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“This exquisitely written book overflows with the kind of transformational wisdom, inspired storytelling and unexpected humor that leads to joyful communion with our higher self. For anyone looking to change their mind into a trusted ally in the search for enduring peace and happiness, Mind What Matters receives our highest recommendation.”
Gerald G. Jampolsky, M.D. & Diane Cirincione-Jampolsky, Ph.D,
Founders of Attitudinal Healing International
Mind What Matters is, as John Viscount puts it, “the next stage” on his quest for peace and happiness. Drawing from his experiences and the historical accounts of others, Viscount’s spiritual-guideline narrative addresses how peace and happiness can be achieved through mindfulness. Viscount covers common but pertinent human concepts that have been hot topic conundrums since the beginning of recorded human history. Topics range from simple to complex, such as hope, joy, love, laughter, and kindness, to death, intolerance, struggle, and war. In a simplified format, attaining peace and happiness is a learned practice — a mind-over-matter situation — of not allowing external circumstances to dictate one’s choices. Viscount closes each chapter with upbeat exhortations to practice and thought provoking quotes on which to ruminate.
Creator of the award-winning short film for peace entitled Admissions, Viscount has captured his spiritual experiences and musings and placed them in written form to offer help and encouragement to others. His narrative is very engaging and non-threatening. A combination of first, second, and third voices, the encounters, whether personal or otherwise, that he shares about the human journey, garner a positive reader response, and segue seamlessly to his light but nonetheless challenging exhortations that can be very life changing if taken to heart. For example, on the issue of struggling, he offers this piece of advice: “Today, take a look at the headaches and mindaches in your life and listen to what they are telling you. Better yet, listen to what you are telling you.” While Viscount presents a plethora of excellent and extremely helpful food for thought, religious critics may find his viewpoint on heaven “as a state of mind” leaning more toward some strange New Age ethereal thinking. Clearly, Viscount’s narrative requires readers to keep an open mind. Yet his portrayals of the human journey are purely realistic and down to earth. Very insightful and thought provoking, Mind What Matters truly offers answers in the quest for peace and happiness.
Red City Literary Magazine Review
This is a relaxing but engrossing book free from excessive jargon and officious direction. The chapters are topical and written in a storytelling fashion that makes their points very effectively. Each is followed by “Voices,” a brief collection of quotes from well-known writers and teachers that reiterate his points. In this gentle fashion, he challenges the reader to look beyond the familiar and discover living more mindfully and enjoyably. Indeed, his Chapter, “Laughter Is The Sound Of Good Health” injects a note of healthy humor that is meant to help the reader from falling into the trap of being too solemn about self-improvement. His admonition to “be careful how you dial the phone” makes this point in a disarmingly amusing fashion. Those on a journey toward more mindful, enjoyable living would do well to explore this book.
I am grateful to have found Mr. Viscount’s book.
Every succinct, understandable chapter added insight for me — a daughter, sister, friend, wife, mother, grandmother, neighbor, dialogue facilitator, and human being.
John captures the most basic yet deepest wisdom for living a day at its spiritual best.
Always profound cover-to-cover, Viscount’s how-to book exudes humor in rich stories that helped me see the simplicity of making every-day choices for a meaningful Life with a big L.
John makes our most important decisions obvious and doable.
Mind What Matters continues reminding me to ask the big, useful questions morning, afternoon, and evening long after finishing the book.
For instance, the chapter War is Never Holy caused me to explore where I am at war and that I’m not finished but still becoming more and better
This original treasure is for anyone desiring a happier, more meaningful Life rich with loving relationships and moving toward being one’s very best and highest.
The book is a true find for both a novice and experienced spiritual seeker. I feel that there isn’t a single person that wouldn’t benefit in some way from reading it.
The author’s writing is eloquent yet understandable. He uses translations of real life events liberally to illustrate his contentions, thereby providing a balanced, well-documented work whose thoughts could be arrived at by others through the use of the ideology supplied. It’s intelligently written and contains amusing stories from his life.
I found this book to be a wonderful achievement with a powerful philosophical approach on life and it’s terms.
If you are on a free and responsible search for truth and meaning in your life, you will love and be changed by the wisdom of contemporary mystic and author John Viscount’s Mind What Matters. A Pep Talk for Humanity. On my digital shelf, it stands next to Indie Spirituality, Outrageous Openness, and Red Hot and Holy. Like these contemporary spiritual authors, John Viscount draws from various personal, cultural, religious, and spiritual sources to make timeless wisdom accessible for living an open-hearted and mindful modern life. There is a palpable generosity and gentle directness in John Viscount’s writing. His humor, humility, and personal stories made me feel as though I was sitting and talking with him over coffee. His knowledge, wisdom, and personal transformations made me think I was listening to a great Unitarian Universalist sermon, TED Talk, or PBS Special. His “pep talk” inspired and challenged me in many ways. I believe our current personal, cultural, and global challenges call out for clear, wise, and compassionate voices and action: those who “talk and walk.” John Viscount is such a person, writing films, books, and plays, co-founding PeaceNow, and working with The Global Alliance for Ministries & Infrastructures for Peace. I loved Mind What Matters and look forward to seeing what this teacher and fellow seeker has to offer next.
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