The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down How to Be Calm and Mindful in a Busy World by Haemin Sunim

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What is it about?

When I read a book, I usually pick personal development books about habit, time management, personal or books about mindset or investment. This time I come across different kinds of books. You know how stressful it is in the year 2020. Many things surface in your mind just because suddenly you have this much time for self-reflection. We live in a busy life, that we tend to avoid solving our inner problems. We ignore our past trauma, our unfinished business, and forget about what we really want in life. When I read this book, I feel happy. This book is about mindfulness in your own mind. There are also so many wonderful quotes in this book that I really like.

This is a really easy book to read. Nothing complicated in it. In fact, it is so light and airy. I finished reading this book in 3 days because it is just so fun reading it. I learn a few things too.

My Favorite Highlights of the book are:

As I said the quotes in this book is so soothing to read and somehow healing some of the uncomfortable feelings in my mind. Here are some of my favorite quotes from the book:

When someone tells you “no”

Don’t react emotionally and lose control.

“no” may open up a surprising new world to you

“no” may unexpectedly lead you to good people

If you begin to push back against the unchangeable “no”,

You will suffer in the process and miss other opportunities

The person leading you towards spiritual awakening

Is not the one who praises you or is nice to you.

Your spirituality deepens because of those

Who insult you and give you a hard time.

They are your spiritual teacher in disguise.

When we hate someone, We think about him a lot.

Unable to let him go.

Don’t let him become a long-term tenant of the heart.

Evict him right away with a notice of forgiveness.

The journey of forgiveness chapter is really calming to my soul. Written is such a way that enlightens emotion, anger, and resentment without being judgmental. I am having a hard time forgiving the people who have seriously hurt me. This book gives me a new insight into how to acknowledge rage and hatred when it surfaces and learn to accept it.

That second quote that says “They are your spiritual teacher in disguise” truly got me thinking I should thank those people who have done me wrong. They hurt me so bad that I transform to be a much stronger person. Maybe they are actually are spiritual teachers who are sent by God to teach me how to be a better version of myself. Hardship in life is in fact a chance for me to learn and level up myself.  

Words of wisdom are just all over this book. It covers mindfulness in different subjects like love, disappointment, passion, relationship, the future, and spirituality. Those words of wisdom are definitely applicable in our daily life. If you feeling down or stressed because of this pandemic, give this book a try. Perhaps it will help to calm your mind.  

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