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In a world seduced by its own unlimited potential, rather than feeling omnipotent we feel powerless and overwhelmed by impossible responsibilities. This is because we have forgotten what enough feels like, says minister, therapist, and philanthropist Muller (Sabbath). He urges readers to step back from their inner pressures and from the externalities of culture, community, and work to reclaim an unshakable trust in their own deep inner sufficiency. We must trust who we are and choose our lives; our so-called shortcomings often aren't defects at all but allow us to be honestly present with ourselves and others, in all our flawed abundance. Further, he says, worrying only saturates us with stress and steers us away from trusting in our essential wholeness and ability to handle whatever comes our way. The greater our heart's capacity for joy, the more we will learn to bear our sorrows; and perhaps the greatest wealth one possesses is one's presence. Readers who mistrust New Age/inspirational snippets should avoid this book, while aficionados of the genre may find wisdom, contentment, and self-acceptance in these same pages. (May)
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“This book can preserve your sanity and save your life.”
—LARRY DOSSEY, MD, AUTHOR OF The Power of Premonitions
 
“This is a book that I will give to all the people that I love, and one that I will read and reread as a reminder of how to live a more graceful and grateful life.”
—JOAN BORYSENKO, PHD, author of Minding the Body, Mending the Mind and Inner Peace for Busy People
 
“A beautiful, still, peaceful book about embracing your own magnificence and the wealth of everyday life.”
—JUDITH ORLOFF, MD, New York Times bestselling author of Emotional Freedom
 
“A Life of Being, Having, and Doing Enough is a gentle, beautiful book, one that realigns the heart and mind. This is a book that strikes a deep chord of truth.”
—SHARON SALZBERG, author of Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness
 
"As a busy CEO, a public figure, a volunteer, and a family man with two young children, Wayne’s words warmly washed over me as waves on a tropical beach. This book will do the same for you - I guarantee it!"
—GEORGE ZIMMER, Founder and CEO, Men’s Wearhouse
 
"The timing for this rich book could not be more perfect. Wayne Muller has written a thought provoking guide to the interior life that beautifully articulates why our soul craves silence and contemplation. This is a masterful accomplishment." 
—CAROLINE MYSS, author of Anatomy of the Spirit and Defy Gravity
 
"This is a soul-sized book for sure. We are so busy pursuing too many goals and straining ourselves to death in the process. We are ‘catching up’ forever, doing-doing-doing all the time, stressed out and pushing ourselves to achieve and acquire in order to fill the emptiness in our souls.  Wayne Muller counsels us to slow down, to accept ourselves and our limits,  to enjoy just being the creatures we are in this universe. He teaches us to say  ‘enough’ in a raging world of ceaseless activity, of self-imposed 24/7 tiredness. Reading this book is healthy - it will quiet the restless heart and encourage a thankful simplicity that brings peace to the soul."
—STEPHEN POST, author of Why Good Things Happen to Good People 
 
A Life of Being, Having, and Doing Enough is a compelling, thought-provoking meditation on what truly matters in life. True to form, Wayne Muller shares life-changing advice and inspiration.”
—DANIEL GOLEMAN author of Emotional Intelligence

"In a world seduced by its own unlimited potential, rather than feeling omnipotent we feel powerless and overwhelmed by impossible responsibilities. This is because we have forgotten what 'enough' feels like, says minister, therapist, and philanthropist Muller. He urges readers to step back from their inner pressures and from the externalities of culture, community, and work to reclaim an unshakable trust in their own deep inner sufficiency.
Publishers Weekly
 
“This book is a timely and invaluable resource to help us remember what is truly important and meaningful in our lives. It provides the reader a place of solace, sanctuary, reflection, and realignment toward an inherent Way of Being—in the midst of life’s busy-ness and fast pace!”
—ANGELES ARRIEN, PHD, author of The Second Half of Life: Opening the Eight Gates of Wisdom
 
“A Life of Being, Having, and Doing Enough is an antidote to ‘more is better’ and the madness of multitasking. It offers a respite from the endless cycle of seeking that perpetuates our suffering. This book is a great reminder of the joy of keeping it simple, of the abundance present in this moment, and that even these few words are enough.”
—FRANK OSTASESKI, founder of the Metta Institute and the Zen Hospice Project
 
“Once again Wayne Muller has taken compassion-in-action to a new level through his marvelous and timely new book. Wayne highlights one of the key distinctions of our time: to recognize that we already are, have, and do enough just as we are. By beautifully illustrating how ‘enough’ looks and feels, he offers the reader a tremendous gift. This is the fundamental context of sufficiency—and of living a happy, fulfilled life of meaning. It’s also the basis for sharing and collaboration, essential elements in turning the tide at this pivotal time in human history.”
—LYNNE TWIST, President, Soul of Money Institute and co-founder, The Pachamama Alliance
 
“This wise and compassionate book helps us recognize and receive what we already have and offers us a place of refuge, renewal, and peace. A must-read for anyone who has ever felt ‘It's never enough.’”
—RACHEL NAOMI REMEN, MD, author of Kitchen Table Wisdom and My Grandfather’s Blessings
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony (April 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030759002X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307590022
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #272,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John K. Kehoe on May 24, 2010
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Wayne Muller's book is a gem. Most of us live in a constant pursuit of MORE. More money. More accomplishments. More recognition. More love. More influence. And like the gerbil on the treadmill, the harder we run, the more dissatisfied we are.
Muller offers an very healthy and practical alternative. To slow down and savor what we have today. It does not have to be maximum or perfect, which are our obsessions. Rather, it just has to be enough to enjoy now.
J.K. Kehoe
Rice University
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This is a PIVOTAL book within the emerging Sufficiency Movement. This is a MUST READ for anyone who wants a fulfilling life and a just, equitable and sustainable world. As the Founder of Global Sufficiency Network [...] I applaud Wayne Muller for this brilliant contribution to the world.

I found myself highlighting almost every sentence in the book. It is filled with wit and wisdom that empowers the reader to transform his/her life and contribute to a better world. This will be one of those books that I recommed to everyone I know and give away to family and friends as gifts all year long!
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Wayne Muller mixes the writing of great spiritual leaders with stories from his own life inviting us to embrace the wealth of everyday life. He illustrates in "A life of Being, Having, and Doing Enough" how planning some harvest of ease and sufficiency later in life can keep us from attending to what's happening right now. When we are grounded in all that we know and have become we simply do what we know to be enough.
As a Hospice Chaplain Muller witnessed the concerns of the dying. The concerns were quite simple. "Have I loved well? Have I lived deeply and fully? Have I left a legacy of kindness?"
Muller's illness taught him to do less and more slowly and follow the invisible thread of grace by listening every hour of every day. To his surprise it brought him more spaciousness and delight.
Mother Teresa concurred. "We can do no great things, only small things with great love." Martin Luther King put it another way, "Don't focus on the far-off destination...you don't have to see the whole staircase just take the first step."
One of Muller's lessons from the wisdom of a dying friend with breast cancer was particularly powerful. Because she appeared a beacon of clarity, strength and hope he was stunned to learn that she was dying. Feeling bone-weary, distracted and discouraged he asked how she managed to be so luminous, vital, alive and optimistic. She said she stopped doing two things - she no longer held any resentments and she surrounded herself with life-giving people. She also said she learned to say no and set clear boundaries.
The very practice of seeking can sometimes presume we are not where we need to be that this minute cannot possibly be enough. The Buddha taught we would experience ten thousand joys and ten thousand sorrows in a human life.
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Like a drink of cool water on a warm summer's day, Wayne Muller's words gently soothe the anxious, desperate ache of not being or doing enough, and offer a real life path to a brighter, happier, more fulfilling existence.

Wherever you are on your journey, "A Life of Being, Having, and Doing Enough" will help guide you through the rough spots and toward the clear open water.

Honey Ward
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Every one of Wayne Muller's books has been a life transforming journey for me. I consider him my main mentor, reading his book Sabbath again and again since 2003 and giving away 25 copies! Like Sabbath, this book calls us away from the violence of busyness that besets modern life to refocus on what endures. I LOVE the short chapters - each a life lesson - that I can read again and again, each time going deeper into a centering reality that shifts my consciousness from the distractions of the complexities of the American lifestyle to the wholeness of simplicity and eternal truth. Once again, Muller crafts words that connect the reader with the rhythms of life - I call it "finding the pace of grace." And, yes, I've bought multiple copies of this book to share with friends and family! Next I will get the Kindle versions to carry the library of his works with me all the time! Hearing him speak in person is on my bucket list.
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In this book on doing enough, Wayne muller certainly has done enough. The pertinent ideas from this whole book were said in the first two chapters and the rest of the book consists of rambling irrelevant thoughts and passages taken verbatim from some of his other works. The main thesis is wonderful and very relevant and nicely presented, but Muller could have said all he really had to say on this topic in a short essay. On page 49- he was stressed out over not coming up with enough material to fill the publisher's wants- a friend told him to just forget about it and "write whatever your heart wants to say, and whenever you feel finished, just stop." Out of 61 chapters I found 26 that had nothing whatsoever to do with the topic and which were just rambling space fillers. Of the remaining 35 chapters, at least 10 were totally marginal. They had a good point or two, but how could a writer like Muller not be able to drop a little gem, even if it's irrelevant, into a two page chapter. Our church did a series on this book and I was embarrassed for Wayne for all the fluff and reused material and irrelevant chapters and for the 300 people who paid $25 for this book. I definitely would NOT recommend this book for any price above $5.00
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