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The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down: How to be Calm in a Busy World

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Publisher: , 2018
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From the publisher’s website:


‘Is it the world that’s busy, or my mind?’
The world moves fast, but that doesn’t mean we have to. In this timely guide to mindfulness, Haemin Sunim, a Buddhist monk born in Korea and educated in the United States, offers advice on everything from handling setbacks to dealing with rest and relationships, in a beautiful book combining his teachings with calming full-colour illustrations. Haemin Sunim’s simple messages speak directly to the anxieties that have become part of modern life and remind us of the strength and joy that come from slowing down.

Hugely popular in Korea, Haemin Sunim is a Zen meditation teacher whose teachings transcend religion, borders and ages. With insight and compassion drawn from a life full of change, the bestselling monk succeeds at encouraging all of us to notice that when you slow down, the world slows down with you.

LKL says:

An alternative title of this book could equally be Little bits of common sense that you sometimes lose sight of. A lot of the advice that Haemin Sunim gives us is obvious, simple; but that does not stop it also being wise and profound. Not all the wisdom is applicable in every situation (For example: “Do not let people’s opinions of you determine who you are. Instead of worrying about what others think, devote yourself to your dreams”- this might be a useful precept for conducting your life, but will not stand you in good stead at your annual appraisal at work, where you are meant to learn from feedback and amend your ways.) But this is a book you should keep by your side, dip into once a day, read a page, and ponder deeply.

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