Thursday, October 24, 2013

ReView of THE ZEN AND ART OF HAPPINESS by Chris Prentiss

Genre: Philosophy
Format: Paperback
Length: 145 pages
Publisher: Power Press
First Published: 2006

When I heard about this book, I instantly thought of The Secret.  I mean, why no recommend people The Secret. a book that's already been out and one which is saying the same thing.  So I had to read it to find out my own answer.  This book has a huge following and for a good reason too.  Compared to The Secret., it gives you specific examples about what it really means to think positive and how to bring about the environment you want.
"The gentle wisdom of this resource explains how to invite magnificent experiences into one's life and create a philosophy that is sustainable through anything."
There are a lot of points in the book that sound exactly like The Secret. but not in the exact words.  I like the way this book is written much more than The Secret..  The impact of the words are much deeper and much more related able.  Here are just a few examples.

"Because that is what people have generally believed, their actions have been based on that belief and, as a result of natural law, they have brought about that end."  To me this sound like the The Secret idea that says your thoughts bring about your actions and therefore bring about what happens to you.  "You attract to you the predominant thoughts that you're holding in your awareness."

"It's not necessary to have all the ingredients of a project in hand at the outset.  They will come at the appointed time. It's only important that you move forward with the project until that appointed time arrives.  With the energy you create by moving forward as if you had the money to start, you actually put into motion a stream of events that lead to your success.  Your actions create an 'energy vortex' that draws in the necessary ingredients for your venture." This very much explains The Secret concept of visualization, seeing yourself do something as if it is already happening to you.  This book covers the same concepts The Secret does just in different worlds.  Taming your mind and owning your thoughts.  Believing you can means you can.  The thoughts you perpetuate in your mind are the things that become in your life, especially with the addition of knowledge that the cells of our body are replicated in response to the stimuli we give them.

This book also touches on some of the same ideas covered in The Art of Living. "Who you allow into your circle of your life will make the difference in the quality of your life."

There is a unique voice to this book, and that's the power of positive thinking.  Knowing that everything is a possible opportunity, there is a chance to learn and grow from everything, and anything we encounter is for the betterment of our own selves. And all this is connected to the Universe as a whole.  "Carrying further the thought that the Universe is constructed so that it will continue to exist, it can be said that the Universe wants to benefit itself to the maximum amount possible at all times.  Since we are an integral, inseparable part of the Universe the same thing applies to us."

The other side of the coin to believe that everything benefits us in one way or another, is knowing that "a situation only becomes favorable when one adapts to it."  This is about how you conduct yourself along the path in your life which ultimately determines how your life unfolds.  So ultimately, that's how you determine what your world is like.  "To find perfect composure in the midst of change is to find nirvana." (Shunryu Suzuki)

Lastly, what I love the most about this book is that it touches on a concept I have always believed to be true of life.  "Events are the language of the Universe." The Universe communicates with us through the events that happen to us (and also how these events bring about our thoughts and make us feel) and if we become aware of it all then we become more in-tune with the Universe.

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