5 out of 5 stars
Share This Review
The basic idea of the nonfiction self-help book Effortless Belonging: The Lost Science Synchrony by Oscar Willis Mitchell revolves around a historical text called the Lankavatara Sutra. The first of these books was originally authored in Sanskrit (a classical language belonging to the Indo-Aryan branch of the Indo-European languages) and first made its appearance in Chinese translation in 443 CE.
There are three sections in Effortless Belonging. The first is called Core Concepts, and it demonstrates research into our awareness, self, consciousness, and mental health, as well as suchness and, most importantly, accepting who we are without putting on a mask. Our inner and outer selves are both visible in suchness, which is the calm nature of the mind. Nature's Interdependent Co-Arising is the title of the book's second section. This section celebrates the full potential and advancement of people. Here, we discover that the five stages of propensity, comprehension, prejudice, circumstance, and disposition determine an individual's capacity to integrate learning. To find out how they actually function, continue reading this book. We shall also address the important topic of “Who do we think we are?” here.
The first chapter of the book, Lanka is presented in its entirety in the third section. The author of this book developed his ideas after studying D.T. Suzuki's writings. The first English translation of the Lanka was D.T. Suzuki's work. I appreciate that the author took the time to describe the mysteries and history of the Lanka. The explanation helps make the notion easier to understand because the book is new to me and, I'm convinced, to other readers as well. Mr. Oscar discussed the history of the Buddhists, from India to China, and how their work was disrupted, and they were dispersed in this book. Every chapter ends with a poem that makes you stop and think about the meaning of life and who you are.
Even though it's acceptable to live alone, this book taught me that we cannot survive by ourselves. We continue to require the help of the people around us. Nonetheless, it highlights the necessity for isolation occasionally because it is in solitary that we can reflect and get profound understanding and insights into ourselves. Because it is an old discipline that deals with human psychology, Lanka will help people learn the innermost secrets of their lives. “It's our job to be happy,” the author remarked, and I quote: “ensure your happiness.”
The author's tendency to move from one thought to another bothered me about this book, but I can't give it a lower rating because the author claimed to have dyslexia. I rate this 5 out of 5 stars because of the author's insightful analysis and thorough justification. No errors were discovered while I was reading. Hence, it has flawless editing.
This might not be for everyone, but I do recommend it to individuals who enjoy reading self-help books, particularly those that deal with self-discovery.
View: on Bookshelves