While I'm only putting this one title by Katie on the list, I recommend all of her books. They all say the same thing, but sometimes you need to hear something more than once to really understand it, or at least I do. Katie contends that all of our problems stem from our thoughts, and she's developed a simple, quick technique to short-circuit negative thinking. An acquaintance of mine who works in the "mental health" field pointed out to me that it's basically a simplified version of cognitive therapy, but it also resembles eastern philosophies including Taoism. (A connection Katie makes explicit in her book A Thousand Names for Joy, in which she interprets Lao-tzu's Tao Te Ching.) Actually, what Katie's belief system most resembles is the one that the fictional philosopher Pangloss espouses in Voltaire's famous novel Candide. But, while Voltaire set out to ridicule Pangloss and his notion that "this is the best of all possible worlds", Katie convinced me that Voltaire was wrong and Pangloss was right. I don't hesitate to say that I think Byron Katie is the wisest person on the planet.
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