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C'est La Vie: The French Art of Letting Go

Fabrice Midal

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Self-help & personal development, Mind, body, spirit: meditation & visualisation

Forget everything you know about meditation and discover how to let go and find breathing room in this ever-hectic world.


'The book's motto - give yourself a break! - is perhaps the most radical resolution of the year' Elle

Be calm... Stop stressing... Embrace the universe... Try yoga... Be fulfilled... We're overwhelmed with these sorts of commands, and we often torture ourselves to "try harder," yet somehow we never feel we've done quite enough. It's about time we stop pushing ourselves to do what we think we're supposed to do, and instead simply allow ourselves to be angry, be tired, be silly, be passionate - to give yourself a break, and just be.

Fabrice Midal, one of the world's leading teachers of meditation explains why the key to true mindfulness is freeing ourselves from social and often self-imposed stresses - and highlights how we can embrace life more fully by giving ourselves a break. He gives readers permission to:

Stop obeying -- you are intelligent
Stop being calm -- be at peace
Stop wanting to be perfect -- accept life's storms
Stop rationalizing -- let things be
Stop comparing -- be you
Stop being ashamed -- be vulnerable
Stop tormenting yourself -- become your own best friend
Stop wanting to love -- be benevolent

In C'est La Vie, Midal offers us a new solution to the perennial problem of our too much, too fast modern life. It's OK, he urges us, to say no. It's fine to quit the things that don't make you happy. It's necessary, in fact, to give yourself a break if things don't go your way and say, simply, C'est la vie. Midal gives each of us permission to stop doing the things that don't make us we have room in our lives for the things that do.

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Praise for C'est La Vie: The French Art of Letting Go

  • Fabrice Midal's book is powerful, yet playful, challenging and at the same

  • time comforting. It can transform the way you look at your life as a whole,

  • and the way you live this moment. - Tal Ben-Shaha, New York Times bestselling author

  • A joyful plea, a call to reaffirm our inner-freedom in spite of other demands. It's a plea that runs against modern society's harshness and the tyranny of perfectionism. The book's motto - give yourself a break! - is perhaps the most radical resolution of the year - Elle

  • Fabrice Midal: the philosopher who tells us to stop feeling guilty... he encourages us to break free from our self-imposed obligations - Le Point

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