Mitchell Byron Kaytlin (Byron Kathleen Mitchell) nee Reed (Reid), better known as Byron Katie (Byron Katie) (born 1942), American, lecturer and author of books devoted to the method of self-research, which is called “Work”.
Byron Caitlin Reed, after thirty years, began to suffer from severe depression. Mother of the family and an entrepreneur, she lived in a small town in the southern California desert. For nearly ten years, she continued to sink into paranoia, anger, self-loathing, and constant thoughts of suicide; In the past two years, she often could not find the strength to leave her bedroom. Then one morning in February 1986, while in a rehabilitation center, she realized something that had changed her life. Katie believes that her experience is similar to what is described under various naming conventions in Buddhist and Hindu literature. Katie calls this the “awakening to reality.” At that moment of enlightenment, as she says:
I found that when I believe in my thoughts, I suffer, and when I do not believe them, I do not suffer, and this is true for every person. Freedom was so simple. I found that suffering is not necessary. I found a joy in me that never disappears even for a moment. This joy is in all of us, constantly.
Katie is not a follower of any particular religion or tradition. She is married to the poet and translator Stephen Mitchell, with whom she wrote her first book, “To Love What We Have,” as well as her third book, “A Thousand Names of Joy.”
People suffer because of love all their life: looking for love, trying to keep it or get rid of it.
From childhood, most of us spend the lion’s share of our energy on the merciless pursuit of recognition and approval, trying hard to be noticed, trying to please other people, impress them and win their love, believing that this is the only way to live.
The best discovery of Katie is as follows. When you finally examine your thoughts about love, you realize that the world is much kinder than you imagined, and there is no need to fall asleep in fear and wake up in anxiety. When you really start looking around you, it turns out that the world is full of love – and this love is limitless.
Joy has a thousand names. I + Peace = Harmony.
Coauthor: Stephen Mitchell
In her first two bestsellers, Byron Katie showed how to end suffering forever, drawing attention to its source: thoughts filled with stress.
She called the process of internal research and questions addressed to herself, as Work – and now in her new book invites us to discover freedom, which is always waiting at the other end of the search.
The famous translator of Tao Te Ching, Stephen Mitchell chose fragments from the manuscript, which enable Katie to highlight the most important challenges that face us: life and death, good and evil, love, work, self-satisfaction.
Especially liked the name: "Love what is" Wouldn’t it have been better to call this Nonsense – "There is what you love. " ;)))