Radical Happiness: A Guide to Awakening by Gina Lake provides the keys to experiencing the happiness that is always present and not dependent on circumstances. This happiness doesn't come from getting what we want, but from wanting what is here now. It comes from realizing that who we think we are - that is, who our thoughts tell us we are - is not who we really are. This is a radical perspective! True happiness comes from experiencing our true nature by being present in each moment.
Radical Happiness describes the nature of the egoic state of consciousness and how the ego interferes with happiness, how to detach from the ego, what awakening and enlightenment are, and how to live in this world following awakening. Exercises are included to help you apply the information and transform your experience of life ... and become happier!
From Radical Happiness: "When we are identified with the mind, we believe that we are who we think we are: our self-image and the labels we have for ourselves. But is that who you are? If that is who you are, then who is it that is able to think about this question? What is it that is aware of the ideas that make up your self-image? What is it that is aware of the coming and going of thoughts?"
About the author: Gina Lake is a spiritual teacher and the author of numerous books about awakening to one's true nature, including Trusting Life, Embracing the Now, Radical Happiness, Living in the Now, Return to Essence, Loving in the Moment, Anatomy of Desire, and Getting Free. She is also a gifted intuitive with a master's degree in counseling psychology and over 20 years of experience supporting people in their spiritual growth.
"Radical Happiness is a supremely intelligent guide to awakening from the delusion of the mind and its time. Gina points with clarity and wisdom, while offering practical exercises and helpful resources so that we may realize the extraordinary delight of the Heart." (Katie Davis, author of Awake Joy)
"Gina Lake awakened into radical happiness after a deep exploration of psychology, metaphysics, and astrology. Having walked that path to its end, Gina's heart-full story of what it is to be peacefully aware, loving, and content in the midst of any life circumstance can serve as a bridge to countless others who share her background. Insightfully and eloquently written, Radical Happiness offers practical pointers and exercises that allow every reader to discover who they really are by their own experience. Like all great epics, there is a wonderful twist involved in your exploration. Dive in and Be Happy." (Sundance Burke, author of Free Spirit)
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Accepting life as it comes to you. There is no good or bad its just how you personally perceive it. Stop thinking and live in the present moment.
It is what it is a great book!
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Interesting but a bit of a downer
Gina Lake is a thoughtful writer and her spiritual insights are worth listening to.
The book was a bit repetitive so it didn't build to a big conclusion. Also, this is not that kind of book.
I wasn't crazy about the performance. I thought the voice was lifeless and monotonous. The voice contributed to the feeling of 'downness' which I took away from the book. I am sure this wasn't intended and when the title is all about happiness, there should have been something more uplifting about the performance but there wasn't.
No. It was too long for that.
The book definitely made me interested in listening to more books by Gina Lake because I think she has something to say in this area of spirituality and mindfulness. I will try another of her books. However, the woman who she has hired to do the reading is such a downer that it makes the subject matter a bit of a grind to get through. So monotonous and uninspiring. That's one thing that I am really beginning to appreciate with audio books. The presentation of the book becomes really important and an animated voice with the right intonation makes such a difference. I would like to see Gina Lake pick someone else to do her next audio books - or give it a try herself. That was a big negative with this book for me and it interfered with the message.