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Conscious Living: Finding Joy in the Real World by Gay Hendricks

By Gay Hendricks

In his bestselling book wakeful Living, pioneering therapist homosexual Hendricks taught how to define stability and happiness in relationships.Now he supplies us Conscious Living, a pragmatic advisor for the person that brings new insights right into a basic fact of day-by-day fact of way of life. 5 uncomplicated classes of "conscious living", rooted within the old traditions of Stoicism and Taoism, support us triumph over stumbling blocks and fears and wake up our personal creativity.

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Now, I depend perhaps on a person. I feel empty, lonely, a complete sense of isolation, - and I depend on somebody. And if I develop or have a method which will help me to overcome that dependence, then I depend on that method. I have only substituted a method for a person. html (9 of 14) [28/04/2008 16:19:23] AMSTERDAM 4TH PUBLIC TALK 23RD MAY 1955 empty. After all, we depend on someone for our happiness because in ourselves we are not happy. I do not know what it is to love, therefore I depend on another to love me.

The motive of the search is far more important than that which we are seeking; for if that motive is for security, a sense of permanency, then the mind creates its own hindrances, from which arise frustration and therefore sorrow and suffering. Then we seek further escapes, further means of avoiding pain; and so, invite more sorrow. That is our state; that is the complex existence of our everyday life. Whereas, if we could remain with ourselves, if we could look to find out what the motive is of our search, of our struggle, then perhaps we would find the right answer.

To say this is very difficult, because most of us have read so much, we have so many desires, so many hopes, so many longings, we are so afraid, and therefore already have many conclusions, many beliefs, all telling us that there is some kind of continuity, some kind of life after death. So we have already preconceived what it is; your own fears dictate what it should be. So, to find out the truth of the matter, is it not important that first there must be freedom from all knowledge concerning death?

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