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Should be called "The Purpose of THEIR lives, and Stupid Exercises You'll Never Complete"
on February 18, 2011
Sigh. I thought this book was going to be very good based upon the reviews, and expected it to contain lots of exercises for developing intuition. I thought it was a workbook, but it's not. It's basically a collection of really long stories about other people from far away lands who discovered their soul mate while drinking tea in a zen garden, or that were offered a great job out of nowhere after completing university in India and touring the country to feed the poor (hard to do if you yourself are poor and lack education). It is about people with names like boona cheena (she prefers her name be spelled in lowercase letters. I know this because the author of this fascinating book told me so). Some of the stories are inspiring, and there are useful techniques in this book, but the problem is that the techniques are buried. Buried in language that appears overly flowery in its attempt to convey spirituality. Example - the author on boona cheena: "listening to the events that shaped her life, I was struck by the obvious purposefulness behind the early experiences of this deeply spiritual and focused woman." Uhhh, yah, OBVIOUS, so why is the story SO LONG, and how does it help one who is confused about their path? Most of us have not had our foreheads touched by the Dalai Lama. I'd appreciate the stories if they were fewer and shorter, and made a clear connection to something tangible that can be applied to my own purpose. Short and concise, that is key. There are a few good exercises, but many are fill-in-the-blanks and circle-the-most-appropriate. This book would be more effective if it were 150 pages instead of 300.