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Living consciously means seeking to be aware of everything that bears on our actions, purposes, values, and goals - and behaving in accordance with that which we see and know. In The Art of Living Consciously, Dr. Nathaniel Branden takes us into new territory, exploring the actions of our minds when they are operating as our life and well-being require - and also when they Living consciously means seeking to be aware of everything that bears on our actions, purposes, values, and goals - and behaving in accordance with that which we see and know. In The Art of Living Consciously, Dr. Nathaniel Branden takes us into new territory, exploring the actions of our minds when they are operating as our life and well-being require - and also when they are not. No other book illuminates so clearly what true mindfulness means in the workplace (what does it mean to work consciously?); in the arena of romantic love (what does it mean to love consciously?); in child-rearing (what does it mean to parent consciously?); and in the pursuit of personal development (what does it mean to participate consciously in the process of one's own evolution?). One of the book's most exciting ideas is that of "the spirituality or reason," which invites us to rethink our assumptions about both rationality and spirituality. The practice of living consciously invites us to rethink many of our beliefs about our everyday activities, about morality, about life in the Information Age, about God.


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Living consciously means seeking to be aware of everything that bears on our actions, purposes, values, and goals - and behaving in accordance with that which we see and know. In The Art of Living Consciously, Dr. Nathaniel Branden takes us into new territory, exploring the actions of our minds when they are operating as our life and well-being require - and also when they Living consciously means seeking to be aware of everything that bears on our actions, purposes, values, and goals - and behaving in accordance with that which we see and know. In The Art of Living Consciously, Dr. Nathaniel Branden takes us into new territory, exploring the actions of our minds when they are operating as our life and well-being require - and also when they are not. No other book illuminates so clearly what true mindfulness means in the workplace (what does it mean to work consciously?); in the arena of romantic love (what does it mean to love consciously?); in child-rearing (what does it mean to parent consciously?); and in the pursuit of personal development (what does it mean to participate consciously in the process of one's own evolution?). One of the book's most exciting ideas is that of "the spirituality or reason," which invites us to rethink our assumptions about both rationality and spirituality. The practice of living consciously invites us to rethink many of our beliefs about our everyday activities, about morality, about life in the Information Age, about God.

30 review for The Art of Living Consciously: The Power of Awareness to Transform Everyday Life

  1. 4 out of 5

    Roslyn

    Opening a Nathaniel Branden book (for me) is like sitting down to lunch with an old friend. It's delightful and I always get some new insight but not life-changing in the way it would be for someone less familiar with his work. If you are not familiar with his work: there is no other psychologist on the planet whose work is as clear, interesting and important. And notes for myself: Fabulous to understand that Buddha, Locke, and Marshall Rosenberg are all trying to solve the same problem (and Jesu Opening a Nathaniel Branden book (for me) is like sitting down to lunch with an old friend. It's delightful and I always get some new insight but not life-changing in the way it would be for someone less familiar with his work. If you are not familiar with his work: there is no other psychologist on the planet whose work is as clear, interesting and important. And notes for myself: Fabulous to understand that Buddha, Locke, and Marshall Rosenberg are all trying to solve the same problem (and Jesus and a million others)--what to do about human relationships. Buddha lived in the world of control. It's all he could see--either I control you and that leads to evil or you control me and that leads to evil. Exploit or be exploited. The only choice in human relationships is to be a master or a slave. Therefore the solution is to deny relationships exist. We are not separate entities. We are all the same entity. We will only ever learn to treat one another well if we believe we are all one. Ayn Rand, Marshall Rosenberg, and John Locke are the ones who say: oooor, there's this other way of looking at the world. Instead of being masters and slaves, let's all respect one another. Let us focus our attempts to control on nature, not people. Let us treat one another with respect and then we CAN all be separate entities, we can recognize that we are not, in fact, one entity, but we do not have to try to control one another. And then there's Plato and all of his followers who say: what's wrong with controlling people? As long as the right people are the ones in power.... Other notes: -I felt proud while reading this book. -I was glad that Branden brought body-awareness into his definition of conscious awareness i.e. when we are feeling healthy, energetic and vibrant things that suck wont bother us nearly as much as when we are feeling tired or sick. That is definitely one thing lacking in Rand's fiction (and now Kira Peikoff's fiction). -I love clear definitions and I love how clearly Branden defines consciousness and any other term he is going to use. -Mental confusion is often not real. Confused is how we act when we don't want to focus. -When we repress we deny needs that we are having and become blind to opportunities to fill that need. When we accept our needs we become aware of ways to get them met

  2. 4 out of 5

    Florent Diverchy

    Nathaniel Branden, obviously, like to hear him talk. All the chapters (except the last) could have been abstracted to the bold highlights spread in the pages. The rest is psychotherapist filling text. About the last chapter... well this is something different. A full chapter rant against meditation, eastern philosophy, inner life and so on. A lot of WTF moments in it. Will I ever read a second book from Nathaniel Branden? Probably not.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Toni

    Are there words to describe a book that changes you on a fundamental level? I plan on rereading this book many times!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin Claunch

    3.5 stars. I’m really unsure how to rate this book. There is certainly wisdom here. Activities are presented for how to live a more conscious life—specifically, he shares a 20 week program of completing sentence stems, which really helps to clarify intuitive knowledge, and I highly recommend doing the exercises. What really wore on me was wading through the heteronormativity, gendered stereotypes, and libertarian ideology—particularly in the final chapter. I think it’s valuable to develop self-s 3.5 stars. I’m really unsure how to rate this book. There is certainly wisdom here. Activities are presented for how to live a more conscious life—specifically, he shares a 20 week program of completing sentence stems, which really helps to clarify intuitive knowledge, and I highly recommend doing the exercises. What really wore on me was wading through the heteronormativity, gendered stereotypes, and libertarian ideology—particularly in the final chapter. I think it’s valuable to develop self-sufficiency, and I appreciate that capitalism has served society to a point, but his analysis grossly ignores issues of racism and other forms of oppression along with generational wealth. I appreciate hearing his argument that, in contrast to Buddhist ideology, self does exist—yet I feel he overlooks the more obvious and nuanced understanding that self both exists and doesn’t exist. Both are important. The ideas about consciousness are helpful, as are those about increasing self esteem by acting coherently, and fairly in line with Buddhist philosophy. I will recommend the book for the sentence stem activities, but probably won’t read more of his work. A little bit of Richard Dawkins vibes :/

  5. 5 out of 5

    J Crossley

    This book helps us to focus on our inner selves and to live our lives with courage. We receive all sorts of messages every day from so many sources, it becomes difficult to focus on what is going on inside.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Louis

    An argument to always chose consciousness over unconsciousness Pretty compelling, influenced how I think

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jim Ainsworth

    An excellent read until Branden seems to confuse mysticism with Christianity and reveals a view of religion that indicates he does not truly know what Christians believe or why.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Gaetan

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mike Lee

  10. 4 out of 5

    Brook

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    Carlos Gomez

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jesse

  13. 5 out of 5

    Aditi Banerjee

  14. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne Sherman

  15. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mark Tier

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kat

  18. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

  19. 5 out of 5

    Beth Haynes

  20. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Steiner

  21. 5 out of 5

    Liz Cristina

  22. 4 out of 5

    Stuart

  23. 5 out of 5

    Amyrah

  24. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

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    Yinzadi

  26. 5 out of 5

    Chris

  27. 4 out of 5

    Toruk Macto

  28. 4 out of 5

    Venuswow

  29. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

  30. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

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