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The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself Paperback – Illustrated, October 3, 2007
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About the Author
Michael A. Singer is the author of the New York Times bestseller, The Untethered Soul, which has also been published in Turkey, Brazil (in Portuguese), Switzerland (in German), Spain, Japan, China, the Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Poland, and Italy.
Singer received a master's degree in economics from the University of Florida in 1971. During his doctoral work, he had a deep inner awakening and went into seclusion to focus on yoga and meditation. In 1975, he founded Temple of the Universe, a now long-established yoga and meditation center where people of any religion or set of beliefs can come together to experience inner peace. Through the years, Singer has made major contributions in the areas of business, the arts, education, healthcare, and environmental protection. He previously authored two books on the integration of Eastern and Western philosophy: The Search for Truth and Three Essays on Universal Law: Karma, Will and Love. Visit www.untetheredsoul.com for more information.
- Item Weight : 9.9 ounces
- Paperback : 200 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1572245379
- ISBN-13 : 978-1572245372
- Product Dimensions : 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
- Publisher : New Harbinger Publications/ Noetic Books; 1st edition (October 3, 2007)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Unfortunately, everything after that is similar to explaining what a shadow looks like to a blind person. He will tell you about some pretty amazing stuff but he won't tell you how to get there. You should buy his book, it will give you one of the best explanations as to why you should meditate, but it won't tell you how to meditate or attain it's benefits.
I would recommend reading Mindfulness in plain English after reading this book. It will give you basic instructions on what to do next. As a warning though, it has some brief supernatural references, please just ignore them if they offend you, it really does contain a great instruction on how to meditate and loose the bonds that shackle you to anger, anxiety, depression and whatever else you are suffering from. Best of all.....You will do it by yourself.
After the first few chapters, "The Untethered Soul" drones on and on covering the same material without any new insights or observations. It would be like if you and I smoked a bunch of weed and sat down for a deep convo on spirituality. Maybe fun for us, but anyone else who happened to be listening would not be impressed. By chapter 10, I was so tired of the condescending preaching I had to skip to the end. I read the last 2 chapters about death and God but neither revealed anything especially groundbreaking.
This is not marketed as a grief book (and I knew that going in) but if you've recently lost someone and are looking for answers, stay away from this one. It made me feel like I should marginalize the emotions I'm currently processing. In my opinion, dissociation from extreme pain is not an effective way to process it. If you're looking to rid yourself of "trivial anxiety" like road rage or fear of public speaking, maybe this book is for you. But if you're currently working on serious issues like losing a loved one, and your heart is shattered, simply being told ad nauseam to "let it go" will not help. I feel like I need to go cleanse and sanitize my consciousness after this doozy.
There were indeed a few bits and blurbs at the beginning that I think most of us could find helpful and if being spoken to like a child helps you understand concepts, (I'm not judging - sometimes I need it spelled out for me as well) you will probably appreciate Singer's writing style.
However, Untethered is a perfect title for this book. It's quite literally, untethered. I think all of the great reviews it has gotten really speaks to how society as a whole is currently operating. We're damaged and confused and grasping. I think peace really does come from within but one has to do the hard work to get there. I can train my mind to not be annoyed by the sound of a leaking faucet, but the faucet still continues to leak regardless.
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This is a great book and comes close to touching other teachings from great people, there is no science here, just a path which I believe is the way and only way to follow, you can try many other things, medication etc and keep searching for that cure, but the cure is to stop searching! listen to what Michael says and you will see a difference.
Be patient, it will take time, weeks, months, years but you will all of a sudden find yourself in a powerful place of positivity and confidence.
As an avid spiritual learner I bought this from recommendation from my Dad and couldn't put it down. It incapsulates the way we should live our life perfectly, logically and with such ease.
I often find when I read books of this genre it initially sticks in my head but then fades with time, but there is something about Michael Stingers words that really resonates in my mind like magical words to refer to.
He goes through the journey of battling with ones inner dialogue, transcending to the power of energy and cultivating these skills to refine yourself and realising how simple life can be.
With these skills you can finally free yourself of your mind.
"You are the passenger of your body"
Thank you for writing this beautiful book. I've read it three times now. :)
As someone who has to manage my anxiety constantly, I have found this a godsend. It's just a very simple message that I want to burn into my brain - it's a textbook really. I will be reading it over and over again till the knowledge is close to my heart.