Fight the Misery Conspiracy: Reclaiming Your Right to Be Happy

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Dharmashanti, May 1, 2007 - Self-Help - 233 pages
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Fight the Misery Conspiracy: Reclaiming Your Right to be Happy takes an unapologetic look at the dynamics of our society and points out very distinctly the oft-overlooked delusions that sabotage our joy and send us looking for love and peace in all of the places they can't be found. With irreverent humor, poignant anecdotes and a down-to-earth slant, Fight the Misery Conspiracy provides readers with practical resources for overcoming the negative dynamics that creep into our individual and collective mindsets. Written for survivors of addiction, illness, violence and financial collapse, it appeals primarily to those seeking a progressive spiritual solution to their trauma. Keying in on the dynamics of isolation, guilt and divisiveness found with addictions, codependency and clinical depression, the teachings of spiritual teachers, both ancient and contemporary were integrated for solutions to these issues that work.
 

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Contents

The Conspiracy of Misery
29
The Game of Distraction
37
You Call That Happy?
43
Matzoh Ball Soup for the Spirit
47
Hell For The Holidays
51
Divide and Conquer Then Divide and Conquer Agai
54
Guilty Out of the Gate? Oh Please
60
Duh
64
Catch and Release
147
Its Not Just For Catholics Anymore
150
Angry Lesbian Music
154
Gratitude for QTips
157
Go Soak Your Head
160
The Gift of Asshole Angels
163
The Power of a Smile
166
The Triple Whammy of Love
169

Monkey Bait
67
How Much Does Shame Suck?
72
Lessons Learned the Hard Way
79
The Worst Things I Love About Retreats
81
Jumping Off of a Perfectly Good Cliff
84
Conflict Happens
88
How Sad
93
The Ugly Road to Acceptance
96
Welcome to the Garden
101
Wag the Drunk
105
Go Away Cant You See Im Meditating?
108
Never Lost
111
Parable of the Pagan Lesbian
114
The Cosmic Karmic Council
118
Got Butterflies?
123
No No You Cant Take God Away From Me
126
Cracking Open That Spiritual Toolbox
131
Turning Off Autopilot and Turning On Conscious Creation
133
Dumping Willpower for Willingness
137
I Love You But Get Out Of My House
141
Placebos Visualization and Black Feathers
171
Dusty Toolboxes and Hurricane Lists
175
Breaking Out Of Maximum Security Misery
179
Finding Peace through Forgiveness
181
Gentle Vigilance
185
Pitch Blue
188
The Prodigal Son Revisited
191
Forgiving Our Attackers
194
Whos Your Enemy?
196
Coping with Unrequited Compassion
200
Who Will Teach Them?
203
Finding Peace Amidst The Garbage
209
The Tragedy of the Plaster Buddha
211
Stressing About the Holidays
214
Transforming Our Childhoods
216
The Illusion of Anger
219
Stumbling Through Wisdom
222
Subversive Love
227
About the Author
235
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What really distinguishes Dharmashanti from other inspirational authors is the juxtaposition of her overwhelming compassion for people with her aim-for-the jugular approach towards many popular, yet self-destructive and divisive beliefs. Combining spiritual insights with her laser wit, she connects with survivors of trauma with a wisdom that can only come from having been there. Drawing on her own history of alcoholism and suicidal depression to identify the beliefs and attitudes that kept her miserable for so long, she took note of the principles and practices that worked to release her from its grip. Now an ecumenical Buddhist teacher, Dharmashanti makes it a regular part of her practice to share what shes learned and to help people lead lives of joy, serenity and love.

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