This is a book summary of Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz.
I could not finish listening to this book. The (young?) narrator is WAY too dramatic in his presentation. He adds emphasis on words in a way that is so annoying to me. Maxwell Maltz would not have even read his own work in this manner. The narrator is putting emphasis on words and points where they shouldn't necessarily be for the listener. The message of the book was lost (..and I'm pretty tolerant) because I just couldn't stop listening to how awful the reading was.
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In this insightful book, Palmer shows how to get rid of the things in our lives that no longer serve us. By tossing out these unneeded items, we are also eliminating their negative influences, freeing up energy, and unlocking our potential. Loaded with inspiring anecdotes and practical tips, Clutter Busting is based on the premise that your things are not sacred, but you are.
I've read a LOT of books on clutter. And, thanks to those (especially Peter Walsh - "It's All Too Much"), I got rid of a lot of the easy stuff. But several cluttery things have persisted, and until now, I was unable to move forward.
First, let me say that I consider myself a competent, emotionally stable, and confident person. Anyone who knows me would say the same. I've been a leader, a mentor, and the go-to person if you feel stuck. Further, if you walked into my house, you'd ask.. "what clutter?". I've hid it all well into closets, nice storage containers, and neatly stacked piles hidden behind closed doors. That said, the pile of clothes in my large walk-in closet is another story. I've also neatly organized overwhelming amounts of recipes, art, home décor, junk mail that "might" interest me someday, plants (and vases), cleaning products, candles etc. I've also accumulated e-mail that I can't seem to delete, and obligations and people that I don't particularly want in my life. This book has caused me to see things about myself that I have not seen previously. There are parts of myself I have buried into my closets, piles, and commitments, including ambivalent and conflicting beliefs about what I want and who I want to be.
This book has made me see that my stuff is holding me back. For example. I realize that my closet holds clothing that represents the person I wish I could become (clothing that is too small, or was trendy in the magazine/store), and clothing that represents the person I fear I could become (clothes that are too large -- you know.. in case I get too fat!! ). This has forced me to ask myself...."who am I in this moment?... who do I want to become? Do I really want to become this person that wears this mini-skirt, or this oversized elasticized waisted pair of shorts? Why am I not wearing these now?"... Then I realize I'm ashamed of the body I have and the weight I am... and holy cr@#....what a Pandora's box of emotion in that closet! I had no idea that I was feeling shame about how I looked, and these items that are too small, or sexy and trendy just serve as a reminder of that shame. And the clothes that are too big serve as a reminder that I fear I'll be out-of-control with eating -- another shameful belief. I *NEVER* pictured myself as a person who has shame about anything. Geeze. If you told me I'd see my stuff in this light (before reading this book), I'd have told you that you were crazy. Not me.
With the help of this author I've actually connected dots between my "stuff", my weight, my self-image, and what's really important to me. I've even started seeing why I continue to buy more, and eat more, and take on more responsibilities than I want to have. WOW....Epiphany City!
One of my favorite *reminders* from this author is to also "let go" of "expectations". This is huge for me. Sometimes I can get too attached to how I want things to go, or to be. And this doesn't allow space for other unexpected (and good) things to enter. It's also incredibly draining mentally. It is a fabulous reminder to create empty spaces so that things can enter that serve us better. and to let go of outcomes. He offers plenty of "exercises" to do in order to help let go of these things and make space for the things that better represent who we are right now, and who we want to become.
I highly recommend this book, and encourage all who read/listen to this book to keep an open mind about what you might find.
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Readers and listeners of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert's books for years. Now this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering.
I am not a writer or a painter or an artist of any kind. But, I am the creator of my own life, and I found this book to be a refreshing reframe of the age old pursuit of "purpose" and outcomes (or goals). I have read many books over the years that are specific to creating your own life, or finding purpose or meaning. The fact that this book comes from the perspective of someone who embraces creativity as her chosen path gives me different food for thought. I found every idea in this book to be interesting, relevant, and implementable to the pursuit of a fulfilling life. I listened to it twice!
Grow Younger, Live Longer is a complete manual for renewal. On this audio you will find a simple, practical, step-by-step program for reversing aging. At the heart of the program are 10 steps, each of which is supported by three daily actions.
Would you listen to Grow Younger, Live Longer again? Why?
YES! This audiobook had so much information that I had to keep rewinding to hear it again! Even though I've heard much of the wisdom and education in this book, hearing Deepak Chopra deliver the message had a type of "hypnotic" effect on me. After listening to this book, I found myself eating less (which I could not seem to do with any other method), and I have begun truly feeling younger. It is so odd, but I'm following his instructions, and I feel GREAT.
What other book might you compare Grow Younger, Live Longer to and why?
Deepak Chopra reminds me in many ways of Wayne Dyer, Tony Robbins, Martha Beck, and Stuart Wilde rolled into one! ....also reminds me a bit of excerpts from "The Secret", as well as "What the Bleep Do We Know?", and Course in Miracles.
What does Deepak Chopra bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
His voice seems to have had a hypnotic effect on me. I have actually internalized the information. I feel like his instructions have become a part of me.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
I love his commentary on the mind-body connection, as well as the need for a collective belief in "living forever". He says that because we (as a people) do not believe it is possible (largely), we haven't developed the belief yet that we can live forever. And he offers great insights on holding onto resentments and negative emotions.
Any additional comments?
This book is totally worth it if you're serious about living longer. I want to live to be 140+...and have people wonder what the heck I did to live that long, and look this great!
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"I'd like to tell you about the strangest secret in the world...Live this new way, and the floodgates of abundance will open and pour over you more riches than you may have dreamed existed. Money? Yes, lots of it. But what's more important, you'll have peace. You'll be in that wonderful minority who lead calm, cheerful, successful lives. Start today. You have nothing to lose, but you have a life to win."
WOW. I have read Earl Nightingale previously, but forgot that he is one of the pre-modern day purveyors of the powers of the mind (the true fathers of the power of the mind go back hundreds of years). I have (for years) studied the works of Wayne Dyer, Tony Robbins, Napolean Hill, and others and I am aware that many of these modern day "gurus" got much of their ideas from guys like Earl Nightinhale. To go back and listen to someting from 1954 in such a short potent format is just a fabulous reminder of the years I have spent cultivating my OWN mind to become programmed for success. WOW. WOW. WOW. This is also great "intro" material if you know someone who needs to hear it. It's short, narrated, and packed with a punch. Nightingale's serious, dead-pan style almost commands you to do what he is suggesting. I have been passing it on to friends who do not have the years of experience that I do with the mind. And, like any good practitioner (of anything), I will continue to listent to it myself. It's like "jumping jacks" for the mind. .....keeps it flexible and in shape, even though the exercise is simple, redundant, and already known.
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