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“A truly illuminating and lively hookup of revered ancient Zen Diamond Sutra teachings and a wild and clear-eyed modern sage. It will help you to question deeply, inspire your spirit, and awaken your understanding.” -- Jack Kornfield
A Mind At Home With Itself—the words of an ancient spiritual master illuminated by the words of a modern one—shows us that life beyond suffering is possible, and can take each reader’s mind home to its singular, unique, immeasurably precious self.” -- Martha Beck
“Byron Katie has rocked my world and shaken loose my mind more thoroughly than any other spiritual teacher I’ve ever encountered. I would recommend A MIND AT HOME WITH ITSELF to anyone like me—to anyone who has ever felt like her own mind was a very dangerous neighborhood.” -- Elizabeth Gilbert
“A Mind at Home with Itself points directly to the wisdom within us, the ultimate treasure that resides in the open heart and quiet mind—and it shows us exactly how to access it. Its insights sparkle and shimmer from every page.” -- Paul Hawken
“Katie is at home with her true self. There is both poetry and prose in her words as she guides and points us toward the peace that she is, and knows we are.” -- Jane Lynch
“Thoughts held without awareness can color your life and lead to misery. A Mind at Home with Itself is a door into who you already are and can be if you would only get out of your own way. Enter. And take up residency. Being at home is infectious.” -- Jon Kabat-Zinn --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
STEPHEN MITCHELL’S many books include the bestselling Tao Te Ching, The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke, Gilgamesh, The Gospel According to Jesus, The Book of Job, The Second Book of the Tao, The Iliad, and The Odyssey. You can read extensive excerpts from all his books on his website, www.stephenmitchellbooks.com.
Stephen Mitchell's many books include the bestselling Tao Te Ching, Gilgamesh, and The Second Book of the Tao, as well as The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke, The Gospel According to Jesus, Bhagavad Gita, The Book of Job, and Meetings with the Archangel.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B01N4HPZNB
- Publisher : HarperOne; Reprint edition (September 19, 2017)
- Publication date : September 19, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 1083 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 304 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #103,899 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I found it to be a little disappointing to read some of the reviews where there were so few words to describe the ‘Take away’ from this book. I wanted to read what others extracted or realized. I wanted to get in touch with the insights and aha’s that may have developed as a result of digesting this book.
And then I read it and … I found it’s a bit of a challenge to put into words the places and spaces within that this book touches. This book is for the one who is willing to inquire within and get intimate with their true self. I’ve read some of the reviews that consider this book to be rubbish, and yet I have found for myself that Katie’s work gets to the core of my existence.
It’s been almost a week since I’ve read this book, and I’m still savoring some of the pieces that have not left me. That’s the amazing thing about doing “The Work”; because once I began to question my own thinking, I have never been the same, if there is such a thing to say since every moment is Now and there is no past or future.
What I have ‘Realized’ by doing The Work is that all of life is an illusion and that in itself is enough food for thought to keep any person in meditation permanently. I don’t need to sit with my legs crossed, eyes closed and my hands in the Mudra position. All I have to do is question a thought in any given moment, and I immediately get still enough to get clear about what I’m believing, which turns out to be nothing … nothing is true. This is very good news because now I am no longer searching for the “Why” and I’m no longer attached to any reasoning that could keep me in bondage for eternity. It took me awhile to realize that knowing any “Why” is an attachment that kept me limited to possibilities and opportunities and then when I started questioning the “Why” and “Is it true”, I set myself free.
Experiencing freedom like I never have, attachments have dropped like flies and all that I am left with is allowing life to “Do” me. My agenda has been dropped and just as Katie has said in the past, “I am a woman without a future”, I can feel that for myself. (That quote however, was not in this book.)
The other saying that I embraced from Katie is, “The way of it”.
This little expression leaves absolutely no room for judgment. I love it so much because it can be said and all of the questions and justifications just drop away and all that is left is surrender and acceptance.
I suppose I could go on and on and perhaps extract quotes that really resonated with me but then if I carried on long enough, I would be writing out the entire book.
Read if for yourself and be sure to grab a highlighter and some Post-it notes tabs so you can highlight and mark the pages and then return to get nourished again and again. It’s a study book as well as a nourishing book that one can return to time and time again and get recharged.
There was more Byron Katie-ness in the book than I would prefer (it's full of self-references, even though she only knows she's Katie because she was told so), and I didn't find her words about the Diamond Sutra to be all that compelling. Also, I don't agree with Katie when she says that depression is caused by believing stressful thoughts. Yes, often it is. And often it's not.
What does work for me in Katie's books is her focus on inquiry. Over the last decade, I have found inquiry to be helpful, and I've seen it help others, too. We usually don't realize how much we are holding onto beliefs, thinking that they are truth. I find it freeing to loosen things up. Reading this book motivated me to go back to doing more inquiry, and I have recently been able to see through beliefs that have formed my view of life for decades.
There are different types of inquiry taught by various teachers. For those who don't resonate with Katie and The Work, it might be helpful to search out another nondual teacher. It could change your life!
"Rely not on the teacher/person, but on the teaching. Rely not on the words of the teaching, but on the spirit of the words. Rely not on theory, but on experience. Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. Do not believe anything because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything because it is written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and the benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it."
Buddha is asking us to use our minds, not to deny them. He was one smart cookie. Notice that he did not charge large sums of money for weekends, workshops, books, etc. He freely gave his wisdom to those seeking it.
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Aber sonst ......
Ich kann die Geschichte mit ihrer plötzlichen Erleuchtung, als sie in einer Klinik am Boden lag und die Kakerlaken über sie krabbelten, nicht so ganz glauben. Sie erkannte ihren Mann, ihre Kinder, ihr Haus nicht mehr .... was ihr aber nichts ausmachte, denn sie hatte erkannt, daß es kein "Selbst" gibt in dieser Welt. Sondern daß alles eins ist. Naja.
Her books and videos have helped me immensely. It does take an open mind to understand where she is coming from if you have not ever read any books on the ego or spirituality. Anyone who has some knowledge of "A Course in Miracles" will love her.