Philosopher Andrew Youpa offers a novel reading of Spinoza's moral philosophy. Unlike approaches to moral philosophy that center on praiseworthiness and blameworthiness, Youpa argues that Spinoza's moral philosophy is about how to live lovingly and joyously, not hatefully or sorrowfully. It is, fundamentally, an ethics of joy. Central to this reading is a defense of the view that there is a way of life that is best for human beings, and that what makes it best is its alignment with human nature. This is not, significantly, an ethics of accountability, or what a person does or does not deserve. Morality's role is not to assign credit or blame to individuals in an economy of good and evil; rather, it is to heal the sick and empower the vulnerable. It is an ethics centered on what, with respect to mental and physical well-being, requires our attention. Spinoza's ethics adheres to a medical model of morality, enacting and embodying a system of care to ourselves, care to others, and care to things in the world around us. From this approach, Youpa defends a comprehensive reading of Spinoza's moral philosophy, including its realism, pluralism, and the importance of friendship and education, which are the greatest sources of empowerment and joy. Empowering ourselves and others begins with love: the type of love that Spinoza refers to as the virtue of modestia, or humble devotion to others with their true well-being in mind. Youpa's examination starts with an original interpretaion of Spinoza's theory of emotions, and then turns to the metaphysical foundation of his moral philosophy and its normative and practical implications.
"By means of a chapter-by-chapter textual analysis of the Proslogion, Ortlund makes the case that Anselm's goal, far more than an argument for God's existence, is a meditation on God as the chief happiness of the human soul"--
In The Road to Joy, Kevin McClone invites us to join him in a personal and professional journey exploring eight core psychospiritual pathways that lay the foundation for more joyful living. Inspired by the death of his beloved wife, Grace Chen-McClone, this book seeks to integrate core pathways of psychospiritual transformation. Each chapter explores one pathway in depth, utilizing psychological and spiritual sources, and ends with concrete practical action plans. McClone draws heavily from psychology research and spirituality embedded in various spiritual and mystical traditions including the wisdom rooted in the twelve steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.
An instant New York Times bestseller Two spiritual giants. Five days. One timeless question. Nobel Peace Prize Laureates His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu have survived more than fifty years of exile and the soul-crushing violence of oppression. Despite their hardships—or, as they would say, because of them—they are two of the most joyful people on the planet. In April 2015, Archbishop Tutu traveled to the Dalai Lama's home in Dharamsala, India, to celebrate His Holiness's eightieth birthday and to create what they hoped would be a gift for others. They looked back on their long lives to answer a single burning question: How do we find joy in the face of life's inevitable suffering? They traded intimate stories, teased each other continually, and shared their spiritual practices. By the end of a week filled with laughter and punctuated with tears, these two global heroes had stared into the abyss and despair of our time and revealed how to live a life brimming with joy. This book offers us a rare opportunity to experience their astonishing and unprecendented week together, from the first embrace to the final good-bye. We get to listen as they explore the Nature of True Joy and confront each of the Obstacles of Joy—from fear, stress, and anger to grief, illness, and death. They then offer us the Eight Pillars of Joy, which provide the foundation for lasting happiness. Throughout, they include stories, wisdom, and science. Finally, they share their daily Joy Practices that anchor their own emotional and spiritual lives. The Archbishop has never claimed sainthood, and the Dalai Lama considers himself a simple monk. In this unique collaboration, they offer us the reflection of real lives filled with pain and turmoil in the midst of which they have been able to discover a level of peace, of courage, and of joy to which we can all aspire in our own lives.
JIM JOHNSON is a recovering Southern Baptist, a student of Unity, an ordained minister in A Course In Miracles, and a Certified Hypnotherapist. Scholastically, he has a BS in Chemical Engineering, and an MBA. He spent most of his career as a Naval Officer, an Army Education Officer, a University Math Professor, and a Real Estate Investor. With this varied background, Jim has put his analytical mind to work in writing books that reveal his interest and concern for his fellow planet dwellers. His previous books: Success Through Self-Hypnosis, and the Hypnotherapist Handbook dealt with his hypnotherapy training. Jim has written the scripts and published a seven set CD Self-Hypnosis album, Hypnodynamix, covering 21 behavior modification topics. Welcome to the State of Joy embraces four life-changing teachings into one program, teaching the reader how to achieve peace of mind and live in a state of joy. Jim's years of classroom teaching are evident in this publication. Jim is a sought after speaker delivering his message.Change Your Thinking.Change Your Life. When not writing or speaking, Jim is a performing tap dancer..living in the state of joy. Welcome to the State of Joy embraces four life-changing teachings into one program, teaching you how to achieve peace of mind and how to live in a state of joy. The book is unique in that it shows how A Course In Miracles, Transactional Analysis, Unity, and Hypnotherapy all deliver the same message. When followed.each of the teachings welcomes, you, the reader into the state of joy. Another unique feature of the book is the Personal Assessment. This periodic assessment allows you to conduct a personal assessment, showing you where you stand regarding your thinking at the time of assessment. The scoring method allows you to see where you can change from Wrong-minded Thinking to Right-minded Thinking. This book is a one-of-a-kind in that regard. Learning and practicing the material presented in this book is an effective way to gain access to your Sub-Conscious Mind. It is a means of achieving your full potential. The breaking of an addictive habit, or the accomplishing of any objective is a tremendous achievement. As a result of your accomplishment, you will find an upsurge of new confidence in your own inner being that will carry over into everything you do. This process is a symbol of self-worth.of caring about you.allowing you to achieve your full potential.activating your power within. Welcome to the State of Joy is a reminder of life's everyday magic, of how powerful you are, and of how far you can reach. Sometimes it's easy to lose sight of these truths particularly living a world that wants to insist that we're limited aging creatures, stuck somewhere between luck and fate. A life properly lived is an easy, luxurious life. It's not supposed to be hard, though we can make it that way with Wrong-minded Thinking, low expectations, or failing to see ourselves as we really are.infinite beings of light. We are fun loving gladiators of the Universe.adventurers just being human, with eternity before us and the power of our thoughts to shape it. Welcome to the state of joy.
The teacher in this story was a short stocky lady, who, though mentally challenged had an uncanny ability to teach. She could not, or rather would not carry a conversation, but she did have the tenacity to cause those around her to learn whatever she was teaching: What she wished to eat; where she wanted to go; who would be her companion. Her name was Cheryl. Cheryl's mother, Beverly, was 39 when she took a tumble down a flights of steps while exiting a building where she had been the evenings keynote speaker. That fall did not show the full penalty immediately. It would be three more years before Beverly would be diagnosed as having Multiple Sclerosis. That disease would take everything from her.
A Gift They'll Love | Cool Notebook with Many Uses If you're looking for a cute gift or searching for a great notebook for yourself, you'll love the JOY Notebook. Because this classic lined notebook has a cute empowering quote on the cover, you'll be inspired and reminded to focus on the positives each time you use it. In addition, the motivational "JOY" quote cover is sure to be a crowd pleaser. How many compliments will you get from jealous friends, classmates, or coworkers when they see you use your new notebook? Are there days you could be more motivated? Do you want to be more creative or more organized? Notebooks are quick and easy way to do this and more. If you like cute notebooks and are filled with faith and belief in your ability and future, then be inspired and let your creative juices flow each time you use the JOY Notebook! Buy Now & Enjoy: * A powerful inspirational quote cover * Plenty of space for stickers or washi tape * Easy portability with soft cover * Hours of organization, mindfulness and relaxing journaling! Achieve Your Goals and Organize Your Life Write down accomplishments with your hobbies, weight loss, and other life goals. Look back feel good about yourself and all you've done. Use journaling to celebrate your goals and dreams, and to track important tasks, take notes, and keep phone numbers. Use the JOY Notebook to organize your life. Increase Creativity, Memory, and Intelligence Studies show writing by hand boosts creativity, memory and intelligence. Journaling also helps manage emotions, improve self-awareness, and develop empathy. This leads to understanding others better and more emotional intelligence. Journaling also gives your creative juices more punch so you can quickly and easily come up with super ideas. Imagine how awesome you'll be at work, home or at school with your improved creativity. Your next great idea may be write at the tips of your fingers waiting to be found on the pages of the JOY Notebook. Product Details: ° Over 100 ruled pages ° 7x10 inch size ° High quality paper What Really Matters? Stop limiting yourself and start living with increased intelligence, creativity and organization now with the JOY Notebook. Think about the importance of your birth certificate, property deeds, or even the laws that govern our society...the stuff that really matters goes onto paper. This includes your goals, dreams and activities.
Topa and Cancha are boys who live in the village of Huari in the shadow of the Andes Mountains of South America. As Topa walks along a path outside the village, he encounters a large stone that has the shape of a bear. The stone looks so realistic that Topa finds it alarming. He senses that the stone holds a message of importance to his people, the Inca. Topa wants his friend to see the strange stone, so they sneak out of the village and into the night where danger lurks at every turn. Beasts of the night, such as the mighty puma, put the boys' lives in peril. The boys learn that the "bear stone" holds the key to their destiny. With courage they must devise a bold plan to save the treasure of their people!
Help baby learn Christmas-related words with this adorably-illustrated book. Black and white art and bursts of color will capture baby’s attention with large, simple pictures that encourage learning. Pictures include: shepherd, lamb, crown, angel, star, candle, cow and baby Jesus. Other books in the Baby’s First Christmas Book series include: Holiday Surprise, Santa’s Coming, and Winter Fun!
Author Alex Tumparov has learned from a lifetime of studying, teaching, and applying the principles of Joy in Life that they will dramatically change and drastically transform your life. You can make real progress, regardless of your current state or condition. Joy in Life is designed to give you the courage to begin your journey and also encourage you every step of the way. It will give you strength for today, hope for tomorrow, and a bright promise for the future. Despite any obstacles that come your way, you must recognize that it is not the world or your circumstances that need to change; real change must begin with you. No goal is easy, whether it is climbing to the top of a mountain, becoming chairman of the board, or achieving an ideal weight loss. Life is a journey, and Joy in Life promises to get you started in the right direction; keep you on the path you need to go; lead you to your destination. You must realize that God has a perfect plan and purpose for your life; nothing He does is by accident. You too can begin looking at the big picture that can only be seen through the eyes of faith. If you take these simple steps and follow the leadership of God to the best of your ability, He will absolutely lead and guide you. Today you can begin the journey that will take you far beyond the limits of human comprehension, for He truly is your guide to genuine joy and true happiness and much Joy in Life.