- Paperback: 184 pages
- Publisher: Image Books; Reprint edition (May 1, 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385249373
- ISBN-13: 978-0385249379
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 402 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It is a transformational book, and every time you read it, it will take you to another level. I have literally hundreds of underlines and highlights in mine. I've dog-eared pages. I've posted excerpts on Facebook (with attribution). I've dropped tears on the pages and felt my nerves ignite at the end of an especially profound sentence.
If you have EVER battled deep unhappiness, depression, suffering, fear, anxiety, non-stop stress, poverty, financial ruin, your loved ones making bad choices, people hurting your feelings or your body, or the end of a significant relationship, read Awareness by de Mello. If you struggle with loneliness; lack of connectedness to your own mind, heart, soul or community; a sense of unworthiness; a fear that you are deeply unlovable; or a bewilderment over why so many bad things happen in the world, read Awareness by de Mello. There's nothing else to say. This is an experience, not a book.
"When the student is ready, the teacher appears."
"Anytime you have a negative feeling toward anyone, you're living in an illusion. There's something seriously wrong with you. You're not seeing reality. Something inside of you has to change. But what do we generally do when we have a negative feeling? `He is to blame, she is to blame. She's got to change.' No! The world's all right. The one who has to change is you."
~ Anthony de Mello from Awareness
Anthony de Mello, a 20th century Jesuit priest passionate about inspiring us to see the world with a deeper sense of awareness, compassion and love, doesn't mince words in this great little book.
If we want to escape the stimulus-response conditioning of our society and begin to truly live, we've gotta build it.
"Why don't I see goodness and beauty everywhere? Because you cannot see outside of you what you fail to see inside."
Let's take a quick look of some of my favorite Big Ideas:
Seeing Beauty - Everywhere.
Prescribing Medicine - For your neighbor.
Dancing to the Tune - That springs from within.
True Selfishness - Is demanding others to...
Driving - With the brakes on.
Let's string more of those together and enjoy this flash of light!
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I recommend this book, the posthumous scribing of de Mello lectures by a close associate, to all who seek to broaden and improve the experience of life.
In my world, this book is a must read, reread and read again, all the while practicing the suggested life approaches. A much read and annotated copy of Awareness lives near and travels with me at all times; for me, a manual of being.
This book doesn't have tips or tricks in it. No special methods. What it does have is De Mello's gift for turning our minds back facing inward. Over and over. All this book is about is awareness. Awareness Awareness Awareness Awareness. Nothing else.
Fortunately awareness goes nicely with anything.
My significant other was working in a foreign country and feeling depressed and lonely. I sent her this Ebook. Within half an hour her spirits had lifted. She finished the book, and is planning on reading it again.
Anyone will benefit from reading this.
Awareness, both the state of being AND the book, is for anyone who suffers, and therefore it is for everyone. I imagine it might be especially useful for younger people who have forever abandoned hope that religion could teach them anything about love. De Mello agrees, especially if by "religion" we might all think of the dogmatic, ritualistic, dead exercise of some kind of ideology that specializes in separating sheep ("believers") from goats ("infidels") but does nothing to separate our true selves ("I") from our false selves ("me").
When was the last time a book went straight into your heart and pierced it?