Buddhist Boot Camp
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Buddhism is all about training the mind, and boot camp is an ideal training method for this generation's short attention span. The chapters in this small book can be read in any order, and are simple and easy to understand. Each story, inspirational quote, and teaching offers mindfulness-enhancing techniques that anyone can relate to. You don't need to be a Buddhist to find the Buddha's teachings motivational. As the Dalai Lama says, "Don't try to use what you learn from Buddhism to be a Buddhist; use it to be a better whatever-you-already-are." So whether it's Mother Teresa's acts of charity, Gandhi's perseverance, or your aunt Betty's calm demeanor, as long as you're motivated to be better today than you were yesterday, it doesn't matter who inspires you. Regardless of religion, geographical region, race, ethnicity, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, ability, flexibility, or vulnerability, if you do good you feel good, and if you do bad you feel bad. Buddhism isn't just about meditating. It's about rolling up your sleeves to relieve some of the suffering in the world. If you are ready to be a soldier of peace in the army of love, welcome to Buddhist Boot Camp!
Discover the difference between feelings and emotions, the disparity between truths and facts, and the countless benefits of mindful living. When his pursuit of happiness in Corporate America feels counterproductive, Timber Hawkeye escapes the flourescent-lit hell of his cubicle in Seattle and sets out to fully embrace the stress-free lifestyle of Hawaii. Intrigued and curious about what people believe (and why they believe what they do), he questions everything he ever thought was true and discovers the beauty of letting go. If you consider yourself spiritual but not religious, then you're going to love this inspirational book. And if you want to lead a simple and uncomplicated life with happiness at your fingertips, then you'll want to read this page-turner more than once! "It's not that I'm against religion, I simply don't have one (nor do I believe that we need it to be ethical). My faith is doctrine-free, with a definition of God that doesn't conjure a white man in the sky who dispenses blessings for good behavior and harsh judgments to condemn the bad. That's because I don't believe God does that; religion does. You see, faith is a spiritual practice of continually letting go of certainty, of ego, and of the underlying need to know, while religion is a ceremonial tradition of hanging on, clinging to concrete dogmas, stubborn rigidity, and ageless rituals."
If you wake up thinking you didn't get enough sleep or that you're not pretty enough, rich enough, healthy enough, or anything-else-enough, you start each day with the mindset of scarcity and experience life from a place of lack. That's about to change! Gratitude turns what we have into enough, which is the true definition of being rich.
"The Lightness could be the love child of Donna Tartt and Tana French, but its savage, glittering magic is all Emily Temple’s own." —Chloe Benjamin, New York Times bestselling author of The Immortalists A Most Anticipated Novel by Elle • WSJ. Magazine • Glamour • Bustle • Buzzfeed • The Millions • The Philadelphia Inquirer • Publishers Weekly • Literary Hub • Electric Literature • and more! A stylish, stunningly precise, and suspenseful meditation on adolescent desire, female friendship, and the female body that shimmers with rage, wit, and fierce longing—an audacious, darkly observant, and mordantly funny literary debut for fans of Emma Cline, Ottessa Moshfegh, and Jenny Offill. One year ago, the person Olivia adores most in the world, her father, left home for a meditation retreat in the mountains and never returned. Yearning to make sense of his shocking departure and to escape her overbearing mother—a woman as grounded as her father is mercurial—Olivia runs away from home and retraces his path to a place known as the Levitation Center. Once there, she enrolls in their summer program for troubled teens, which Olivia refers to as “Buddhist Boot Camp for Bad Girls”. Soon, she finds herself drawn into the company of a close-knit trio of girls determined to transcend their circumstances, by any means necessary. Led by the elusive and beautiful Serena, and her aloof, secretive acolytes, Janet and Laurel, the girls decide this is the summer they will finally achieve enlightenment—and learn to levitate, to defy the weight of their bodies, to experience ultimate lightness. But as desire and danger intertwine, and Olivia comes ever closer to discovering what a body—and a girl—is capable of, it becomes increasingly clear that this is an advanced and perilous practice, and there’s a chance not all of them will survive. Set over the course of one fateful summer that unfolds like a fever dream, The Lightness juxtaposes fairy tales with quantum physics, cognitive science with religious fervor, and the passions and obsessions of youth with all of these, to explore concepts as complex as faith and as simple as loving people—even though you don’t, and can’t, know them at all.
Completely revised and updated for the postmodern age, So What's the Difference? gives you easy-to-understand, nonjudgmental answers to the question, "How does orthodox biblical Christianity differ from other faiths?" Here Fritz Ridenour explains the basic tenets of Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jehovah's Witnesses, Christian Science, New Age, Mormonism, and other religions and belief systems of the world. You will also learn why relative thinking--the idea that there is no objective, absolute truth--has become the predominant mindset in our culture, and how you can respond. This bestselling guide will help you recognize the real differences between the Christian faith and other viewpoints and make it easier for you to explain and share your faith with others.
Presents a plan for personal financial success that emphasizes the use of trusted, brand-name fund managers, and shows investors how to create and monitor portfolios while avoiding common investment mistakes.
Mana'o is the Hawaiian word for thoughts, ideas, contemplation, intention, and meditation. Use this monthly journal to discover the benefits of mindfully living at peace with the world, both within and around us.
L’objectif du bouddhisme est d’entraîner l’esprit et un camp de survie est la méthode d’entraînement idéale pour la capacité d’attention limitée de notre génération. Les chapitres de ce petit livre sont une collection d’extraits de mon journal et de lettres envoyées à des amis pendant plusieurs années. C’est pourquoi chaque chapitre ne fait qu’une page ; ils sont faciles à comprendre et peuvent être lus dans n’importe quel ordre. Chaque histoire, chaque citation qui inspire et chaque enseignement offre des techniques qui encouragent la pratique de la pleine conscience que tout le monde peut adopter et il n’est pas nécessaire d’être bouddhiste pour être motivé par les enseignements du Bouddha. Comme l’a dit le Dalai Lama : « N’essayez pas d’utiliser ce que vous apprenez du bouddhisme pour devenir bouddhiste ; utilisez-le pour être une meilleure version de vous-même. » Qu’il s’agisse des actes de charité de Mère Teresa, de la persévérance de Gandhi ou de l’attitude sereine de votre tante Betty : peu importe qui vous inspire tant que vous êtes déterminé à être meilleur aujourd’hui que vous ne l’étiez hier. Quels que soient votre religion, votre pays, votre race, votre ethnicité, votre couleur, votre sexe, votre orientation sexuelle, votre âge, vos aptitudes, votre flexibilité ou votre fragilité : vous vous sentez bien quand vous faites le bien et vous vous sentez mal quand vous faites du mal. Le bouddhisme ne se résume pas à la méditation. Le but est de relever vos manches pour soulager la souffrance du monde. Si vous êtes prêt à être un soldat de la paix dans l’armée de l’amour, soyez les bienvenus au Camp de Survie Bouddhiste !
Profound and amusing, this book provides a viable approach to answering the perennial questions: Who am I? Why am I here? How can I live a meaningful life? For Asma, the answers are to be found in Buddhism. There have been a lot of books that have made the case for Buddhism. What makes this book fresh and exciting is Asma’s iconoclasm, irreverence, and hardheaded approach to the subject. He is distressed that much of what passes for Buddhism is really little more than “New Age mush.” He asserts that it is time to “take the California out of Buddhism.” He presents a spiritual practice that does not require a belief in creeds or dogma. It is a practice that is psychologically sound, intellectually credible, and esthetically appealing. It is a practice that does not require a diet of brown rice, burning incense, and putting both your mind and your culture in deep storage. In seven chapters, Asma builds the case for a spiritual practice that is authentic, and inclusive. This is Buddhism for everyone, especially for people who are uncomfortable with religion but yearn for a spiritual practice.
Get in shape for beach season! This super-slimming, body-sculpting makeover takes off ten pounds and gets you bikini-ready—in just two weeks. Bikini Boot Camp creators Melissa Perlman and Erica Gragg know that the secret to losing weight and getting fit is not another diet or endless hours at the gym. Instead, it’s a highly targeted exercise plan combined with healthy, delicious, all-natural foods that jump-start your metabolism and melt away the pounds. At the elite Amansala Eco-Chic Resort and Spa in Mexico, their Bikini Boot Camp program has become the destination of choice for celebrities and women everywhere who want to change their bodies and their lives. Now, this book gives you everything you need to recreate the Bikini Boot Camp experience at home—from the signature workouts to the low-cal, Latin-flavored dishes—and achieve the same incredible results. Capturing the spirit of the spa and Mexico’s sunny shores, each day of Bikini Boot Camp provides you with: A total-body workout that combines walking, circuit training, core strengthening, and yoga to target trouble spots and sculpt you head to toe Energy-enhancing meal plans with slimming, easy-to-follow recipes—a mouthwatering mix of Mexican, Yucatán, and Asian cuisines—straight out of Amansala’s kitchen and available here for the first time Mindfulness exercises to relax and restore you, and to help you stay focused on your fitness goals Do-it-yourself spa treats, from easy facials to herbal baths With more than 75 mix-and-match recipes, and a lifestyle plan to keep you going after the first two weeks are up, Bikini Boot Camp is the fastest way to whip your body into shape—and have fun doing it! So don’t panic now that summer is here. No matter how long you’ve been putting it off, this book gives you everything you need to achieve a bikini body all year round.