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A Zen Monk's Guide to Living Stress-free One Day at a Time

It's Okay Not to Look for the Meaning of Life
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Author Jikisai Minami
Price JPY 2,310
ISBN 978-4-8053-1778-5
Format 136x197mm 192pages Hardcover
Availability In stock
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Free Yourself from Stress with Simple, No-Nonsense Advice from a Zen Monk!

Zen monk Jikisai Minami takes the things we are supposed to strive for and turns them on their head. The 35 short, thought-provoking essays in this book are divided into four chapters about our sense of self, our hopes and dreams, our personal relationships and how to face death. Each essay begins with a deliberately controversial point of view to help us look at life's problems through fresh eyes.

Each chapter features a number of short, thought-provoking essays providing fresh perspectives on familiar problems that can change your life! The essays include:
People Can Live Without Dreams and Hopes
You Don't Have to Be "Who You Want to Be"
When Your Head Is Full of Anger, Do Routine Work
Do Things for Yourself, Not for Others
It's Natural for Life to Be Negative
If It's Not a Life or Death Problem, You Can Handle It
People Can Be Saved Just by Speaking Their True Feelings
Wanting Things Creates Anxiety
If You Grieve as Much as You Want To, the Time Will Come When You Can Laugh
A Person with Good Relationships Passes Away Beautifully

Although the author's messages may seem harsh at first, his teachings help us reduce anxiety in our daily lives. Being bound by the belief that "I have to do X" or "I need to achieve Y" causes immense stress. The author encourages us to accept our reality and live our lives from that starting point. This, he believes will free us from anxiety, relationship problems and negative emotions.

This book has been a huge hit in Japan, with reader comments such as:
"I realized that I had made my life difficult by thinking, I always have to be ambitious about my work." (Female, age 50)
"I was deeply moved by the idea that you don't have to find the meaning of life. This is a book I cherish." (Male, age 34)

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