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.
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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. 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.
"True Confessions of a Guru Junkie"
Stephen Mitchell, the renowned translator of the Tao Te Ching, selected excerpts from that ancient text as a stimulus for Byron 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 an audiobook 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 lives what Lao-tzu wrote more than 2,500 years ago.
"Katie - Another Name for Joy"
This program features Katie doing The Work at public events with people on the subject of our bodies. The first two pieces feature a woman on the size of her breasts, and a man on his tendency to lose his erection. In the third piece, a woman questions her belief that her overweight body is damaged and unattractive.
"Practical views to stop harsh thoughts"
Join Katie as she helps us break down the thoughts that keep us from more deeply appreciating the gifts that our mothers - without exception - have given us.
One woman, frightened and sad, can't find how to leave her abusive husband when he threatens and intimidates her. Another woman gleefully contemplates strangling the men who don't make her happy.
"First part was brilliant and then..."
Sara grieves for her partner, Rodney, who died while driving drunk. A young woman is angry with God for letting her father suffer and die of brain cancer. The two women speak about guilt, sorrow, resentment, and separation.
"So I really have a mental illness when I think that my mom's mentally ill," Jim muses. Katie doesn't miss a beat. "I noticed that," she says. Jim's mother has manipulated him for so long that he doesn't think he can stand it anymore. Or has she?
The Work on being recently diagnosed HIV positive, medication, God, and Mother.
What is a son's responsibility when a father is terminally ill and needs full time care? What is the role of a father whose son is not living up to his potential? In this program, a son does The Work on his bedridden father and a father does The Work on his deadbeat son. This program investigates issues surrounding euthanasia, responsibility, and education while taking an in depth look at the relationship between father and son.
This program is an excellent sampling of The Work, covering topics like cancer, relationships, abuse, and body issues. With live German translation.
With much of her money tied up in a volatile market, a woman in terror about her financial well-being investigates the concepts she holds about money, work, and happiness. With Katie's help and four simple questions, she witnesses how the mind fluctuates - just like the stock market - and begins to experience the joy of the true wealth.
Fall in love with Harry, a Native American who returns to innocence through inquiry. Harry comes to The Work uninitiated and depressed, and interacts with Katie from the audience on death, loneliness, and spiritual frustration. He then moves through a powerful written inquiry on his ex-wife, which explores alcoholism, racism, child custody, parenting, and relationships.
Anger, contempt, fear, sadness - rich feelings sound through this pair of dialogues as Katie, with her gentle fearlessness, facilitates men doing The Work on their fathers. Both stories echo with painful themes of abandonment and alienation.