Out of nowhere, like a fresh breeze in a marketplace crowded with advice on what to believe, comes Byron Katie and what she calls "The Work". In the midst of a normal life, Katie became increasingly depressed, and over a 10-year period sank further into rage, despair, and thoughts of suicide. Then one morning, she woke up in a state of absolute joy, filled with the realization of how her own suffering had ended. The freedom of that realization has never left her, and now, in Loving What Is, you can discover the same freedom through The Work.
The Work is simply four questions that, when applied to a specific problem, enable you to see what is troubling you in an entirely different light. As Katie says, "It's not the problem that causes our suffering; it's our thinking about the problem." Contrary to popular belief, trying to let go of a painful thought never works; instead, once we have done The Work, the thought lets go of us. At that point, we can truly love what is, just as it is.
Loving What Is will show you step-by-step, through clear and vivid examples, exactly how to use this revolutionary process for yourself. You'll see people do The Work with Katie on a broad range of human problems, from a wife ready to leave her husband because he wants more sex, to a Manhattan worker paralyzed by fear of terrorism, to a woman suffering over a death in her family. Many people have discovered The Work's power to solve problems; in addition, they say that through The Work they experience a sense of lasting peace and find the clarity and energy to act, even in situations that had previously seemed impossible.
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"With warm and nicely chosen interventions with audience members, the authors demonstrate the essentials of accepting realities in others we can't change. It's a hard-charging message, at times relentless, that will shake up any listeners whose lives are held up because of nagging blame or anger toward others." (AudioFile)
I wish I was recommended this audio book 20 years ago because my life would have been very different. I thank God for this woman. Read it if you want peace and serenity in your life.
I am a twenty-something Californian who works in the field of human services, particularly empowering youth who are blind and visually impaired to find their way on their path to adulthood.
... And still gain new insight every time! I love this book! This gives me new insight and clarity that I have not gained before.
Do you want to change someone? After reading (listening) to "Loving What Is" you will empower yourself to change the way you see others and free yourself from thinking that it's someone's problem.
Byron Katie can smash the self lies we tell ourselves faster than years of therapy. This creates freedom and room to live in the truth of reality. Inquiring into untruthful thoughts changes the experience of now, love it!
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