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The Four Desires: Creating a Life of Purpose, Happiness, Prosperity, and Freedom Hardcover – July 26, 2011
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Praise for Rod Stryker and The Four Desires
"…Deftly outlines the essence of the human condition and explains how to work with our desires—instead of against them—to find long-lasting happiness in both the material and spiritual realm…Stryker serves as a marvelous guide, one who teaches us not only how to progress on the path, but also how to light our own way. His writing is engaging and even entertaining…The Four Desires will give you a road map for your spiritual journey—and for the ups and downs of everyday life, too." —Yoga Journal
"A compelling and inspiring guide to finding happiness in every aspect of life….a gateway to a new level of fulfillment." —Yoga International
“Rod Stryker’s teachings have given me a whole new lens with which to see the world and my own potential; his teachings are sparks in a powder keg. My life has exploded with beauty, mystery and depth under his tutelage.” —Jennifer Nettles, Grammy award winner, songwriter, lead singer, Sugarland
“The Four Desires is a provocative interactive workbook for living your best possible life. The end game here is to know your highest, most authentic self, and create a road map to living out your dreams. (Who wouldn’t want that?) Stryker is a masterful guide, and the journey he creates is fun—and abundantly fruitful.” —Kaitlin Quistgaard, editor-in-chief, Yoga Journal
“Rod Stryker is one of the truly bright lights of modern yoga. He connects to the sincere seeker’s heart, while his straight forward scholarship emboldens the mind. The Four Desires is an outstanding book, advancing the integrity and luster of modern yoga.” —John Friend, founder of Anusara yoga
“The Four Desires is a rare accomplishment: a book of valuable, profound wisdom that is easy to learn from, live by, and love. I will be carrying a dog-eared copy of it for years.” —Mark Bryan, author of The Artist’s Way at Work
“For decades, Rod has led yoga practitioners on the path of inner and outer fulfillment. The Four Desires offers practical and profound teachings from which people of all backgrounds can benefit. It is a treasure that is destined to become a classic.” —Shiva Rea, creator of Prana Flow yoga
“Read The Four Desires slowly, savor its wisdom, and then do the exercises to help embody that wisdom. It will help you live your best life.” —Erich Schiffmann, author of YOGA: The Spirit and Practice of Moving Into Stillness
“Profound enough for the advanced practitioner yet accessible to anyone looking for guidance on their journey, The Four Desires is filled with the wisdom and authority of Rod Stryker’s years of practice, study, and teaching.” —Sally Kempton, author of Meditation for the Love of It
“Anyone seeking inner healing and lasting happiness must read this book.” —Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, chairman and spiritual head, Himalayan Institute
“Rod Stryker guides us to uncover the beauty, power, and purpose of our lives. This insight leads us to live more meaningfully and richly. This book is an incredible gift to have as both teacher and student, and I am excited to use it as a resource for my own continued growth and self-discovery.” —Seane Corn, yoga instructor, co-founder of Off the Mat, Into the World
About the Author
Rod Stryker is the founder of ParaYoga®. Widely considered one of the preeminent yoga and meditation teachers in the United States, he has taught for more than thirty years. A longtime resident and teacher in Los Angeles, he now lives in Colorado with his wife, Gina, and their four children, Jaden, Theo, Asha, and Atreya.
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The bad: Other reviewers characterize the writing as dry. Yes, it is a little reserved. I've heard these ideas presented with more authentic, individual, self-realized passion than the stories here, which are more often 2nd hand (i.e. stories from students and not personal stories of the author.) Although there are some personal glimpses. The trouble with repeating other people's stories is that they get drier with each re-telling. There's nothing like being there when someone makes a genuine breakthrough.
Another negative thing about the book is that in order to get the best results from the meditations I have to either buy a CD with voice over or have a friend read aloud to me. What with the cost of CD's it seems like the author could have packaged them together with the book for an additional $1, or offered book buyers to option to download an MP3 file for free. Or alternately, charged $25 for the audio and thrown in a book for free. . . but charging $20+ apiece is steep for the average I-need-to-change-my-life-consumer.
If you've never heard Rod Stryker speak, go find a youTube video of him. Dude has an excellent, calm, clearly annunciated speaking voice. Those videos are free to watch and I argue you can learn just as much if not more from those as you can from this book.
This is a guide book based on time tested (thousands of years) tantric practices designed to overcome the resistance of the conscious and unconscious mind to bring about transformation. I haven't finished the book yet (and actually I'm not wanting to come to the end). He says to allow 6-18 months to achieve your resolve. I've been working on this for about 6 weeks. The challenge will be to stay on course after I have finished the book, but I believe there is an online community of support for the Four Desires.
I recommend this book to anyone who is willing to make a commitment to fulfilling their heart's deepest longing, which may lead you in a direction that at first seems scary, but ultimately will become freeing. Also, definitely download the companion cds so you can do the meditations- if you don't do the practices in this book, the process won't work. I do the Relax into Greatness practice at least 4x week. Happy learning!