[E–pub/E–book] Trying Not to Try

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Download ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook  Edward Slingerland Edward Slingerland  0 review Summary Trying Not to Try A deeply original exploration of the power of spontaneity an ancient Chinese ideal that cognitive scientists are only now beginning to understand and why it is so essential to our well being  Why is it always hard to fall asleep the night before an important meeting Or be charming and relaxed on a first date What is it about a politician who seems wooden or a comedian whose jokes fall flat or an athlete who chokes In all of these cases striving seems to backfire   In Trying Not To Try Edward Slingerland explains why we find spontaneity so elusive and shows how early Chinese thought points the way to happier authentic lives We’ve long been told that the way to achieve our goals is through c. I am the least spontaneous person I ve ever met so I felt I could learn something from this book I found the introduction very dry but soldiered on into the first chapter Then I injured my toe by spontaneously dropping a can of wine on it and spontaneously decided to read something fun while I recuperated Meanwhile every time I saw this book on my table I felt bad feelings of guilt My friend suggested that if I truly wanted to be spontaneous I would return it to the library unfinished pretty rare for me So I did And that is how this book taught me to be spontaneous bows

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Download ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook  Edward Slingerland Edward Slingerland  0 review Summary Trying Not to Try Areful reasoning and conscious effort But recent research suggests that many aspects of a satisfying life like happiness and spontaneity are best pursued indirectly The early Chinese philosophers knew this and they wrote extensively about an effortless way of being in the world which they called wu wei ooo way They believed it was the source of all success in life and they developed various strategies for getting it and hanging on to it   With clarity and wit Slingerland introduces us to these thinkers and the marvelous characters in their texts from the butcher whose blade glides effortlessly through an ox to the wood carver who sees his sculpture simply emerge from a solid block Slingerland. Succeeding without tryingIf you ever had a sleepless night then you will perfectly understand why trying to fall asleep does not usually work Instead by making yourself fall asleep you became awake and soon began to ruminate how much time had been wasted and how dreadful the next morning would be The moment when sleep became a deliberate and effortful action sleepiness vanished leaving us wide awake There is one defining feature about sleep it is totally spontaneous We simple do it and we do not know why and how If you ask a good sleeper how they fell asleep last night they would probably be stunned and speechless We sleep when we are tired We eat when we are hungry It is as simple as that However to insomniacs or troubled sleepers I was once one of them sleep is a constant battle We do every thing that should help we make sure bed is only used for sleep we do not eat or exercise before going to bed we avoid caffeine we try to maintain a regular sleep schedule we take care of noise and light but despite all these efforts we went to bed with full hope but only to find ourselves lying awake The you try the you bet on sleep and the frustrated you will become when you cannot fall asleep Here is the trick for good sleepers sleep is such a natural and spontaneous activity like breathing but for troubled sleepers sleep is an effortful and delicate exercise that is no easier than working out a math problem We cannot help but ask why effort is not translated into success This is exactly what Slingerland tried to answer in this book He reviewed four different schools of early Chinese philosophy including Confucius Mencius Laozi and Zhuangzi and how they proposed to attain spontaneity and reach the state of wu wei Yes you heard me right Confucianism was considered by Slingerland as a system to promote wu wei just like Taoism Here is his argument Whether Confucianism or Taoism the goal is uite alike to achieve order to relieve suffering and to reach a balance between individuals and between statesThe end state is no different between Confucianism and Taoism spontaneous conducts that promote peace and happiness Slingerland made an excellent summary of each philosopher s approach Confucius try hard not to try by stringent education acculturation and rituals Mencius try but not too hard we only need to identify and promote the sprout Laozi stop trying by giving up and unlearning what we have acculturated let things happen Zhuangzi forget all about it there is no trying nor is there not trying Forget everything and everything will be yours I prefer Zhuangzi over all others there isn t any good justification but my natural disposition and temperament How beautiful was his stories How nonchalant but wise he was How adorable is his love for pleasure and imagination and his contempt for rules and dogma The essential message is no matter which school of philosophy you follow trying something deliberately does not often lead to success dating sports cooking just to name a few Instead of trying we might consider the opposite try not to try so we try to be spontaneous and try to be less effortful although such a statement is fundamental self contradictory The fact is clear being spontaneous is often successful and attractive However the solution to being spontaneous is entirely unclear From philosophy to psychology to neuroscience we are all puzzled by this paradox We want to become spontaneous but by trying to be spontaneous is already not spontaneous To me too much trying is also the reason for many psychological problems We try too much so we worry about future and ruminate about past We focus too much on the outcome while we ignore the process We try to make things happen but we forget that at times what we could best do is to let things happen To end this review there is one interesting strategy for your troubled sleepers Try to stay awake as long as you could Then you will find yourself falling asleep without even knowing it

Download ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook  Edward Slingerland

Download ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook  Edward Slingerland Edward Slingerland  0 review Summary Trying Not to Try Uncovers a direct line from wu wei to the Force in Star Wars explains why wu wei is powerful than flow and tells us what it all means for getting a date He also shows how new research reveals what’s happening in the brain when we’re in a state of wu wei why it makes us happy and effective and trustworthy and how it might have even made civilization possible   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 live fulfilling lives Trying Not To Try is mind expanding and deeply pleasurable the perfect antidote to our striving modern culture. From the title of this book I thought it could go in many different directions And where it went I hadn t guessed This is a description of different Oriental religions through the ages and how they suggest that people reach their own state of flow And The descriptions are wrapped in uestions of whether trying to reach this state is good or if trying is bad or if trying to build the tools to reach this state is good and the ancient books he describes give different answers for all of these uestions The author also ties in scientific research to validate parts of the ancients recommendations While I hate to give away what a book is about those uestions are answered in the last chapter with a ualified it depends or better sometimes this is right sometimes that is right This is a reasonable conclusion given the thousands of years of thought that have gone into these uestions without definitive answers Paradoxes are at play hereThe author s voice comes through in this book He is funny and playful and insightful in the right combination making this a very easy book to read given the difficult concepts brought forward I found the book challenging but that is because I have no background in the Eastern religions discussed I will look forward to upcoming books by SlingerlandAn advanced copy of this book was provided through Goodreads First Reads program


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    Edward Slingerland  0 review Download ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook  Edward Slingerland [E–pub/E–book] Trying Not to Try I did not experience flow while I read this bookI picked this book up after I heard this author interviewed on NPR and the book sounded interesting but it really wasn't I'm fascinated by the concept of flow which was what this book was supposed to be about and it wasa little Mostly it read like a history book about ancient Asian religions which I'm also interested in but the book was dry flat and boring I rea

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    Summary Trying Not to Try Download ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook  Edward Slingerland Edward Slingerland  0 review Okay I know that's a cliche Worse perhaps it's a cliche born of a sneaker commercial But how often do you hear some other person or yourself say something like this I'll try to make it by eight o'clock or I'm trying to lose some weight or trying to write a novelfinish a paintingmake a fresh start? The truth is the longer

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    [E–pub/E–book] Trying Not to Try I am the least spontaneous person I've ever met so I felt I could learn something from this book I found the introduction very dry but soldiered on into the first chapter Then I injured my toe by spontaneously dropping a can of wine on it and spontaneously decided to read something fun while I recuperated Meanwhile every time I saw this book on my table I felt bad feelings of guilt My friend suggested that if

  4. says: Summary Trying Not to Try Edward Slingerland  0 review [E–pub/E–book] Trying Not to Try

    [E–pub/E–book] Trying Not to Try Won through Goodreads First ReadsThank youThis book is outstanding When I first read the title I thought maybe this was yet another book on new age thought I couldn't have been wrong What the author did was guide me through Ancient Chinese thought from Confucius to Zhuangzi His book gave me a clearer understanding not only of the historic

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    Summary Trying Not to Try Download ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook  Edward Slingerland Edward Slingerland  0 review Overall it’s a good read that I enjoyed but it falls about 75% short of its target Its value is in still having flown 2

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    [E–pub/E–book] Trying Not to Try Succeeding without tryingIf you ever had a sleepless night then you will perfectly understand why trying to fall asleep does not usually work Instead by making yourself fall asleep you became awake and soon began to ruminate how much time had been wasted and how dreadful the next morning would be The moment when sleep became a deliberate and effortful action sleepiness vanished leaving us wide awake    There is one defining feature abou

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    [E–pub/E–book] Trying Not to Try The content deserves a 55 but the author's voice is too smug for my liking so the result is a 45The contentAn overview of ancient Chinese with a dash of Japanese Buddhism thought focused on spontaneity Cognitive science psychology and neurosci

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    Summary Trying Not to Try [E–pub/E–book] Trying Not to Try Edward Slingerland  0 review From the title of this book I thought it could go in many different directions And where it went I hadn't guessed This is a description of different Oriental religions through the ages and how they suggest that people reach their own state of flow And The descriptions are wrapped in uestions of whether trying t

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    [E–pub/E–book] Trying Not to Try Download ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook  Edward Slingerland Summary Trying Not to Try Wow what a book Full of philosophical ideas from early china and psychological studies from today this book comes together to make an amazing read Focusing on 4 ways to living our lives and finding happiness we see the good and bad to each pointing out the benefits and flaws to all of them this book just flows Although the topics covered steal the show I have to mention the writing style here Edward Slingerland does such a grea

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    [E–pub/E–book] Trying Not to Try Edward Slingerland  0 review Summary Trying Not to Try The author discusses the idea that by not concentrating on a task but actually trying to relax the mind the desired outcome can be achieved readily He attempts to encourage the reader to free the mind from distractions as o

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  • Hardcover
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  • Trying Not to Try
  • Edward Slingerland
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  • 14 October 2019
  • 9780770437619