Please note: This is a summary and not the original book.
"No dark fate determines the future. We do. Each day and each moment, we are able to create and re-create our lives and the very quality of human life on our planet. This is the power we wield."
"Sadly, many of the things that undermine our joy and happiness we create ourselves. Often it comes from the negative tendencies of the mind, emotional reactivity, or from our inability to appreciate and utilize the resources that exist within us."
"The suffering from a natural disaster we cannot control, but the suffering from our daily disasters we can. We create most of our suffering, so it should be logical that we also have the ability to create more joy. It simply depends on the attitudes, the perspectives, and the reactions we bring to situations and to our relationships with other people."
"Materialistic values cannot give us peace of mind. So we really need to focus on our inner values, our true humanity. Only this way can we have peace of mind - and more peace in our world. A lot of the problems we are facing are our own creation, like war and violence. Unlike a natural disaster, these problems are created by humans ourselves."
What will you learn from listening to the book?
- How to attain joy even when you're suffering
- We create our suffering, so we can create joy too
- Don't judge yourself too harshly when you feel negative emotions
- It's not possible to survive alone because we are created to co-exist
- Materialistic things can never give you joy, so we must focus on our inner values
- Forgiveness doesn't mean that you'll tolerate negative actions
- Fight against injustice but learn to forgive the offender
- A self-centered attitude will lead to more suffering
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- Dr RE Hodgson
Buddhist influence with African twists. Well worth the listen
Word, word, word, word, word, word
- Amazon Customer
Great ideas, but did not like the format
I felt the narrator lacked emotional impact. There was no “story“ and involvement so it came off kind of trite and preachy.
Hated the narrator
I couldn't even listen to this book because of the horrible voice of the narrator. Yuck!