- Paperback: 180 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow & Co; 1st Quill ed edition (September 1984)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0688039138
- ISBN-13: 978-0688039134
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Playing Ball on Running Water: The Japanese Way to Building a Better Life Paperback – September, 1984
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Top Customer Reviews
It is amazing that so many of us who are not present and get caught up worrying about the future and bemoaning the past. The book's contention is that we paralyze ourselves with thinking and speaking too much. Reynolds contends that we are not acting on life, not doing life, not actively observing where we are now and not noticing what is around us right now. "...every act provides the opportunity for purposeful accomplishment and personal growth. Every act can involve moments of directed attention."
The author's emphasis is on accepting the current state of being, not letting that keep you from moving on in life, and creating purposeful action. The doing is the important process, not the result. Not having your emotional state or your past keep you from going on at this moment is how Morita is applied. To put what Morita is succinctly, "...to teach students to accept feelings as they are, to know their purposes, and to do what needs to be done."
In summary, Reynolds does more than to illustrate what Morita psychotherapy is with client cases, with Zen Buddhist koans (puzzle), parables, and a clear process to follow. Reynolds gives the reader a blueprint to a life without regrets, to a life that you are fully responsible for.
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I re-order this book from time to time to keep it in stock in my own library. I first picked it up maybe 25 years ago. Read morePublished 2 months ago by joan wilson
I read this book back in 2010. It is interesting how life can work. You struggle to find a solution to a problem. Something is wrong and you seek to correct it! Read morePublished 5 months ago by FencingPoet..
This is a wonderful book that introduces the reader to two methods of psychotherapy (Morita and Naikan) imported from Japan. Read morePublished 16 months ago by K. Carlson