FOREWORD by Kip Mistral, co-author of Horse Training In-Hand: A Modern Guide to Working from the Ground:
When I learned that my friend Anna Marciniak was, with her husband Pawel Marciniak, publishing their book Calmness Based Life: A Practical Guide, it was natural to volunteer my services as a writer/editor to copy proof the content.
What I didn’t count on was becoming enthralled with the manuscript as I noticed the unique voice that draws the reader through the text. Simple, declarative, powerful language with a special glint in the eye…for instance, I asked Anna why she referred to “the Nature” instead of “Nature” as we do in English. She replied “The Nature is the exact being, the existing being, real and with its own laws. The Nature supports everything that lives and exists.” So we use “the Nature” for this reason.
As I worked through the book I realized how important it was to let Anna’s voice alone, to not change things I normally might edit, and just do the most basic copy proofing. And as I worked through, reading each word, digesting every sentence, I could feel the words changing me. They freed me. They made me understand a lot of things.
Anna’s words tell us to pay attention to ourselves, to stop judging, and let the Nature sort out the details. Anna’s words, amazingly, tell us that our only jobs are to learn to be calm so we can learn about our True Selves.
This is so opposite to what most of us are told. We are taught to keep busy, to do what our parents want, to do what our teachers want, to do what our employers want. To stay still and keep quiet, to draw neatly inside someone else’s lines. How many of us wind up with a life lived to make other people happy, having had in many cases felt forced to betray our unique ourselves? Is this not too great a sacrifice?
For then there is no real fulfillment, even if we can pay the bills and be dutiful in other ways. And if we are honest, one has to ask this question…what is really the point of this “unlived” life?
Ultimately, if we cheat ourselves, we cheat the world. And, indeed, all those people whom we tried to make happy.
So the first step is, Anna tells us, is to give ourselves permission to learn about ourselves, and that is the best gift of all.
I hope you enjoy this lovely book as much as I have, and will continue to enjoy as I keep reading it over time, as I practice learning to be calm and learning about my True Self.
June 27, 2015
CALMNESS BASED LIFE
Format: eBook, 82 pages,
18 practical chapters explaining step by step how to introduce calmness into your everyday life:
Calmness and Food,
Calmness and the Body,
Calmness and Change,
Calmness and Creativity,
Calmness and Knowledge,
Calmness and Integrated Life,
Calmness and Business,
Calmness and Feeling Safe,
Calmness and Wealth,
Calmness and Life Path,
Calmness and Energy,
Calmness and Awareness,
Calmness and Relationships,
Calmness and Helping other people,
Calmness and Enlightenment.
Price: 46 Eu
I just wanted to send you a note to thank you for your book Calmness Based Life. I read it yesterday and had some profound realizations. I appreciate that it is not a ‘quick self help book’ but rather a reminder of how life should be lived.
As a person who struggles with anxiety and depression, Calmness is often the last thing that I am feeling, but your book helped me remember moments when I have been calm, and after reading it I have been able to achieve several moments of true Calmness.
When I read your chapters Calmness and Creativity and then Calmness and Knowledge, I have to admit my first reaction was to feel skeptical. How is the Nature able to share its infinite knowledge with us? I did not trust it. But, later in the day I experienced myself creating something that I’d never done before, and the only way I could have known what to do was to learn it from the Nature!
I want to thank you again for writing this book, and I really appreciate how it does not seem to really be ‘by’ you. You have just translated a bit of the Nature for us to be introduced to it, so that we can rekindle our own relationship with it, if that makes sense.
Much love, I am refreshed and excited to continue on my journey.