Author : T. Byram Karasu
No matter how many self-help books we read, workshops we attend, spiritual endeavors we pursue; no matter how often we cuddle our inner child or redesign our outer adult, many people keep returning to a gnawing angst and vague unhappiness, according to T. Byram Karasu
, author of The Art of Serenity. one of the problems is that many of us define happiness in paradisiacal, childish terms, causing us to feel like we're missing out."Happiness in adulthood, however, requires realism, reciprocity, and coming to terms with one's mortality," he
writes.And, of course, it requires us to cultivate the art of serenity.Like M. Scott Peck, author of The Road Less Traveled, Karasu brings a psychological background to the area of spiritual growth. (Karasu is the chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, as well as the editor in chief of the American Journal of Psychotherapy.) Sometimes blending spirituality and psychology muddies the waters, but Karasu has a solid understanding of how the two worlds intersect and has created an outstanding and completely accessible guide to lasting inner happiness.
The door of joyful serenity can only be opened by a "combination key involving both soul and spirit," he
explains.And it all culminates in the love of God.Using real-life cases from his
psychotherapy practice, Karasu
illustrates how the principles of soul work and spirit work are applied to daily lives.From lovers' jealousy to workplace angst, from friendships to solitude, Karasu
offers original, lasting advice and insights.
Drawing on, among many other traditions and influences, folktales, mythology, Eastern philosophy, Sufi poetry and Judeo-Christian theology, Karasu
, a scholar, lecturer and the editor in chief of American Journal of Psychotherapy
, fashions a spiritual guide to help suffering people find genuine happiness and "an extraordinary and permanent joyful serenity."His
message is a simple one: such serenity comes from loving others, loving one's work and belonging to a community, and from being able to believe in unity, the sacred, and the possibility of transformation.These feelings find their ultimate meaning and inspiration, he
says, in "believing in and loving God."Moving through these themes in compassionate chapters full of anecdotes, literary references and stories from his
own patients, Karasu
shows how they resolved their issues and learned to live with joy.
In this brilliantly written work, Dr. T. Byram Karasu
addresses these questions, guiding us on a remarkable journey exploring the deepest yearnings of the human heart....The Art of Serenity is profound, absorbing, and insightful, written for those seeking a more soulful and spiritual existence.
About the AuthorT. Byram Karasu, M.D., Silverman Professor and the University Chairman, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Psychiatrist-in-Chief of Montefiore Medical Center, is the author or editor of twelve books, including the seminal Treatments of Psychiatric Disorders.He is currently the editor in chief of the American Journal of Psychotherapy and a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.Dr. Karasu
is a scholar, renowned clinician, teacher, and lecturer, and the recipient of numerous awards, including the American Psychiatric Association
's Presidential Commendation.He
lives in New York City and Westport, Connecticut.
profound and accessible work, The Art of Serenity: The Path to a Joyful Life in the Best and Worst of Times, Dr. T. Byram Karasu
offers us the key to an extraordinary state of mind -- authentic, soulful happiness -- in the face of everything our life has to offer and take away.The door to this state of mind is opened by a combination of soul and spirit.It involves the soul through the love of others, love of work, and the love of community.It involves the spirit through belief in the sacred and belief in transformation.It culminates in the love of and belief in God.Brilliantly synthesizing psychology and spirituality, Dr. Karasu
will guide you to explore the deepest yearnings of your heart.