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on December 14, 2000
In this book, Joe Hyams sheds light on obscure facets of our personality, many of which we are not even aware of. Why are we so anxious, why do we fear pain, why are we so eager to show our force to others, why do we have to go through daily confrontations with our family, spouse, colleages ? Through a short but clear description of the issues that make our lives sometimes difficult and a thorough analysis of the mental process involved in overcoming them, Joe Hyams explains all the internal revolutions that a sound mentality can create in human beings. Non martial artists will find in this book some answers to those questions they have always been asking themselves about their behavior and how to make the most out of their lives. Martial artists will be exposed to the Zen aspects of martial arts, which is probably essential to a mastery of these disciplines. As a beginner in Shotokan-Karate, I found this book enlightening on some issues that take a life-long to master and even understand. The simple examples given in this work allows the reader to have a general understanding of the Zen principles behind martial arts and behind everyday life.
I strongly recommend this book, both to martial artists and to others, it will land you on the ground and make you understand that your way to happiness is still long and wanderous but may be stated in simple words understandable by all. The Zen principles and adages punctuating the book also constituate a good volume of meat for the mind.
Thank you for reading through. Stephane
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