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Trying Not to Try: The Ancient Art of Effortlessness and the Surprising Power of Spontaneity


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This book was the winner of guardian best book of 2014. It is also the winner of the 2014 brain pickings best book on psychology, philosophy, and how to live meaningfully? why is it hard to fall asleep the night before an important meeting? or be charming and relaxed on a first date? what is it about a comedian whose jokes fall flat or an athlete who chokes? what if, contrary to what we have long been told, spontaneity - not striving - is the answer to success? through stories of mythical creatures and drunken cart riders, jazz musicians and japanese motorcycle gangs, slingerland effortlessly blends eastern thought and cutting-edge science to show us how we can embody a spontaneous way of being and live more fulfilling lives.