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Publisher's Summary

Constructive Living combines two of the most popular forms of therapy in Japan into one profoundly effective approach that will not only enhance your productivity but also bring a flexible, responsive mind - a Zenlike tranquility - to your personal and professional lives.

Discover the life-changing potential of Morita therapy (based on taking right action in the moment) and Naikan therapy (a way to cultivate your awareness of how the world supports you) in three information-packed sessions. Join David Reynolds to discover:

  • Three instant remedies for facing your negative feelings
  • Six steps for doing what needs to be done right now, no matter how you feel
  • The "Stairs of Enlightenment" - the way beyond inner confusion and self-absorbed suffering to increased awareness
  • Four hours of training with the leading authority on Naikan and Morita therapies in the West

A sensible approach to better emotional health, Constructive Living can help you live more effectively and see your life more clearly, no matter how you feel.

©1995 David Reynolds (P)1995 David Reynolds

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Insightfully Practical and Realistic

This book is a possible life changer for the person who is a prisoner of their feelings; ie someone who won't do something that needs to be done because they don't feel like it, or someone who thinks they need to "fix" their feelings in order to live a more fulfilling life. Sound like anyone you know? You can definitely add me to that list. Constructive Living (CL) blows these concepts out of the water and puts reality back in our own pocket. It teaches acceptance of feelings no matter what they are for they are not controllable, and what is controllable is what we DO in life. It also puts into perspective how much we take from the world and how little we give back. These concepts are humanized by giving a few simple exercises to really Do the practice, for in CL to know is to do.
The author has a very clear, pleasant, melodic voice similar to that of Adyashanti, and the recording is of professional standard quality. This singular book has made me challenge everything I know about psychotherapy. Get it!

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Absolute necessity for change

I've struggled with self help books in the past because they focus on our emotions and how we are feeling in the moment. This approach can often slow down or stall much needed personal progress. By learning the difference between what we can and cannot control and be flexible to accept what is but still do what needs to be done, we can accomplish our goals. I will be listening to this book at least 5 more times because there is so much wisdom to be taken in!

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Practical and Honest.

There are few books that will help an individual as much as Constructive Living will.

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A Sleeper

The narrator was so drab the whole time that it made it hard to concentrate because you just wanted to drift into sleep. If you're going to have a listen, prep yourself for a meditative moment with this book, be prepared to completely be relaxed while trying to concentrate on absorbing all the essential info. I think the information was good but the delivery, to no fault of his own because that's just who the narrator is, he can't help that that's the way he talks. It could have been better.

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