In the A.R.T. Project reviews, I share reading material specifically related to acceptance, reflection and transformation
by Milan Kundera
It was a therapist who, once suggested that I read this book. It was a few years ago and I just kept focusing on the title. There is obviously much more to the book than that.
But, I felt those words had great significance in the healing I needed to do. The title sent a strong message for personal growth.
The yin-yang of things means that we have balancing to do. Lightness and darkness, bearable and unbearable and the biggie — to be or not to be.
In The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Kundera tells the story of a young woman in love with a man. He is torn between his love for her and his incorrigible womanizing.
This magnificent novel develops with brilliant and playful reflections. Further, Kundera cleverly integrates a variety of literary styles taking him into the ranks as one of the world’s truly great writers.
Of real meaning for me, are insights such as the following.
“True human goodness, in all its purity and freedom, can come to the fore only when its recipient has no power.
Mankind’s true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists in its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals.
And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental débcle, a débcle so fundamental that all others stem from it.”
If you have explored his work, you will understand. If you haven’t, I hope you will. And, I hope you will let me know what you think.
I almost didn’t put this book in because it has been significantly reviewed already.
Yet the point of a review is not the quantity but the quality. Not that mine will be of higher quality per-say. It will just offer a different, qualitative perspective.
And from that viewpoint, I came to the Happiness Trap solely lacking in any form of joy in my life at all. Happiness wasn’t even something I was considering.
What Russ Harris offers is a new psychological approach focused on mindfulness skills including acceptance and commitment. This is only powerful with an intentional mindset.
If you are ready to do the work and actively integrate the mindful practise into your life, then this is definitely worth picking up. Add it to your library for frequent reference.
The skills then become patterns of thinking, emotions and behaviours which gradually push less helpful habits out of your life.
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