The Art of Living: Contents
What is the meaning of life? Why is this important? How do you live your life to make it more meaningful? The Art of Living provides timeless answers to these eternal questions including new perspectives on the world, people and their behaviours; practical tools for avoiding and handling conflicts, and, actionable advice on how to lead effectively and make a difference. “This is powerful, this is for practical people struggling with business goals, lacking time with family … feeling stressed.”
Contents: A very short summary of each part (2 min read)
Introduction: How to make life more meaningful (3 min read)
Sections 1–6: Ultimate Purpose (6 min read)
Gateway to mysteries. Beyond labels. Beyond coercion. Ultimate purpose. Bellows. The valley spirit.
Sections 7–13: Attending to Needs (5 min read)
Attending to people’s needs. Be like water. Accomplish and withdraw. Like a baby. Emptiness brings usefulness. Belly over eyes. Beyond yourself.
Sections 14–19: We Did It Ourselves (5 min read)
Beyond grasping. Beyond knowing. Return to the roots. We did it ourselves. Ultimate purpose decaying. Plain silk and uncarved wood.
Sections 20–23: Grasping the Whole (5 min read)
A baby yet to smile. Great effectiveness. Grasping the whole. Flow with ultimate purpose.
Sections 24–30: Self-Organisation (7 min read)
The Taoist world. Self-organisation. Balancing. The vital secret. Uncarved wood. Spiritual vessel. Avoiding coercion.
Sections 31–37: Knowing Yourself (5 min read)
A great victory is a funeral. Creeks and streams. Knowing yourself. Flow. The great vision. Subtle illumination. Transformed.
Sections 38–43: Effectiveness (7 min read)
Effectiveness. Wholeness. Returning. Square without corners. Shady and sunny. Water and stone.
Sections 44–49: What is Enough? (5 min read)
Knowing what is enough. Flawed perfection. Knowing that enough is enough. Succeed without extraordinary action. Unlearning. Effectiveness is compassion and trust.
Sections 50–55: Ultimate Effectiveness (5 min read)
Truly set on living. Ultimate effectiveness. Back to the beginning. Thieves’ purpose. Well planted, well embraced. The baby’s effectiveness.
Sections 56–61: Living with Change (6 min read)
The original unity. Conditions for self-organisation. Living with change. Living sparingly. Cooking small fish. Lying low.
Sections 62–66: Serving Without Interference (6 min read)
True reward, true giving. Serve without interference. Minor changes, major consequences. Attaining great flow. Going lower.
Sections 67–73: Effectiveness Without Contending (5 min read)
Compassion, frugality, modesty. Effectiveness without contending. Deploying without capabilities. Unprincipled knowing. To think you know. Feeling safe. Brave caution.
Sections 74–81: Balancing (8 min read)
Fearing death. Respecting life. Real strength. Balance. The softest succeeds. Harmonising hatred. Freedom. Learning beyond principles.
Glossary: Explanations of key terms (22 min read)
Acknowledgements: Standing on the shoulders of giants (2 min read)
Sources: Where to learn more (3 min read)