that’s busy, or is it my mind?
The world moves fast, but that doesn’t mean we have to. This bestselling mindfulness guide by Haemin Sunim (which means “spontaneous wisdom”), a renowned Buddhist meditation teacher born in Korea and educated in the United States, illuminates a path to inner peace and balance amid the overwhelming demands of everyday life.
By offering guideposts to well-being and happiness in eight areas—including relationships, love, and spirituality—Haemin Sunim emphasizes the importance of forging a deeper connection with others and being compassionate and forgiving toward ourselves. The more than twenty full-color illustrations that accompany his teachings serve as calming visual interludes, encouraging us to notice that when you slow down, the world slows down with you.
Sunim, a Korean Buddhist monk educated in America, confronts life's challenges in this practical book, which has sold more than three million copies in Korea. In mostly six- or seven-line stanzas, Sunim presents his philosophy on well-being and happiness in eight areas: rest, mindfulness, passion, relationships, love, life, the future, and spirituality. Using modern colloquial language for concrete examples, he explains that when we slow down, we are no longer tangled with our own thoughts and pain. Much of Sunim's wisdom is common sense: learn from mistakes; build in some personal time in your relationship with your loved one. He also offers insightful observations: the world has never complained about how busy it is, so it is we who are too busy; love is real once you stop trying so hard; it's important to let children know that it's okay to fail. Sunim evokes a calm assuredness in his philosophy, reminiscent of Lebanese-American poet Kahlil Gibran, whose spiritual prose has inspired Sunim. In today's divisive world, Sunim's call for selflessness and generosity sometimes comes across as too idealistic, but his book is perfect for readers looking for a respite from busy lives and tumultuous times.
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Thank you Haemin!
I am very grateful to have stumble upon this book. I read it last year and since then, I have been inspired me to embark in a journey of continuous growth, appreciation and awareness.
Great read, but more inspirational than practical
Don’t get me wrong. The book is good and the wisdom in it is amazing, but sometimes I feel the works are more idealogical then practical. Of course, in a perfect world this could be helpful, but in reality a lot of things can’t be this way. Unless you really seclude yourself and are always around people exactly like you. Anyways, I would say it’s worth reading if you want your mind to escape and feel some peace about what the world SHOULD be. Love you guys!