There are books that find their way into your life at just the right moment. I feel that way about The Art of Power. I also feel like if everybody read this book and took the time to really soak up the insight that Thich Nhat Hanh shares, the world would be a much better place.
I agree with the idea that peace and happiness are available to us, even in today’s fast paced, technology ridden world. The key is understanding that the conditions that we think are essential to our happiness (wealth, fame, sex, fancy food and lots of sleep) may actually bring us the opposite—depression, despair and forgetfulness.
Reading this book was an excellent opportunity to turn the ol’ eye inward and apply the advice of a Zen master to my own life. Part of me feels like Buddhism is part of my deep seeded Asian collective unconsciousness. Who knows.
For anybody who has lost sight of why they create works of art or who feels like their place in the business world is a lost cause, I recommend reading this book.
Messages of living simply and consuming less are hard to come by, especially at this time of the year when gift giving is amped up. If you would like to be spiritually rejuvenated, read this book.