The Art of Living Consciously: The Power of Awareness to Transform Everyday Life

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 16, 1999 - Psychology - 255 pages
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The Art of Living Consciously Is an Operating Manual for Our Basic Tool of Survival
In The Art of Living Consciously, Dr. Nathaniel Branden, our foremost authority on self-esteem, takes us into new territory, exploring the actions of our minds when they are operating as our life and well-being require -- and also when they are not. No other book illuminates so clearly what true mindfulness means:
* In the workplace
* In the arena of romantic love
* In child-rearing
* In the pursuit of personal development

Today we are exposed to an unprecedented amount of information and an unprecedented number of opinions about every conceivable aspect of life. We are thrown on our own resources as never before -- and we have nothing to protect us but the clarity of our thinking. In The Art of Living Consciously, Branden gives us the tools with which to draw out the best within us.
  

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I rate this book a must read for post 2000 people. I read this book when it first came out and the following year I allowed my career to change to a far less stable but far more rewarding and interesting phase. I developed the courage to adapt quickly. I owe my success to being able to think within the context and apply Nathaniel's principles. I still use the principles to this day, as I have to make changes in my career, retool my mind more often, learn to use more tools more frequently for my jobs, and outwit my competition. I am a real Howard Roark.
As for the reviewer Crystal, a few years back, she obviously could not Integrate Nathaniel's concepts that point to atheism, yet she likes the very pieces of wisdom of his that lead to atheism. Maybe one day she will get it!
 

Contents

Introduction
17
Outer and inner
28
Challenging the necessity for conflict
43
Context determines what state of consciousness is appropriate
50
To be in love with life on earth
64
Areas to be considered
71
Seeking knowledge
80
Managing avoidance impulses
89
Consciousness of our feelings and emotions
138
Consciousness of our actions and reactions
157
Concluding observations
163
Misconceptions about selfesteem
171
Consciousness and Spirituality
178
An allpurpose word referring to?
185
But who is doing the transcending?
191
Rethinking our basic assumptions and discovering
211

Bringing
95
Conscious parenting
104
Consciousness of context
121
Examining Our Inner World
129
Afterword
227
Notes 2jo
239
Index
245
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With a Ph.D. in psychology, and a background in philosophy, Nathaniel Branden is a practicing psychotherapist and a corporate consultant, and is widely recognized as the world authority on self-esteem, a field he pioneered more than three decades ago. His many books include The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem, Taking Responsibility, Self-Esteem at Work, and A Woman's Self-Esteem. His newest book is My Years with Ayn Rand. He lives and works in Beverly Hills, California.

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