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So there I was, walking through the book store  making a bee line to the children’s section when I saw this cute little puppy dog on the cover of a  book and it was on sale for $4.98.  Add that to my to my favorite word ever, “Bliss”, it was a MUST HAVE!!!!!

I was once told that the quickest way to feel happiness is to play with a pet.  I wasn’t sure if that was true or not.  I have never been a big animal person.  I have always had pets, but I have never really been attached to them so I really didn’t understand this.  Until I was really sad and my cat came up to me to love me and make me feel better.  Then my dog would ask me to play and I would laugh so hard at him.  And I fell in love with my animals.  They have taught me some big lessons.  So it was fun picking up this book and learning some lessons on happiness from Trixie the dog.

I also have to say that it was fun reading a book by Dean Koontz that was on the “light and fluffy” side :).

This book was written from Trixie’s point of view, and was a little odd to read at first.  But as soon as I fell into the rhythm of the writing, it all began to make sense, and I really enjoyed the book.

According to Trixie, “the road to bliss is paved with dog wisdom.” And there are 8 steps.  I will not tell you what those steps are; that is for you to read and find out!  But here are some lessons I learned while reading Trixie’s thoughts:

1) Sit still and be quiet.  Meditation is good.

2)  The rising moon at the bottom of a finger nail is beautiful.  I  never really noticed this before!

3) Life without a cookie is unthinkable!

4) “Pleasure without beauty is just empty thrill”…kinda like Sex without love…..hmmm….same thing, yes?

5) “The world is a gift to  make you happy.”

6) “Here is what real meaning is like.  Maybe you’re meant to give kindness to one special child.  Child grows up, is healer or wise leader.  then your purpose was as big as any king’s, maybe bigger.”  Being a stay at home mom….priceless and so very important!

7) “It is what it is.”  “No Kidding.  if it isn’t what it is, then what would it be?  And if it is what it isn’t, what the hell is going on here?”

8)  “Where there is patience and humility, there is neither anger nor vexation.” ~ St. Francis

9)  If I want to remain young, I must play and laugh more!

10) Grief is cleansing.

Bonus reminder:  Be grateful!!!!!!!!

This book is filled with such heart warming and profound wisdom..straight from the dog’s mouth!  You will laugh and maybe even cry while reading this book.  One thing is for certain, you will smile!!!!!


I picked up this easy to read 135 page book when I went to see His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar while he was here in Boise.  Until recently, I had never even heard of him but all of a sudden, I have seen him twice in 2 days (1st a major public appearance and 2nd at a private gathering at my church) and now I have read just one of his books.  When I went to the resource table at the big event, I looked around at all the books and all the cd’s that were there.  The title of this book is why I ultimately chose the book.  I can always use a little more fun in my life.

This book touches on the topics of fun, true intimacy, the four approaches to practical and spiritual life, real laughter, dealing with feelings, the nature of God and being a fool.  When I picked up the book to check it out, I noticed these topics and thought, “Wow!  This should be a fun read…, laughter, being a fool!  That’s right up my alley!”

I have to say that when I started reading the book, I kept hearing Sri Sri’s voice as if he was saying it to me instead of me reading it.  It made reading this book so much more fun.  I saw his gentle smile and heard his laughter in the words he wrote.  I saw the mischievous look in his eyes when he cracked the jokes.  It really did make this book that much more enjoyable.  But even without that first hand experience with Sri Sri, the book is a very easy and enjoyable read.  It does get into some very deep thinking, and I did have to re-read things on several occasions.  This is definitely a book that will need to be read a couple of times.  Good thing it only takes a couple of hours to read to begin with!

So what did I learn?  It is more about what I re-learned.  I take things too seriously.  Reading this book just reminds me of that.

  • I learned that God loves fools and that being foolish is really being more like God than being this serious person is.  The chapter on being a fool was very enlightening!
  • I learned more about laughter!  I have taken laughter yoga classes, and this just reiterated what I learned from those classes.
  • He also talked about observing our feelings; this is something I was working on in therapy.  This is also something I read about in Geneen Roth’s book.  So here I go again, re-learning it in this book.  Being mindful of my feelings, allowing myself to feel them, and then let go.  Sri Sri suggests taking the feeling to its height (which may mean feeling at your lowest) and once you have done that, you have  felt and experienced all there is to feel with that feeling and it will just disappear.  How cool is that?  He says to feel it, but not to act on it.
  • Stop paying attention to happenings.  When we are attached to happenings, we create opinions, then we are stuck and attached to them.  We are living in the past and we will never remain open to new experiences and live in NOW.
  • “An enlightened person may not say, “I love you so much.”  In the very presence, you can feel the love.  In the very breath, you can experience love.  In the very look, you can experience love.  In any word spoken, you will hear that it is full of love.  The very existence is love.  That is enlightened love.”
  • “True intimacy is not in a hurry; it’s not anxious.  It relaxes, it knows.”
  • I am you.  You are me.  We are God.  We are all one creation/mind manifesting itself in different bodies.  This brings a whole new depth to the belief that we are One.  The book explains it so beautifully :).
  • In most of our problems, the biggest issue we have is the fight we have with our mind.  This is so true.  When I am miserable or depressed or stressed, it is because of an issue/conflict I am having within my mind.  It is MY experience, my THINKING that is causing me so much distress.  Sri Sri talks about letting go and surrendering.  and Forgiving myself.
  • This is one of my favorite paragraphs in the book:  “Thinking is like chewing gum.  It doesn’t produce anything.  You can think about only those things which you know.  and once you know, what is the need to  think about it?  And you can’t think something which you don’t know.  How can you?  It is not possible.  Ultimately, thinking is useless!!!”
  • Here is a great strategy for life:  “See life as a game, as a play.  You are God, you know it.  I am God, I know it.  So let us play. And when you come from that level of consciousness, there is nothing to teach.  Only being.  Come and sit, be with me for a while.  That is enough, for you and I are one.  This is love,  isn’t it?  That is what God is telling you every day, ‘I am doing everything.  You come and sit with me.  Whatever needs to be done, I will get it done through you.  You simply stop existing.'”  I know I am guilty of taking life too seriously..always looking for a connection to God..always learning..always searching.  It’s what I do.  Yet, I have found recently that all I want to do is do things that make me smile, feel joy and live.  I find myself wanting to PLAY and be joyful.  Not only am I WANTING to do this but I AM DOING this.  It’s pretty darn cool!

I will close with this last quote found in the chapter about being a fool.  “George Bernard Shaw said somewhere, ‘Cricket is a game where eleven fools play and eleven thousand watch.’  It is true.  All games are foolish acts.  A game is a game because it is foolish.  If you find meaning, purpose, aim and competition, you destroy the whole game.”  How about we just stop looking for the meaning of life, and just in-joy it!  Have fun!  Play!  Laugh!  And just BE!

This book is not exactly what I expected, but then again, I am not exactly sure what I expected.  I picked up this book while perusing the bookshelves in the store.  It looked interesting so I picked it up.  Truthfully, I hoped it would help me take myself less seriously and encourage me to laugh more.  I’m not certain that was the result, but what I did learn was profound.

I have sensed a theme in the last 2 books and movie I have seen.  They all touched on homelessness.  They have touched on the judgment of homeless people and also on what it might feel like to be homeless.  I find this interesting.  If this keeps popping up, I can only assume, I still have something to learn on this subject.

From the Foreword written by Mike Meyers:  Del Close’s philosophy:  “..comedy equals truth and truth equals spiritual growth.  Plainly put, “ha-ha” is related to “ah-ha” the sound one makes upon the realization of truth.”

I can honestly say, I have a few “ah-ha” moments of my own while reading this book.  I will list a few……..

On Fear:

  • “Fear tells you that you aren’t safe.  But you are.  Thinking that you aren’t safe is an illusion.  If you believe in an illusion, you’re buying into a lie.”
  • “Just because something bad happens doesn’t prove Fear will never stop trying to convince you.  But when you choose to stop being convinced, you’ll be fearless.”
  • “As long as you live in fear, the world is a threat.  If that doesn’t matter to you, okay.  But living that way you’ll never know the joy of your own soul.

We rely on fear to stop of us from getting hurt, but how often have we done something that scared us (like riding a roller coaster) and not get hurt?   A WHOLE BUNCH!  Fear is a false indicator to try and make us stay safe, but if we never take risks and prove Fear is a liar, we will miss some of the greatest things in life.  It is unlikely that we would follow our hearts to try new things, start new businesses, get married, have babies, all sorts of things.  I know fear has paralyzed me a few times.  I just need to remember that there have been many time when I have looked fear in the eye and did it anyway, and the outcomes have been amazing.

On Ego:

  • “Ego makes you believe you are in control, that you will get what you want. After a while, your fear is put out of your mind.  You have a self-image to keep up, after all.  You need other people to believe in you.  There’s money, status, possession, and a family to acquire.  As long as ego keeps holding out the carrot and creating constant drama, you never have to face what lies below the surface.”
  • “When the pain of being the same becomes greater than the pain of being different, you change.”
  • “Either you’re a person wondering if you have a soul, or you’re a soul who knows that being a person isn’t real.”

My husband received a $500 Apple gift card several months ago.  We decided that we wanted to use it to buy iPhones for the two of us.  This would require changing mobile phone carriers and having to buy the iPhones on line since we do not have an Apple store here in Idaho. I won’t go into the whole thing, but it cost me AT LEAST 5 hours of completely drama filled phone calls that ended with me yelling, screaming and me throwing my phone across the room.  Key word:  drama.  This drama kept me from facing my real fear.  I did not want to spend my own cash out of pocket to buy iPhones; I was afraid that I didn’t have enough money (a lie I tell myself all the time).  Once I let go of this it was incredibly easy to buy the phones, my life was FREE, and everything worked out great.  But man, that Ego and Fear of mine were enough to drive me crazy.

I have had lots of conversation about Souls before and where do they go when the physical bodies pass.  I have always heard that we are not physical beings having a spiritual experience but rather a spiritual being having a physical experience.  After reading this book, I have a new vision I carry with me.  This physical body I am in and the roles that I play are ones of my CHOOSING like a role in a play being played out on a stage.  We can change that.  The Soul is always there, but how we decide to show up in this physical world on this stage of life is completely up to us and can be changed at anytime.  This happens by letting go of the Fear and Ego.

On Addiction:

  • This isn’t about addiction to drugs, alcohol or food or anything like that.  We are addicted to our “old self”.  We are addicted to our own drama.
  • “You keep doing what never worked in the first place.”
  • “The ego never gives up trying to be in control.  So it keeps doing more and more of what didn’t work in the first place.”

When we let go of Fear, Ego, and Addiction we start living in Freedom…in “God’s World” not a world created by man (greed, fear, anger, consumption, etc.)

On God:

  • “How can you seek God if he’s already here?  It’s like us standing in the ocean and crying out, ‘I want to get wet.’  You want to get over the line to God.  It turns out he was always there.”
  • “Grace comes to those who stop struggling.  W hen it really sinks in that there’s nothing you can do to find God, he suddenly appears.  That’s the deepest mystery, the only one that counts.”

I loved these 2 thoughts.  I was having a conversation with a friend via Facebook about finding a church home.  One of her friends said he has gone to lots of churches where he couldn’t’ find God.  Her reply was that God is everywhere.  Anybody who has ever been to church has heard that he is everywhere, but I loved this ocean analogy.  And I love the feeling I got when I read that when we stop seeking him, he suddenly appears.  It’s our Ego that seeks him and Fear that tells us he is not there.  Yet when we let go, and be still, Grace will find us.  I love that!

There are so many more quotes and things I could say about this book.  It truly was an easy and quick read.  The first part reads like a story, and it is very touching.  It reads a bit like Dan Millman’s THE WAY OF THE PEACEFUL WARRIOR.  And at the end, there is a section that delves into “The Path of Joy” which has more of a text book feel.  In the end, it is a wonderful read, and I highly recommend it!