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Happiness Is an Inside Job


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Sylvia Boorstein, Ph.D., is a co-founding teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California, and a senior teacher at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. She writes a regular column for Shambhala Sun, lectures widely, and is the bestselling author of Pay Attention, for Goodness' Sake; It's Easier Than You Think; Don't Just Do Something, Sit There; and That's Funny, You Don't Look Buddhist. A practicing psychotherapist, Boorstein is a frequent presenter at psychology conferences and training seminars. Sylvia and her husband, Seymour, divide their time between Sonoma County, California, and their home in France.


As we keep good company with ourselves, so we restore our capacity to live passionately. This, according to best-selling author and Buddhist teacher Boorstein (It's Easier Than You Think: The Buddhist Way to Happiness), who believes we should kindly but keenly pay attention to our inner confusion, our feeling of off-centeredness. Boorstein shares her own experiences and provides a warm, practical discussion of three key concepts: wise effort, wise mind, and wise concentration. She also addresses cultivating equanimity through compassion, appreciation, and especially through self-befriending. Of particular impact is the story wherein workshop participants are asked to give individual reactions to an unfortunate situation. We come to see that each of us responds differently to difficulties, using one of the five major emotions-desire, anger, fatigue, worry, or doubt-more than the others. The chapter about composure as the support for sadness could have been expanded for the reader more easily to identify how grief affects spiritual concentration. Recommended for large public library collections that bridge the gap between psychology and religion.-Lisa Liquori, MLS, Syracuse, NY Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.


"A wonderful book, heartwarming and wise, that conveys the essence of what the Buddha taught in the voice of a gifted storyteller, teacher, friend, and compassionate human being."
-Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness "Sylvia Boorstein's lessons, gleaned from a life of internal reflection and mindful teaching, are delivered with such openness, love, and affection that it feels as if you are sitting with Sylvia in her living room soaking in the wisdom of an enlightened friend."
-Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., author of The Mindful Brain "This book will convince you that your own happiness really is much more available to you than you may have thought."
-Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Coming to Our Senses "Should be required reading for all human beings."
-Stephen Cope, author of The Wisdom of Yoga "Reading this wonderful book is like having a heart-to-heart with Sylvia. It is wise, warm, and full of great stories that will make you smile. Best of all, it will cheer your spirit by showing you how to practice happiness."
-Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart

From renowned Buddhist teacher Boorstein comes a small, polished gem of a book that seems somehow even more intimate and heartfelt than her previous books Pay Attention, for Goodness' Sake and It's Easier Than You Think. Boorstein begins with an anecdote about a day when her writing was interrupted by a call from a friend with a very ill brother; the effort of consoling her made Boorstein forget what she had been about to write. Boorstein uses her moment of resentful impatience at the interruption to illustrate how easily the mind can fall out of caring connection. The whole idea of this book, she writes, is that "restoring caring connection... and maintaining it when it is present, is happiness." This insight is a jumping-off point for Boorstein to explore three planks of the Buddhist path: wise effort, wise mindfulness and wise concentration. Her quiet insistence that the Buddhist practices of mindfulness, meditation and metta (lovingkindness) can quiet the mind, deepen concentration and lower anxiety is both convincing and inspiring. (Dec. 26) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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