There's something very liberating and courageous about someone who is not afraid to admit their shortcomings, their fears, their resentments towards oThere's something very liberating and courageous about someone who is not afraid to admit their shortcomings, their fears, their resentments towards others and themselves - exposing the dark side of themselves to the light for all the world to see. And in admitting and owning up to their vulnerable, pitiful Self, there is healing. On part of both the speaker and the listener.
By telling our stories of how we hurt, love, grow, falter, rejoice, break down, mess up, clean up, own up, blame, judge, learns, forgives and is forgiven, helps and is helped, fumbles through darkness, reaches moments of peace, we piece ourselves and each other together little by little. We get a little closer to understanding ourselves and each other a d how to survive and thrive in the midst of the flutter and fluctuation called Life: back and forth, up and down, darkness and light.
I have the deepest respect for Anne Lamott, as an imperfect perfect human being and as a writer. Anne Lamotts storytelling is one of humor and of personal revelation, and as such it is an interesting journey to embark on. ...more
Have you ever read a book that you find so great and fascinating and important that you want to buy a massive amount of copies and give them to your lHave you ever read a book that you find so great and fascinating and important that you want to buy a massive amount of copies and give them to your loved ones and pretty much every single person you meet?
It’s not that what it said was new to me, it was the way it said it. Simply, yet so beautifully.
The messages of this books are like a gem, wrapped up in this wonderful story about a boy and his adventures and discoveries along the way, that makes this book one I (maybe naively) think everyone can enjoy and take from what they want and need.
And if people don’t enjoy this book, it is properly because they are in a place, where they haven’t discovered for themselves the messages of this book to be true. And so it isn’t, for them. (Yet).
But it was indeed true for me. I found the book both enjoyable as a story, important in it’s messages, well-written with the power of this simple language reflecting the simple, yet sometimes hard to grasp truths in life, and filled with layers and metaphors that make me see these truths from many angles and many layers, that makes this book the gift that keeps giving.
I definitely recommend everyone giving ‘the alchemist’ a read. It’s rather short, so if you don’t find in it something of immense value as I did, then no harm done.
And if you do, it just might give you something invaluable as it did me. A treasure and a means of penetration to the Sould of the World.
What a wise, loving voice and outstretched helping hand this book has! It took the Buddhist teachings - which I agree and have a deep affinity with, bWhat a wise, loving voice and outstretched helping hand this book has! It took the Buddhist teachings - which I agree and have a deep affinity with, but can nonetheless sometimes find to be about difficult to comprehend and relate to my western life and thinking patterns - and presented them in a understandable fashion, taking some of the words, parables and practices of the tradition and putting them into context with a western mind and living. It spoke to my soul and I leaped at its calling.
Sharon Salzberg, thank you for conveying this old but still very relevant wisdom in your way, helping me to connect with it. I shall be back for more of your interpretations of Buddhism! ...more
I'm not sure why I didn't like this book as much as the other Eckhart Tolle books I've read. It might be because I read it in Danish and so felt a bitI'm not sure why I didn't like this book as much as the other Eckhart Tolle books I've read. It might be because I read it in Danish and so felt a bit disconnected to his voice and the flow just wasn't the same, or it could also be that this book just wasn't as good of course.
Either way, this book summed up some of the main thoughts and served as a good little reminder. It was an enjoyable read, making me more aware and focused on some issues to work on or connect with more in my daily humdrum life.
I still feel the power of Tolles words brings me one step closer to the power of Now....more
I found myself having to stop several times and just really think about what was being said and how thatThis book really got me meditating about life.
I found myself having to stop several times and just really think about what was being said and how that was reflected in or meaningful in relation to my life.
I was moved by this book and felt it was a window that opened my eyes to existence.
And so the book actually lived up to the rather promising title. Not all, but some dimensions of my life was revealed to me, through my own inspection, a curiosity nourished by this book and the questions and perspectives it took on life, that brought me one step closer to some of my own.