A multimillion-copy bestselling book of spiritual wisdom about the importance of slowing down in our fast-paced world "Is it the world that's busy, or is it my mind?" The world moves fast, but that doesn't mean we have to. Read more...
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A multimillion-copy bestselling book of spiritual wisdom about the importance of slowing down in our fast-paced world "Is it the world that's busy, or is it my mind?" The world moves fast, but that doesn't mean we have to. In this bestselling mindfulness guide--it has sold more than three million copies in Korea, where it was a #1 bestseller for forty-one weeks and received multiple Best Book of the Year awards, and it's being published in more than 25 countries--Haemin Sunim (which means "spontaneous wisdom"), a renowned Buddhist meditation teacher born in Korea and educated in the United States, illuminates a path to inner peace and balance amid the overwhelming demands of everyday life. By offering guideposts to well-being and happiness in eight areas--including relationships, love, and spirituality--Haemin Sunim emphasizes the importance of forging a deeper connection with others and being compassionate and forgiving toward ourselves. The more than twenty full-color illustrations that accompany his teachings serve as calming visual interludes, encouraging us to notice that when you slow down, the world slows down with you.
- ISBN-13: 9780143130772
- ISBN-10: 0143130773
- Publisher: Penguin Books
- Publish Date: February 2017
- Page Count: 288
- Dimensions: 7.1 x 5.1 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.8 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-12-12
- Reviewer: Staff
Sunim, a Korean Buddhist monk educated in America, confronts lifes challenges in this practical book, which has sold more than three million copies in Korea. In mostly six- or seven-line stanzas, Sunim presents his philosophy on well-being and happiness in eight areas: rest, mindfulness, passion, relationships, love, life, the future, and spirituality. Using modern colloquial language for concrete examples, he explains that when we slow down, we are no longer tangled with our own thoughts and pain. Much of Sunims wisdom is common sense: learn from mistakes; build in some personal time in your relationship with your loved one. He also offers insightful observations: the world has never complained about how busy it is, so it is we who are too busy; love is real once you stop trying so hard; its important to let children know that its okay to fail. Sunim evokes a calm assuredness in his philosophy, reminiscent of Lebanese-American poet Kahlil Gibran, whose spiritual prose has inspired Sunim. In todays divisive world, Sunims call for selflessness and generosity sometimes comes across as too idealistic, but his book is perfect for readers looking for a respite from busy lives and tumultuous times. (Feb.)