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Trying Not to TryBy Edward Slingerland

In a Nutshell

Trying Not To Try explores ancient, Chinese philosophy to break down the art of being spontaneous, which will help you unite your mind and body, reach a state of flow, and breeze through life like a leaf in a river.

Favorite quote

The conscious mind, ungrounded by the wisdom of the body, is remarkably incapable in taking care of business.

Introduction

Tactics in the science of self-improvement come and go. What works for productivity one month, might not work the next. Even the greatest morning routine eventually gets old. How you save and invest money will change over time.

So how about philosophy? If science provides the tactics, then philosophy complements them with strategy. Two important philosophies are stoicism and ancient, Eastern schools of thought.

The author of Trying Not To Try, Edward Slingerland, is a professor of Asian studies, a global authority on Chinese thought and a keen observer of the relationship between the humanities and cognitive science.

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