ISBN 9789384544072,A Field Guide to Happiness: What I Learned in Bhutan About Living, Loving, and Waking Up

A Field Guide to Happiness: What I Learned in Bhutan About Living, Loving, and Waking Up


Linda Leaming


Hay House India



Hay House India

Publication Year 2014

ISBN 9789384544072

ISBN-10 9384544078


Number of Pages 256 Pages
Language (English)

Personal Development & Self-Help

So writes Linda Leaming, a harried American who traveled from Nashville, Tennessee, to the rugged Himalayan nation of Bhutan - sometimes called the happiest place on Earth - to teach English and unlearn her politicized and polarized, energetic and impatient way of life. In Bhutan, if I have three things to do in a week, it's considered busy. In the U.S., I have at least three thingsto do between breakfast and lunch. After losing her luggage immediately upon arrival, Leaming realized that she also had emotional baggage - a tendency toward inaction, a touch of self-absorption and a hundred other trite, stupid, embarrassing and inconsequential things - that needed to get lost as well. Pack up ideas and feelings that tie you down and send you lead-footed down the wrong path. Put them in a metaphorical suitcase and sling it over a metaphorical bridge in your mind. Let the river take them away. Forced by circumstance and her rustic surroundings to embrace a simplified life, Leaming made room for more useful beliefs. The thin air and hard climbs of her mountainous commute put her deeply in touch with her breath, helping her find focus and appreciation. The archaic, glacially paced bureaucracy of a Bhutanese bank taught her to go with the flow - and take up knitting. The ancient ritual of drinking tea brought tranquility, friendship and, eventually, a husband. Each day and each adventure, in her adopted home brought new insights and understandings to take back to frantic America, where she now practices the art of "simulating Bhutan." This collection of stories, impressions and suggestions is a little nudge, a push, a leg up into the rarefied air of paradise - of bright sunlight and beautiful views.