30 Days of Tao is a daily guide for learning to live with ease and contentment amidst the chaos of modern life. William Martin's month-long journey into the "effortless ease" of Taoist living turns the assumptions of modern society upside-down: more may not be better; faster may not be more effective; multitasking may be a myth; and information may not be wisdom. Feeling that life need not be a problem to be solved, but a gift to be experienced, Martin explores ways to quiet the chatter of the conscious mind and live from a more spacious kind of thinking. He makes the novel suggestion that, "it really doesn't have to be that hard." Though categorized as a "self-improvement" book, Martin says that, "Self-improvement only insures that there will always be a self to improve. Perhaps we should look elsewhere for hints on living a satisfying and productive life."
The name given me is William Cecil Martin, Jr. Everyone calls me Bill. I am the spouse of Nancy, the father of Lara and John, and the grandfather of Jillian and Andrew. I live in Chico, California, where I teach, write, and paint. I am the author of several books on Taoist and Zen thought, including: The Parent’s Tao Te Ching, The Couple’s Tao Te Ching, The Sage’s Tao Te Ching, A Path and a Practice, and The Tao of Forgiveness. You can purchase these books through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or any local bookstore. Future works will be available by ebook as I have switched to using Smashwords for my publishing efforts. Custom hand-bound hard back editions of my books will be available at my spouse’s site: http://www.nwbookbinding.com
My professional history is varied. If my father were alive he would still be waiting for me to get a real job. He was delighted when I graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a B.S. in Engineering. He never really got over it when I left my job as an Electronic Engineer and embarked on a path that led me to a M.Div. degree from Western Theological Seminary and a brief, uncomfortable, stint as a clergy. From there I spent a few years working in Criminal Justice Reform. Then I entered private practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist and spent twelve years as a therapist and also teaching counseling at a Community College in Phoenix, Arizona.
In 1999, Nancy and I sold all of our furniture, packed our remaining possessions in a 5 ft. by 8 ft. UHall trailer, and moved to the Oregon coast. We spent a year living in a small apartment overlooking the ocean. Nancy worked at a small Inn in Newport and I wrote a book. We walked, talked, and thought about life. We felt the intensity of natural forces - wind, water, and forest. It was a transformative time.
In 2000, we moved to Chico, CA, where Nancy is a professional bookbinder and I teach students through the internet, write, and paint in the Sumi-e tradition. The best place to reach me is through www.taoiststudies.com.read more
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