Trying Not to Try: Ancient China, Modern Science, and the Power of Spontaneity

Trying Not to Try: Ancient China, Modern Science, and the Power of Spontaneity

 

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A deeply original exploration of the power of spontaneity—an ancient Chinese ideal that cognitive scientists are only now beginning to understand—and why it is so essential to our well-being
 
Why is it always hard to fall asleep the night before an important meeting? Or be charming and relaxed on a first date? What is it about a politician who seems wooden or a comedian whose jokes fall flat or an athlete who chokes? In all of these cases, striving seems to backfire.

In Trying Not To Try, Edward Slingerland explains why we find spontaneity so elusive, and shows how early Chinese thought points the way to happier, more authentic lives. We’ve long been told that the way to achieve our goals is through careful reasoning and conscious effort. But recent research suggests that many aspects of a satisfying life, like happiness and spontaneity, are best pursued indirectly. The early Chinese philosophers knew this, and they wrote extensively about an effortless way of being in the world, which they called wu-wei (ooo-way). They believed it was the source of all success in life, and they developed various strategies for getting it and hanging on to it.

With clarity and wit, Slingerland introduces us to these thinkers and the marvelous characters in their texts, from the butcher whose blade glides effortlessly through an ox to the wood carver who sees his sculpture simply emerge from a solid block. Slingerland uncovers a direct line from wu-wei to the Force in Star Wars, explains why wu-wei is more powerful than flow, and tells us what it all means for getting a date. He also shows how new research reveals what’s happening in the brain when we’re in a state of wu-wei—why it makes us happy and effective and trustworthy, and how it might have even made civilization possible.

Through stories of mythical creatures and drunken cart riders, jazz musicians and Japanese motorcycle gangs, Slingerland effortlessly blends Eastern thought and cutting-edge science to show us how we can live more fulfilling lives. Trying Not To Try is mind-expanding and deeply pleasurable, the perfect antidote to our striving modern culture.

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Praise for Trying Not to Try:

A Guardian Best Book of 2014
A 2014 Brain Pickings Best Book on Psychology, Philosophy, and How to Live Meaningfully

“Looks like a self-help book, but it’s actually an insightful and lucid introduction to some of the most fruitful ideas in ancient Chinese philosophy.”
—Julian Baggini, The Guardian

“Edward Slingerland treats us to a work of seminal importance. Yet never was there such an important book that takes itself so lightly. Slingerland explains the correspondence between ancient Chinese philosophical ideas about wu-wei, or doing by not doing, and modern neuroscience. In doing so in erudite fashion, he also manages to discuss Woody Allen, magic mushrooms, his daughter’s storybooks, Luke Skywalker and how hard it is to get a date when you’re desperate.”
—Huffington Post

Trying not to Try is an enlightening introduction to the often misunderstood mindset of wu-wei, the ‘being in the moment’ that is the key to Eastern wisdom. Slingerland’s volume is an invaluable guide to anyone on the quest for a full life, lived spontaneously.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, author of Flow

“Ancient Chinese philosophy has never been more accessible. Not even in ancient China. Slingerland is not just a philosopher, he’s a time traveller.”
Russell Brand, author of Revolution

Trying Not to Try navigates the confluence of two mighty rivers: the burgeoning science of the mind and the classic wisdom of China’s Taoist and Confucian traditions. This is a thoughtful, grounded book about traditions that should be better known—and more often put into practice—in the West.”
—Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive and To Sell is Human

“East meets West in Edward Slingerland’s Trying Not to Try, an entertaining and thought-provoking account of how the principles of ancient Chinese thought continue to apply—indeed, may apply even more—in modern times. Slingerland will make you reconsider your approach to everyday life and will challenge you to approach success—and failure—in a new, refreshing and reenergizing light.”
—Maria Konnikova, author of Mastermind
 
“‘I’ll give it a try,’ says Luke Skywalker, and Yoda snaps: ‘Try not. Do. Or do not. There is no try.’ In this fascinating book, Edward Slingerland brings together ancient Chinese philosophy and contemporary cognitive science to solve the secret of wu-wei—the art of acting effortlessly and spontaneously, of being active and effective, even brilliant, without ever trying. The book itself is a testament to the power of wu-wei, as Slingerland explores rich and intricate ideas with confidence, clarity, and grace. Trying Not to Try is intellectually stimulating, a pleasure to read, and might well change your life.”
—Paul Bloom, Brooks and Suzanne Ragen Professor of Psychology, Yale University; author of Just Babies and How Pleasure Works

Trying Not to Try is fascinating, original, and mind-expanding — it shows us a completely different way of thinking about success and happiness.”
—Amy Chua, John M. Duff, Jr. Professor of Law, Yale Law School; author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
 
“Ancient China produced some of the greatest wisdom in human history, and Slingerland makes those riches accessible to modern readers. This book represents the humanities at their best — it’s grounded in careful research about an ancient culture, yet speaks to the eternal challenge of being human in a complex and confusing world.”
—Jonathan Haidt, Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University’s Stern School of Business; author of The Happiness Hypothesis and The Righteous Mind

“A remarkable time-traveling synthesis that shows how classic Chinese philosophers anticipated contemporary brain science and also looked beyond it, offering sage advice about how to live lives that flow.  We meet Confucius, Daoists, the first Zen Master, a 6th century hippie, and other ancient Eastern educators, whose ideas have never been rendered more relevant to our times.”
—Jesse Prinz, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Committee for Interdisciplinary Science Studies, City University of New York
 
“Through a combination of hard science and ancient philosophy, Trying Not to Try has convinced me that my usual approach to life—smashing through walls and grinding out painful victories—isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Sometimes trying hard is overrated. Slingerland has written a charming, intellectually rigorous book that can help all of us improve our lives.”
—Jonathan Gottschall, author of The Storytelling Animal
 
“A fascinating read. With state-of-the art science and interesting stories, Slingerland provides key insights from the East and West for achieving happiness and well-being.”
—Sian Beilock, professor of psychology, University of Chicago; author of Choke

“Edward Slingerland is one of the world’s leading comparative philosophers and the foremost advocate of bridging the gulf between cognitive science and the humanities. In Trying Not to Try he reminds us that philosophy truly is a way of life, that classical Chinese philosophy offers deep insights into human flourishing, and that this classical Chinese wisdom anticipates in compelling ways what the best contemporary cognitive science teaches. This is a landmark book— clear, sparkling, and humane.”
—Owen Flanagan, James B. Duke Professor of Philosophy, Duke University; author of The Bodhisattva’s Brain
 
“This wonderful book not only shows us how to live a more satisfying life, it helps explain why social life is even possible: spontaneity, Slingerland argues, is the key to trust, and ultimately, the evolution of cooperation. A thought-provoking book by a truly gifted writer.”
—Harvey Whitehouse, Director of the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Oxford
 
“Slingerland’s book exemplifies the very principles it elucidates. Although the material is sophisticated, we effortlessly glide through a highly original integration of ancient wisdom and modern science towards a deep understanding of how one can simultaneously set a course in life and live spontaneously.”
—Jonathan Schooler, Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of California Santa Barbara

“In this fascinating book, Edward Slingerland tackles one of the most infuriating obstacles we encounter in our attempts to live meaningful lives. When we try with too much conscious effort to feel happy, or achieve our goals, we sabotage ourselves – but trying to be spontaneous is equally futile. The way out of this paradox is wu-wei, the ancient Chinese ideal of effortless yet accomplished living. Trying Not To Try is both a deeply researched history of this enviable state of relaxed success, and a witty guide to achieving it yourself. Don’t overthink whether you’re going to read it — just read it.”
—Oliver Burkeman, author of The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking

“I tried hard to avoid reading this book — just too much to do. But I lost control, dipped in, and was swept along by apparently effortless prose describing the contrast between Confucianism and Taoism, and its relevance to our modern lives, including the good evolutionary reasons why commitment is usually more successful than manipulation. This is the perfect book club book.”
—Randolph Nesse, Arizona State University Center for Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health, and author of Why We Get Sick

“Slingerland lucidly addresses the power of developing a ‘cultured spontaneity’ and accessibly explains how the need to shut off our minds and bodies can be challenging in an age when smarter and faster is the status quo…A studious and fluent appeal for the benefits of a sound mind.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“Slingerland’s book is valuable and refreshing; it illuminates traditions unfairly overlooked in the West, and does so in a way that’s clear-eyed, amenable to science, and largely free of the facile relativism that often mars Western accounts of Eastern philosophy.”
—The Skinny

About the Author

Edward Slingerland is Professor of Asian Studies and Canada Research Chair in Chinese Thought and Embodied Cognition at the University of British Columbia. Educated at Princeton, Stanford and the University of California, Berkeley, he is an internationally renowned expert in Chinese thought, comparative religion, and cognitive science. In addition to over twenty academic journal articles in a range of fields, he has written several scholarly books, including What Science Offers the Humanities and a translation of the Analects of Confucius.  He lives in Vancouver with his wife and daughter.

Mix-and-Match Mama Eats: Crazy Good Go-To Meals

Mix-and-Match Mama Eats: Crazy Good Go-To Meals

 

 

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Make Mealtime Simple and Delicious

The pressure of planning and preparing meals from one day to the next can become stressful. Shay Shull, the Mix and Match Mama, has found simple solutions for making quick and tasty dishes that will satisfy your whole family and make your life so much easier.

Inside this book you will discover more than 200 crazy good go-to breakfast, dinner, and dessert recipes for every holiday, season, and month of the year, as well as a helpful Tips and Tricks section featuring “Baking Essentials” and “Grocery Staples”.

Let Shay show you how to spend less time in the kitchen and more time making memories as you enjoy home-cooked meals your entire family will love.
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—Brandee Buble, author of O’Shae the Octopus and Jayde the Jaybird

“Thanks to my friend Shay Shull, the Mix-and-Match Mama, the cooking gene I always said I didn’t have has worked its way into my DNA. Okay, maybe not completely, but I don’t need one with Shay’s recipes! They are simple, DELICIOUS, and perfect for busy moms, parents, grandparents, sitters, ladies—really, anyone like me, and I love her for it! You will too!”
—Trista Sutter, former Bachelorette and author of Happily Ever After

“Shay has mastered two things—being a great mom and cooking delicious meals for her family. Luckily for me, I’ve been on the receiving end of the latter for years. Shay’s passion for helping other mothers in their pursuit of creating delicious meals for their families has been inspiring to watch. Her collection of easy-to-make recipes has made dinnertime at the Lowe house so much better!”
—Sean Lowe, star of the 2013 season of The Bachelor

About the Author
Shay Shull is the author of the Mix and Match Mama blog and several cookbooks including Mix-and-Match Mama Eats and Mix-and-Match Meal Planner. She writes about motherhood, adoption, world travel, holidays, organization, and, of course, yummy food. Passionate about coffee, traveling the world with her family, and Red Sox baseball, her greatest love is Christ. Shay lives in McKinney, Texas, with her husband, Andrew, and their four kids: Kensington, Smith, Ashby, and Madeley.

Bellabeat Leaf Urban Clip, Silver

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Stones on your path…

Stones on your path…

 

Some people will always

throw stones in your path.

 

It depends on you what you make with them,

 

Wall or Bridge?

 

Remember you are

the architect of

your life.

 

If you feel that someone has thrown some stones on your path, it is up to you to figure out why, and how to remove them.  You might even want to remove that kind of “friend” from your life also, because what a person will do once, they will do again and again.

Of coarse people can change, and do all the time, but generally, someone who is in the destructive way of doing things will continue to do things the easiest and most convenient way possible for them.

People also tend to repeat things.  Things that have worked for them in the past.  It might be much easier, therefore to slander you by throwing a rock in your path, than to clean up their own life, or to try to build a bridge with the stone.

Remember that you are in charge of your own life.  Take whatever steps you need to take to make sure you feel good and are free in your choices.

Stay positive and keep building your life the way you want it.

It’s up to you, YOU are the architect of your own life!

 

 

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Many blessings to all…

Live – Laugh – Love

 

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Release…

 

If you can muster the courage

to energetically ralease

everything in your life

that’s not working,

it will either be healed

or replaced with something better.

Assertiveness for Earth angels

~Doreen Virtue

 

First, hold the intention of releasing the situation completely to God’s care, and then the situation will shift in positive ways.

~Doreen Virtue

Sigils of Power and Transformation: 111 Magick Sigils Kindle Edition

Sigils of Power and Transformation: 111 Magick Sigils to Change and Control Your Life Kindle Edition

 


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There are one hundred and eleven sigils in this book that can help with anything from self-confidence to luck, from healing to protection, and from inspiration and intuition to love.

When you work with the sigils in this book, you throw out all the confusing magickal garbage and get straight to the power of change. Sigils provide you with a visual code that unlocks the essence of magick.

This book does not contain anything to do with witchcraft, spellcasting, kabbalistic ritual, evocation or any other method of magick that you might be familiar with.

A sigil is nothing more than a drawing, but in this case, the drawing is so much more than you can imagine. These drawings bypass the conscious mind, connecting you to a stream of pure magick. This is not dark magick, but magick of light. You can do no harm with this magick, to yourself or to others.

The magick works because you have access to one hundred and eleven secret sigils, handed down from ancient times. Every one of them can work wonders in the modern world.

You will discover:

The Magick of the Mind

Inspiring Others

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Peace Magick

Protection Magick

Personal Healing

Health Magick

Wisdom and Education

Business and Finance

Employment Magick

The magick presented here is not bound to any religion, and it requires no magick words. You don’t have to learn any difficult pronunciations or say a single word out loud. The magick requires no visualization and no equipment. You won’t light a candle or wave a wand. All you need is this book, your own strong desire and the will to carry out the instructions.

 

 

Live with Clarity…

Live with clarity…

This is your life

so why not be clear about what you want in life?

Live with clarity
While that sounds good, maybe you don’t even really know what you want.  It is hard to be clear on everything in life because there is so much contrast to be found.

You may think you want one thing, and when you get it, it turns out to be a lot different than you thought it would be.

It’s only through contrast though, that we are able to see different perspectives, different results and different possibilities that enable us to choose even more of what we want in the next experience.

Life is a series of experiences. One experience after another we learn new lessons every day.

Every day we have the choice to renew our thoughts, plans, and goals and then we can decide if we want to stay on the same track or try a different one.

Some of us really like challenges so we would get bored if everything seemed too easy.  Like rowing downstream in a boat to a certain destination.

 

Just going with the flow is perfect for me, but others would rather fight the current with everything they have in order to get the experience of a bigger, better, more intense challenge.

They may even buy a motor for their boat, or keep buying bigger and stronger motors, until they have all the power they need to reach their alleged destination.

Although we would both find a way to end up at the same place, we would obviously prefer different ways of getting there.  I like the peaceful, easy flow of life called ease and grace, while some others like to stand against the current and challenge everything and everyone they come in contact with.

 There are also many different levels in between.

 

It seems that after a few knock down dragged out issues come about in life, people tend to soften their views a little.

Of coarse the opposite can happen where people just get hardened more and more to the things that happen to them and end up extremely sick or angry and hateful.

 

Everyone has a choice and can change things.  Everyday.

 

Each new day is a chance to start over from wherever you are.  If you still don’t know what you want out of life, or where you are going, maybe it’s time to get some help.

There are a number of different counselors and life coaches, dream builders and Pastors.  What ever you need is available if you just take the time to look.

Many programs are free and easy to find on social media, while others may require a phone call or that an appointment be made.

So whatever you may think  you want your life to be like – get perfectly clear on it and follow the steps needed to make it happen.

Good luck, and God bless you on your journey.

 

 

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Remember to Live life to the fullest – Every day, and be compassionate to everyone, including yourself!

Do what you LOVE.
Be happy,
and keep doing the things that make you happy!

Live – Laugh – Love

Leave the past in the past and enjoy the day you have right now…

 

Copyright © 2017 Linda L Young

The Crystal Healer: Crystal prescriptions that will change your life forever

The Crystal Healer: Crystal prescriptions that will change your life forever

 

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Crystal therapy has long been used as a gentle system of holistic healing.

By drawing on the unique qualities of crystals such as quartz and amethyst, you can balance the energy fields around your body, home and office to bring well-being, and gain health benefits.

Crystals can help soothe emotional problems such as anxiety, mood swings, or shyness, as well as physical symptoms such as migraines and allergies. In addition, crystals can act as natural energy boosters and aid in detoxifying our systems.

With crystal remedies for more than 250 common ailments and a directory of 250 crystals, as well as detailed explanations of the most effective healing methods, this book is the ultimate guide to healing with crystals.

Illustrated with color photographs, and supplemented with practical exercises and case studies, The Crystal Healer is the ultimate practical reference from a highly respected healer and teacher.

 

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About the Author
Philip Permutt (www.thecrystalhealer.co.uk) is the author of several books, including The Little Pocket Book of Crystal Tips & Cures, The Little Pocket Book of Crystal Chakra Healing, The Complete Guide to Crystal Chakra Healing, and The Crystal Tarot, all published by CICO Books. He also writes a regular magazine column for Fate & Fortune magazine, as well as contributing to other magazines.

Philip discovered crystals almost 25 years ago, after a severe illness, and has been practicing as a crystal healer and teacher ever since. He owns a successful retail and wholesale business importing crystals from around the world, runs crystal courses and workshops, and has lectured on crystal healing and pain relief as a visiting lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire.

He also has an honors degree in Applied Biology and has recorded several meditation and workshop albums (Paradise Music). He lives in Hertfordshire, UK, with his wife, Lyn.

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What do people think of you?

What do people think of you?

Do you realize how important you are to many people?  They may never say anything to you or about how much you mean to them, or you may never know how important they think you are.  How well you do your job, or how articulate you speak.  But that doesn’t mean that you are not sincerely appreciated by many.

So many people don’t want to give themselves away with emotional feelings so they just keep their feelings and emotions to themselves.  It feels safer that way.  It is often – only when someone passes away that the family and friends gather around to finally acknowledge and honor the person for all the good they have done in their life.

How sad to keep positive words and acknowledgements from those who deserve them.  Those who daily shed their light and love through their words and deeds alike.  Those who add purpose to their lives by encouraging others.

 

Your Light is seen, your heart is known, your soul is cherished by more people than you might imagine. If you knew how many others have been touched in wonderful ways by you, you would be shocked.  You are far more wonderful than you think you are.  Rest with that.
Your light

So if you are not feeling appreciated right now, remember that there are numerous people who love and cherish you every day.  Just because they don’t or aren’t able to express their love the way you would like to have it expressed, doesn’t mean that they don’t love you.  It just means that they are not saying it or showing it for some reason of their own.  Don’t let it  hinder you or make you feel any less.  Just go on sharing your light no matter what anyone else thinks or says about you.  Be your own light and love yourself so much that it just doesn’t matter what any one else thinks or says about you.

SHINE ON…

ANYWAY !

*JUST BE YOURSELF NO MATTER WHAT *

SHINING BRIGHT

Enjoying your life today and every day.  Setting an example for yourself and those around you because you believe in yourself enough to live the life you desire and know you deserve.  No one else can live your life.  No one else can do the things you can do just the way you do them.  You are one of a kind.  You are unique and special.

Be sure to appreciate others too.  Learn from others and be sure to show the people you love that they are special to you.  You never know when it might be to late to say the things you held on to for far to long.

Life is short.  Live it to the fullest every day.

Embrace your good energy and keep your vibration at the highest level you can.  Keep practicing good energy and positive living until it becomes easy and effortless, raising your vibration until joy is your natural state.  It can and should be done while you still have time.

If you need help raising your energy level, level of vibration, wealth, or to become more balanced and happy, contact us at “Energy Healing Stone Therapy” for more information, or join our mailing list for ongoing, upcoming events and classes.

Live life to the fullest – Every day, and be compassionate to everyone, including yourself!
Be happy,
and keep doing the things that make you happy!

Leave the past in the past and enjoy the day you have right now!

Live ~ Laugh ~ Love

© 2016 Energy Healing Stone Therapy