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


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

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A Guardian Best Book of 2014
A 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? In all these cases, spontaneity is elusive. In Trying Not to Try, Edward Slingerland shows us how we can harness its power and become more effective.

We've long been told that the way to achieve our goals is through careful reasoning and conscious effort, but recent research suggests that many aspects of a satisfying life are best pursued indirectly. The early Chinese philosophers knew this, and they wrote extensively about how we can achieve wu-wei (ooo-way) - an effortless, spontaneous way of being in the world.

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.


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Details

Author(s)
Edward Slingerland
Format
Paperback | 304 pages
Dimensions
153 x 234 x 22mm | 396g
Publication date
17 Apr 2014
Publisher
Canongate Books Ltd
Publication City/Country
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Language
English
Edition Statement
Export/Airside - Export/Airside/Ireland
ISBN10
1782114459
ISBN13
9781782114451
Bestsellers rank
335,743