Being Here: Modern Day Tales of Enlightenment.

AuthorMiddendorf, Bobbye
PositionBook review

Work Title: Being Here: Modern Day Tales of Enlightenment

Work Author(s): Ariel and Shya Kane

ASK Productions

176 pages, Softcover $12.95

Mind, Body & Spirit

ISBN: 9781888043181

Reviewer: Bobbye Middendorf

When Shya Kane stopped trying to improve himself, focusing instead on just "being here," he entered a different realm. He also stopped trying to improve his wife, Ariel, and she followed his lead. Based on profound life shifts from this seemingly small change, they contend that full attention in, and engagement with, each moment---the essence of "Being Here"---can lead to the heights of enlightenment. They have even trademarked the term "Instantaneous Transformation(R)," the intended result.

The Kanes are seminar leaders, consultants, and catalysts for personal transformation, as well as authors of Working on Yourself Doesn't Work and How to Create a Magical Relationship. Their latest, Being Here, imparts life's lessons through stories reflecting everyday events transmuted by meticulous attention. The book's eight sections cover forgiveness and compassion, dissolving mechanical behaviors, helping yourself and others, following your heart, upsets, engaging in life, communication, and being here. Brief introductions to each section set the stage, offering guidance, insights, and context for the stories that follow.

As the narrator's voice shifts from story to story between Ariel and Shya, readers are invited into intimate worlds. While many of the stories are based on the authors' personal experiences, they do include examples from clients, with names changed to protect privacy. Some of the stories are deeply moving and highly emotional, as Ariel recounts the decline and passing of Ida, Shya's mother, or when...

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