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📒The Enlightenment Quest And The Art Of Happiness ✍ John Maxwell Taylor
✏The Enlightenment Quest and the Art of Happiness Book Summary : Award-winning actor and playwright John Maxwell Taylor builds on the success of his previous book, The Power of I Am, in this eloquent call to awaken from our collective trance and to claim the transformative power and happiness that is our birthright. Drawing on his forty years’ experience in spiritual self-transformation, Taylor offers a potent array of practical tools, stories, and life lessons that help us reorder the events in our lives, the way people respond to us, and the impact we have on the world. The Enlightenment Quest and the Art of Happiness shows us how to master ourselves so that we can harness the energy of higher power to surmount the chaos of the modern world and provides strategies for “sociological aikido” that allow us to deal effectively with negative people, narcissists, and egotists. Informed by Taylor’s incredibly varied background—from European pop star, to student of Paramahansa Yogananda, Gurdjieff, and Mantak Chia, to resident at the pioneering Findhorn Community, to playing Carl Jung on stage for many years—this book demonstrates how, by understanding the powers active in creation, we can become instruments through which higher power continually flows to advance our evolution toward consciousness. In doing so, we not only transform ourselves, we become powerful agents for changing the world. Readers learn how to: • Deal with negative people and egotists • Use higher power to redirect the world around one to one's own advantage • Stay sane in an insane world by understanding true spiritual psychology • See the world as it is instead of spiritually daydreaming that "things are going to get better" • Move beyond conspiracy theories and conspire instead to create a united world of consciousness • Gain fresh insights into the work of Campbell, Jung, Paramahansa Yogananda, Gurdjieff, and others • Apply the Findhorn principles of miraculous manifestation as practiced by the author since 1973 From the Trade Paperback edition.
📒The Art Of Happiness 10th Anniversary Edition ✍ Dalai Lama
✏The Art of Happiness 10th Anniversary Edition Book Summary : An updated edition of a beloved classic—the original book on happiness, with new material from His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Dr. Howard Cutler Nearly every time you see him, he's laughing, or at least smiling. And he makes everyone else around him feel like smiling. He's the Dalai Lama, the spiritual and temporal leader of Tibet, a Nobel Prize winner, and a hugely sought-after speaker and statesman. Why is he so popular? Even after spending only a few minutes in his presence you can't help feeling happier. If you ask him if he's happy, even though he's suffered the loss of his country, the Dalai Lama will give you an unconditional yes. What's more, he'll tell you that happiness is the purpose of life, and that the very motion of our life is toward happiness. How to get there has always been the question. He's tried to answer it before, but he's never had the help of a psychiatrist to get the message across in a context we can easily understand. The Art of Happiness is the book that started the genre of happiness books, and it remains the cornerstone of the field of positive psychology. Through conversations, stories, and meditations, the Dalai Lama shows us how to defeat day-to-day anxiety, insecurity, anger, and discouragement. Together with Dr. Howard Cutler, he explores many facets of everyday life, including relationships, loss, and the pursuit of wealth, to illustrate how to ride through life's obstacles on a deep and abiding source of inner peace. Based on 2,500 years of Buddhist meditations mixed with a healthy dose of common sense, The Art of Happiness is a book that crosses the boundaries of traditions to help readers with difficulties common to all human beings. After being in print for ten years, this book has touched countless lives and uplifted spirits around the world.
📒The Passion For Happiness ✍ Adam Potkay
✏The Passion for Happiness Book Summary : Although widely perceived as inhabiting different, even opposed, literary worlds, Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) and David Hume (1711-1776) shared common ground as moralists. Adam Potkay traces their central concerns to Hellenistic philosophy, as conveyed by Cicero, and to earlier moderns such as Addison and Mandeville. Johnson's and Hume's large and diverse bodies of writings, Potkay says, are unified by several key questions: What is happiness? What is the role of virtue in the happy life? What is the proper relationship between passion and reflection in the happy or flourishing individual? In their writings, Johnson and Hume largely agree upon what flourishing means for both human beings and the communities they inhabit. They also tell a common story about the history that led up to the enlightened age of eighteenth-century Europe. On the divisive topic of religion, these two great men of letters wrote with a decorum that characterizes the Enlightenment in Britain as compared to its French counterpart. In The Passion for Happiness, Adam Potkay illuminates much that philosophers and historians do not ordinarily appreciate about Hume, and that literary scholars might not recognize about Johnson.
📒World Religions ✍ Gerald R McDermott
✏World Religions Book Summary : An essential introduction to eight of the world’s major religions. Gerald R. McDermott explains what you need to understand about major world religions in order to engage people of other faiths while better understanding your own Christian faith and practice. McDermott offers an overview of the central beliefs of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, and Shinto. Each chapter includes explanations of traditions and rituals. McDermott discusses major figures within each religion. Features include: Insights from members of each religious community Glossary of important terms
📒How Sadness Survived ✍ Paul Keedwell
✏How Sadness Survived Book Summary : Is depression a disease, a medical disorder suffered by humans for millennia, or is it a modern western malaise? Actually, neither perspective is helpful in trying to get to grips with this uniquely disabling but intriguing state of mind. The truth is that depression is multifaceted: it can lead to great insights and achievements, as well as great tragedies. This book is a critical overview of ideas about depression, some new, some old, which fall under the discipline of 'evolutionary psychology'. Why should a condition causing so much pain and disability occur so commonly? Rather than being a.
📒Sexual Politics In The Enlightenment ✍ Mary Seidman Trouille
✏Sexual Politics in the Enlightenment Book Summary : Explores the way seven women writers of the eighteenth century responded to Rousseau, and traces his crucial influence on their literary careers.
✏An Address Preparatory to Opening the Department of the Arts and Sciences in the University of Maryland Book Summary :
📒The Happy Good Life ✍ Karim The Pilgrim
✏The Happy Good Life Book Summary : We all want a happy good life. It looks like an impossible task. Whatever we have achieved or understood. There is still a missing piece to be happy once and for all. In fact, a single decision could solve it all. This is not a promise, this is a fact. The question is, are you ready to take that only one decision ?This whole book is about showing you how and why you just don't want to take one decision, which can solve it all. It will solve your spiritual quest if this is the path you are on. It will solve your daily life, if you are struggling with that. If only physical laws are true to you, you will see the beauty all those physical laws have to offer to you and everybody else. This book is for every single human beings and has nothing to do with any single narrow minded point-of-view. My own limited one included. The only true success is to live happy and free. Whether we meet success or failure in achieving our goals, we never reach this ultimate goal.In truth, we do not know what freedom is. What we know and experience on a daily basis is our sense of helplessness which drives us to be free.We know our fears, our anger, our sadness, our addictions or other « bad habits ». We know our financial or relationship difficulties. We project an ideal to achieve from those experiences of lack and this feeling of inadequacy. We think a certain social status, a certain amount of money or a relationship will make us free and happy. Maybe after having enough of our personal achievements or failures, we go in search of a spiritual awakening or enlightenment. We still fantasize about an event which could one day fill our insatiable thirst for fulfillment. We dream of an experience which could one day end our feeling of lack once and for all. It is our perpetual quest for happiness which keeps us in our discomfort and dissatisfaction.Whatever our idea of « perfect happiness » is, this is only a mental projection based on our own feeling of helplessness and inadequacy. Even when we are successful, we are never satisfied for long as we remain prisoners from this feeling of something wrong. A feeling which keep projecting new ideas to get rid of the dissatisfaction. What we project from a state of self-inadequacy will maintain us in that state ; whatever we achieve.True success encompasses all aspects of life : a fulfilling career, great material comfort, a harmonious love relationship, genuine friends, inspiring hobbies and time for ourself. Isn't it an ideal image of happiness? Perhaps this projection of our mind is more a source of misfortune than of happiness. Even if we can really check all the boxes on this list, we know all this won't remain forever the same.So what is freedom? No one can tell us. Defining freedom would restrict it and would no longer be free. The idea we have of the word freedom is not freedom. It is quite possible our very concept of freedom is what prevents us from living free.So, what do we do now ?Is this not the ultimate fundamental question of everyone, always the same, continually? This question drives many of us into frantic activites where we simply end up wondering "What's life all about? ".When we have all the definitive answers to all the questions we may have about life, our self and the univers, this question will come back." So, now what? "It is not so much us asking the question than life asking us.That's it. No one can tell us what to do. We are free to refuse this freedom and believe all the stories in our head which obliged us to do this or that. We believe we want to be happy but a lot of people prefer to suffer. Suffering is a well-known feeling. Thanks to our suffering we know who we are and know what to do. This is often the sense people choose to give to life. We take our opinions about ourselves and the world for the truth, because uncertainty is simply intolerableLet's choose happiness first. This is our first freedom. The happy good life is more than words.
📒In Praise Of Enlightenment ✍ Albert Salomon
✏In Praise of Enlightenment Book Summary : Life and work of selected thinkers from Epictetus of the ancient world through Peguy of modern France, seen as independent minds dedicated to the search for reason.
📒Erotica And The Enlightenment ✍ Peter Wagner
✏Erotica and the Enlightenment Book Summary : The essays in this collection focus on the relations between erotic, discourse and ideologies or -mentalites- in the Enlightenment. Although the contributors - literary historians, historians, and art historians - differ in approach and methodology, their common ground is the analysis of various genres of Enlightenment discourse on sex. There is a particular stress on popular writings (sex guides; obscene satire; graphic erotica), which have been neglected by literary historians, as well as on the iconographic discourse in works of art. Approaching eighteenth-century culture on such a broad basis, the essays try to retrieve parts of a -lost world-, i.e. the complicated relations between the literary and popular discourse, on the one hand, and, on the other hand, the ideologies and -mentalites- contained in or opposed to this discourse. The contributions thus shed light on important aspects of an age which determined the modern period."