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A Field Guide to Happiness: What I Learned in Bhutan about Living, Loving, and Waking Up

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9781401945091
Author(s): Linda Leaming
Format: Paperback
Year: 2015
Publisher: Hay House
Dimensions: 137 x 216 x 20 (w x l x h)
Pages: 233

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In the West, we have everything we could possibly need or want - except for peace of mind. So writes Linda Leaming, a harried American who traveled from Nashville, Tennessee, to the rugged Himalayan nation of Bhutan - sometimes called the happiest place on Earth - to teach English and unlearn her politicized and polarized, energetic and impatient way of life. In Bhutan, if I have three things to do in a week, it's considered busy. In the U.S., I have at least three things to do between breakfast and lunch. After losing her luggage immediately upon arrival, Leaming realized that she also had emotional baggage - a tendency toward inaction, a touch of self-absorption, and a hundred other trite, stupid, embarrassing and inconsequential things - that needed to get lost as well. Pack up ideas and feelings that tie you down and send you lead-footed down the wrong path. Put them in a metaphorical suitcase and sling it over a metaphorical bridge in your mind. Let the river take them away. Forced by circumstance and her rustic surroundings to embrace a simplified life, Leaming made room for more useful beliefs.
The thin air and hard climbs of her mountainous commute put her deeply in touch with her breath, helping her find focus and appreciation. The archaic, glacially paced bureaucracy of a Bhutanese bank taught her to go with the flow - and take up knitting. The ancient ritual of drinking tea brought tranquility, friendship,
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