Dear book addicts, I am so happy that the request from guest contributors is increasing. Here is a post by Farah Al Dabbagh. Farah is a very talented young Saudi woman who I got the chance to work with. She literally embodies a future thought leader. I am honored to have her write on my blog as we share a common passion: books. I wanted to make sure that she is given the space to express herself, freely. I am thrilled to have a woman guest contributor from the Kingdom.
I’ll be honest; recently I went through a little bit of a rough patch. I got disappointed frequently, kept it in, and it festered until it became unhealthy anger. It became such a problem, I even infected the people around me!
Then… I read The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A. Singer.
This book is about helping readers listen to and understand their inner monologue, then view it with objectivity rather than judgement. With this self-knowledge comes the power to distance yourself from your negative thought patterns, and embrace the lighter side of life.
Beyond that, this book made me realize that who I am and the thoughts in my head are two separate things. As Singer repeatedly says, “you are not the voice of the mind—you are the one who hears it.”
It is definitely a shocking statement when you first read this. What does it even mean? Singer explains that we should see ourselves as observers of our thoughts instead of believing that they make us. We are not the negative inner talk we sometimes hear, rather a pure objective essence that watches anger and joy pass by. We might not be able to control the voice of the mind, but we can become aware of its patterns and choose not listen to it.
What might this accomplish?
Well, it will help you “objectively watch your problems instead of being lost in them.” This is what Singer calls “true inner freedom,” because when you become objective to your problems, you stop taking things personally, you stop letting things upset you, and most importantly, you stop wasting time and energy hurting yourself by fighting external forces beyond your control.
“You have to break the habit of thinking that the solution to your problems is to rearrange things outside. The only permanent solution to your problems is to go inside and let go of the part of you that seems to have so many problems with reality. Once you do that, you’ll be clear enough to deal with what’s left.”
In the fast paced ever complicated world we live in, this book is relevant and important for everyone to read. It helps you slow down and pay attention to a part of yourself that is, unfortunately, often neglected. It is structured as a journey, helping you examine yourself piece by piece, going deeper and deeper into your consciousness. In short, it lays the ground work for you to explore your inner space by giving you the right questions to ask.
Singer is such a big inspiration to me, so persuasive and eloquent that I actually did look inwards and it helped me let go of some of the resentment and disappointment I was experiencing.
I would recommend reading this book once a year to remind yourself of its important messages!
Who should read this book: Those who feel angry, hurt or negative.
Why you should read this book: It will shift your perspective on your life.
Book genre: Self-improvement
We are not done! Listen to it on audiobook!The narrator’s voice is so relaxing, it is a perfect combination to the messages of the book.
This is a must-read. It is a sweeping attempt to explain not only poverty (1.29 billion people struggling to survive on less than USD 1.25 per day) but various forms of gut-wrenching world problems.
Sexy stories: know how to tell them but do not believe them. Every best seller is ephemeral. Realization is inwards.
My friend and frequent contributor Ken used to live in the Middle East where I got to meet him. He is not only passionate about this part of the world. He is also one among the few expats I know who embraces the Middle East and understands it.
You must have noticed the changes to the look and feel of my website. I hope you like it as much as I do.
Why nations fail by D. Acemoglu and J. Robinsonby styleabille October 19, 2019
Perspectives and narratives | Story #5by styleabille October 12, 2019
Lawrence in Arabia: war, deceit, imperial folly, and the making of the modern Middle East by Scott Andersonby ken-mckellar September 30, 2019
Did you like it?by styleabille September 30, 2019