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The Tao of Inner Peace

The Tao of Inner Peace demystifies the Tao and reveals how it can be a powerful source of growth and inspiration--an indispensable tool for facing the challenges of the 21st century.

ISBN: 0-452-28199-7

Selected Reviews

Quality Paperbacks: "With the exception of the Bible, no book has been translated into more languages than the Tao Te Ching--the classic Chinese spiritual guide written 25 centuries ago by Lao Tzu. The Tao ('the Way') shows how to 'seek personal balance and integration with the cycles of nature.' But it has never been applied to the challenges of modern life so comprehensively--until now. In the inspirational and practical The Tao of Peace, Diane Dreher explains how Taoist principles can be used by readers to establish inner peace and, by extension, transform the world.
Lively, informative and accessible, The Tao of Peace is filled with case histories, provocative insights and positive affirmations. Also included are meditative and physical exercises (such as creative visualization, breathing and stretching exercises, and writing activities) which enable readers to face fears, release tensions, resolve conflicts, recognize life cycles and harmonize their lives with the rhythms of nature. Dreher also draws upon the humanistic insights of Carl Jung, Dag Hammarskjold, Norman Cousins, and others to illustrate how spiritual beliefs can further the cause of world peace.
Diane Dreher has written numerous articles on meditation, personal growth, and nonviolence. In The Tao of Peace she has employed all of her talents and experiences to create a powerful tool for finding peace of mind and engendering positive social change."

American Library Association: "This book seeks to guide an environmental revitalization of the earth by holistically healing and focusing the energies of all people. Dreher, child of the 1960s, uses the ancient nature philosophy of Lao Tzu--as handed down in his Tao Te Ching--and various true-life stories to build in the reader a respect for the self, natural cycles, and the environment. Especially important are her examples of individual action and her many annotations listing books and organizations that are involved in spiritual growth and activism. Her unabashed advocacy of ancient Chinese beliefs such as chi energy and yin/yang properties will cause some to dismiss her, but her lessons are quite useful. This is an important subject for the 1990s and one that promises to bring a renewal of environmental consciousness."

Publishers Weekly: "Can Chinese seer Lao-Tzu's ancient classic, Tao Te Ching, help you cope with divorce, being fired, tension, a negative self-image, poor communication, environmental pollution, personal and political conflict? Most certainly, according to this busy self-help manual, complete with meditation, breathing and visualization exercises, activity lists and 'self-assessments.' Dreher urges us to use Taoist principles to harmonize with nature, flow with cycles of change, live in the present, seek simplicity, and reach out to the world in loving service. Some readers may be put off by this primer's relentlessly upbeat tone, its division of humanity into 'Tao people' and 'non-Tao persons';others will doubtless welcome it as a valiant attempt to apply Taoist wisdom to our high-pressure modern world. Each chapter is prefaced by a verse from the Tao and ends with the author's aphoristic 'Affirmations.'"

Santa Cruz Sentinel:"The Tao of Peace, A Guide to Inner and Outer Peace by Diane Dreher. The book is filled with anecdotes, questions to stimulate discussion, guidelines for change, exercises to promote positive peacefulness, with lots of Tao philosophy scattered throughout supporting each phase of her plan. What the book is meant to accomplish is increased personal peace, increased world peace.
Dreher is adamant in her address of common personal crises--love, career, grief, etc. Her philosophical basis--Tao--does not get in the way of offering concrete suggestions for change. She uses examples from her own life and from her patients to supply encouragement. Her chapters on working toward outer peace are especially enlightening--for short-term conflict management as well as world peace. Contering--non-resistance--positive action--these are just three of the components Dreher explores for working toward inner and outer peace."

Minneapolis Star Tribune:"The Tao of Peace: A Guide to Inner and Outer Peace by Diane Dreher. Tao Te Ching offers a simple and comprehensive vision of personal and planetary peace, a necessary combination , says Dreher, because inner and outer peace cannot exist without each other. What matters is not the situation, but how we perceive it. To find personal and global peace, we must learn to think holistically.
Lao Tzu wrote the Tao more than 25 centuries ago as a guide for leaders to 'live wisely, to seek personal balance and integration with . . . nature.' The process begins internally by 'recognizing our inner rhythms, which are part of the overarching rhythms of nature. By honoring these rhythms, we bring greater peace to ourselves and our world,' Dreher says. She provides examples of applying Tao to life both specifically and generally. For example, releasing tension, creating harmonious action, facing fears, beginning new cycles--such as retirement, transcending society's hostile cycles, developing mysticism, transcending anger, and so on. Then she takes these skills out into action in the community. Her chapters' subsections work as meditations as well as road maps."