ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A NEW WAY OF LIFE?
• Do you want to reduce worry and anxiety while making decisions and awaiting outcomes?
• Would you like to stop being afraid of imaginary events?
• Are you exhausted of the jealousy and suffering arising from desiring too much?
• Can you incorporate spiritual practices to improve mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing?
• Do you grapple with belief and faith?
• Is transforming mindless work into paid, enjoyable playtime an attractive proposition for you?
• Would you like to dive into a joyful, eternally affirmative existence?
One: A Way of Life enables the reader to access, learn, and discuss in simple language, the principles of schools of thought such as Vedanta, Buddhism, Zen, and Christianity; those doctrines we hear of while growing up, but somehow never get around to studying. After all, why should the benefits of these ideas be limited to those who spend seven years isolated in deep study? Their creators never intended it to be so.
The majority of the ideas are discussed in dialogue format between two characters, Young Blood and Old Soul. Young Blood is seeking, questioning, and finding answers; Old Soul is wise, has seen life, and is a patient teacher. The background is the desert, with its scorching days and freezing nights serving as the analogy to life with its peaks and valleys.
One: A Way of Life is split up into four sections; noon, evening, midnight, and daybreak. Each brings up and addresses themes of philosophy, spirituality, and daily life as their names would suggest.
Noon addresses such ideas as sunyata, the lila, and the existence of the individual in relation to the universe. For people questioning how to deal with suffering, anger, and the use of time, noon brings a new perspective. For those just feeling lost, looking for help with making decisions, and how to look at “I” and “You”, Noon translates the timeless wisdom of the Hindus into simple language. Noon ends with a new approach to harmonising work and play.
Evening gears into a more relaxed, free flowing atmosphere, where the reader experiences a Zen-like perspective on permanence, impermanence, and purposelessness. Mirroring the acceptance of Old Soul as a teacher by Young Blood, in Evening, the reader moves on to questions of spiritual practices, detachment, and jealousy. For those finding themselves enmeshed in a frantic, cyclical pursuit of the material world, Evening offers perspectives on control, attainment, and the here and now.
Midnight offers a radical perspective on the darker side of the human experience; death, sex, and destruction. Young Blood and Old Soul grapple with the heaviest of issues; God, belief/faith, and good and evil. Incorporating Hindu, Buddhist, and Christian stories and teachings, Midnight offers the reader night vision goggles at a time of universal darkness.
While the first three sections dismantle worn out modes of thinking, Daybreak builds a fresh approach to everyday life. From peace to eternity to art, Daybreak lays the foundation for a more joyous, beautiful existence. For readers looking to reconcile spiritual and worldly pursuits, contemplating love, and simply becoming more lighthearted and playful, Daybreak is the place to be.
One: A Way of Life is, in its essence, a no bullshit introduction, discussion, and completion of embodied philosophy. Live life on your own terms, with the wisdom of the ancients as your guide.
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Vish is a philosopher, musician, and yogi, raised in the East and trained in the West. His apprenticeship has realised the plainspeak that relates to everyday wandering souls seeking answers. During his undergraduate degree and while working on this book, he was also writing and performing music with a band in Edmonton, Canada.
Although having started out his undergraduate program uncertain of his path, he soon realised that his calling lay in philosophy. In addition to his studies, he was giving talks on Eastern philosophical concepts at local events, opening for the bands he would later play music with in the same night. He also spent a considerable amount of time studying yoga in both Vancouver and Edmonton, before returning to India where he is further developing his practice and understanding.
Having worked at various jobs over the past seven years, from developing software to door to door sales, he is now writing, playing music, and studying philosophy and yoga full time.