About The Book
'Auspicious Thoughts, Propitious Mind'
def: auspicious, propitious - likely to turn out well, on track, promising.
This book is about hearts and minds, thoughts and feelings, actions and words, and decisions and accountabilities. It is about our ideas, notions and motivations, and about those inevitable responsibilities. It is about life's challenges to be met with honed self-reliance, and our choices made that bring outcomes good and not so good. It is about our higher ideals that give us the will to live and live better, with or with any concerns about any after-life. It is about peace of mind, as we seek happiness and contentment.
Richard Camden begins his book by discussing the raw essence of life, its origins and its meaning and purpose, and what of our animal origins have survived in mankind today. In his second part, the reader's attention is drawn to our moods and how they influence our behaviour and the decisions we make. This leads on to the third part, called, 'All That We Are,' and looks at who and what we have evolved to become, our characteristics, as individuals and our interactions as groups and nations.
In his fourth part, the author broaches the subject of a moral compass, and highlights some of the well-known guidelines from the scriptures looking at their relevance today. In the fifth part, 'Where Did It All Go Wrong,' the chapters look at man's ways of vindictiveness and ambition, that give others a bumpy ride through life. Our reactions and accommodations to that are explained in the sixth part that sets out how we can use our minds in a flexible way, especially regarding the causes and faiths we choose to adopt. In his final part, Richard encourages readers to keep life simple and always aim for a sound mind and healthy body.
Beautifully presented in hard cover, this book makes good reading, and is also available in e-book format. Aimed particularly at those with plenty of life still to be led, it is a cheering, thought-provoking and intriguingly different book. Due to its considerable useful content, it will be meaningful to those in business and in HR work. It begs to be retained for reference, and for others in the family to read and think about the way we live, our relationships, hopes and fears, and making decisions work, as well as asking, 'How is it some just seem to sail through life?'
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This is a book of mixed genres. It is a work that can be a basis for self-development, being an initiation into some of life's challenges, realities and oddities. Included are aspects of the humanities, psychology, philosophy, sociology and religion; all simply expressed in practical every-day terms. The author, Richard Camden expresses the metaphysics of the power of goodness as one of nature's forces, the force that influences our lives towards happiness and fulfilment (Eudaimonia). He looks at relationships and how our beliefs influence our conduct and how our behaviour patterns, not only as individuals, but in groups and even as nations, reflect the character traits inherited down through the centuries from our primitive ancestors.
This work will be useful for students and others keen to know more on these subjects and as a vade mecum, a handy companion.