Books I Want My Kids to Read Someday #6: "The Work of Byron Katie: An Introduction" by Byron Katie

Dear kids,

I first read this free ebook, The Work of Byron Katie: An Introduction maybe two years ago or so. I had heard her ideas were awesome, and I knew one day I would get around to examining my painful beliefs as a way to deal with my depression. But at the time, The Work, as she calls her process of self-inquiry, seemed too much like . . . well, work. And of course, I was right: it is work. Hard work. But isn’t everything that’s worth it?

Then one day, either sufficiently convinced or sufficiently desperate–not sure which–I did try it. And soon thereafter I felt kinda dumb for dragging my bleeding heels for so long.

Byron Katie is the best. Really, kids–the absolute best. By the time you read this, she will likely be no longer with us, and I honestly don’t know what we’re going to do without her.

You missed out.

(Can you ask some of your friends to consider taking her place, please?)

In any case. Even as I recommend this short introduction to her amazing method as highly as any book I’ve ever read, I do so with one caveat: it really is just an introduction. It gives you the basics of her method for overcoming and even eradicating your stressful, neurotic thoughts, but it does not scratch the surface of the power of the process. For that, read any of her other books. I particularly like Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life and I Need Your Love – Is That True?

The potential of The Work isn’t immediately apparent in its overview; it’s the examples that really convince you to try it. And those examples are in her other books.

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