The Art of Simple Living

The Art of Simple Living

100 Daily Practices From A Japanese Zen Monk for A Lifetime of Calm and Joy

Book - 2019
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"Does for mental clutter what Marie Kondo has done for household clutter." -- Publishers Weekly

Relax and find happiness amid the swirl of the modern world with this internationally bestselling guide to simplifying your life by a Japanese monk who embodies the wisdom of Zen.

In clear, practical, easily adopted lessons--one a day for 100 days--renowned Buddhist monk Shunmyo Masuno draws on centuries of wisdom to teach you to Zen your life. Discover how . . .

* Lesson #4: lining up your shoes after you take them off can bring order to your mind;
* Lesson #11: putting down your fork after every bite can help you feel more grateful for what you have;
* Lesson #18: immersing yourself in zazen can sweep the clutter from your mind;
* Lesson #23: joining your hands together in gassho can soothe irritation and conflict;
* Lesson #27: going outside to watch the sunset can make every day feel celebratory;
* Lesson #42: planting a flower and watching it grow can teach you to embrace change;
* Lesson #67: understanding the concept of ichi-go ichi-e can make everyday interactions more meaningful;
* Lesson #85: practicing chisoku can help you feel more fulfilled.

A minimalist line drawing appears opposite each lesson on an otherwise blank page, giving you an opportunity to relax with a deep breath between lessons. With each daily practice, you will learn to find happiness not by seeking out extraordinary experiences but by making small changes to your life, opening yourself up to a renewed sense of peace and inner calm.

Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2019
Characteristics: xvi, 207 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780143134046
Call Number: 294.3443 MASUNO


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Each entry is a thoughtful opportunity to stop and rest, finding a way to breathe deeply in the moment. I love that such seemingly small adjustments to one’s perspective and habits can make the chaos of our current world recede to a manageable level. Remember, just breathe!

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