The Anatomy of Peace- The Arbinger Institute

Book Info:

The Anatomy of Peace – Resolving the Heart of Conflict by The Arbinger Institute. Available as eBook, paperback (288 pages), or audiobook (6 hours, 5 minutes).

“Difficult people are nevertheless people, and it always remains in my power to see them that way.”

Summary:

The Anatomy of Peace demonstrates how to have a heart at peace even in times of war (literally or figuratively) through a fictional story about struggling parents and teenagers. As their teenagers set out on a two month long wilderness survival program- essentially a last-chance behavior modification program, a group of parents with very different backgrounds take part in a two day workshop to understand the things their children will be taught. The discussion tackles weighty subjects such as parent- child relationships, marriage relationships, racial strife, workplace culture, and gender issues.

Things to know:

  • I enjoyed the story format for teaching pretty deep concepts.
  • This book doesn’t have a gripping plotline, but it is still engaging because you are able to turn the lessons inward and experience a paradigm shift about the way you see the world.
  • The book gives the reader a tangible understanding of how to “be the change”- however that manifests in your life.
  • There are several diagrams and drawings in the book that might be harder to conceptualize if you are listening to the audiobook. However, the diagrams are available as a free download on The Arbinger Institute’s website.

The Bottom Line:

The Anatomy of Peace would be helpful for anyone experiencing conflict in relationships (and who doesn’t, at times?). The story is relevant for families, the workplace, politics, and societal issues.

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Radical Acceptance- Tara Brach

Radical AcceptanceBook Info:

Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha, by Tara Brach. Available as eBook, paperback (352 pages), and audio (12 hours 45 minutes).

“Perhaps the biggest tragedy of our lives is that freedom is possible, yet we can pass our years trapped in the same old patterns… We may want to love other people without holding back, to feel authentic, to breathe in the beauty around us, to dance and sing. Yet each day we listen to inner voices that keep our life small.”

Summary:

Searching for the relationship between mindfulness, meditation, compassion and authentic living? Tara Brach uses Buddhist principles for healing clients and readers alike. Radical Acceptance helps the reader see the connection between many meditation concepts. For instance, transforming difficult emotions, finding healing through sorrow, and letting go of what no longer serves you are all emphasized in this book. This book is personal, emotional, and expounds on many deep topics that will lead the reader to greater peace. The author shares many personal experiences so the reader can see what authentic living looks like. Topics such as self love, forgiveness, compassion, and trauma are all highlighted. Therefore, this book is very powerful for those looking for healing in those topics.

Things to Know:

  • This book dives into complex meditation and mindfulness concepts such as personal authenticity, freedom, and trauma.
  • Personal experience, emotions, and concepts taught through parables and analogies are at the core of this book.

The Bottom Line:

This book is an excellent read for those looking to use meditative tools and philosophy to transform difficult emotions in their life. In addition, it teaches the reader how to let go of habitual beliefs that no longer serve them. Those looking for specific outcomes from meditation will possibly not find this book helpful.

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The Power of Now- Eckhart Tolle

Book Info:

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle. Available as eBook, paperback (236 pages), and audiobook (7 hours, 37 minutes).

“Nothing ever happened in the past; it happened in the Now. Nothing will ever happen in the future, it will happen in the Now. … Just as the moon has no light of its own, but can only reflect the light of the sun, so are the past and future only pale reflections of the light, power, and reality of the eternal present. Their reality is “borrowed” from the Now.”

Summary:

This book covers a wide array of spiritual and meditative theory, in question and answer format. The author describes living in a depressive fog for almost 30 years, having a spiritual/mental breakdown which led to a powerful awakening with a new sense of peace and clarity. Three major takeaways are: 1. While thoughts are not an enemy, I am not, in fact, my thoughts.  2. The present moment is the most important moment, because it is the one we are in. The third takeaway stems from the second. 3. The mind dwells almost constantly on the past and future – not on the present moment we are living in. This does not create security or control, only suffering.

Things to Know:

  • This book is meaty and deep. It is meant to be read and digested in short chunks, so we don’t recommend trying to read it all at once.
  • Much of the book is relatable, but there are parts that are very cerebral and go beyond what the casual learner may be looking for.
  • This is a major paradigm shifting book, so prepare to have your worldview turned on its head. There are many one-liners that make you stop and think.

The Bottom Line:

If you have an interest in meditation, mindfulness, the law of attraction, positive psychology, or more peace in your own life, you will most likely find this book worthwhile and possibly even life-changing. If you are looking for a breezy fast read, this is probably not the book you are looking for.

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