Initially, all I could say was that the book was confusing.The living I did since reading the book until now, clarified some of the things Eckhart men...moreInitially, all I could say was that the book was confusing.The living I did since reading the book until now, clarified some of the things Eckhart mentioned in the book. It is true that sometimes you have to experience something to understand it. In one of the chapters the author said NOTHING was 100% solid, and that everything looks and feels different because they are in different energy levels. That helped me understand how visualisation and attaining things visualised worked.
He also advocates the concept of NO MIND, and warns us against wondering thoughts. When analysing the root of many problems, uneasiness, unhapiness, depression, etc, 99% of the time I realised that dwelling on the issues augmented them, transformed them into deities they were not, and made them unsurmountable. On the other hand, even if they were big, what on earth can you do to change them? Nothing. It is exactly from that perspective that the author advocates that we must handle what is at hand now. In that way, the load can be managed, and amid all the other things that happened yesterday and which are going to happen tomorrow, you can at least not rob yourself of the peace, the love ,the beauty, the wonder and the truth that lay bear before your eyes for your enjoyment. You were not designed to be a hard drive for life's problems, even imagined ones.
Things are not as our minds make them seem. I loved it when he said GOD was not a thing, but everything, that was divine and occupying everything. He advised that we must find peace, we must find GOD. He said that was maybe what Jesus meant when he said FIND THE TRUTH AND THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE. Contrary to what other reviewers said about the book, I did not see anything anti-Christ or blasphemous. I found it inspiring and drawing us to GOD.
I am trying to live for now, and I must admit the concept of no mind is difficult, but worth pursuing.(less)
I came across this book while I was browsing the internet, looking for tips/messages/anything that will guide me into attaining peace in in my life. T...moreI came across this book while I was browsing the internet, looking for tips/messages/anything that will guide me into attaining peace in in my life. The book was free, I ordered it, and it didn't even take long to atrrive at my door step in South Africa. It was written in a simple way and message was amazing and liberating. The Preparations, Purifications and Relinquishments stood out the most. I write them down in every year's diary and read them in the morning or whenever a need arise.
The publication is more of a reference book, and I am going back to reading it this week. Peace Pilgrim was the first person to make me realise that unnecessary possessions were unnecessary burdens. Of the the relinquishments that a person had to do to alleviate the stress of life, the relinquishment of attachment to material things/positions etc was understandable but very difficult to do completely.(less)
Only GOD could have made Rhonda survive her grandmother's brutality and cruelty. I read details of her abose with difficulty and when I finally learne...moreOnly GOD could have made Rhonda survive her grandmother's brutality and cruelty. I read details of her abose with difficulty and when I finally learned how old she was when her skin was ripped off her back, I sobbed. Her step mother was wonderful and I couldn't help but wonder why men would abuse such good women, and why women gave into the emotional and sometimes physical abuse. The characters may have been born and bred in the US, but Africa was still in them. As an African, grandma's religious practices reminded me of the African apostolic church, where Christianity and Africanism co-existed and formed a new religion. Iyanla's mentor for her calling also practiced things that are our daily bread here. It was shocking though, that at 17, Rhonda had already given birth to 4 children. Her choice of men also made me wonder if there was a deep psychological problem with her. How she survived the beatings, I don't know. He letter to her son in jail was quite something. All in all, I believe that when someone hangs their linen so openly for the world to see, they are truly done with their old ways and will never look back again.(less)
The book was a coming of age story of a teenage girl (Lily) amid living with an abuse father and a heavy pshychological burden of lacking a mother, an...moreThe book was a coming of age story of a teenage girl (Lily) amid living with an abuse father and a heavy pshychological burden of lacking a mother, and thinking that she caused her death. She was strong willed, had her own beliefs and dreams, and allowed no one to stand between her and what she believed in.
Lily was either smart or desperate enough to recognise and grab an enabling place for her survival instead of honoring the racist ideas she was brought up with.
As for her relationship with Zack, I think things would have been different had there been white boys giving her attention. As for Zach, kissing Lily was a "status" thing.
The book showed that we are all fragile and the difference between us was how we dealt with our issues. June was afraid to marry since she was jilted at the alter years ago. August had issues with getting married as well, but pretended that she loved her freedom more. It seemed as though she saw men as thieves of women's identities and freedom, and was afraid to enter into such relationships. May on the other hand did not know how to get out of it while there was still time until her mourning became pathogenic and detrimental.
The whole wisdom about bees showed us that each species wants to reproduce and survive just like us; and that each has it's own problems and ways of circumventing or making up for them; thus we should learn from mother nature and keep on keeping on. We are not dead yet.(less)
It was very informative and neatly written. I couldn't help but wonder if the author witheld his deep thoughts and feelings, due to his intentions of...moreIt was very informative and neatly written. I couldn't help but wonder if the author witheld his deep thoughts and feelings, due to his intentions of running for presidency in the future. (less)
This book had a great potential of being a best seller. It had a good story line and gave a glimpse of Somalia and life in that country. Nonno was int...moreThis book had a great potential of being a best seller. It had a good story line and gave a glimpse of Somalia and life in that country. Nonno was introduced as a great man, almost self made; and a family man. His son' s relationship with his wife was very strange , and he was a good character in his own right. The wife was quite something though; I struggled to figure out her bold and cold nature. The beloved grandson was to me very weak and it was hard to accept that Nonno's other genes didn't rub on him, besides the obvious lack of endowment in certain physical attributes. Shongolongo's abilities were overrated and unfounded. The author took a bit long to expose the secret, and dwelled too much on the sexual indiscretions of the characters. There was enough sex for the world no matter a person's sexual orientation or preferences. The story about the menstrual blood could have been a great punch line had it only been mentioned once, and maybe recalled again at the end. However, its repetition spoiled everything.
The secret was worth keeping by the boy's parents, and it explained a lot about his mother's behavior. It also gained both his grand dad and father a great deal of respect. It is really sad what people subject each other to, and the dehumanizing ways we use to meet our selfish goals are shocking.
I couldn't nonetheless feel the built-up to the crisis Somalia is in currently, apart from the few road blocks and the increasing number of dead bodies lying on the side of the roads which the author quickly mentioned in the short spaces he refrained from explaining sexual acts. I must say the author has a very rich English vocabulary; I stopped bothering checking the meaning of words out of fear of not finishing the book.(less)