- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: HarperOne (September 19, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062651609
- ISBN-13: 978-0062651600
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“I think Byron Katie is just a real thing. I love her to death. She’s pure and her intent is only to serve and she brings people back to reality so quickly. Teaches them not to believe their limiting thoughts and to question them and find the real truth.” (Tony Robbins)
“A truly illuminating and lively hookup of revered ancient Zen Diamond Sutra teachings and a wild and clear-eyed modern sage. It will help you to question deeply, inspire your spirit, and awaken your understanding.” (Jack Kornfield)
A Mind At Home With Itself—the words of an ancient spiritual master illuminated by the words of a modern one—shows us that life beyond suffering is possible, and can take each reader’s mind home to its singular, unique, immeasurably precious self.” (Martha Beck)
“Byron Katie has rocked my world and shaken loose my mind more thoroughly than any other spiritual teacher I’ve ever encountered. I would recommend A MIND AT HOME WITH ITSELF to anyone like me—to anyone who has ever felt like her own mind was a very dangerous neighborhood.” (Elizabeth Gilbert)
“A Mind at Home with Itself points directly to the wisdom within us, the ultimate treasure that resides in the open heart and quiet mind—and it shows us exactly how to access it. Its insights sparkle and shimmer from every page.” (Paul Hawken)
“Katie is at home with her true self. There is both poetry and prose in her words as she guides and points us toward the peace that she is, and knows we are.” (Jane Lynch)
“Thoughts held without awareness can color your life and lead to misery. A Mind at Home with Itself is a door into who you already are and can be if you would only get out of your own way. Enter. And take up residency. Being at home is infectious.” (Jon Kabat-Zinn)
About the Author
BYRON KATIE discovered inquiry in 1986. She has been traveling around the world since 1992, teaching The Work directly to hundreds of thousands of people at free public events, in prisons, hospitals, churches, corporations, battered women’s facilities, universities and schools, at weekend intensives, the nine-day School for The Work, and her 28-day Turnaround House. She is the author of three bestselling books: Loving What Is, I Need Your Love--Is That True?, and A Thousand Names for Joy. Her other books are Question Your Thinking-Change the World, Who Would You Be Without Your Story?, A Friendly Universe, and, for children, Tiger-Tiger, Is It True? STEPHEN MITCHELL’S many books include the bestselling Tao Te Ching, The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke, Gilgamesh, The Gospel According to Jesus, The Book of Job, The Second Book of the Tao, The Iliad, and The Odyssey.
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I found it to be a little disappointing to read some of the reviews where there were so few words to describe the ‘Take away’ from this book. I wanted to read what others extracted or realized. I wanted to get in touch with the insights and aha’s that may have developed as a result of digesting this book.
And then I read it and … I found it’s a bit of a challenge to put into words the places and spaces within that this book touches. This book is for the one who is willing to inquire within and get intimate with their true self. I’ve read some of the reviews that consider this book to be rubbish, and yet I have found for myself that Katie’s work gets to the core of my existence.
It’s been almost a week since I’ve read this book, and I’m still savoring some of the pieces that have not left me. That’s the amazing thing about doing “The Work”; because once I began to question my own thinking, I have never been the same, if there is such a thing to say since every moment is Now and there is no past or future.
What I have ‘Realized’ by doing The Work is that all of life is an illusion and that in itself is enough food for thought to keep any person in meditation permanently. I don’t need to sit with my legs crossed, eyes closed and my hands in the Mudra position. All I have to do is question a thought in any given moment, and I immediately get still enough to get clear about what I’m believing, which turns out to be nothing … nothing is true. This is very good news because now I am no longer searching for the “Why” and I’m no longer attached to any reasoning that could keep me in bondage for eternity. It took me awhile to realize that knowing any “Why” is an attachment that kept me limited to possibilities and opportunities and then when I started questioning the “Why” and “Is it true”, I set myself free.
Experiencing freedom like I never have, attachments have dropped like flies and all that I am left with is allowing life to “Do” me. My agenda has been dropped and just as Katie has said in the past, “I am a woman without a future”, I can feel that for myself. (That quote however, was not in this book.)
The other saying that I embraced from Katie is, “The way of it”.
This little expression leaves absolutely no room for judgment. I love it so much because it can be said and all of the questions and justifications just drop away and all that is left is surrender and acceptance.
I suppose I could go on and on and perhaps extract quotes that really resonated with me but then if I carried on long enough, I would be writing out the entire book.
Read if for yourself and be sure to grab a highlighter and some Post-it notes tabs so you can highlight and mark the pages and then return to get nourished again and again. It’s a study book as well as a nourishing book that one can return to time and time again and get recharged.
There was more Byron Katie-ness in the book than I would prefer (it's full of self-references, even though she only knows she's Katie because she was told so), and I didn't find her words about the Diamond Sutra to be all that compelling. Also, I don't agree with Katie when she says that depression is caused by believing stressful thoughts. Yes, often it is. And often it's not.
What does work for me in Katie's books is her focus on inquiry. Over the last decade, I have found inquiry to be helpful, and I've seen it help others, too. We usually don't realize how much we are holding onto beliefs, thinking that they are truth. I find it freeing to loosen things up. Reading this book motivated me to go back to doing more inquiry, and I have recently been able to see through beliefs that have formed my view of life for decades.
There are different types of inquiry taught by various teachers. For those who don't resonate with Katie and The Work, it might be helpful to search out another nondual teacher. It could change your life!
Here's some additional background on my journey with The Work. I've been doing The Work on and off for a few years now. I've made it a practice in this last year. 2016 was the worst year of my life. After a lot of questioning of that thought, I can truly say that it was the best thing that could have happened to me. I see how thoughts can cause extreme pain. I was recently turned down for a job (while in the process of reading this book). I had taken the time to question a number of thoughts about the job after the interview. Upon receiving the rejection, I felt emotional (about to cry). I asked myself what the thought was and the thoughts started to unravel one after the other. Later in the day, I felt emotional again, and I asked myself about the thought, and they unraveled again. I asked myself if I needed to cry or grieve, and I didn't. This was a breakthrough for me.
If you have any questions about my take on the book or my experience with The Work, ask away.