A LIFE IN BALANCE ~ Nourishing the Four Roots of True Happiness
Book review and technical detail A LIFE IN BALANCE ~ Nourishing the Four Roots of True Happiness Dr. Kathleen A. Hall
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|Title||A LIFE IN BALANCE ~ Nourishing the Four Roots of True Happiness|
|author||Dr. Kathleen A. Hall|
|Publishing Date||1st January, 1970|
Motivational speaker, founder and CEO of Alter Your Life, Hall draws on her personal search for happiness and balance to in this self-help guide.This easy-to-read, optimistic manual–which balances personal anecdotes, brief summaries of scientific research, spiritual pep talks and simple checklists–often states the obvious. We’re stressed out. We live in fear. We should exercise more, stop smoking, eat right, relax, meditate, worry less. Hall conveys credibility and sincerity as an adviser, thanks to her personal testimony and her inclusion of numerous experts in the fields of nutrition and spirituality. She recounts her own pursuit of the American Dream, which followed an upwardly mobile track until a panic attack in an elevator at the top of the World Trade Center. After stumbling upon Thoreau’s Walden, she quit her job and retreated into rural rhythms, following the transcendentalist’s advice to live deliberately, to rediscover her self. Displaying a pop psychologist’s love of jargon and shorthand, she turns self into an acronym for the foundational principles of the program: Serenity, Exercise, Love and Food. At least two philosophical assumptions underlie the approach. First, humans have been created in order to experience happiness. Second, there is a realm of the spirit, of the Divine. Hall, whose own spiritual odyssey has taken her into both Christian ministry and Buddhist teaching at the feet of the Dalai Lama, does not insist on a single path to the spiritual. She ecumenically distills the teachings of all great religions into basic principles. Not all readers will swallow the basic assumptions, but few will argue with Hall’s diagnosis of our contemporary predicament.Lucid, sincere and comprehensive, if somewhat too familiar.
Nautilus Book Awards Winners for 2007 (category: Self-Help/Psychology/ Personal Growth) "Like many people, Kathleen Hall found that despite great success and material wealth, she had yet to identify purpose, meaning, and balance in her work and her life. She left her Wall Street firm and devoted herself to understanding the relationships between mind, body, and spirit, and between professional and personal fulfillment. Since then, she has studied with great spiritual leaders including the Dalai Lama, Bishop Desmond Tutu, and the exiled Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh. She has also learned from medical experts like Dr. Dean Ornish of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute and Dr. Herbert Benson at the Harvard Mind-Body Institute. Inspired by those diverse influences, Dr. Hall has written "A Life in Balance", a guided journey to joy, peace, and an intentional life grounded in the four roots of the Self: Serenity: find what brings us peace, and channel it into everything we do; Exercise: align the body with energy and health through walking, yoga, martial arts, and more; Love: build community and relationships that heal others as well as ourselves; Food: pay attention not just to what we eat, but to what we experience through all our senses. Our lives pull us in many different directions; to find happiness, we must first create balance. Filled with wit, wisdom, and compassion, "A Life in Balance" will help any reader identify and stay true to his or her authentic self."
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