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How Our Decisions Produce Success in Our Lives
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In the Decisions We Make, readers will learn a new mindset that will help make their dreams and goals a reality.
Most of us don’t know how important it is to make the proper decisions. Good decisions can make our lives run smoothly. Unfortunately, we often repeat our mistakes. Even though we know the likely outcome, we hope for different results.
The decisions we make in our lives affect our jobs, relationships, and financial situations. They also affect our mental health. Everything that happens to us in life is a direct result of our decisions we have made. Once we understand the effects of our decisions, we can then reap the rewards of making quality decisions that propel our lives forward instead of holding us back.
Some decisions can be destructive and change our lives in seconds with no chance of recovery. It is important to understand the value of making proper decisions. They can literally mean the difference between life and death.
Praise for The Decisions We Make:
“This book examines some important points regarding decisions and decision-making. The author begins by defining a decision as a choice made after thinking about it. The thinking process required to make any decision will be influenced by our beliefs and priorities. Priorities need to be considered at all times; merely depending on what happens will lead to our being controlled by our environment instead of controlling it….Small, at just 24 pages and almost pocket-sized, his book could be kept in a purse or car to help readers when a tough situation arises, offering a reminder to consider priorities and beliefs and take charge of one’s life in positive ways. It might also be useful in facilitating a discussion group on the subject of making positive choices and decisions.” – The US Review of Books
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“In order to be productive in the world and make a difference in your life and the lives of others, you have to make quality decisions that will alter your life in a positive way. This will cause others to see the goodness that has been placed in your life. More often than not, our poor decisions hold us back from receiving what we are supposed to get in life. Making the right kinds of decisions moves us closer to happiness and peace of mind.”

 

 

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Travis Towns is the founder and president of Feel Good Poems and the author of “The Decisions We Make”. He is a God-fearing man who believes that each person deserves to live the life that he or she desires. He lives in Philadelphia, and he is maximizing his decision-making potential so that he can teach others how to effectively make quality decisions that will take their lives to the next level.

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How Our Decisions Produce Success in Our Lives
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In the Decisions We Make, readers will learn a new mindset that will help make their dreams and goals a reality.
Most of us don’t know how important it is to make the proper decisions. Good decisions can make our lives run smoothly. Unfortunately, we often repeat our mistakes. Even though we know the likely outcome, we hope for different results.
The decisions we make in our lives affect our jobs, relationships, and financial situations. They also affect our mental health. Everything that happens to us in life is a direct result of our decisions we have made. Once we understand the effects of our decisions, we can then reap the rewards of making quality decisions that propel our lives forward instead of holding us back.
Some decisions can be destructive and change our lives in seconds with no chance of recovery. It is important to understand the value of making proper decisions. They can literally mean the difference between life and death.
Praise for The Decisions We Make:
“This book examines some important points regarding decisions and decision-making. The author begins by defining a decision as a choice made after thinking about it. The thinking process required to make any decision will be influenced by our beliefs and priorities. Priorities need to be considered at all times; merely depending on what happens will lead to our being controlled by our environment instead of controlling it….Small, at just 24 pages and almost pocket-sized, his book could be kept in a purse or car to help readers when a tough situation arises, offering a reminder to consider priorities and beliefs and take charge of one’s life in positive ways. It might also be useful in facilitating a discussion group on the subject of making positive choices and decisions.” – The US Review of Books
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About the Author

Travis Towns is the founder and president of Feel Good Poems and the author of “The Decisions We Make”. He is a God-fearing man who believes that each person deserves to live the life that he or she desires. He lives in Philadelphia, and he is maximizing his decision-making potential so that he can teach others how to effectively make quality decisions that will take their lives to the next level.

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Publisher: Ronin Publishing
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CANNABIS FOR SENIORS is for seniors who are curious about cannabis and how they might use it to better their lives.
CANNABIS FOR SENIORS reviews research regarding the health effects of cannabis and the effectiveness of various strains for managing specific health conditions and improving quality of life.
CANNABIS FOR SENIORS debunks myths and discusses concerns that seniors may have about cannabis use. Docpotter describes methods of using cannabis, explaining how smoking, eating, and topicals users.
CANNABIS FOR SENIORS discusses ways seniors can use cannabis to manage various health concerns, one of which is the widespread use of powerful, potentially dangerous, addictive pharmaceutical medications. Docpotter explains how cannabis can help reduce, even avoid the use of opioids, while ameliorating health conditions commonly experience including, insomnia, depression, Alzheimer’s Disease, pain, stress and anxiety, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, and others. CANNABIS FOR SENIORS explains the research and anecdotal evidence supporting the use of medical cannabis to enable seniors to better decide if they want to try using cannabis to soothe ailments.
CANNABIS FOR SENIORS discusses how using cannabis enlivens mood and encourages conviviality to facilitate socializing. Research shows that seniors who have positive interactions with friends, family members, and communities live longer, happier and healthier lives.
Seniors new to cannabis or an experienced user, both, will find much useful information in CANNABIS FOR SENIORS. Friends and relatives of seniors as well as caretakers and practitioners working with seniors will find it a valuable resource and interesting read.
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Docpotter—Beverly A Potter, PhD, earned her doctorate from Stanford University. She was an early Silicon Valley corporate trainer and has authored numerous books on health and workplace issues. Docpotter is located in Oakland Ca. Her site, docpotter.com is packed with useful information.

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Self-Help, Non-Fiction, General Adult
Date Published: September 7th 2019
Publisher: VisualBee Publishing
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Lola is every bit the minimalist babe – she lives simply, is intelligent and sassy, emotional and strong, calm and composed. Realizing that less is more, she traded in material possessions to focus on what was truly important to her. Lola’s inspiring guide delivers real-world advice on how to consume less, clear out clutter, find authenticity, and live a life based on freedom. It is a sincere attempt to help those who want to end their obsession with stuff.
Echoing the thoughts behind Leonardo da Vinci’s quote that “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication,” this book teaches you how to value the simple things. From learning to declutter and live with less to living life with passion, good health, and great relationships. The Minimalist Babe is for anyone who desires a more intentional life. Drawing from real-life experiences, it is filled with stories that will teach you step-by-step how to be:
Authentic, self-assured, calm and composed, mindful, minimal and self-sufficient, financially stable, purposeful, free, healthy and happy.
So what are you waiting for?
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Why am I writing this?
I’m not one to preach. In fact, I find the act of trying to convince someone of a different lifestyle quite unnatural. Everyone has their own path in life and their own timing. I understand the principles of minimalism may not be for everyone. You may now be wondering why then have I taken the time to write this book? The thing is that I believe everyone is a minimalist at heart; we were simple at birth, after all.
 I often hear others reminisce about the old days. How life was simple and vivid during childhood. Music was heavenly, the outdoors was our domain and ice cream was everything! There was an authentic nuance to life that now most of us only have access to through our memories; the bitter-sweet nostalgia.
This book is about reviving that childlike glee. It’s about happiness and what it really takes to be happy. It’s about realizing that less is more, and about letting go of your possessions and the depressions that come with it. It’s about doing away with the unessential so we can concentrate on the things that are truly important to us. Finally, it’s about living in the present and being ready to accept the wonderful things waiting to reach you.
Our need for more: One of society’s most grave and (until now) ignored illnesses.
The Minimalist Babe is about saying goodbye to the extras in life from time to time, finding happiness in having less, and finding your inner badass through your newly acquired freedom. It is the culmination of all my research; a toolbox of sorts filled with tips, techniques, exercises, and prompts that have helped me be my most authentic self.
When I’m not writing, I spend my time nurturing relationships and learning new skills. I focus on being healthy and purposeful and it’s working like magic. I am in the happiest phase of my life and want the same for each one of you. This book is an attempt to manifest that vision. Let us cut out the bitter side of nostalgia and bite into the sweetness of life that is now
Love,
Lola
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Lola Ray Marie loves to write, bathe in sunrays and ponder the mysteries of life. She is also the author of “A Morning Routine” her debut Self-Help book.
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The Paradise Man – Blitz

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Religion, Spirituality, Self-Help
Publisher: Xlibris
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Since Adam and Eve left Eden, humanity has endured through long millennia of hardships and sufferings, especially death. But the hearts of their children and great-grandchildren have never given up the hope that, someday, they could return to the place of happiness that once had been their inheritance. It is a legitimate and dignified dream. In fact, since the day Adam and Eve left, paradise has remained on earth, waiting for every single human child to return.
Mertons paradise, in the last analysis, is on earth, but it is not a spacious place. It is rather an attitude of heart, a state of consciousness, in a spiritual journey. The recovery of paradise occurs when the ego in us becomes empty like a desert. The more the noisy ego diminishes, the more the paradise appears in all its beauty. In fact, this paradise is the face of God, not just an imaginary picture but the true God Himself. The more the face of our ego fades out, the more the face of God shines in his glory, might, and goodness. The desert path is more a journey within our consciousness than through geographical space and time. That is why it belongs to all people and is not just reserved for desert hermits.
According to Thomas Merton, you need not be a bishop, a priest, a monk, a nun, a religious person, or a hermit to enter the spiritual journey. You may be a lay person, a normal churchgoer very busy with your daily duties, but you certainly could be a real paradise man.
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Since Adam and Eve left Eden, humanity has endured through long millennia of hardships and sufferings, especially death. But the hearts of their children and great grandchildren have never given up the hope that someday they could return to the place of happiness which once had been their inheritance. It is a legitimate and dignified dream. In fact, since the day Adam and Eve left, paradise has remained on earth waiting for every single human child to return.
Following the great journey of humankind in the search for the paradise, utopias and fairytale worlds expressed in many centuries in various cultures and religions, this present work describes the arrival of the search that means paradise is found. We seek to understand what is the life of the Paradise Man? What is the Paradise World?
Pope Francis of the Roman Catholic Church spoke to the US Congress on September 24, 2015, and he gave praise to four great Americans: Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton. The last of these four great heroes, Thomas Merton, will be the lead contributor for this work.
Thomas Merton (1915-1968) is recognized as the most influential American Catholic author of the twentieth century. His autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain, has sold over one million copies and has been translated into over fifteen languages. He wrote over sixty books and many poems and articles on various topics. The most central themes are the monastic life and contemplative prayer. He was also a strong supporter of the nonviolent civil rights movement. Thomas Merton was born on January 31st, 1915 in Prades, France, to a New Zealand father and an American mother. Both were artists. Merton converted to Roman Catholicism whilst at Columbia University in 1942. He was called to priesthood and entered the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky, a community of Trappist monks, the most ascetic Roman Catholic monastic order. In Gethsemani Abbey he lived for twenty-seven years and went through profound ongoing conversion. During his last years, he became deeply interested in Asian religions. The Dalai Lama praised him as having more profound understanding of Buddhism than any other Christian he had known. He died in Bangkok on December 10th, 1968 by an accidental electrocution during a conference on East-West monastic dialogue. 2
Thomas Merton left in many of his writings profound observations concerning the noble human dream and in particular he introduced us to the paradise of the Desert Fathers:

Modern studies of the Fathers have revealed beyond question that one of the main motives that impelled men to embrace the “angelic life” (bios angelikos) of solitude and poverty in the desert was precisely the hope that by so doing they might return to paradise. 3

Thomas Merton wrote the above lines in his book: Zen and the Birds of Appetite. This book was Merton’s dialogue with Dr. Daisetz Suzuki, the famous Japanese scholar and writer, about the transcendent experience of paradise in both Christian and Buddhist traditions. Thomas Merton openheartedly shared more with us what he found: “Paradise is not ‘heaven.’ Paradise is a state, or indeed a place, on earth. Paradise belongs more properly to the present than to the future life.”4
Paradise! What is it like? It is not a material paradise providing bodily satisfaction and mental relaxation like that of vacation locations: Hawaii, Miami, Las Vegas and Hollywood. It also is not the paradise of Milton, which has been said by E.M.W. Tillyard to be too weak and unconvincing because it has “too much leisure and . . . nothing to do.” He also compared Adam and Eve in Milton’s work to “old age pensioners enjoying a perpetual youth.” 5 The paradise which Merton talked about was the paradise of the Desert Fathers.
Merton’s paradise, in the last analysis, is on earth, but it is an interior place. It is rather an attitude of heart, a state of consciousness, in a spiritual journey. The recovery of paradise occurs when the ego in us becomes empty like a desert. The more the noisy ego diminishes, the more the paradise appears in all its beauty. In fact, this paradise is the Face of God, not just an imaginary picture, but the true God Himself. The more the face of our ego fades out, the more the Face of God shines in His Glory, Might, and Goodness. The Desert Path is more a journey within our consciousness than through geographical space and time. That is why it belongs to all people and is not just reserved for desert hermits.

This book will include the following aspects of the journey:

  • Ø   the traveler’s experiences of the transformation into a Paradise Man in union with God;
  • Ø   the traveler’s union with fellow humans though still in a challenging world;
  • Ø   the traveler’s harmonious union with the world of creation in a “cosmic dance.” God is the dancer and we are the dance.6
The focus of this work will be on “The Paradise Man;” therefore, we will not go into detail about the biography of Thomas Merton and this is not the study about only Merton’s theory. We should say that we all enter a mysterious world of Paradise and Thomas Merton is our guide leader.  This work is also not aimed as a profound academic research but only a collection of precious notes to help the author himself and other average churchgoers in finding some inspiration for their spiritual journey. “The Paradise Man” will always be the common expression applicable for both “Man” and “Woman.” Biblical citation will be taken from The New American Bible, revised edition.
According to Thomas Merton, you need not be a bishop, a priest, a monk, a nun, a religious or a hermit; you may be a lay person, a normal churchgoer very busy with your daily duties, but you certainly could also be a Paradise Man.

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Linhxuan Vu or Fr. Peter Dat Tien Vu is a priest and Cistercian monk graduated MDiv (1983) and MA in theology (1987) from Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology at Graduate Theologian Union in Berkeley, California. After some years being sub-novice master at Thien Phuoc Cistercian Abbey in Vung Tau City, Vietnam, he is now serving in the chaplain team at the Retreat House of Assumption Abbey in Ava, Missouri.
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