When I found out that Tiny Buddha founder, Lori Deschene, was coming out with a book, Tiny Buddha: Simple Wisdom for Life's Hard Questions, I was thrilled. Much as I love the internet (and I really do love it!), there's nothing quite like holding a book in your hands when you're seeking inspiration. After reading Tiny Buddha online for years, I knew the content of the book would be wonderful, filled with inspiration and wisdom. And I was right.
Immediately upon receiving the book, I dove in and read and read and read. I managed to finish the entire thing in a single day -- and it left me feeling inspired. Not only did I learn more about Lori's personal growth, but I also learned a great deal from the stories of others shared in the book. The quotes, tweets, and inspirational exercises kept me always excited to turn to the next page.
The book is divided into the following chapters: Pain, Meaning, Change, Fate, Happiness, Love, Money, Possibilities, and Control. No matter who you are, each of these topics will have meaning to you because each one contains wisdom not only from Lori, but from countless other sources. The culmination of advice and wisdom exposes readers to a fresh way of seeing these topics and, due to Lori's practical, easy-to-read writing style, the wise words are actually easy to relate to.
Lori writes in the introduction, "This is not a book of absolute answers. It's crowd-sourced wisdom, often supported by scientific, psychological, and sociological research, that may help you experience meaning, happiness, and peace right now, regardless of your circumstances." After reading this book cover to cover, I can confirm that Lori's words ring true. When you read this, what you will find is wisdom and information that will help you to live a more positive, more present life. What you will find are words that will inspire you, inspiration that will keep you motivated, and motivation to make the most of your present moment. Here's my favorite excerpt from the book:
The alternative is to choose positive thinking not because it will get us what we think we want in the future but because it, in itself, is what we want in the present. It just plain feels good to think empowered, self-affirming thoughts, as opposed to defeatist, depressing ones. Our thoughts affect our feelings and ultimately influence what we choose to do. In this way, when we focus on the positive, we’re more likely to find ourselves in situations that feel good—not because we get exactly what we want but because we’re always be open to finding something worth having in what we get.
If you're already a fan of Tiny Buddha, you can probably guess how awesome this book is -- and you already know why you need to pick up a copy ASAP. If you're new to Tiny Buddha, I'd recommend checking it out. Once you do that, you'll be sure to see why a book by the site's creator is a must-have. To order a copy of the book, click here. And to give some thought to your own hard life questions, join Lori's Life's Hard Questions contest. The prizes for the contest are awesome and it's so thought-provoking to think about the hardest question you've had to deal with in your life. Learn more about the contest here.
- Leave a comment telling me what wisdom has impacted your life.
- Include your email address so we can contact you when you win.
- Want an extra chance to win? Tweet + mention @positivepresent.
- TWO winners will be selected on Thursday, December 22, 2011.
*Speaking of winners... Congrats to Saggelo, winner of 2012 Happiness Project Calendar giveaway!*
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