Want to transform your life? Tap into your highest potential? Get inspired, uplifted, and motivated?
Living Wisely, Living Well contains 366 practical ways to improve your life-a thought for each day of the year. Each saying is warm with wisdom, alive with positive expectation, and provides sim-ple actions that bring profound results.
See life with new eyes. Discover hundreds of techniques for self-improvement. Written by the author of the bestselling Secrets series, Living Wisely, Living Well is:
A step-by-step guidebook for manifesting your higher Self
The distillation of a lifetime of wisdom
A call to dynamic inner growth
Take a year off from the "same old you." Read this book, put into practice what it teaches, and in a year's time you won't recognize yourself.
Swami Kriyananda A prolific author, accomplished composer, playwright, and art-ist, and a world-renowned spiritual teacher, Swami Kriyananda (1926-2013) referred to himself simply as "a humble disciple" of the great God-realized master, Paramhansa Yogananda. He met his guru at the young age of twenty-two, and served him during the last four years of the master's life. He dedicated the rest of his life to sharing Yogananda's teachings throughout the world.
Kriyananda was born in Romania of American parents, and educated in Europe, England, and the United States. Philosophically and artistically inclined from youth, he soon came to question life's meaning and society's values. During a period of intense inward reflection, he discovered Yogananda's Auto-biography of a Yogi, and immediately traveled three thousand miles from New York to California to meet the master, who accepted him as a monastic disciple. Yogananda appointed him as the head of the monastery, authorized him to teach in his name and to give initiation into Kriya Yoga, and entrusted him with the missions of writing and developing what he called "world-brotherhood colonies."
Recognized as the "father of the spiritual communities movement" in the United States, Swami Kriyananda founded the Ananda World Brotherhood Community in the Sierra Nevada Foothills of Northern California in 1968. It has served as a model for nine communities founded subsequently in the United States, Europe, and India.
Have you ever felt bewildered when facing a difficult decision in your life? A good friend who is at a personal cross-roads recently said to me, "I wish God would just appear and tell me what to do!"
How often we've all had similar thoughts, only to flounder for lack of clear direction. But God does tell us what to do. He speaks to us more often than we realize, often in the form of wise, impartial friends. Swami Kriyananda, through the sayings in this book, is such a friend.
Having had the privilege of knowing him for over forty years, I've observed that Swamiji himself has faithfully practiced the precepts he recommends in this book. In the vernacular, he "walks his talk."
Through his practice, Kriyananda has mastered the art of living. His profound, loving insights, gleaned from a life-time of seeking truth, offer the guidance we need to be living wisely and well with confidence and faith.
The sayings in this book consist of lessons I myself have learned in life, whether by experience or through trial and error; sometimes by deep pain or disappointment; many times through an inner joy almost unbearable. Someone said to me many years ago, "You can write happy songs; you've never suffered." I replied, "On the contrary, it's because I have suffered that I've earned the right to express happiness." What I've presented here is the fruit of many years of thoughtfully directed living.
This represents a complete revision of a former book of mine, Do It NOW! Of the more than one hundred books I have written so far in my life, Do It NOW! was always (until now, that is) one of my favorites-so much so, in fact, that when I first published it in 1995 1 actually, in my eagerness to share it with others, paid the printing costs myself for five thousand copies, which 1 gave away freely to others.
Today, fourteen years later, I offer this revised version both because of my continued enthusiasm for the book, and out of my continued growth in the insights it expresses. I ask you, as a favor to yourself: Buy, beg, or borrow this collection of pensees. (But don't steal it! see the saying for April 10.) Keep it on your nightstand or in your meditation room. Read from it every morning, and ponder, throughout the day, the thoughts expressed. If even one saying should spare you some of the pains I have experienced in my own life, I shall feel amply rewarded. For whatever tests you face or have faced, they will very likely resemble some that I, too, have known.
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