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Book Club Discussion, 10% Happier Pt. 2: Sincerity + Sanity

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Join us for a dialogue of chapters A, H and S of 10% Happier. Not studying alongside? No drawback — you’ll be able to nonetheless take part!

Self-assist. The time period has all the time turned me off. The rows of cabinets at my native bookstore devoted to the style smacked of damaged guarantees and questionable motives, too many exclamation factors and shiny white tooth. Their authors smiling beatifically from hardcover jackets. The similar concepts spun this manner and that, regurgitated for brand spanking new generations and totally different audiences all in search of the identical factor: higher lives. I steered clear, but stayed curious. As I learn although “Happiness, Inc”, chapter A of 10% Happier by Dan Harris, I noticed the identical doubt mirrored within the writer’s personal journey. As Harris begins to delve into Joe Vitale, my ideas immediately turned to when The Secret first got here out, its praises sung from almost each shiny journal and promoted by speak present hosts in all places, after which shortly forgotten. A flash within the pan. When a e-book catches speedy hearth like that, I instinctively take far, suspicious of anybody promising fast and straightforward salvation. The Secret‘s ludicrous claims have been no exception. A the time, the pragmatist in me knew simply occupied with one thing wasn’t going to convey it about. There’s work to be carried out, issues to be fought for, and sometimes it’s the struggle that makes all of it worthwhile.

And so Harris continues his battle for solutions proper into chapters H, “The Jew-Bu”, and S, “The Power of Negative Thinking”, the place he truly will get some readability on his conduct thanks partially to the supply of many of those modern-day guru’s “information”: Buddhism. A apply that you simply don’t truly should pay for. As I learn these chapters, I felt a kind of kinship with Harris, as I think about, many would. How many people as youngsters, in a quest for some type of religious life, or at the very least religious riot, adorned their bedrooms with photographs of the Buddha and perhaps a backyard sculpture or two? How many tried to “meditate,” crossed legs and chants of “ohmmm” and all? Our collective seek for which means and religious connection begins at an early age, shapeshifting and morphing right into a quest for “mindfulness” and “connectedness” and all other forms of synonyms for a similar factor. Like Harris, I’m looking for a similar “be current” angle that each one too typically eludes, the current second traded for what comes subsequent, slowly studying that meditation isn’t simply palms-on-knees-shavasana.

As we comb via the cabinets, on the lookout for the subsequent nice self-assist guru to cleared the path, maybe it’s wiser to look again. At the religious texts which were round for hundreds of years from which these trendy-day specialists draw their information, no ebook deal to talk of, no multi-metropolis tour, it will be troublesome to argue that Siddhartha wasn’t honest.

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