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The Art of Living Consciously : The Power of Awareness to Transform Everyday Life - Nathaniel Branden

The Art of Living Consciously

The Power of Awareness to Transform Everyday Life

Paperback Published: 16th June 1999
ISBN: 9780684838496
Number Of Pages: 256

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"The Art of Living Consciously" Is an Operating Manual for Our Basic Tool of Survival

In "The Art of Living Consciously, " Dr. Nathaniel Branden, our foremost authority on self-esteem, takes us into new territory, exploring the actions of our minds when they are operating as our life and well-being require -- and also when they are not. No other book illuminates so clearly what true mindfulness means:

* In the workplace

* In the arena of romantic love

* In child-rearing

* In the pursuit of personal development

Today we are exposed to an unprecedented amount of information and an unprecedented number of opinions about every conceivable aspect of life. We are thrown on our own resources as never before -- and we have nothing to protect us but the clarity of our thinking. In "The Art of Living Consciously, " Branden gives us the tools with which to draw out the best within us.

Introduction
Living Consciously: First Principles
Acquiring a sense of reality
Awareness: Outer and inner
Reason: The noncontradictory integration of experience
Reason and emotion: Challenging the necessity for conflict
Choice and Responsibility
Free will: The choice to turn consciousness brighter or dimmer
Context determines what state of consciousness is appropriate
Strategies of avoidance
Against consciousness: Motives for flight from awareness
To be in love with life on earth
A Conscious Life -- 1: Knowing What We Are Doing While We Are Doing It
What mindfulness entails as a way of life: Areas to be considered
The joy of awareness
Choices and actions
Seeking knowledge
Managing avoidance impulses
Self-awareness
A Conscious Life -- 2: Bringing To Our Pursuits the Awareness They Require
Conscious relationships
Conscious parenting
Consciousness in the workplace
Consciousness of context
Consciousness of our ideas and their roots
Self-Awareness: Examining Our Inner World
Consciousness of the body
Consciousness of our needs and wants
Consciousness of our feelings and emotions
Consciousness of our actions and reactions
Concluding observations
Consciousness and Self-Esteem
Misconceptions about self-esteem
Awareness of what affects our self-esteem
Consciousness and Spirituality
Definitions: The importance of being clear about meanings
Spirituality: A this-worldly interpretation
God: An all-purpose word referring to -- ?
Self-transcendence: But who is doing the transcending?
Mysticism: What are its claims to legitimacy?
Selflessness: Rethinking our basic assumptions and discovering enlightened selfishness
Afterword
Appendix: A Sentence-Completion
Program to Facilitate Living Consciously
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index
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ISBN: 9780684838496
ISBN-10: 0684838494
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 16th June 1999
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.4 x 14.0  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 1