The Fictioning Horror Sale
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


Interviews | September 2, 2014

Jill Owens: IMG David Mitchell: The Powells.com Interview



David MitchellDavid Mitchell's newest mind-bending, time-skipping novel may be his most accomplished work yet. Written in six sections, one per decade, The Bone... Continue »
  1. $21.00 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

    The Bone Clocks

    David Mitchell 9781400065677

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$12.00
New Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Available for In-store Pickup
in 7 to 12 days
Qty Store Section
6 Remote Warehouse Self Help- General

More copies of this ISBN

Contentment: A Way to True Happiness

by

Contentment: A Way to True Happiness Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Chapter One

Who does not want contentment? Yet in our modern lives there is an epidemic of discontent. it is the tragedy of our times that no matter what we achieve, how much money we earn, or how many blessings come our way, more is never enough. For every desire you fill, another one always follows just on its heels. You may own a house in Aspen and make more money than God or Bill Gates, but still the feeling of fullness keeps slipping away. That's because contentment is not the result of what you have or even what you do in life. Contentment isn't out there. Well, maybe there are small tastes of it out there, but those tastes stop satisfying after a short time and then you hunger for more. And try as you might, no amount of possessions, power, or prestige satisfies for long.

Consider a time when you were really content. Nearly everyone can think of moments when their inner yearning was filled. Maybe you were watching your child eat his first birthday cake or take her first steps. What a satisfying, fulfilling experience! Perhaps you were out fishing on a tranquil mountain lake or walking peacefully in the woods, far away from the deadlines and pressures of work and the insistent nagging of chores around the house. Contentment can also occur in work--those times when you seem to fall into rhythm with your tasks. instead of glancing up at the clock every few minutes, you engage fully with what you are doing, and time slips by. Attainment of a goal may bring Contentment for a while.

But such moments fade all too quickly. Often you don't know that you have walked across a corner of heaven until days or weeks later, when you become nostalgic for what is missing. Then you tryto reproduce the conditions that led to your contentment. You bake another cake or return to the woods. But it's never quite the same.

Contentment is hard to maintain. These days, how does one realize inner stillness, satisfaction, and peace of mind?

Our society teaches us that the only reality is the one we can hold onto. it values outer experiences and material possessions. Accordingly, we look for contentment "out there" and live with a "just as soon as" mentality. "Just as soon as I get my work done, I can relax." "Just as soon as I get married, I will be content" or, conversely, "Just as soon as my divorce comes through, I will be content." "Just as soon as I earn enough money I can spend time with my kids." "Just as soon as I get a nicer boss, a better job, a bigger house, a new car...." And so our contentment slips through our fingers like quicksilver--another time, a different place, a better circumstance.

"Just As Soon As" should be printed on dollar bills, replacing "In God We Trust" as the great American slogan. What a painful way to live!Powerful Purveyors of Discontent

Madison Avenue understands our hunger for contentment and uses it as the basis for modern advertising. Soup, automobiles, life insurance--any and all things are sold with a promise either of the satisfaction they will bring or the discomfort they will help us avoid. Advertising infiltrates nearly every corner of modern life, from television and radio commercials to newspapers, magazines, bumper stickers, billboards, park benches, T-shirts, the Internet--even our home telephones. All these messages are designed to manipulate us into craving some product or service. We are pulled by desires and pushedby fears. Madison Avenue and the mass media are powerful purveyors of discontent.

The great twentieth-century novelist James Joyce, in reflecting on the role of art in society, pointed out that propaganda is designed to create feelings of desire or loathing in the mind of an audience. Desire urges us to possess, to go to something, while loathing urges us to abandon, to go away from something. Joyce contrasted this with art, which he said should elevate the human mind, create an inner stillness, and connect us to what is "grave and constant" in the lot of humankind.

In this way of looking at civilization, much of popular culture today, not just advertising, is simply propaganda aimed at stirring up our discontent. How do you avoid the constant hammering of propaganda in modern life? A good first step is to recognize that chasing after new or different things is never going to satisfy, and your contentment is too important to be lost in an endless cycle of getting and spending, desire and regret.

As you probably already have discovered, doing more of what you have already done up to now is not the answer. More consumer goods, more work, more vacations, more lovers will not lead to more contentment. instead, you need to develop greater self-awareness and personal understanding. Contentment comes from the inside.

Part I of this book explores the meaning of contentment and what its loss has meant for us. Part 2 presents a timeless story to help us understand psychological problems of our age and. to suggest some remedies, while parts 3 and 4 present practical techniques and tools for realizing contentment in daily life. It's never too late to drop "just as soon as" and instead beginto realize a more contented life.

Synopsis:

< P> < b> Simple Gifts of Contentment< /P> < P> < /b> The forces of modern life urge us to achieve and acquire more, pushing us < i> outward< /i> in our quest for contentment. World& ndash; renowned Jungian analyst Robert A. Johnson and psychotherapist Jerry M. Ruhl guide us < i> inward< /i> , to a deep understanding of true, lasting happiness.< /P> < P> Instead of relegating joy and satisfaction to another time, a different place, a better circumstance ("just as soon as I finish this project / land that perfect job / find a new relationship"), Johnson and Ruhl encourage us to negotiate and embrace "what is." Instructive and wise, this gentle guide contains all the tools we need& ndash; & ndash; including illustrative stories, myths, poems, and practical exercises& ndash; & ndash; to seize true contentment in the here and now.< /P> < P> < /b> < /b> < /P>

Synopsis:

Simple Gifts of Contentment

The forces of modern life urge us to achieve and acquire more, pushing us outward in our quest for contentment. World-renowned Jungian analyst Robert A. Johnson and psychotherapist Jerry M. Ruhl guide us inward, to a deep understanding of true, lasting happiness.

Instead of relegating joy and satisfaction to another time, a different place, a better circumstance ("just as soon as I finish this project / land that perfect job / find a new relationship"), Johnson and Ruhl encourage us to negotiate and embrace "what is." Instructive and wise, this gentle guide contains all the tools we need--including illustrative stories, myths, poems, and practical exercises--to seize true contentment in the here and now.

Synopsis:

In these chaotic times, lasting happiness can seem elusive. Acclaimed Jungian psychologist Robert A. Johnson and co-author and psychotherapist Jerry M. Ruhl offer a welcome respite from the media hype and rampant consumerism that do so little to advance happiness and so much to obscure it. Instead of relegating contentment to another time, a different place, a better circumstance (as soon as I finish this project/land that perfect job/find a new relationship), the authors encourage us to successfully negotiate and embrace what is.Instructive and wise, this gentle guide contains all the tools we need -including illustrative stories, myths, and poems, along with practical exercises -to seize true contentment in the here and now.

About the Author

Robert A. Johnson, a noted lecturer and Jungian analyst, is also the author of He, She, We, Inner Work, Ecstasy, Transformation, and Owning Your Own Shadow. Robert A. Johnson is a world-renowned Jungian analyst, lecturer, and author of many bestselling books, including He, She, We and Inner Work.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780062515933
Subtitle:
A Way to True Happiness
Author:
Johnson, Robert A.
Author:
by Robert A. Johnson and Jerry M Ruhl
Author:
Ruhl, Jerry M.
Publisher:
HarperOne
Location:
San Francisco, Calif. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Happiness
Subject:
Contentment
Subject:
Personal Growth - Happiness
Subject:
General Psychology & Psychiatry
Subject:
Self-Help : General
Subject:
General Self-Help
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20000703
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
8.05x5.36x.34 in. .26 lbs.

Other books you might like

  1. Inner Work: Using Dreams and...
    Used Trade Paper $9.50
  2. Evil Ppr #0001: Evil Used Trade Paper $7.50
  3. Meeting the Shadow (New... Used Trade Paper $6.95
  4. We: Understanding the Psychology of... Used Trade Paper $4.95
  5. Dark Nights of the Soul a Guide To... Used Trade Paper $6.95
  6. Goddesses in Everywoman a New Psychology
    Used Trade Paper $6.50

Related Subjects

Health and Self-Help » Psychology » General
Health and Self-Help » Psychology » Jung and Jungians
Health and Self-Help » Self-Help » General

Contentment: A Way to True Happiness New Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$12.00 In Stock
Product details 128 pages HarperSanFrancisco - English 9780062515933 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , < P> < b> Simple Gifts of Contentment< /P> < P> < /b> The forces of modern life urge us to achieve and acquire more, pushing us < i> outward< /i> in our quest for contentment. World& ndash; renowned Jungian analyst Robert A. Johnson and psychotherapist Jerry M. Ruhl guide us < i> inward< /i> , to a deep understanding of true, lasting happiness.< /P> < P> Instead of relegating joy and satisfaction to another time, a different place, a better circumstance ("just as soon as I finish this project / land that perfect job / find a new relationship"), Johnson and Ruhl encourage us to negotiate and embrace "what is." Instructive and wise, this gentle guide contains all the tools we need& ndash; & ndash; including illustrative stories, myths, poems, and practical exercises& ndash; & ndash; to seize true contentment in the here and now.< /P> < P> < /b> < /b> < /P>
"Synopsis" by , Simple Gifts of Contentment

The forces of modern life urge us to achieve and acquire more, pushing us outward in our quest for contentment. World-renowned Jungian analyst Robert A. Johnson and psychotherapist Jerry M. Ruhl guide us inward, to a deep understanding of true, lasting happiness.

Instead of relegating joy and satisfaction to another time, a different place, a better circumstance ("just as soon as I finish this project / land that perfect job / find a new relationship"), Johnson and Ruhl encourage us to negotiate and embrace "what is." Instructive and wise, this gentle guide contains all the tools we need--including illustrative stories, myths, poems, and practical exercises--to seize true contentment in the here and now.

"Synopsis" by , In these chaotic times, lasting happiness can seem elusive. Acclaimed Jungian psychologist Robert A. Johnson and co-author and psychotherapist Jerry M. Ruhl offer a welcome respite from the media hype and rampant consumerism that do so little to advance happiness and so much to obscure it. Instead of relegating contentment to another time, a different place, a better circumstance (as soon as I finish this project/land that perfect job/find a new relationship), the authors encourage us to successfully negotiate and embrace what is.Instructive and wise, this gentle guide contains all the tools we need -including illustrative stories, myths, and poems, along with practical exercises -to seize true contentment in the here and now.

spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.