A Life of Being, Having, and Doing Enough

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Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony, Apr 13, 2010 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 272 pages
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From the moment we are born, we are seekers. Our culture obsessively promotes the pursuit of money, success and self-improvement. At the end of each activity-jammed day, though, we collapse into bed discouraged by everything we have not checked off on our to-do lists, in despair that whatever we have accomplished is never enough. Worse still, when our dreams become derailed by the inherent tragedies of life—job loss, financial peril, sickness, or the death of a loved one—we feel devastated by the pain and injustice of it all.
 
Nationally renowned author, therapist, and minister Wayne Muller offers healing for the perpetually stressed in A Life of Being, Having, and Doing Enough. By learning compassion and mercy for ourselves and by recognizing what is most profoundly true about who we are and what we need, we can gain the self-acceptance so that whatever we choose to do, in this moment, it is wholly enough.
 
Muller mixes the writings of great spiritual and political leaders with inspirational anecdotes from his own life, inviting us to derive more satisfaction from less and pull gratitude out of the ashes of grief. The answer to what he describes as "authentic happiness" lies not in seeing the glass as half full instead of half empty. In reality, he writes, the glass is always half full and half empty. The world is neither broken nor whole, but eternally engaged in rhythms between joy and sorrow. With Muller's guidance, we may find ourselves on the most courageous spiritual pilgrimage of our lives.


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Contents

A Life of Enough
3
Resetting Our Inner Thermostat
10
part ih finding enough in the next right thing
27
A Thread of Truth
38
Beginners Mind
48
How We Simplij Our Choices
54
who we are and what we know is enough
67
The Speed of the Mind and Heart
84
How Max Found His Way
150
Tea Story
157
The Seduction of Artificial Emergency
164
Fencing In Our Garden
170
Listening with Parents
178
Shoes Socks and the Miracle of Attention
187
living a life of enough
200
Gratefidness and Acceptance
212

Sanctuary Is Bearing What We Are liven
109
The Surprise of Being Enough
121
The Rhythm of Giving and Receiving
127
What Grows After a Fire
136
Wandering and Bumping
218
A Life Made of Days
226
Sufficient Presence Within Ourselves
235
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WAYNE MULLER is a Santa Fe–based therapist, public speaker, minister, and best-selling author. His previous books include Legacy of the Heart; How Then, Shall We Live?; Sabbath; and Learning to Pray. He is the founder of Bread for the Journey, a nonprofit organization that supports community organizing and neighborhood philanthropy.


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