I went through the whole piece of Peace Is Every Step. This thin book brings a lot of valuable insights from Buddhist teachings into our information-overloaded world. It's that simple and deeply refreshing.
You've got a selection of my best picks:
- The starting point is mindfulness. And mindfulness is about being fully immersed in the present moment. One way of getting into that state is mindful breathing. Sounds obvious? Just try it and notice how it feels.
- Our society has materialized happiness with things. They expect you to get them so you'll feel happy somewhere in the future. You actually don't have to. Once you're right in the present moment, you have peace and joy right now. Living in the present moment is taking good care of the future.
- Aimlessness: The basic condition for being happy is our consciousness of being happy. If we're not aware that we're happy, we're not really happy.
- What's Not Wrong?: We often ask "What's wrong?". Doing so, that makes we think of things that we're guilty of. Negative thinking often comes up. We would be much happier if we tried to stay on track with the positive things around us. We should learn to ask, "What's not wrong?" and be in touch with that.
- There is a big emphasis on interbeing.