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The Art of Flourishing: A New East-West Approach to Staying Sane and Finding Love in an Insane World Hardcover – June 7, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony (June 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307718891
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307718891
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #816,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“What a wonderful book!  Jeffrey Rubin seamlessly integrates east and west, heart and mind, science and metaphor, universal principles and personal advice.”
—Tal Ben-Shahar, author of Being Happy

“The Art of Flourishing
is more than a practical manual for flourishing in these turbulent times. It offers step-by-step procedures for broadening the scope of one’s own well-being while deepening intimate relationships. But more, it displays Dr. Rubin’s profound wisdom of the human psyche. His many years of uniquely combining the best of Eastern and Western approaches in his own life and as a psychotherapist make this book a treasure.”
—Joel Kramer, coauthor of The Guru Papers and The Passionate Mind Revisited
 
“Jeffrey Rubin’s Art of Flourishing is at once a philosophical meditation on happiness and a practical how-to book that might help us find it. It is a lively, clearly written, and compelling argument for how we can better understand ourselves and our relationships, not least by exchanging the fantasy of control for the possibility of compassion.”
—David Scott Kastan, George M. Bodman Professor of English, Yale University

“Jeffrey Rubin has written an immensely readable, engaging work that points the way toward a life that actualizes our deepest and most essential selves while simultaneously linking us to others in bonds of love and personal commitment.  Drawing on the wisdom of the Buddhist tradition on the one side and integrating the insights of psychoanalysis on the other, Rubin explores hitherto unseen possibilities of confluence and synthesis between East and West. The Art of Flourishing emphasizes the value of bringing together a profound meditative attitude toward our lives with a radical openness to self-understanding.  This book is an important contribution to the contemporary search for meaningful ways of life in our changing and challenging times.”
—George Atwood, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Rutgers University

“Meaty…A great read with empowering information that can help you achieve exactly what the title promises. I found myself nodding along with the many excellent points brought up by the author in regards to the challenges we face living in our modern society.”
—The Everything Yoga Blog

“A work of art in itself; and I’ll be referring to it often as I continue to pursue balance, happiness and fulfillment in my life. It’s basically a handbook for it!...[Rubin] provides brilliant and easy methods for readers to gain more spirituality and wholeness in a material world…I whole-heartedly urge you to pick up The Art of Flourishing if you are at all interested in creating a rich and fulfilling life you love and wish to maintain it.”
—LiveLighter.org

"Rubin offers a generous buffet of tasty phrases, metaphors, and take-home lessons for anyone who is eager to reduce his or her psychosocial hunger, experience some comfort, and perhaps even flourish."
--PsycCRITIQUES

About the Author

JEFFREY B. RUBIN, PhD, is the creator of meditative psychotherapy, a practice that he developed through insights gained from decades of study, teaching, and helping thousands of people flourish. The author of the critically acclaimed books Psychotherapy and Buddhism, The Good Life, and A Psychoanalysis for Our Time, Dr. Rubin is a practicing psychotherapist in New York City and Bedford Hills, NY, and has taught at various universities, psychoanalytic institutes, and Buddhist and yoga centers. He lectures around the country and has given workshops at the United Nations, the Esalen Institute, the Open Center, the 92nd Street Y and Yoga Sutra. His pioneering approach to Buddhism and psychotherapy has been featured in The New York Times Magazine.

More About the Author

Jeffrey B. Rubin, PhD, is a practicing psychotherapist and teacher of meditation in New York City and Bedford Hills, New York. The creator of meditative psychotherapy, a practice that he developed through insights gained from decades of study, teaching, and helping hundreds of people flourish, Dr. Rubin is the author of Practicing Meditative Psychotherapy and Meditative Psychotherapy, as well as the critically acclaimed books The Art of Flourishing, Psychotherapy and Buddhism, The Good Life, and A Psychoanalysis for Our Time. Dr. Rubin has taught at various universities, psychoanalytic institutes and Buddhist and yoga centers across America. He lectures frequently and has led workshops at the United Nations, the Esalen Institute, the Open Center, and New York's 92nd Street Y. A blogger for Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and Elephant Journal, his pioneering approach to psychotherapy and Buddhism has been featured in the New York Times Magazine. His website is drjeffreyrubin.com

Praise for Dr. Rubin and his work:

Jeffrey Rubin seamlessly integrates east and west, heart and mind, science and metaphor, universal principles and personal advice."
--Tal Ben-Shahar, author of Being Happy

"I spent my formative years reading Freud, Jung and Erikson. I spent the next few decades reading Buddhism... Then I had the great good fortune to meet Jeffrey Rubin, a classically trained therapist who had read everything in the Western and Eastern traditions--and, to my delight, had found a way to blend the two in language so simple he sometimes writes for Oprah's magazine. If Jeffrey weren't my friend, I'd hire him to help me with my issues."
--Jesse Kornbluth, acclaimed author and editor of HeadButler.com

"The Art of Flourishing...displays Dr. Rubin's profound wisdom of the human psyche. His many years of uniquely combining the best of Eastern and Western approaches in his own life and as a psychotherapist make this book a treasure."
--Joel Kramer, author of The Passionate Mind Revisited and coauthor of The Guru Papers

"Jeffrey Rubin has taken the best from the teachings of traditional psychotherapy and Buddhism and, combining these with good old fashioned common sense, has written a book that could well be one of the most important books of our time."
--Irene Coleman, The Self-Improvement Blog and The Self-Improvement Radio Show

"Buddhism is now part of the contemporary cultural landscape and no other non-Western tradition has made such a large contribution to the family of psychotherapies. Rubin has done a superb job reviewing that contribution, pointing out the perils, as well as the possibilities, and describes what it looks like in clinical life."
--The American Journal of Psychotherapy

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This very well written book guides the reader down a road to true intimacy.
Joyce Rubin
This book is unique and insightful, providing tools one can use to create a fulfilling and flourishing life.
creative spirit
Having read many self help books, I can honestly say this is one of the most readable.
Lynn G. Feld

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jesse Kornbluth TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Jeffrey Rubin has been a friend for a decade. Long before he started writing his new book, I heard him talk through some of the ideas. I read his book in manuscript and, because I was born that way, I marked passages I loved and passages I loved a little less. A company I co-founded is helping him promote the book online.

So I can't, in good conscience, "review" the book --- though I think I'm allowed to say it provoked some brain flares for me and nudged me toward what feels like a better path. But I can, legitimately, tell you about its author. As a kid, Jeffrey was one of those annoying brainiacs who has, even more annoyingly, a killer jump shot. He burned through Princeton and graduate school, and then, fully credentialed, set out to heal the world. A funny thing happened along the way. He discovered that Western psychoanalytic theory could get him --- and his patients --- only so far. But he was also a meditator and a seeker, and in Buddhist practice, he found tools that seemed extremely useful. He started to combine West and East and discovered he was on to something. Others agreed. Eventually one of his patients included a Zen master. [That relationship is chronicled in a fascinating article in The New York Times Magazine.]

Jeffrey is still a brainiac --- I doubt Dr. Phil will be saying anything as simple and profound as this:

In meditative psychotherapy, meditation and yogic breathing are used to quiet and focus the mind. Meanwhile, psycotherapeutic insights about unconscious motivations illuminate the meaning of what arises during one's spiritual practice. And the therapeutic relationship --- conceived of in a freer and more empathic way --- is the arena in which new ways of living are explored and actualized.

You need not be a patient of Dr.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Irene Conlan on July 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Jeffrey Rubin has taken the best from the teachings of traditional psychotherapy and Buddhism and, combining these with good old fashioned common sense, has written a book that could well be one of the most important books of our time - The Art of Flourishing: A New East-West Approach to Staying Sane and Finding Love in an Insane World. It is an "interesting read" devoid of the psycho-babble that is often found in books dealing with human behavior - a refreshing change.

It is not a book just for Buddhists, nor is it a book just for therapists. It is a book that can inform and assist anyone seeking quality tools to help them grow as healthy, happy individuals who want a relationship that is meaningful, nurturing, passionate and fulfilling. Rubin states, "Crucial to intimacy is the recognition that one's partner is a separate and equivalent center of experience and initiative, a person in his or her own right, not merely an object for the other person's use." He goes on to say, "The relationship is a we that cherishes both I's."

The book begins by building a strong foundation for the individual based on self awareness developed in meditation and a program of self care that encompasses spirituality, purpose, values and authenticity. The premise is that a strong, loving relationship has to be based on a strong, self aware, healthy individual. It brings to mind the Latin phrase, non habit, non dabit - you can't give what you don't have.

The second half of the book deals with relationships using the metaphor of a garden. Rubin guides the reader through cultivating, planting, composting, weeding and harvesting the relationship to bring it to a state of flourishing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Queenie on October 24, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This was a random purchase from my local Borders one evening. Having good knowledge of the outlook of these type of books, I had a good idea of what I was getting myself into; however, I was not prepared for how amazing this book is. For an over 300 page book, I found MOST of its content extremely useful, informative, validating, and/or helpful. Some of the topics/chapters are more indepth than others, but I found it easy to skim over the stuff I didnt necessarily find as interesting in order to get to the things I was most intrigued by.

I found the books to be broken up in two parts, just as life is. One and most importantly, Yourself. The first part of this book is all about giving, teaching, and reiterating tools that help you progress as a person. To being a healthier happier you and understanding your emotions and expressing your feelings.

The ladder part of this books deal with love and relationships. Assuming that you have yourself "in check", or as in check as we can be in a chaotic life, we learn to understand the importance of being mindful in relationships. Not allowing our "emotions to get hijacked" (one of my favorite quotes of the book, not being consumed with always "winning" and acknowledging and deadheading a problem before it becomes WW3.

I am thrilled to say I read, finished, and even made use of my highlighter while reading this book. For anyone who likes to stay ahead of the game and believes in constantly evolving this is a MUST read. After all, the best gift we can give anyone is the best version of ourself!

Enjoy!
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