A Mind at Home with Itself: How Asking Four Questions Can Free Your Mind, Open Your Heart, and Turn Your World Around
Internationally acclaimed bestselling author Byron Katie’s most anticipated work since Loving What Is
In A Mind at Home with Itself, Byron Katie illuminates one of the most profound ancient Buddhist texts, The Diamond Sutra (newly translated in these pages by distinguished scholar Stephen Mitchell) to reveal the nature of the mind and to liberate us from painful thoughts,
She uses personal examples from her experiences, opening up like never before.
If you’re new to The Work (Katie’s technique—four questions and a turnaround), I wouldn’t necessarily recommend starting off with A MIND AT HOME WITH ITSELF.
As far as non-dual teachings go, Katie is about as radical as they come, with the exception, perhaps, of Tony Parsons.
What I love about Katie is that she provides more than some theoretical discussion on ...more
She shows how we have to look at things and people in our lives from the perspective of the need to question things in our lives....that suffering comes either from being trapped in a painful past or ...more
It felt a bit like the Emperors New Clothes, I was supposed to find great meaning, in fact I read it twice but most of it was incomprehensible and rambling.
Reading it for the second time it became clear to me that in her great distress in 1985 Byron Katie actually suffered such a huge breakdown she woke up with amnesia which explains why she didn’t know her husband and children and had no idea of her ...more
This book consists of passages from the Diamond Sutra, ...more
I know that many have found her teachings helpful. What it may amount to is personal preference.
If you like the teaching style of Eckhart Tolle, Adyashanti, or Gangaji then this particular book may not be for you. If you like Krishnamurti then it might be.
I will read this again, Or more likely, listed to the audio book again. Inspirational.
It is good to know about Byron Katie’s view and interpretation of the Diamond Sutra.
I believe the next time I read this book, I would see and understand more.
The cause of our suffering is believing our thoughts, our stories. Thoughts are the cause. Emotions are the effects.
To sum it up, we don’t see things and people for ...more
Katie has a special super-power: she speaks to your soul, bypassing all mind, intellect and memory layers. It goes deep. What she says is more than the sutra itself and yet, less than complicated explanations for information that is already within ...more
A Mind at Home with Itself, is also a precious guild to doing The Work of Byron ...more
I got some good out of it but a little bit spiritual for me.
we are nothing but everything
Get rid of labels
Question your thoughts - self inquiry
Thoughts are what cause your suffering
By questioning thoughts you mediate on a moment in time and it loosens it grip
The work questions
1) is it true?
2) can you be absolutely certain it’s true?
3) how do you feel/respond with ...more
It does make sense but I really struggle to see how anyone can live like this all the time. In my every day life I probably could live like this 98% of the time but what about when I know people die, get serious illness, are the subject of serious crime. That when I would really struggle to make this work. Getting cut up on the motorway, someone gossiping at work, yes I can see it working and having the ...more
It’s a super straightforward but very effective way to ...more
I find the global philosophy of Byron Katie to be beyond my appreciation. Her explanations of everything is nothing, there is no I or You, nothing exists, and everything is the same nothingness are a bit too esoteric for my liking.
And, I absolutely love her do the Work process to help reduce the stress we are putting on ourselves and live a more peaceful life within our own minds which thereby helps us to relate better to others. Wonderful!
At first, I didn't know where Katie was coming from. I was very confused. As I read the book more, I understood what the writing meant. I understood that I am not who I truly am on this plane of existence. My thoughts are not who I really am. That is what I got our if reading this.
Katie became severely depressed in her early thirties. She was a businesswoman and mother who lived in Barstow, a small town in the high desert of southern California. For nearly a decade she spiraled down into paranoia, ...more