Blooming: Teachings of a Woo Master

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Blooming: Teachings of a Woo Master

James Downton

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“We were born to bloom.”

In Blooming, author James Downton weaves truth and fiction in an exploration of struggles with self-doubt, despair, and their ultimate resolution through finding personal peace and hope. Quick fixes don’t stick, and old behavior patterns re-emerge until meaningful, fundamental change occurs.

Sometimes a chance encounter can lead to life-changing events. Meet Kiro Kama, enlightened gardener, woo master, a shepherd to wandering souls. Some of the Woo principles Kiro teaches include “The Wheel of Harmony,” “The Four Powers,” and “The Triangle of Chain Reactions.” Learn how to gain personal insight by connecting thoughts, emotions, and actions.

Using the analogy of gardening and Woo Principles, you too can learn to cultivate change from within. And in doing so, continue to bloom as a person. Kiro’s revealing lessons will enable you to attain your own “Woo Power.”

Editorial Reviews:

“An inspirational read.” Kelly Jay, Spirit Magazine

About the Author

James Downton, an award-winning professor, has written numerous academic and self-help books. He retired from the University of Colorado, Boulder, after teaching for 39 years. His life purpose is to help people increase their happiness, creativity, and wisdom while also doing those things for himself. His creative approaches to teaching won him multiple awards for teaching excellence. Downton incorporated these philosophies into his mentorship of students and workshops for faculty and graduate students. Downton has also taught courses in sociology, personal development, and creativity. Today, James lives in Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and loves being a husband, father, and grandfather. He is an avid squash and tennis player and also an artist. He has an art studio where he paints and sculpts. His life revolves around wholeness and creativity, cultivating wisdom, inner peace, happiness, and an easier way to live.

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9780893344030

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893344036

Publisher

Green Dragon Books



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Reviews

  1. Daphne Brazier

    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.

  2. Donna Remmert

    Simple, yet Profound
    And negative thoughts that do not produce happiness or serve the greater good in Downton’s memoir, “Blooming” is a whimsical, gentle, and often humorous sharing of what his Japanese Master, Kiro, coins ‘The Woo Way. In a simple yet profound way, the author explains Kiro’s Buddhistic teachings about how to live a life worth living by observing and controlling one’s mind to lessen irrational fears, anxiety, and negative thoughts that do not produce happiness or serve the greater good. I felt light and in the presence of something numinous as I read this sweet book of wisdom.

  3. D. Byington

    Delightful
    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.

  4. W. Muer

    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.

  5. Rebecca E. Hutchins

    Applicable Information
    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, an easy book to read, and good information for life. I highly recommend it.

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