Live an Amazing Life

Live an Amazing Life

I’ve recent­ly re-edit­ed and added to my first and favourite book, This End­less Moment. It’s been a peren­ni­al best sell­er, and many are the folk who have found it life-changing.

Please, think about how things are going for you, and if you think your life could be more amazing, have a look below for a few quotes, then order the book, either as a paperback or an e-book.

Clients come in for ther­a­py because some­thing (or sev­er­al some­things) isn’t work­ing. Yet, on an entire­ly dif­fer­ent lev­el (and the point of this book)—the real issue is not what isn’t work­ing. The real issue is that they don’t under­stand that solv­ing their issue requires that they behave differently. 

There is an inter­nal bat­tle going on in each of us, between the seduc­tive siren song of stay­ing stuck in the “way I’ve always done life” and the order­ly dis­ci­pline of doing things in anoth­er way.

Most peo­ple waste their lives doing every­thing they can think of to get oth­ers to do things dif­fer­ent­ly. There is a con­sid­er­able emo­tion­al invest­ment in this effort. (Let me be clear about which effort we are talk­ing about: the effort of try­ing to get the world to coop­er­ate in mak­ing you hap­py. Now, “the world” can be a boss, a part­ner, one’s par­ents or kids, your friends… or even the per­son serv­ing you a dou­ble fat-free latte.)

The first step toward wis­dom is to under­stand that you can’t manip­u­late oth­ers or the world to make you happy.

In a sense, all that I ever “teach” clients (and all I ever remind myself) is this: I am respon­si­ble for me, and I am respon­si­ble for how I choose to approach my life. Noth­ing else is going on. This is such a sim­ple point that it flies direct­ly over the head of 95 per cent of the population.

You will learn the practicalities of living a full and rich life:

Notice what would hap­pen if we under­stood that the world actu­al­ly is phe­nom­e­nal, that it is a series of uncon­nect­ed and non-mean­ing­ful events. We would have to admit that a thing is a thing is a thing, until we make mean­ing about it. To do this requires a leap in our under­stand­ing. The leap is summed up this way: the mean­ing I make about the essen­tial­ly mean­ing­less is mean­ing­ful only to me.

On relationships:

In oth­er words, healthy rela­tion­ships are phys­i­cal­ly expres­sive rela­tion­ships. If I am avoid­ing phys­i­cal con­tact with my part­ner, I am in effect say­ing, “I refuse to make con­tact with you.” The refusal may seem to play out phys­i­cal­ly, but that sim­ply rep­re­sents what’s going on at all the oth­er lev­els — emo­tion­al­ly, spir­i­tu­al­ly, and in the couple’s “cou­ple-ness.”

On life:

I’d like to sug­gest to you that life is meant to be an ongo­ing devel­op­men­tal project. This is a con­cept we accept at work — we “glad­ly” train and retrain, look­ing for improve­ments, effi­cien­cies, oth­er, new­er, “bet­ter” ways to do things. I sus­pect we were meant to be on a sim­i­lar walk in our per­son­al lives, but some­how forgot. 

Other thoughts:

At the end of the day, this is the real­i­ty of life. We are born and die alone, and the rest of life is a solo job in a crowd. This is either ter­ri­fy­ing or free­ing. I’ll scare myself with it pre­cise­ly to the degree that I refuse to accept respon­si­bil­i­ty for my life. I will free myself pre­cise­ly to the degree that I allow myself the per­son­al sat­is­fac­tion of pad­dling just a lit­tle more effi­cient­ly and effort­less­ly each day. 

And here is the point!

In the end.. you’ll find your­self liv­ing out your life in a con­scious, present, hon­est, and curi­ous way. You’ll take what comes with­out judg­ment and decide what you choose to do next. You will be con­sis­tent and clear. And you will be that most unusu­al (yet not spe­cial) of all humans- a self-respon­si­ble per­son, engaged in liv­ing life to the fullest, while extend­ing an invi­ta­tion to oth­ers to join you in the pad­dle, the dance. 


This book will change your life. Have a look!!

More Infor­ma­tion, ReviewsSam­ple Chap­ter Oth­er Formats

Available formats, This Endless Moment, 2nd edition

* Paperback: 226 pages ** Kindle edition ** PDF download 

* Pub­lish­er: The Phoenix Cen­tre Press (Jan­u­ary 30, 2017)
* Lan­guage: Eng­lish
* ISBN: 978–0-9877192–9-4

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Zen — An Alternative to Trump

Zen — An Alternative to Trump

Sometimes, having another approach to life is crucial.

OK, so the world is a pret­ty weird place right now, and liv­ing with the ten­sion of “not know­ing” (how Zen!!) can be a bit much.

It’s why I wrote Half Asleep in the Buddha Hall.

It’s hard to believe that a sim­ple book has prac­ti­cal, down-to-earth meth­ods and approach­es that will help you not only to cope, but to thrive. I want to assure you that Half Asleep in the Bud­dha Hall brings you into direct con­tact with the wis­dom of the East, and espe­cial­ly the light of Zen.

You’ll discover how to find wisdom and depth.
The Zen stories guide you in a new and powerful direction.

The book is lib­er­al­ly sprin­kled with teach­ing sto­ries, and exam­ples and lessons from my 30 years of Coun­selling experience.

You are able to see and do — you dis­cov­er a way of being in the world that is both pow­er­ful and gentle.


There’s really only one way out —
you have to begin the only adventure worth your time and effort —
the adventure of being wholly and fully yourself!

In Zen, we speak of dis­ci­pline. The key dis­ci­pline is ‘non-fol­low­ing,’ or non-attach­ment. You let each non-help­ful thought go by not cling­ing to it. Now, of course, as with Beth, such thoughts will arise until you die.

Fol­low­ing such thoughts leads to paral­y­sis by analy­sis. This paral­y­sis seems inevitable, until I notice that repeat­ing dys­func­tion­al thought pat­terns caus­es the paral­y­sis. I am ‘lost in thought,’ and the cure is to stop myself—not by more think­ing, but by act­ing. Less thought, more action. Remem­ber: you cause your­self prob­lems by over-think­ing and under-doing. Pick a way to be, and then just be it. Swing for the fences, let­ting the crit­i­cal thoughts fade into back­ground noise.

If you’d like to read a ton of reviews or have a look at a sam­ple chap­ter, we have you cov­ered. Give this a click!


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Revised for 2017 — This Endless Moment

A new version of This Endless Moment is coming soon!

This Endless Moment

Just a quick­ie announce­ment that I’m almost done with the final edit of a revised ver­sion of This End­less Moment, my first and most pop­u­lar book.


This End­less Moment is an amaz­ing book on liv­ing the enlight­ened life. A peren­ni­al best-sell­er, and used as a text­book for new ther­a­pists, this book quite sim­ply changes lives. I’ve received count­less thank you’s from sat­is­fied read­ers, who have used the meth­ods described in the book and found real peace and deep­er life meaning.

I started the rewrite in May, and expect it to be available by February.

I’ve added 60 or so pages, as well as a bunch of exer­cis­es, and mod­ern­ized the lan­guage. I want­ed an already excel­lent book to be even more helpful. 

I think you’ll like it! Stay posted!

Learn to Deal with Mind Chatter

The Watcher

As many of you know, I write a week­ly blog called The Path­less Path.

Recent­ly, a read­er wrote a ques­tion about for­give­ness, and in the process of writ­ing a response, I decid­ed to include a link to a book­let I’d written.

The booklet is called, “The Watcher.” I wrote it back in 2000, and it’s all about dealing with mind chatter — with the negative voices we all have in our heads.

It used to be that I thought I sim­ply got depressed (sort of like one catch­es a cold-it hap­pened to me.) Back before 1982, when my super­vi­sor gave me an assignment-choose!-I’d have told you there was absolute­ly noth­ing I could do to con­trol my tem­per and my tongue.

Thanks to imple­ment­ing her sug­ges­tion, I learned sev­er­al things:

  1. my tem­per and my moods are as much a part of me as my beau­ti­ful, deep blue eyes.
  2. What I choose to do with my moods and my tem­per depends on the breadth of my belief sys­tem and my will­ing­ness to chal­lenge my self-perception.
  3. And emphat­i­cal­ly, choos­ing dif­fer­ent­ly is about the amount of self-dis­­­ci­­pline I am will­ing to exert. 

Any­way, I had a good look at the book­let, and decid­ed that it need­ed a rewrite — a new­er for­mat, some punch­ing up, etc. As I looked fur­ther, I decid­ed a full rewrite was in order. A week lat­er, I was done!

As with all of our book­lets, this one is free. (You can also make a con­tri­bu­tion to our work, but it’s not necessary.)

Just click the image above, or click here. This link also has the intro­duc­to­ry chap­ter for you to check out.

Enjoy!

Living Life in Growing Orbits is revised!

Living Life in Growing Orbits

My book, Living Life in Growing Orbits: 52 Weeks to Wholeness is freshly revised and available both as a paperback and a Kindle book.

Liv­ing Life in Grow­ing Orbits: 52 Weeks to Whole­ness is a Work­book for peo­ple seek­ing clar­i­ty and focus. 

In an often con­fus­ing world, pure, sim­ple, and focused guid­ance is required. Liv­ing Life in Grow­ing Orbits is a guide­book for dis­cov­er­ing who you are, and more, impor­tant­ly, the tool you need to become ful­ly yourself.

• If you are won­der­ing what, specif­i­cal­ly, to do to learn more about who you are, who you might be, and about your place in the world, this book is for you.

• If you have read books on whole­ness, per­son­al respon­si­bil­i­ty, or spir­i­tu­al insight, and then have won­dered, “What’s next?” — this book is for you.

• If you seek whole­ness, but are unclear on how to begin , this book is for you. 

• If you want ele­gant, day-by-day guid­ance to main­tain a prac­tice designed to open your eyes, your heart, your mind and Spir­it, this book is for you! 

In 52 weeks, you will have found direc­tion and pur­pose, as you explore the mean­ing of cen­tered, mean­ing-filled, and “present” liv­ing. With week­ly thoughts, and dai­ly med­i­ta­tions and projects, Liv­ing Life in Grow­ing Orbits: 52 Weeks to Whole­ness will change your life.