Inner Peace for Busy People: 52 Simple Strategies for Transforming Your Life

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ReadHowYouWant.com, 2009 - Self-Help - 296 pages
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Inner Peace for Busy People is the perfect book for anyone who feels overwhelmed by the pressures of work, finances, children, and other modern-day stressors. We really have to ask ourselves why we've allowed ''busyness'' to become a badge of honor and a jaw-clenching form of competition in our society. Slavesto phones, beepers, e-mails, faxes, piles of snail mail, congested traffic, and pushy telemarketers who call during dinner, many of us are also trying to balance the demands of family and career. As a result, we often feel squeezed out of our own lives, and unable to extend sufficient kindness and careto our loved ones. The paradox of this century is that we Americans are wealthier than ever before, yet we're more stressed, depressed, anxious, and overwhelmed than at any time in our history. We have very little peace of mind. To help rectify this situation, Joan Borysenko has written 52 inspirational yet practical essays that will help you create and maintain a sense of inner peace. With a little common sense, you can learn to understand and tame the busy workings of your mind, live alife filled with compassion and love, and develop more wisdom and creativity. You'll see that you don't have to be a monk devoted to hours of special practice to walk your life's journey with graciousness and joy. All that is required is to pay attention, choose wisely, express purpose and passion, laugh often, and live with a fierce commitment to honesty and kindness. Through stories encompassing spirituality, science, and humor, you'll be given easy-to-learn skills to help you change your attitude and regain your inner peace - one week at a time! Remember: Life is a precious gift to be savored, not an endless series of chores to complete. Every day brings a choice: to practice stress or to practice peace. Why not do yourself and your loved ones a favor ... and choose the latter!
 

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Although I gain a tremendous amount of insight from personal growth books, I also often come away feeling guilty. Yes, I should eat less sugar, and sleep more, and meditate, and stretch after running ... Read full review

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"Remember that letting people help you gives them an opportunity to be kind. Refusing help is a subtle kind of selfishness, you know." In this simple and approachable book, Borysenko sets out weekly ... Read full review

Contents

THE ABSOLUTE BASIC STRATEGIES FOR LIFE
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Save Your Breath and Keep Your Sanity 11 3 Save Your Breath and Keep Your Sanity
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Build Your Brain Power 16 4 Build Your Brain Power
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Live with Passion 21 5 Live with Passion
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Practice Patience 26 6 Practice Patience
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STRATEGIES FOR TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF 32
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Keep Track of Your Energy Reserves 40 9 Keep Track of Your Energy Reserves
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Choose Activities That Bring You to Life 46 10 Choose Activities That Bring You to Life
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Mind Your Ps and Cs to Be an Optimist
136
Reframe That Problem
140
Ask Yourself Am I Having Fun Yet?
144
Try Power Whining
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Cultivate Gratitude
153
Walk with a Positive Attitude
158
Listen to Your Heart
162
What Me Meditate?
168

Ask for Help 50 11 Ask for Help
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Take a Sabbath 54 12 Take a Sabbath
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Go Out into Nature 58 13 Go Out into Nature
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Make the Mundane Sacred 62 14 Enjoy Music for Peace Creativity and Healing 67
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Nap to Awaken the Genius Within 76 17 Nap to Awaken the Genius Within
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Just Do Itand Shed Those Bad Habits 80 18 Just Do Itand Shed Those Bad Habits
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Do What You Can Not What You Wont 83 19 Do What You Can Not What You Wont
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Focus on Making Small Changes 86 20 Focus on Making Small Changes
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STRATEGIES FOR CHANGING YOUR RELATIONSHIP TO TIME
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Understand What Saving Time Really Means
92
Give Up Perfectionism
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Surrender Your Resistance
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Learn to Say No
106
Live in Rhythm Time
110
Take Time for Simple Pleasures
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Time or Things
118
Take Time to Get Organized
121
STRATEGIES FOR MANAGING YOUR MIND
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Exaggerate the Negative 128 29 Make the Mind Your Ally Instead of Your Enemy
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STRATEGIES FOR DEVELOPING COMPASSION
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Build Your Heart Intelligence 175 KINDNESS AND CLEAR COMMUNICATION
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Be a Source of Kindness
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Practice Forgiveness
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Judge Not
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Guard Against Gossip
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Tap In to the Power of Your Authentic Self
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Be a Good Listener
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Communicate Honestly
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Watch Those Assumptions
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Spread Civility
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Put Love into Action
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STRATEGIES FOR CREATING WISDOM AND PURPOSE IN YOUR LIFE
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Find Meaning in Your Life
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Get Your Priorities in Order
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A Vision for the Future
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About the Author 254 Other Books and Audiocassettes by Joan Borysenko
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Back Cover Flap
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