Zen: The Art of Simple Living

Zen: The Art of Simple Living Audible Audiobook – Unabridged

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Listening Length 2 hours and 37 minutes
Author Shunmyo Masuno
Narrator Adam Sims
Audible.com.au Release Date 18 April 2019
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd
Program Type Audiobook
Version Unabridged
Language English
ASIN B07MXNMWF4
Best Sellers Rank 3,447 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
1 in Zen Spirituality
2 in Zen Philosophy (Books)
14 in Meditation (Audible Books & Originals)

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A beautifully presented collection of simple ideas and thoughts to spark positive change – 5 Stars

I’m so glad I purchased this book; dipping in to its pages is a feast for the eyes and a breath of fresh air for the mind. Hardback, and an ideal size to drop into a bag or backpack, I read this as much while I’m out in the open as when I’m indoors. Drawing on principles from Feng Shui, Japanese horticulture, mindfulness, meditation, and Buddhist philosophy, this volume contains one hundred suggestions of ways in which we can enrich our lives.

Illustrated throughout, the artwork is as gentle in its design as are the words on each page. The ideas expressed within present small changes that require very little (if any) material input, instead they encourage a shift in perception and habits. Paying attention to small details in our environment, and even to mundane tasks, requires a focus that naturally reduces the ‘busyness’ of the mind. The outcome, as the author explains, is both kinder to ourselves and to those we encounter.

For anyone looking for an introduction to Zen values, wanting help dealing with stress, or simply trying to find the essence of what makes them happy, then this book is a great place to start. Whilst the concepts are presented with a child-like simplicity, mastering the mind-set it advocates takes practise and dedication. However, adopting just a few of the ideas suggested quickly brings positive results and an improved sense of well-being that makes practising a pleasure.
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