Happiness Is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life
How can we stay engaged with life day after day? How can we continue to love–keep our minds in a happy mood–when life is complex and often challenging? These are questions that Sylvia Boorstein addresses in Happiness Is an Inside Job. In more than three decades of practice and teaching she has discovered that the secret to happiness lies in actively cultivating our connect...more
liked her so well, I've ordered one of her other books. this book seemed just the right amount of deep understanding, insightful teaching, in-the-trenches feel with enough fluff to make it readable and relatable. I got the feeling she is very much living in this world with us, just trying to get by. I'm speaking feeling and meditatively if not monitarily. other readers did not relate due to stories that reveal ...more
The chapters range through various practices, with each one covering the fundamentals along with explanation and anecdote from Boorstein's own practice. It's very pleasant to read - nothing is over complicated or oversimplified, and the authors voice is very clear throughout. There is a real sense of being able to connect to the kind of woman that ...more
Remember you may not always be pleased with life but you ca ...more
Buddhism for the rest of us. That’s how I’d describe this little gem. The author does an impressive job in presenting an overview of Buddhist principles, and then making salient some of the core nuggets. In particular, she conveys how the trio of effort, concentration, and mindfulness can be used to help us move from internal confusion and struggle to inner wisdom and happiness. With clear and concise explanations of otherwise hefty concepts—and personal experi ...more
"...value to anyone who seeks to live in this world with greater self-awareness, sensitivity, and kindness"
"...demonstrates that all of us have the ability to become aware of our thought patterns, habits, and tendencies without being held hostage..." -S. Susanka
***"...should be required reading for all human beings." -S. Cope***
More that a self-help "How to be Happy" book...I truthfully ...more
Sadness is when the mind feels bereaved or bereft. It realizes the shape of the future has changed forever. All losses are sad. The end of an important relationship is a death. When people fall out of love with each other, or when what seemed like a solid friendship falls into ruin, the hope for a shared future -- a hope that provided a context and a purpose to life -- is gone. The survivors of a broken relationship find themselves i ...more
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May I feel protected and pleased.
May my physical body support me with strength.
May my life unfold smoothly with ease. [p. 71]”