Be your authentic self, without pretense, without conditions, and without pressure Everybody says that, right? And everybody usually responds, Well, that's easier said than done. So, if you've been struggling to just be your authentic self but aren't sure how to get there, don't despair. There is in fact a way to just do that and it's simpler than you think.Your life doesn't have to be as complicated as you think it is. An American and Englishman walk into a bar... Well, actually, t in this case. But they do indeed have several conversations. Joey Lott (the American) and Graham Ellis (the Brit) discovered each other's previous books on Amazon.com and discovered they had a lot in common. They got together to write this book and discuss ways of simplifying your life. The duo has reached their understanding of the world around them having had some serious struggles. Lott grappled with eating disorders and Lyme disease and Ellis had to deal with Crohn's disease, anxiety and suicidal tendencies. Ultimately, though, they both pulled through and have taken this opportunity to share their stories and reveal how you can overcome pretty much anything when you take the path of least resistance.Even a pop princess can learn to just be. The pair uses the concept of a mega star pop princess trying to find her authentic self in a world that demands a certain set of behaviors and an audience with specific expectations. Her problems are ours, just on a larger scale and Lott and Ellis reveal the need to find the off switch within our own minds and how to block out the external babble.Self-realization or awakening is t some grand event. Wait. It's t? No, it's t. No fireworks, magic powers, teleportation abilities. It's the title of this book: Not All Its Cracked Up To Be. The authors believe the truth of who we are is as mainstream as the latest pop princess. Find out how it works by reading Lott and Ellis's Not All Its Cracked Up To Be today.
The secret to happiness is to let go of everything - see through every assumption. Beginning at a young age Joey Lott experienced intensifying anxiety. For several decades he lived with restrictive eating disorders, obsessions, compulsions, and an inescapable fear. By the time he was 30 years old he was physically sick, emotionally volatile, and mentally obsessed with keeping any and all unwanted thoughts and experiences at bay. At this time Lott was living on a futon mattress in a tiny cabin in the woods. He was so sick that he could barely move. He was deeply depressed and hopeless. All this despite doing all the right things such as years of meditation, yoga, various perfect diets, clean air, and pure water. Just when things were at their most dire, a crack appeared in the conceptual world that had formerly been mistaken for reality. By peering into this crack and underneath all the assumptions that had been unquestioned up to that moment, Lott began a great undoing. The revelation of this undoing is that reality is utterly simple, ever-present, seamless, and indivisible. Lott's books provide a glimpse into the seamless, simple, and joyous nature of reality, offering a glimpse through the crack in conceptual worlds. Whether writing about the ultimate non-dual nature of reality, eating disorders, stress, disease, or any other subject, he offers the invitation to look at things differently, leaving behind the old, out-grown, painful limitations we have used to bind ourselves in suffering. And then, he welcomes you home to the effortless simplicity of yourself as you are. Not sure where to begin? Pick up a copy of Lott's most popular book, You're Trying Too Hard, which strips away all the concepts that keep us searching for a greater, more spiritual, more peaceful life or self.
Joey Lott, Lecturer in the Department of Mathematics Graham Ellis