A Thousand Names for Joy: Living in Harmony with the Way Things are

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Harmony Books, 2007 - Philosophy - 281 pages
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In her first two books, Byron Katie showed how suffering can be ended by questioning the stressful thoughts that create it, through a process of self-inquiry she calls The Work. Now, in A Thousand Names for Joy, she encourages us to discover the freedom that lives on the other side of inquiry.
Stephen Mitchell—the renowned translator of the Tao Te Ching—selected provocative excerpts from that ancient text as a stimulus for Katie to talk about the most essential issues that face us all: life and death, good and evil, love, work, and fulfillment. The result is a book that allows the timeless insights of the Tao Te Ching to resonate anew for us today, while offering a vivid and illuminating glimpse into the life of someone who for twenty years—ever since she “woke up to reality” one morning in 1986—has been living what Lao-tzu wrote more than 2,500 years ago.
Katie’s profound, lighthearted wisdom is not theoretical; it is absolutely authentic. That is what makes this book so compelling. It’s a portrait of a woman who is imperturbably joyous, whether she is dancing with her infant granddaughter or finds that her house has been emptied out by burglars, whether she stands before a man about to kill her or embarks on the adventure of walking to the kitchen, whether she learns that she is going blind, flunks a “How Good a Lover Are You?” test, or is diagnosed with cancer. With her stories of total ease in all circumstances, Katie does more than describe the awakened mind; she lets you see it, feel it, in action. And she shows you how that mind is yours as well.

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A Sweet Book

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This book is a look into the mind of a truly enlightened person. I didnt want it to end when I was reading it. Now I keep it by my bed to read sections of it again and again. It is different from her ... Read full review

A must read for anyone on a spiritual journey

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A wonderful insightful profound and enlightening book . . . if youre willing to confront the MANY ways ego and attachment can distract us from the joy of who we really are. Read full review

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About the author (2007)

BYRON KATIE is the author of two bestselling books, Loving What Is and I Need Your Love—Is That True? Her website is www.TheWork.com, where you will find her blog, her schedule, a network of facilitators, a free hotline, audio and video clips, articles, and basic information about The Work.

STEPHEN MITCHELL’s many books include the bestsellingTao Te Ching,The Gospel According to Jesus, andGilgamesh. You can read extensive excerpts from all his books on his website, http://www.stephenmitchell.com.

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