The Serenity Passport

Journey to calm with 30 words from around the world

Megan C Hayes
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A joyful exploration of the ways in which we relax and rejuvenate around the world, with practical lessons to be drawn from myriad cultures.

Discover a calmer way of life with secrets drawn from cultures around the world. From ancient meditative practices to simple self-care philosophies, throughout history and around the world people have sought ways to live a more balanced life. In our busy, modern lives we are constantly seeking a deeper state of balance and calmness of mind, such as that evoked by the the Sanskrit upeksa. Whether you find peacefulness in an afternoon siesta, prefer a calming volta or simply like to grab a beer with mates to unwind as described by the Norwegian utepils, the words in this book will inspire you with new ways to find calm in everyday life. Positive psychologist Megan C Hayes reveals the true meaning of each term and show you how to bring a little more serenity to every area of life.

Author bio:

Megan Hayes is a researcher, writer, and pioneer of the Positive JournalĀ® approach to personal writing. As an academic in the field of positive psychology she has spent the last decade studying the psychology of happiness and researching techniques to boost happiness. She has a passion for all things related to wellbeing and a personal interest in mental health issues, having grown up with a mother and sister who both experienced bi-polar episodes.As an academic, Megan has presented her research at conferences in the United Kingdom, United States and Europe, including the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA) and the European Conference on Positive Psychology (ECPP). Her first two books, Write Yourself Happy and The Happiness Passport were published in 2018.

Category: Mind Body Spirit
ISBN: 9781781319161
Table Of Contents: IntroductionChapter One: Focus & Awareness With an ever more enticing range of technological tools at our disposal, modern life comes with a side dish of constant distraction. To counter this, let us look at how cultures around the world opt to stay focussed.Shu,Traditional Chinese - the virtue of having sympathetic concern for others Sati,Pali - mindfulness or awareness Ayliak, Bulgarian - the art of living slowly and without worry Flow, English - a state of energised focus and awareness in an activity; being immersed or in the zone' Hooponopono, Hawaiian - problem-solving or setting to right' process; forgiveness Aprama?da, Sanskrit - articulates a sense of moral watchfulness' or awareness of ethical implications of one's actions Feature spread - It's in Our Nature... Take a Digital Detox and Seek Calm in the Outside World Including: Russianlistopad noun for falling leaves'. JapaneseShirin-yoku forest-bathing'. Icelandichoppípolla, a verb for jumping in puddles. Urdu phrase dil baagh baagh ho-gaya, or my heart became a garden' to mean intense joy (illustrating how we link wellbeing and natural world). Chapter Two: Body & Wellness Our minds and bodies are not distinct entities. As such, globally we have developed many traditions that promote gentle movement, focused breathing and balanced lifestyles as helpful paths to a calmer mind. Capoeira, Portuguese (Brazil) - a system of physical discipline and movement, treated as a martial art and dance form Pra?ayama, Sanskrit - breath control, include as try this':Ujjayi (particular practice of focussed breathing) Flâner, French - the art of leisurely strolling Desabafar, Portuguese - to unburden oneself or let off steam', either through talking or an activity like running or walking Hózhó, Navajo - a philosophy of wellness through balanced living Hasyayoga, India and USA - laughter yoga; the practice of voluntary prolonged laughing Feature spread - Take a Dip: Ways We Bathe Chapter Three: Habits & Rituals To take the stress out of de-stressing, it can be useful to establish a regular, non-negotiable habit. Around the world we do just this with everyday rituals that keep us calm and connected to others.Fika, Swedish - social coffee break, usually with pastries or cookies Mitzvot, Hebrew - kind or moral acts performed out of duty Nuchi-gusui, Japanese (from Okinawa) - the ritual of treating one's food as life medicine', including hara hachi bu, the habit of eating until you are only eight parts full' for health Utepils, Norwegian - first beer outside with friends Dominguear, Spanish - to partake in activities associated with Sunday; literally to Sunday' or, domingueando, Sunday-ing' Sadhana, Indian - dedicated practice or learning Feature spread - Music to Our Ears... The Harmony of Song Including: Djembe drumming from West Africa (djé' is the verb for gather' and bé' translates as peace'). From Sanskrit: Kirtan chanting and Bhakti poetry. Romanian lyrical poetry, Doina. ArabicTaarab music, lit. having joy with music'.Chapter Four: Rest & Relaxation Sleeping is perhaps the number one form of self-care there is, and is a well-practiced skill we all share, but what are some of the ways we like to rest and relax across the globe? From environments conducive to relaxing, to restful activities, here is a taste of the different ways we recuperate. Fredagsmys, Swedish - Friday cosinessVillasukkapäivä, Finnish - a woollen socks dayAbbiocco, Italian - drowsiness following a large mealFjaka, Croatian - relaxation of body and mind or the sweetness of doing nothing' Couthie, Scottish - (of a person) agreeable, friendly, sympathetic; (of a thing or place) comfortable, snug Chouzourév?o, Greek - the particular coziness of a lie in Morgenfrisk, Danish - feeling fresh and rested when you wake up in the morning Feature spread - The Serenity of Slumber Includes: Spanishsiesta and Italianmeriggiare to rest at noon (in the shade)'. Japaneseinemuri: the practice of napping in public. Sanskrit yoganidra. Dutchquesting: to allow a lover access to one's bed for chitchat'. Chapter Five: Patience & Poise We often seek serenity when faced with the hardest of times. In such times, we humans display an astonishing capacity for resilience, in part thanks to cherished virtues and practices that bolster our resolve.Gamam, Japanese (from Zen Buddhism) - enduring the seemingly unbearable with patience and dignity Belum, Indonesia - means not yet' but with an optimistic tint that an event might yet happen Upek?a, Sanskrit - deep state of calm; equanimity Konfliktfähigkeit, German - literally conflictability' meaning the capacity to overcome disagreements, find a fair solution and generally promote tolerance Voorpret, Dutch - joy or pleasure ahead and in anticipation of the actual fun event. Includes: German noun vorfreude meaning similar, joyful anticipation derived from imagining future pleasures.Feature spread - There For You... Finding Peace in Other PeopleNaz: Urdu word for the assurance in knowing that another's love is unconditional and unshakable. Jeong/jung: Korean noun for deep affection, affinity, connectedness (may or may not be romantic). Sobornost: Russian for spiritual community of jointly living people. Anam cara: Gaelic for soul mate that offers you honesty and belonging. Alamnaka: from Ulwa (Nicaragua), meaning to meet a kindred soul or find a relationship unlike any other you have had. Dozywocie: Polish for the parental contract with children guaranteeing lifelong support. Koi no yokan: Japanese for the feeling of knowing that you will soon fall in love with the person you have just met. Conclusion:A Map of Calm Around the World Psychologist and expert compiler of a positive lexicography' of our world, Tim Lomas answers questions including: What is The Happy Words Project, and what does it illustrate about calm and serenity; Why do it is important to have a diverse, global view of wellbeing, and in particular serenity; How understanding these words can have a positive impact on all our lives.
Publisher: Quarto UK
Imprint: White Lion Publishing
Pub Date: November 2019
Page Extent: 144
Format: Hard Cover
Subject: Mind, Body, Spirit: thought & practice