The things you can see only when you slow down How to be calm and mindful in a fast-paced world


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New York, New York : Penguin Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House, LLC [2017]
Physical Description
265 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
Main Author
Hyemin (author)
Other Authors
Chi-Young Kim (translator), Youngcheol Lee, 1959- (illustrator)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Sunim, a Korean Buddhist monk educated in America, confronts life's challenges in this practical book, which has sold more than three million copies in Korea. In mostly six- or seven-line stanzas, Sunim presents his philosophy on well-being and happiness in eight areas: rest, mindfulness, passion, relationships, love, life, the future, and spirituality. Using modern colloquial language for concrete examples, he explains that when we slow down, we are no longer tangled with our own thoughts and pain. Much of Sunim's wisdom is common sense: learn from mistakes; build in some personal time in your relationship with your loved one. He also offers insightful observations: the world has never complained about how busy it is, so it is we who are too busy; love is real once you stop trying so hard; it's important to let children know that it's okay to fail. Sunim evokes a calm assuredness in his philosophy, reminiscent of Lebanese-American poet Kahlil Gibran, whose spiritual prose has inspired Sunim. In today's divisive world, Sunim's call for selflessness and generosity sometimes comes across as too idealistic, but his book is perfect for readers looking for a respite from busy lives and tumultuous times. (Feb.) Copyright 2016 Publisher Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A spiritual leader whose teachings transcend religions and borders, divisions of class and age, presents a timely guide to mindfulness that shows how important it is for us to slow down in our fast-paced world and reminds us of the strength and joy that come from slowing down. An international best-seller.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Presents a guide to finding inner peace and balance in everyday life through a mindfulness practice, covering such topics as love and spirituality.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

The multimillion-copy bestselling book of spiritual wisdom about the importance of slowing down in our fast-paced world, by the Buddhist author of Love for Imperfect Things“Wise advice on how to reflect and slow down.” —ElleIs it the world that’s busy, or is it my mind?The world moves fast, but that doesn’t mean we have to. This bestselling mindfulness guide by Haemin Sunim (which means “spontaneous wisdom”), a renowned Buddhist meditation teacher born in Korea and educated in the United States, illuminates a path to inner peace and balance amid the overwhelming demands of everyday life.By offering guideposts to well-being and happiness in eight areas—including relationships, love, and spirituality—Haemin Sunim emphasizes the importance of forging a deeper connection with others and being compassionate and forgiving toward ourselves. The more than twenty full-color illustrations that accompany his teachings serve as calming visual interludes, encouraging us to notice that when you slow down, the world slows down with you.