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- Listening Length: 2 hours and 40 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Abridged
- Publisher: Sharma Leadership International, Inc.
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 5 July 2007
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SQ9CK8
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In many ways the author of a book designed to help people change, what are often termed `self-help' books, faces a dilemma. For the help to be successful it has to be self-help, that is it has to come from within the reader. The use of stories or parables that awaken understanding in the reader derive their power in this way. However after reading the story the reader is then left with the question of what to do with this awakened understanding; how do they actually change?
The alternative approach is to provide a change instruction manual which prescribes changes in the hope that these then create change from which new understanding will follow. The danger here is that unless understanding is changed, the result is the mindless application of prescribed rituals, or the rejection of them.
This book attempts to bridge these two approaches. It begins with the story of a lawyer forced to re-evaluate life following a major heart attack. However this story quickly becomes a rather simple framework for what is largely a monologue describing a set of self-change techniques.
At the point where the book transitions from a story to an instruction guide I almost gave up on the book, but was later glad that I didn't. I found the pretext of the story strained almost to breaking point, but suggest that if this is overlooked the second half of the book contains some powerful advice for personal change.Read more ›
I was swapped this book and had no clue what it was about. It starts in a court room where an older overweight lawyer drops down with a massive heart attack. He goes away somewhere and years later returns looking younger, fitter and happier than ever. His old colleague wants to know the secret.
At this apex in the book it looked pretty downhill to me as I realised at this point that it was clearly a self help book and not a murder mystery as I had hoped. Luckily I stuck with it and night after night learnt quite a few tips which I think are rather good.
To live, as the book suggests in peaceful harmony, would require the reader to become a tibetan monk, but you don't have to take it all on board. It is possible to pick and choose and all the ideas are a good way to live anyway.
To clear your mind - I like the suggestion that every night you write or reflect on the positive things that have occurred during the day. Then plan to build on them the following day. This has a very therapeutic effect and the good thing is that the positive thoughts do not have to be major events. Smelling a rose, seeing a sunset, a pleasant conversation are all to be included. There are many other ideas of this ilk which we can all learn from.
Towards the end of the book the author tells the story of a Selfish Giant in India. I cannot help but be suspicious about the source of this story as it is exactly the same as the Selfish Giant from England as told by Oscar Wilde. I don't know who plagarised who's story but someone is not really that truthful. I do hope that our dear Oscar can still be held in high esteem.
Create a scenario whereby people who have been made to feel inferior about themselves in some ways, feel even worse ie the sense that they are missing out on something which these types can provide through their 'teachings.' Then create a character who has given everything up to go and find inner peace and we have the basis for an American bestseller and on a worrying level, an ever increasingly popular product over here in the UK. This makes the reader feel they too will be happy to give things up and so they buy into this industry and in doing so they pay a terrible price.
More and more people seem to have a need to follow someone else, anyone else it would seem. These authors however are just like us, no better and no worse but they market themselves in such a way that a needy person will come along, look up to them and say "you know what, I want what they have" when in reality, they have no secret wisdom or different enlightenment status. And so it is born. These charlatans soon attain almost a God-like status among their readership, whereby they can say and do no wrong.Read more ›
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A truly inspirational tale which reminds us to focus on what is important in life. Robin lists 10 rituals for living a happy fulfilled lifePublished 8 hours ago by KeiraT
Bought on the recommendation of a friend, but not yet read it. Am hoping to enjoy it as much as my friend did.Published 4 days ago by Curly Sue
Amazing book, a must read for any enlightened souls and those trying to be be better and do better -will change your view and outlook and stuck with me for a long time!Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer