This is a 100% Catholic book about achieving personal satisfaction, contentment, happiness, etc., within Christ. It addresses problems which bother almost everyone to some extent. I will attempt to provide some of the essential guidelines. My summary will necessarily be incomplete.
Happiness comes when we put self aside, preferring that which is noble, that which is our duty, as well
as virtue and the good of our neighbor. Happiness has tremendously to do with mind/thoughts,
will/action, and emotion. This book attempts to help the reader to improve in all these areas, giving
and distract them from duty [and happiness]. Mental re-education is possible and can help us overcome
these difficulties. Wanting a healthier mental life is laudable. It is achieved by strengthening and
governing our bodies, feeding our minds (good hard work), gaining/keeping custody of heart, and by
improving our ability to use our will.
It may be a surprising idea, but many people actually have few clear sensations. Those who are
emotionally disturbed [which seems a general term without clinical presuppositions -- in other words,
those who are bothered by some thought or problem] live in a subjective world.
Look at a landscape or some detail of interest. Apply passive attention to it for 10-20 seconds. Don't
think of anything else. Let the object enter within you as it is. Relax the muscles of your head and face.
You can do something similar to this with hearing and touch. At first you may find yourself thinking
about the process but soon you will be able to separate the pure sensation from other thoughts. Then the
exercise will give you joy. By all means, don't do the exercise in a spirit of tension or strain. Just give it
a try, and let it work.
To continue this notion of an exercise: we are trying to learn "conscious sensations". This relates back to the fact that people often don't perceive sensations clearly, and furthermore, as he'll discuss in time, try to handle multiple thoughts at a time. Hence the phrase, which I take for a signature for now,Age
This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?