When I was in my late thirties, I started to think more deeply about my life and the kind of person I had become. I knew I had a good life, yet I felt as if I were riding on an emotional roller coaster. Some days, I felt happy, creative, and optimistic. On other days, I fell into self-doubt, self-criticism, and sometimes the darkness of despair. Often, I swung between feeling down and upbeat during a single day. I began to wonder if there was a way to put a stop to this roller coaster way of living. Seeking answers, I read various self-help books, dug deeply into the works of Carl G. Jung, and studied the wisdom traditions of the great religions. I was looking for ideas to try. I found some useful ones, but they didn't stay with me for long, so I drifted back into my old pattern of mood swings. Some days, I gave up hope of ever achieving the states of happiness and inner peace that I had learned were possible. I longed to change, because I knew there had to be a better way to live. We all have moments like this when we're ripe for change. Our inner struggles and emotional pain may have reached a point where necessity requires it or, even when life is going well, we may feel a compelling urge to create something better. Sometimes, circumstances present opportunities for change that are so compelling, we can't pass them up. For example, we may meet someone by accident who, with ease and gentleness, shows us that there is a better way to live, then reveals how to do it. Part fact and part fiction, this is a story of such a time, when, in my early forties, fate led me to an old man, a gardener, who became my teacher and friend. In the short time of three months, he taught me about the sources of my personal suffering and how to cultivate change in myself to eventually bloom as a person. He told me, "We were born to bloom."
What readers are saying
An inspirational read.—Kelly Jay, Spirit magazine
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Book Type Paperback ISBN 9780893344030 Author James Downton Publisher Green Dragon Books
Customer Reviews 3 item(s)
- Blooming Fun!
- This is a delightful little book that makes me wish I had met Kiro Kama, a fun-loving, very wise Japanese Taoist. Kiro tends his garden and teaches Jim how to tame his mind and how to live more in the moment. I have read lots of personal development books, but this is one I will return to again and again. Its practical life lessons have already repaid the cost of the book. I strongly recommend it.
- It's An Awesome Journey
IF YOU ENJOYED THE MOVIE "THE KARATE KID", THEN YOU'LL LOVE THIS BOOK!
This is a great story of a search for wisdom, and insights that can be life-changing.
Throughout this journey, immense gems for happiness are taught to an American in search of better ways to live.
The lessons are bestowed in the garden of a very wise Japanese sensei, Kiro Kama.
Kiro is not always direct...
Yet he is always poignant, and knows how to share "what works" in ways that are unforgettable.
This is a story and journey for adults of all ages.
- Succint, Easy to Read Advice for Living
- It took me several weeks to read this book, not because it is long, or difficult to read, but because I wanted to read it slowly, chapter by chapter and savor the information and advice. I almost wish that there were an index in the back where I could look up "Four Little Ways of Being" or "Triangle of Chain Reactions" to get back to those lessons without flipping back through the whole book. It's obvious that I felt the information was applicable to myself, and usable. I enjoyed Jim's narrative, and especially when he goes back home after meeting with Kiro and talks to his wife Mary. The information about the petunias and attachment was very helpful for me recently when my favorite cat, Merlin was hit by a car and killed. I mourn him and his wonderful, loving spirit, but I now try to see how I can release my attachment to his corporeal being and still feel his love from beyond. I wonder what Kiro would say about that? A great character, easy book to read, and good information for life. I highly recommend it.