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The Road Less Traveled [Book]

Book Overview: Written in a voice that is timeless in its message of understanding, The Road Less Traveled continues to help us explore the very nature of loving relationships and leads us toward a new serenity and fullness of life. It helps us learn how to distinguish dependency from love; how to become a more sensitive parent; and ultimately how to become one’s own true self.  Recognizing that, as in the famous opening line of his book, “Life is difficult” and that the journey to spiritual growth is a long one, Dr. Peck never bullies his readers, but rather guides them gently through the hard and often painful process of change toward a higher level of self-understanding.

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  1. 5 Powerful Reasons Why You Should Stop Selectively Listening and Start Truly Listening to Children.
  2. 15 Quotes from The Road Less Traveled by Scott Peck

 

“One of our problems is that very few of us have developed any distinctive personal life.  Everything about us seems secondhand, even our emotions.  In many cases we have to rely on secondhand information in order to function.  I accept the word of a physician, a scientist, a farmer, on trust.  I do not like to do this.  I have to because they possess vital knowledge of living of which I am ignorant.  Secondhand information concerning the state of my kidneys, the effects of cholesterol, and the raising of chickens, I can live with.  But when it comes to questions of meaning, purpose, and death, secondhand information will not do.  I cannot survive on a secondhand faith in a secondhand God.  There has to be a personal word, a unique confrontation, if I am to come alive.” ~ Alan Jones, Theologian

The Pointer – A Short Zen Story

The Pointer - Short Zen Story

The Zen teacher’s dog loved his evening romp with his master. The dog would bound ahead to fetch a stick, then run back, wag his tail, and wait for the next game. On this particular evening, the teacher invited one of his brightest students to join him – a boy so intelligent that he became troubled by the contradictions in Buddhist doctrine.

“You must understand,” said the teacher, “that words are only guideposts. Never let the words or symbols get in the way of truth. Here, I’ll show you.”

With that the teacher called his happy dog.

“Fetch me the moon,” he said to his dog and pointed to the full moon.

“Where is my dog looking?” asked the teacher of the bright pupil.

“He’s looking at your finger.”

“Exactly. Don’t be like my dog. Don’t confuse the pointing finger with the thing that is being pointed at. All our Buddhist words are only guideposts. Every man fights his way through other men’s words to find his own truth.”

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More:  Short Stories  ///  Zen Quotes

Read:  The Book of Understanding by Osho

The Great Work of Your Life [Book]

Book Overview:  If you’re feeling lost in your own life’s journey, The Great Work of Your Life may provide you with answers to the questions you most urgently need addressed—and may help you to find and to embrace your true calling.

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  1. The Power of Mantra – As Described by Mohandas Gandhi’s Family Servant.

 

“Blessed is the man who, having subdued all his passions, performeth with his active faculties all the functions of life, unconcerned about the event… Be not one whose motive for action is the hope of reward.  Perform thy duty, abandon all thought of the consequence, and make the event equal, whether it terminate in good or evil; for such an equality is called yoga.” ~ Bhagavad Gita

“The whole world is inside each person, each being, each object.  To know any part of the world deeply, intimately, is to know the whole world.  Each of us, then, must find our own particular domain – that little corner of the world in which we can drill for gold.  For the acupuncturist it is knowing the body through the language of Chinese medicine.  For the painter, it is knowing the world through through paint and the canvas.  For the writer, it is knowing the world through words.” ~ Stephen Cope, The Great Work of Your Life

“When we reach sixty-two, we are likely to interpret feelings of exhaustion and boredom as the signal to retire.  But couldn’t they just as easily be the call to reinvent ourselves?  As we age it seems harder and harder to let our authentic dharma reinvent us.  We imagine somehow that the risks are greater.  We tend to think that leaping off cliffs is for the young.  But no.  Actually – when better to leap off cliffs?” ~ Stephen Cope, The Great Work of Your Life

“You cannot be anyone you want to be.  Your one and only shot at a fulfilled life is being yourself – whoever that is.  Furthermore, at a certain age it finally dawns on us that, shockingly, no one really cares what we’re doing with our life.  This is a most unsettling discovery to those of us who have lived someone else’s dream and eschewed our own: No one really cares except us.  When you scratch the surface, you finally discover that it doesn’t really matter a whit who else you disappoint if you’re disappointing yourself.  The only question that makes sense to ask is: Is your life working for you?” ~ Stephen Cope, The Great Work of Your Life

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