Tiny Buddha: Simple Wisdom for Life’s Hard Questions

by David

in Be Awesome

I’ve just discovered that Lori Deschene of TinyBuddha.com is publishing a book!

The book called Tiny Buddha – Simple Wisdom for Life’s Hard Questions will be available for purchase on December 8th, although in the UK you’ll have to wait until January 15 January 2012 to get hold of the hardcover.

Fortunately UK residents can still buy the book in Kindle format from December 8th… and I’ve pre-ordered mine!

Tiny Budda Simple wisdom For Life's Hard Questions Lori DesheneUS Customers can get the book HERE

UK Customers can get the book HERE

I’ve known about Lori’s Tiny Wisdom for quite a while but it wasn’t until I saw a video (see below) of her speaking that I really sat up and took notice.

Lori speaks very genuinely about her own experiences in life and how she’s overcome many of the issues that beset her in earlier life.

So having seen Lori speaking I was keen to get a taster for what awaits me in the book. Not satisfied to wait another 2 days until its release I sought out a preview and knew I’d made a good choice as soon as I read this line:

I’m not a huge fan of vague, flowery, New Age jargon, so I;ve gone to huge effort to keep this book practical and rooted in reality.

Making changes

The very act of making a different choice is in itself change. Whether or not we can sustain those changes depends largely on what we believe and what we tell ourselves.

This is something I can definitely get behind. The way we think about ourselves and our lives is crucial to what we believe, so it’s important to think awesome thoughts, which can in turn lead us to do awesome things.


From the excerpts that I read I can say that Lori’s advice is wholly realistic. She mentions an exchange on Twitter during which she was asked:

“What do you do when you feel like your whole world is crashing down on you? ”

To which Lori replied:

“I stop trying to put it all back together for a bit and let myself deal with my feelings.Then I start rebuilding one piece at a time.”

The question relates to a feeling I’ve experienced myself so I know that the answer Lori gave is valuable. I discovered that by taking this approach over time, it’s possible to reduce the amount of time spent dealing with emotions and move more quickly to rebuilding your life.


The following extract also reflects my own experience:

The best way to navigate new territory is to create new mental maps. Research indicates that we do this most effectively when we reach our own insights, as opposed to when someone else tells us what to do. It’s why advice so frequently falls flat: in order for us to get past the discomfort of our thoughts and conditioning, we truly need to have our own epiphanies.

People think that awakenings are only for small children, but adults can experience them too, except we prefer to call them epiphanies. If you’ve ever watched a child as they suddenly gain an understanding about their world, it’s electrifying. Their world has changed in an instant and it’s exciting and rewarding.

Of course, they’re open for it because they’re on a quest to learn and they don’t have the same hang-ups as us, but if we open ourselves up to the possibility of insights and epiphanies by learning and letting our brains do the work they’re designed to do, we can enjoy more of our own awakenings.

This was not quite a review but from what I’ve seen so far, I am positive the book will be enjoyable and highly beneficial – I can’t wait to read it!

So if you’re on the fence about buying Tiny Buddha, watch Lori speak before you decide. It’s 23 minutes long but it’s time well invested especially if you don’t feel that good about the way your life is right now.

Or Watch it at Tiny Buddha

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