By Peter Ralston
Over a long time of martial arts and meditation perform, Peter Ralston came upon a curious and paradoxical truth: that actual know-how arises from a country of not-knowing. Even the main honest research of self and spirit, he says, is frequently sabotaged via our tendency to snatch too speedy for solutions and concepts as we retreat to the protection of the recognized. This "Hitchhiker’s consultant to wisdom" presents precious guideposts alongside an experiential trip for these Western minds predisposed to wandering off to previous behavior, loved presumptions, and a stubbornly reliable feel of self. conveniently and readability Ralston teaches readers how one can realize the heritage styles that they're frequently too busy, under pressure, or distracted to note. The e-book of now not Knowing issues out the methods humans get caught of their lives and provides readers the way to make clean offerings approximately each element in their lives, from a spot of information rather than autopilot.
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