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It involves the spirit through belief in the sacred and belief in transformation. It culminates in the love of and belief in God. Brilliantly synthesizing psychology and spirituality, Dr. Karasu will guide you to explore the deepest yearnings of your heart. There is no end to the journey to real happiness; there is no best place to start or best time to begin. So where and when to start?

Start here, where you are, and start now. Drawing on, among many other traditions and influences, folktales, mythology, Eastern philosophy, Sufi poetry and Judeo-Christian theology, Karasu, a scholar, lecturer and the editor in chief of American Journal of Psychotherapy, fashions a spiritual guide to help suffering people find genuine happiness and"an extraordinary and permanent joyful serenity.

These feelings find their ultimate meaning and inspiration, he says, in"believing in and loving God.

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More philosophical than practical, Karasu's moving book will appeal to those seeking a profound journey, rather than those who seek concrete steps for better living. More Books by T. Byram Karasu See All. Eight Brief Lessons on Life. Life Witness. Our affluent society contains those of talent and insight who are driven to prefer poverty, to choose it, rather than submit to the desolation of an empty abundance. Michael Harrington. I like to walk about among the beautiful things that adorn the world; but private wealth I should decline, or any sort of personal possessions, because they would take away my liberty.


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George Santayana. The point of simple living, for me, has got to be: a soft place to land, a wide margin for error, room to breathe, lots of places to find baseline happiness in each and every day. I just naturally want to do things that make sense. I am strongly drawn to the simple life and am often oppressed by the feeling that I am engrossing an unnecessary amount of the labor of my fellow.

I regard class differences as contrary to justice and, in the last resort, based on force. I also consider that plain living is good for everybody, physically and mentally. Albert Einstein. I have to remind myself to live simply and not to overindulge, which is a constant battle in a material world. Sandra Cisneros. A little simplification would be the first step toward rational living, I think.

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Eleanor Roosevelt Click to tweet. Essentialism: only once you give yourself permission to stop trying to do it all, to stop saying yes to everyone, can you make your highest contribution towards the things that really matter.

Frugality is one of the most beautiful and joyful words in the English language, and yet one that we are culturally cut off from understanding and enjoying. Elise Boulding. I woke up early and took the first train to take me away from the city. The noise and all its people. Charlotte Eriksson. I walked for a while until I found the water, the most peaceful place I know. There I sat and stayed the whole day, with nothing and everything on my mind, cleaning my head.

The Art of Serenity: The Path to a Joyful Life in the Best and Worst of Times

Silence, I learned, is some times the most beautiful sound. It is about making the wisest possible investment of your time and energy in order to operate at our highest point of contribution by doing only what is essential. Eliminate as much as you possibly can of everything else. Mark and Angel. The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak. Hans Hofmann.

The Art of Serenity: The Path to a Joyful Life in the Best and Worst of Times

The more we simplify our material needs the more we are free to think of other things. Jim Kwik. Complete possession is proved only by giving. All you are unable to give possesses you. Andre Gide. Until we have begun to go without them, we fail to realize how unnecessary many things are. Every right implies a responsibility; Every opportunity, an obligation, Every possession, a duty. John D. I have to remind myself to live simply and not overindulge, which is a constant battle in a material world.

Francine Jay Miss Minimalist. The modern consumerist system is designed to take your money and time away from you. Anthony Ongaro. You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give. Kahlil Gibran. Material blessings, when they pay beyond the category of need, are weirdly fruitful of headache. Philip Wylie. There is no such thing as material covetousness. All covetousness is spiritual. Mark Twain. Tom Ford Famous fashion designer. The consumption society has made us feel that happiness lies in having things, and has failed to teach us the happiness of not having things.

We go on multiplying our conveniences only to multiply our cares. We increase our possessions only to the enlargement of our anxieties. Anna C. Increase of material comforts, it may be generally laid down, does not in any way whatsoever conduce to moral growth. Mahatma Gandhi. The rise of social media is proving problematic. It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly.

Bertrand Russell.

It is the logic of consumerism that undermines the values of loyalty and permanence and promotes a different set of values that is destructive of family life. Christopher Lasch. Man should not consider his material possession his own, but as common to all, so as to share them without hesitation when others are in need. Thomas Aquinas. Anything you cannot relinquish when it has outlived its usefulness possesses you, and in this materialistic age a great many of us are possessed by our possessions.

Peace Pilgrim. Our greatest illusion is reliance upon the security and permanence of material possessions. We must search for some other coin. John Cudahy.

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The roots of addiction can be seen in our search for happiness in something outside of our self, be it drugs, relationships, material possessions. Lee L Jampolsky. Everything we possess that is not necessary for life or happiness becomes a burden, and scarcely a day passes that we do not add to it. Reject the basic assumptions of civilization, especially the importance of material possessions. Chuck Palahniuk. Materialism is the only form of distraction from true bliss. Douglas Horton Click to tweet. Riches do not consist in the possession of treasures, but in the use made of them.

Napoleon Bonaparte. The nightmare of materialism, which has turned the life of the universe into an evil, useless game, is not yet past; it holds the awakening soul still in its grip. Wassily Kandinsky. Our chief comforts often produce our greatest anxieties, and the increase in our possessions is but an inlet to new disquietudes.