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  • Title: Happiness Is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life
  • Author: Sylvia Boorstein
  • ISBN: 9780345481313
  • Page: 461
  • Format: Hardcover
  • How can we stay engaged with life day after day How can we continue to love to keep our minds in a happy mood when life is complex, difficult, and, often, disappointing Bestselling author and beloved teacher Sylvia Boorstein asked herself these questions when she started to write this inspiring new book The result is her best work to date, offering warm, wise, and helpfHow can we stay engaged with life day after day How can we continue to love to keep our minds in a happy mood when life is complex, difficult, and, often, disappointing Bestselling author and beloved teacher Sylvia Boorstein asked herself these questions when she started to write this inspiring new book The result is her best work to date, offering warm, wise, and helpful ways we can experience happiness even when the odds are against us.As Boorstein has discovered in than three decades of practice as a professional psychotherapist, the secret to happiness lies in actively cultivating our capacity to connect with kindness with ourselves with friends, family, colleagues with those we may not know well and even with those we may not like She draws from the heart of Buddhist teachings to show how Wise Effort, Wise Mindfulness, and Wise Concentration can lead us away from anger, anxiety, and confusion, and into calmness, clarity, and the joy of living in the present These qualities strengthen our ability to meet encounters of every kind with balance and intelligence, providing us with a grounded sense of true contentment.Happiness Is an Inside Job resonates with the knowledge of a psychotherapist, the compassion of a spiritual teacher, and the wisdom of a grandmother Boorstein s vivid stories capture our minds and our hearts, and the simple exercises she suggests can be done while you read.This beautiful book is comforting and reminds us that life is a shared journey, that our hearts truly do want to console and love our fellow sojourners, and that living happily is indeed the best way to live.
    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 to keep our minds in a happy mood when life is complex difficult and often disappointing Bestselling author and beloved

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    1. A distillation of the key components of buddhist thought and practice channeled through a lifetime of experiences of Sylvia Boorstein,co founding teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Centre in California.Split into sections on equanimity, wise effort and speech , mindfulness, and concentration it uses anecdotes and examples in every day life to illustrate how to put this philosophy of compassion into practice It often sounds like common sense and indeed it is, however the mind often loses track and [...]

    2. Sylvia Boorstein knows happiness and she knows how we can all, big and small, crazy or not so, can get there It s simple practices, really, but practices that are all deeply grounded in habits developed over hundreds of years What are they Thinking kindly about others Wise speech Mindfulness Very, very helpful.

    3. I was put off every now and then by Boorstein s life stories, which reveal her to lead a pretty pampered life buying antique furniture in Paris, ski trips to the Pyrenees, teaching at retreats on Hawaiian islands, lap tops, hands free car phones, etc and none of her insights into compassion seem to have taken her very far beyond that life, e.g into a refugee camp or soup kitchen But I learned some good lessons on Buddhist psychology from her clear analysis and good writing.

    4. so far i like her even better then pema chodran definitely a book i needed RIGHT NOW 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 revealed how [...]

    5. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this audiobook There were a lot of good ideas that stopped me in my tracts, for instance the idea of us having scripts which we try to rewrite after a situation is over and nothing can be done to change how it happened, some people will still try and relive it over and over in their mind about what they could have said, why did that person say that, should haves, etc I do that and it s a horrible waste of time She also talked about the five hindrances which she [...]

    6. Sylvia Boorstein helps you understand the Buddhist paths of wise effort, wise mindfulness, and wise concentration using practical experiences and examples This book keeps you focused on learning how to pay attention to difficulties that startle you and get you back into a balanced state I am very interested in reading Dr Boorstein other books

    7. I enjoyed reading the book, which gave me the feeling of having a wise master speak with me,But,I am still thinking about what she said, and maybe that is the point.

    8. This book is an very broad overview of Buddhist teachings on the Brahama Viharas the teachings on loving kindness, compassion, empathic joy and equanimity There is frequently a use of several aspects of the Noble Eightfold Path to help clarify or enhance including wise understating and wise speech Sylvia is a very good meditation teacher and lovely human being, but I feel like this very basic book sets the sights too low It is good to be happier, let go of stress and realize happiness can come f [...]

    9. I m on my way to the library to get all the other Sylvia Boorstein books, which I think could be the beginning and end of this review But I ll give you a little Like, this quote There are only two possibilities in any moment You can kiss or you can fight Kissing is better Hold on I m going to send that to my lover right nowd now I m going to the library to get the rest of Sylvia Boorstein s books.

    10. Simple, instructive and delightful I love how Boorstein shares stories to demonstrate the application of her practice.

    11. Happiness seekers apply within 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 experiences to [...]

    12. Happiness is an Inside Job is a very sweet and simple introduction to how meditation practices and Zen Buddhism can impact your life to make it better.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 Syl [...]

    13. I love this book Sylvia, the author, is a wonderful story teller She has a knack of being able to simplify life s challenges, and she helps us become aware of our thought patterns, habits, and tendencies, so we don t become a hostage of our own thoughts Sylvia shares how she uses mindfulness, in her personal life, to cope with life s struggles She strikes me as a true sage, helping all of us get a better understanding of how to use these mindfulness practices to make our lives a bit calmer I m t [...]

    14. I enjoyed this book This is not a book you read once or without a pad of paper handy This is not a fast read This book explores Buddhism concepts for a contented mind Challenges in life are inevitable and that suffering, the mind is in contentious mode with its experience, is the instinctive response of the untrained mind Equanimity, wisdom and kindness Three topics are discussedwise effort, wise mindfulness,wise concentration.Remember you may not always be pleased with life but you can be happy [...]

    15. I am probably rating this so highly because this is the first time I have ever read a self help book, however, I do think I picked a good one I just liked the title, and was unsure what the book was about I really enjoyed it and it has helped me tremendously I like d to dwell on things a little too much, especially things I have no control over, sometimes constantly relieving the past, or imagining the future, anything but living in the present.Sylvia teaches you why and how to avoid this throug [...]

    16. Boorstein is someone whose essays I ve enjoyed reading time and time again in the Shambhala Sun now Lion s Roar magazine, so it was a no brainer when I came across Happiness Is an Inside Job I knew I wanted to read it I did It didn t grab me I would say that it fell a bit short of both my expectations rooted in past experience with her writings and the thoughts I held in general about what the book may speak to happiness The title itself doesn t seem fitting to the content, which read like a mi [...]

    17. Without any better way to explain it, I must borrow from the quoted authors who praise this book lue to anyone who seeks to live in this world with greater self awareness, sensitivity, and kindness S Batchelor.nstrates that all of us have the ability to become aware of our thought patterns, habits, and tendencies without being held hostage S Susanka ould be required reading for all human beings S Cope More that a self help How to be Happy bookI truthfully wasn t feeling unhappy at the time I rea [...]

    18. Become unconfused and restore connection the best way to liveSadness 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 in a world tha [...]

    19. Short, solid read Interesting stories, very well presented Sylvia Boorstein comes across as a gentle, understanding, patient, loving teacher.My main question with books that focus primarily on lovingkindness kindness practices is whether meditation, or even Buddhism generally, is really necessary For instance, I think it could be a great practice to just wish everyone in the world well, as well as myself, but I don t see exactly how this is connected to meditation, per se Maybe that s just a qu [...]

    20. A little gem of a bookcusing on the three middle paths Wise Effort, Wise Mindfulness and Wise Concentration of the Eightfold Paths of Buddhism, the book is littered with many of the author s personal stories and experiences of how to restore balance to the mind after disruptive events in life Such hindrances are unavoidable due to the ever changing nature of life, however, by practicing Wise Effort, Wise Mindfulness and Wise Concentration we can through kindness and compassion achieve equanimity [...]

    21. In this book, Sylvia Boorstein, an insight meditation teacher practitioner and psychotherapist, gently helps the reader to a peaceful and accepting view of him or herself Like speaking with a wise and kind friend, her exhortations to herself calling herself Sweetheart when she wants to correct a misperception or unhelpful thought pattern are illustrated by events from her own life as well as from Buddhist stories or examples of others experiences This is a book to read and reread Sylvia Boorste [...]

    22. Powerful insight into the simple pleasures of caring Good quote I love it that what my heart wants most is to console or appreciate or encourage It feels better in relationship Although many of us read books about happiness and maintaining, it s not often you find a book about someone who teaches that when the mind falls into the trap of self pity, ignorance, hate, and selfishness, it s fallen into a state of confusion and it forgets until you straighten Relax, Breathe, and pay attention to what [...]

    23. It didn t do me any harm to read this but I d hoped for something after listening to interviews with Boorstein recently She s a delightful, warm hearted conversationalist but this book was sort of repetitive and lack luster Though after reading it I suppose there is something not very mindful in me about criticizing it I ll admit I m not Buddhist and lean toward a bit of cynicism but I don t think that s what was operating here Still, I got one or two good points to ponder out of this.

    24. This book did not appeal to me as much as other Buddhist texts I have read While I can t fault Boorstein for urging folks to find contentment in daily life so important , many of her examples demonstrated the relatively privileged life she lives I prefer the texts of Pema Chodren, Thich Nhat Hanh, and some others.

    25. Sylvia tells excellent stories and teaches wonderful techniques for mindfulness and compassion I especially like a mindful blessing called One Breath, One Name I ve been using it since I first read about it for the people of Japan and for my family, friends, colleagues, and everyone I know and see.

    26. This is a book you will come back to many times To create equanimity in oneself is what this book teaches in a gentle way thru stories and examples I finished it today and will begin again a re reading as soon as my copy arrives in the mail I need to move my post it notes from the library copy to my own copy Thanks Sylvia for this little treasure.

    27. I love Sylvia Boorstein Her writing is simple, honest, compassionate, nurturing, and a joy to read I love the way she uses personal stories to tell a deeper truth I believe that anything written about the Buddhist practice should come across as simple as breathing And this is always true for Boorstein s writing.

    28. Thought this was an interesting book, but it s not for people new to the subject of Buddhism, meditation or spirituality I found it a little confusing at times but the overall premise was good I will definitely be using some of the techniques in this book to help remain calm, positive and happy in the future.

    29. Esteemed teacher of Buddhism and Mindfulness Meditation, Sylvia Boorstein, tells wonderful stories in the style of the Jewish grandmother that she is, and in doing so engages us in thoughtful consideration of how we, and not our circumstances, make our personal happiness This was my second reading of the book, and it is one worth referring to regularly.

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