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Daily Afflictions : The Agony of Being Connected to Everything in the Universe - Andrew Boyd

Daily Afflictions

The Agony of Being Connected to Everything in the Universe

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Published: 17th January 2002
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Revolutionizing the best-selling genre, this thinking man's parody hijacks the format of daily affirmations but offers a different message: only in paradox, truth; only in darkness, light; only in affliction, affirmation. These "daily afflictions" offer readers inspiration, practical advice, and food for thought, as they navigate the jungle of existential terror that begins anew each day. We follow the fictional Brother Void on a spiritual journey, both profound and hilarious, into self, family, love, career, death-and, ultimately, Enlightenment. We learn to "listen to our inner critic," appreciate "the nurturing power of dysfunctional families," "love the wrong person," "succeed at failure," "embrace our inner corpse," and, finally, withstand the "agony of being connected to everything in the Universe." Part spiritual autobiography, part ironic meditation, this tragicomic guide to life's sublime predicaments will elevate and educate the spirit. The truth will set you free, Brother Void reminds us, but first it will hurt like hell.

Introductionp. xv
Author Notep. xix
The Book of Daily Afflictions
Life
The interstate of lifep. 5
Living a worthless lifep. 6
Being there thenp. 7
The supermarket of lifep. 8
Living as a work of artp. 9
Keeping to the dark pathp. 10
Self
Deepening the crisisp. 13
Listening to your inner criticp. 14
Selfless selfishnessp. 16
The nausea of language--a guided exercisep. 17
The uses of obsessionp. 19
Opening up to your inner psychopathp. 20
Finding sorrowp. 22
The suburb withinp. 23
Family
Embracing the life forced upon youp. 27
The nurturing power of dysfunctional familiesp. 28
The boot camp of lifep. 29
Living the unlived lifep. 31
The healing power of sick parentsp. 33
Love
The other side of lovep. 37
Passion and companionshipp. 38
Loving the wrong personp. 39
Fucked by lovep. 40
Seeing things through to total catastrophep. 41
Breaking up with yourselfp. 42
Career
Failing at what mattersp. 47
Doing the wrong thingp. 48
In pursuit of failurep. 49
The havoc of Saturn's returnp. 50
Succeeding at failurep. 52
The tragedy of commitmentp. 53
Politics
Visualizing the worst possible world--a guided meditationp. 57
The inner bigotp. 58
Compassionate hypocrisyp. 60
Being in it for yourselfp. 61
Hopelessness can change the worldp. 62
Philosophy
The perils of creating your own realityp. 65
Faith and ironyp. 66
One step from oblivionp. 68
Everything happens for a reasonp. 70
Religion
Consulting the silence--a guided exercisep. 73
The economics of spiritualityp. 74
Reasoning with your inner prophetp. 75
Skeptical mysticismp. 76
Diving into the abyssp. 78
Death
Embracing your inner corpsep. 81
Learning to diep. 82
At One with your inner corpse--a guided meditationp. 84
Living with deathp. 85
Enlightenment
The agony of being connected to everything in the Universep. 89
Glossaryp. 91
Guide to Sourcesp. 95
Acknowledgmentsp. 103
Indexp. 107
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ISBN: 9780393322811
ISBN-10: 0393322815
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 128
Published: 17th January 2002
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 17.8 x 13.0  x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.18