If That Hasn’t Worked, Try This
1. Life does not have to be hard work.
2. Life does not have to be a succession of coughs, colds, aches and pains (at any age).
3. There are two important ways of understanding food and its effects on us. Few people know either of them and very few understand them both.
4. Awareness is not something we have to practise – it is something which happens to us. More
This book is in two parts.
In Part One I take some common problems and offer solutions that will help, or even remove the problem completely.
Sometimes the solution is mine, sometimes I point the reader to a book, a technique or a product. I have also brought together the two dietary systems which, in my opinion, are the most useful for long-term well-being.
In Part Two I discuss the three ways I deal with problems in my own life. They are:
Knowledge about food
Reprogramming the mind
Simple meditation techniques
I also offer some thoughts on believers versus sceptics, effortless awareness, and happiness versus misery.
There is quite a lot of repetition in the book, because much of the material will be new to most people.
I alternate between the masculine and feminine pronouns, so please do not mind if you are a female reader and I refer to “him,” or vice-versa.
Where a programme involves referring to a person by name, I have called that person Fred. Fred pops up throughout the book. Substitute the name of the person you are relating to or concerned about, and change the pronouns from masculine to feminine if appropriate.
I use “OCD” for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. By this I mean not only the urge to hoover under the chairs of the guests while they are finishing their pudding, or to do the washing-up and then do it all again, but also any state of mind which obsesses us and makes us miserable.
I use “TM” to indicate Transcendental Meditation. This is not a book about TM, but I devote a chapter to it and mention it at various points, because I was once involved with the TM Movement.
What you will not find in this book is anything much about hard work, effort or discipline.
There is nothing wrong with hard work, effort and discipline, when someone chooses them for himself, but they are generally not so helpful when passed from writer to reader or from teacher to student. I want this book to seem like an enjoyable outing, not a burden.
If I could give one recommendation to the person starting this book, it would be this:
Take it easy.
Don’t feel obliged to start running your life around my ideas. Take your time, pick and choose, and go with the things that feel comfortable and right for you. If you prefer to read the book out of general interest, without trying even one of the solutions or exercises, that is fine with me.
My book is not written by someone whose life has been a success story. It is written by someone whose life was until recently a series of catastrophes, with long periods living quite destructively, because since I was a failure there was no point in trying to be a good person.
After the last and (I hope) final catastrophe, I made a firm decision: I’m not going to suffer any more.
I hope that the things I have learned will be of interest to you.
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