'We have to shift from a mindset of shame, which sees anxiety as evidence of brokenness, to a mindset of curiosity, which recognizes that anxiety is evidence of our sensitive heart, our imaginative mind and our soul's desire to grow towards wholeness.' Three million people are thought to suffer from anxiety in the UK, and it is an issue that affects a growing number of people across all ages. For anyone troubled by obsessive thoughts, insomnia and other manifestations of anxiety, counsellor Sheryl Paul offers shelter in the storm. In The Wisdom of Anxiety, Paul reveals that anxiety, like any emotion, is a signal - a clear bodily invitation to heal and renew your trust in your choices, self-image and core values. Weaving together practical exercises with personal stories, Paul offers medication-free approaches for accessing the gifts in different kinds of anxiety, and especially the anxiety summoned by life's transitions, for example a career change, becoming parents or becoming carers for loved ones. Chapters include recognising the symptoms of anxiety, its origins, the myth of 'normal', the expectation of happiness and a timeline of healing that includes exercises for the body and mind. There are also chapters on parenting in an age of anxiety and the vulnerability of connection and relationships.
'A revelatory classic' Maria Popova 'A spiritual polymath, the first and possibly greatest' Deepak Chopra What we have forgotten is that thoughts and words are conventions, and that it is fatal to take conventions too seriously Too often we fall into the trap of anticipating the future while lamenting the past and in the midst of this negative loop we forget how to live in the now. In this iconic and prescient text, pioneering Zen scholar Alan Watts shows us how, in an age of unprecedented anxiety, we must embrace the present in order to live a fulfilling life.
Best Spiritual Books of 2018 - Spirituality & Practice Zen wisdom for identifying the causes of mental and emotional anxiety epidemic in today's world and for finding the path to a peaceful heart in the midst of them--a path that leads directly though the center of the anxiety we're trying to escape. Wrestling with fear doesn’t have to be a negative experience. This book offers an approach to life that unlocks a new way of thinking and being in the world, one that leads directly through the center of the anxieties we seek to avoid. Written in the style of an owner’s manual, a guide to being human, Burkett focuses on areas of pain and anxiety as they tend to manifest for modern people: feelings of unworthiness, and issues surrounding sex, money, failure, and even death. Providing wisdom from Zen (channeled through his many experiences as a psychotherapist) and using language and metaphors from popular culture, he takes anxiety and teaches us to turn those fears into the building blocks of a fulfilling life.
Despite the availability of "Stuff," our lives are often not very fulfilling. As we pursue one shiny object after another we come to the realization that none of it is making us happy. And worse still, it estranges us from our true purpose in life. There must be another way. Alan Watts, in his book the Wisdom of Insecurity proposes a solution. In this edition of Summary Shorts, we will analyze and summarize the ideas put forth in The Wisdom of Insecurity and learn how to truly experience life when consumerism fails us. Enjoy!
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Despite the availability of "Stuff," our lives are often not very fulfilling. As we pursue one shiny object after another we come to the realization that none of it is making us happy. And worse still, it estranges us from our true purpose in life. There must be another way. Alan Watts, in his book the Wisdom of Insecurity proposes a solution. In this edition of Summary Zoom, we will analyze and summarize the ideas put forth in The Wisdom of Insecurity and learn how to truly experience life when consumerism fails us. Enjoy!
Several recent studies have found increased levels of anxiety and depression in Americans as they have grappled with the economic, social, health-related, and emotional fallout from the COVID 19 pandemic. This book distills the wisdom of Vedic scriptures into practical, accessible ways of dealing with life's challenges. While the remedies described in this book were developed thousands of years ago, the book describes numerous recent scientific studies that have validated the effectiveness of these methods today. For many business people who have had the privilege of working from home for the past year and are now facing uncertainty and fear around reentry to the office and other activities that were common prior to COVID 19, this is a great resource to help them thoughtfully manage their anxiety. This book is also a great modern compendium for someone wanting to learn about the wisdom in the ancient Vedic scriptures in general and about non-pharmacologic anxiety management in particular. The simple, easy to understand explanations of the ancient Hindu scriptures and frameworks to connect the modern anxiety prone world is appropriate and welcome. The "Stellar Model" proposed in the book is a wonderful amalgamation of ancient Hindu theories brought into practice, to help us live more balanced, fulfilled lives, not just during the pandemic, but moving forward. Relatively simple and practical tools put forth in the book can help quell anxiety, leading to an improved mental, emotional and physical wellbeing.
The Wisdom of Insecurity: A Message for an Age of Anxiety (1951) by Alan W. Watts argues that the cause of human frustration and anxiety is people’s inability to live fully in the present, and their futile quest for psychological security. Drawing on Eastern philosophy and religion, with an emphasis on Buddhism, Watts explores why humans are so dissatisfied and unhappy. Purchase this in-depth summary to learn more.
"We are all touched at some point by the dark emotions of grief, fear, or despair. In an age of global threat, these emotions have become widespread and overwhelming. While conventional wisdom warns us of the harmful effects of "negative" emotions, this revolutionary book offers a more hopeful view: there is a redemptive power in our worst feelings. Seasoned psychotherapist Miriam Greenspan argues that it's the avoidance and denial of the dark emotions that results in the escalating psychological disorders of our time: depression, anxiety, addiction, psychic numbing, and irrational violence. And she shows us how to trust the wisdom of the dark emotions to guide, heal, and transform our lives and our world.
Nearly everyone in this world has experienced the feeling of being afraid, worried, anxious, nervous, or even panicky. The everyday term for this is anxiety, and it is perfectly normal to have this experience. However, it's the degree and level of how you handle it is what matters at the end of the day and since anxiety can ultimately lead to anxiety attacks, and also linked to many life-threatening phobias and conditions, educating oneself is crucial.There are millions of adults today who are afraid of the dark and suffers from insomnia. They often have to wait till the sun rises before they can get any rest. However, if a child (or even the adult) is educated in this area and gain immense confidence, and realize early from the start that there's nothing to fear or worry about, the problem is solved permanently right there and then.
An invaluable guide to Freud’s terminology and work. Repression, ego, analysis, neurosis—the language of psychology permeates our modern vocabulary. The brilliant observations of Sigmund Freud form not only the basis for psychoanalysis but also much of our current understanding of the human condition. This essential and approachable guide offers an A-to-Z glossary of terminology defined in Freud’s own words, including his diagnostic and treatment recommendations as well as his well-known works, including dream interpretation, the Oedipal complex, and the practice of psychoanalysis. This ebook features a new introduction, image gallery, and index of the Hebrew alphabet.
You're late to a meeting and caught in traffic. Your toddler is screaming and your in-laws just showed up. You're about to give an important presentation but you've misplaced your notes—and you're beginning to panic. We all find ourselves in situations that stir up anxiety. And for many of us, our fear and worry have reached debilitating levels. How can we stay balanced and live up to our potential when fear and anxiety seem so easily to get the best of us? According to Dr. Friedemann Schaub, the answer lies in the subconscious mind—the source of our most challenging emotions and the key to the wisdom they offer. The Fear and Anxiety Solution presents Dr. Schaub's breakthrough and empowerment program for learning to understand, direct, and utilize the subconscious mind as our greatest ally on the path to health and wholeness. The processes and tools of each chapter will show you how to consciously work with your subconscious mind to pinpoint and understand the root causes and deeper meanings of your fear and anxiety, release emotional blocks from the past, and “shine more of who you truly are out into the world.” Through step-by-step guidance, Dr. Schaub explains how to transform fear and anxiety into healing catalysts that lead to greater confidence, self-worth, and success, as he illuminates: The five principles for change—awareness, flexibility, choice, actualization, and readjustment How to address inner conflicts, stored emotions, and limiting beliefs—the three subconscious root causes of fear and anxiety A five-step process for effectively eliminating negative self-talk and mind-racing How to manage “free-floating anxiety” The Parts Reintegration Process, a powerful method for peace of mind, increased energy, and improved health The Pattern Resolution Process for releasing subconsciously stored fear and anxiety How to replace your old anxiety-driven identity with a new foundation of self-empowerment at the cellular level “The more unresolved fear and anxiety you've stored in your subconscious, the more untapped potential awaits you,” explains Dr. Schaub. With The Fear and Anxiety Solution, now you have the tools to change faster and perform better in every aspect of your life through the power of conscious-subconscious collaboration. The Fear and Anxiety Solution is the 2012 Independent Publisher Award Gold Medal Winner and the USA Best-Book Award Winner in the category best new-self-help book. “The Fear and Anxiety Solution is beautifully written and loaded with the truth that can free you from the adverse effects of fear and anxiety. I highly recommend this book!" —Christiane Northrup, MD, physician and author of the New York Times bestsellers Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause “This book is so much more than a solution for fear and anxiety. It will educate you, guide you, empower you, and heal you. Dr. Schaub has uniquely blended the current wisdom on the subconscious power of the mind-body-spirit connection, and how to use it in daily empowerment practices that will transform your life for the better. His strategies truly represent a breakthrough process for using your subconscious mind for healing and empowerment. I highly recommend it to my patients, medical residents, and colleagues. And I recommend it to you.” —Steven Gurgevich, PhD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine “This book can help you to abandon your past and achieve your potential. We are created with the potential to heal our wounds but we must be ready to step forward, practice, participate in the process, and not live with the fear and anxiety of failure. If you are ready, the coach has appeared. Show up for practice by reading and learning what this practical and wise book has to offer.” —Bernie Siegel, MD, author of Faith, Hope, and Healing and A Book of Miracles
“Read this book and experience the freedom to create your reality.” —Deepak Chopra, MD, author of Total Meditation Don’t believe everything your mind tells you. Are you a chronic overthinker? Do you obsess to the point of feeling anxious, hopeless, angry, or stressed out? Have you ever tried to “think your way out” of one of these negative thought spirals, only to fall in deeper? Let’s face it: trying to escape your thoughts—or control them—just doesn’t work, and can actually make you more miserable in the long run. So, how can you overcome your addiction to thinking? In Can’t Stop Thinking, psychotherapist and spiritual counselor Nancy Colier offers the keys to breaking free from the obsessive rumination that drives stress, worry, and anxiety. Using powerful tools grounded in the ancient wisdom of mindfulness and evidence-based acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), you’ll learn how to observe and gain distance from troubling thoughts, put an end to harsh self-criticism, and manage difficult feelings like resentment and shame. If you’re ready to discover a life beyond your thoughts—one of self-compassion, presence, and peace—it’s time to stop thinking and start living.
From the Author of Yoga Secrets 52, Ken Heptig, comes The Anxiety Workbook With Yoga Secrets. Anxiety has been around since the beginning of time. Ancient humans were fraught with worry over finding their next meal or becoming one for a larger, more powerful species. Today, most of us face more minor issues. Yet anxiety can lead to terrible thoughts that leave us thinking that even the most minor problems are threats to our survival. The good news is that you really can use the ancient wisdom of yoga to find relief from anxiety, worry, fear, and panic attacks. In these pages, you will find simple, clear advice, without recommendations for medications and a long list of their side effects. We do not use medical jargon that is impossible to understand and requires a dictionary. The Anxiety Workbook will help you live the life you want. You can learn to live a calmer, more peaceful, happier life you deserve. Use this workbook on your own or as a supplement to therapy and start enjoying more worry-free days as a healthier person inside and out.
In this heartfelt and generous book, author Daniel Gottlieb shares life lessons taught to him by his eight-year-old grandson, Sam. Readers were first introduced to Sam in Letters to Sam—which has been translated into 15 languages, with more than 50,000 copies sold in the U.S. Now, The Wisdom of Sam continues the extraordinary story of the interaction between a grandfather who is quadriplegic and a grandson who is autistic as they share their discoveries about empathy, compassion, courage, happiness, and the power of laughter. Sam’s uncommon perspective on the world—and the remarkable way he expresses himself—are the seeds of inspiration for his grandfather. And the emotional connection between Daniel Gottlieb and his grandson provide a springboard for wonderful moments of reflection, understanding, and humor. Sam’s candid observations not only teach us what we’ve forgotten but they also show us how to look at the world through a different lens. Just as Sam’s grandfather has found his world view forever changed by the wisdom of his grandson, readers of The Wisdom of Sam will discover unforgettable messages of acceptance, hope, love, and gratitude.
Allswell Nyenke was born with a rare and incredibly advanced intuitive ability. He discovered the following spiritual or angelic terms: "spiritual photocopying machine"; "Principal"; "conflict of desire"; "money microbes"; "psychic indicators"; and so on. He also discovered the angelic cure for excessive anxiety, HIV/AIDS, and some forms of cancer. He was the first and so far the only author to explain the most accurate method of interpreting predictive or psychic dreams through The Technique of the Master or Ovi's Interpretation Skills. The author, Allswell Nyenke, was a French Government Scholar, a Rhodes Scholar and a long-term member of the oldest mystical organization. He has a degree in Modern European Languages and another degree in law. In this rare and unusual book he explains, based purely on first-hand intuition and angelic feedback: Excellent techniques for contacting The Principal of the universe, commonly known as God; Excellent spiritual tools for making big money including making millions of pounds, dollars, or euros; Excellent spiritual tools for finding your perfect soul mate with incredible ease; Excellent spiritual tools for destroying witchcraft and casting out evil spirits; A rare but excellent method of curing all sorts of excessive anxieties with authority; Excellent spiritual tools for curing HIV/AIDS and cancers at early stages of development; Excellent spiritual tools for protecting yourself and your family against all terrorist attacks, air crashes, road accidents, violent crimes, infections, etc.; Excellent techniques for accurately interpreting predictive dreams through Ovi's Interpretation Skills or The Technique of the Master; Mastery of the language of The Principal, commonly known as God; and The development of intuition. READER'S REPORT AN INDEPENDENT REPORT ON THE BOOK: "The Wisdom of the Master" "The Wisdom of the Master is a book about the human soul or spirit an elusive and difficult-to-define entity about which much is pondered but little is known. Nevertheless, if readers keep an open mind, they should find this is an interesting and quite profound piece of work that considers the possibility of our soul or spirit having a separate mind', which he calls the spiritual photocopying machine' (SPM). This SPM can be used to improve our lives in various ways, including creating wealth and curing illness and anxiety, which means that much of the purpose of this book is as a self-help guide. Whatever one's views regarding religion and the supernatural, any book that encourages positive thinking and offers spiritual assistance must surely be worth a look. "The Wisdom is generally well written in an articulate, persuasive voice that combines an intimate, conversational style with a more authoritative tone. Original turns of phrase such as white cabbala' and Cosmic Bank International' add a unique flavour to the writing. "Overall, this is a provocative piece of writing that will surely arouse arguments from either side of the religious-scientific divide. Perhaps Nyenke's most powerful contention is that the transcendentalism of spirituality is not subject to reason or to the laws of physics in the same way as the physical world is a point that itself will raise further discussion. In times that are increasingly uncertain, and in which differing views on religion are wreaking greater havoc than ever, this work will provide substantial food for thought."
Combing cutting edge science and educational philosophy, The Wisdom of the Body offers practical, effective advice for anyone interested in how humans learn and think. With compelling arguments in favor of an embodied approach to school, Shonstrom illuminates the power of learning through physical, sensory experiences, and challenges traditional approaches in education by offering dynamic, ground-breaking examples of how an embodied pedagogy could revolutionize learning.
In this revised edition of his classic work—the first modern book on anxiety following Freud and Kierkegaard—psychologist Rollo May brings order and lucidity to the subject of anxiety. Rollo May challenges the idea that "mental health is living without anxiety," believing it is essential to being human. He explores how it can relieve boredom, sharpen sensibilities, and produce the tension necessary to preserve human existence. May sees a link extending from anxiety to intelligence, creativity, and originality, and guides the reader away from destructive ways to positive ways of dealing with anxiety. He convincingly proposes that anxiety can impel personal change, as it is only by confronting and coping with it that self-realization can occur.
If you have been practicing Buddhism for a while, why do you still have so many problems? And how do you balance the sometimes different needs of spiritual and psychological perspectives? Rob Preece draws on his personal experience—over two decades as a psychotherapist and many years as a meditation teacher—to explore and map the psychological influences on our struggle to awaken. For psychological and spiritual health, acceptance of imperfection is key. Wisdom does not always come as a flash of inspiration but from the slow, often painful workings of experience. As we detach from our ideals of perfection and develop our acceptance of imperfection, our love and compassion can grow in ways that are both psychologically and spiritually healthy. The Wisdom of Imperfection delves into this journey of individuation in Buddhist life, articulating the psychological processes beneath the traditional path of the Bodhisattva.