What Are You Doing With Your Life Summary – September 2022

Author: Jiddu Krishnamurti

Short Summary
What are you doing with your life (2001) is a question we all have to ask ourselves. We all go through life thinking there is a bigger purpose we should work toward but never quite figure out how to get there. In the best-selling book, Krishnamurti jumps into the day-to-day details of life and uses practical, easy-to-implement exercises to help the reader find their purpose and live a more intentional life.
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Detailed Summary

In these musings, we’re wondering what our purpose is. What can be done to make the world a better place, and how people can live more fulfilling lives. What Are You Doing With Your Life takes that curiosity and examines what holds us back from living up to our fullest potential: fear, worry, self-doubt, and anxiety. The purpose of life is to serve and to show compassion and the will to help others. We all need to reach our full potential in today’s rapidly evolving world. But to do that, we need to understand our purpose. To do that, we need a way to measure how well we’re living up to that purpose. This book is a map for living up to your full potential. A way to show the people around you how much you care about them and how grateful you are for the gifts they’ve given you.

In this book, the author takes on common perceptions about happiness and guides us through the most important aspects of life. He explores what the most meaningful life is and how to achieve it. This book is a guide to getting the most out of life and a call to action to improve the world.

This book is about creating meaning in life, confronting fear, and finding your inner calling. With that being said, it’s also about so much more. It’s about the beauty and depth of philosophy—one of humanity’s oldest traditions for generating insight into the core issues of life. The author captures the essence of many philosophical questions, dilemmas, and theories and fuses them into a practical template that can help you live a richer, more fulfilling life. Through captivating stories about his personal experiences, he shows you how to recognize your life’s purpose, lives a meaningful life, and fulfill your needs.

What Are You Doing With Your Life Key Points

We are subjected to conditioning, and our views are shaped by what we believe to be true

Your conditioning has you seeing love in a certain way, which prevents you from seeing love for what it is. Take the word “beautiful”. In the English language, we have the word to describe a phenomenon that we are programmed to see in one way. We associate beauty with something pleasing to look at and/or someone physically attractive. Based on conditioning and social programming, you would likely get angry at me for saying that the person you love most is not beautiful. Yet, how we understand and use “beautiful” is subjective.

It’s subjective because we have no way of knowing an individual’s idea of what beauty is. You can’t see beauty in another person because their definition of beauty may differ from yours. Additionally, their definition changes and evolves as they grow or mature as living beings. This also changes and evolves their experience of love. Scientific research into the human mind has shown that children’s emotional and intellectual responses to what they are taught shapes them into the adult they become.

If you were conditioned to think that crime is always punished, you would feel that was an indication of how life works. You would seek to distance yourself from criminals. The problem with this belief is that if you do nothing but go around assuming everyone you meet is a criminal, you will be subject to a lot of disappointment. You will assume other drivers are reckless when they are just distracted. Assume kids are idiots when they are young, and assume everyone is out to get you when it’s bad luck.

Happiness is not lasting, so enjoy it when you have it:

A long time ago, I had an epiphany about happiness. It was a realization that changed my life, it allowed me to enjoy my life in a way that I never imagined possible. It’s simple: I started letting go of the illusion of lasting happiness. Happiness is fleeting; it comes and goes, it’s subjective, and it’s a luxury. And that’s the beauty of it. When we let go of the idea that we can find deep, lasting happiness in our lives, we enjoy every bit of happiness that comes our way.

Happiness comes and goes, so stop looking for lasting happiness and enjoy it when you have it. Whether it’s from a great experience, a wonderful meal, or a relaxing vacation, it’s okay when it’s over. You don’t have to pretend that the experience will last forever, savoring good feelings before they pass. The key is to enjoy the feeling while it lasts, savor the memory after it passes, and return to your regular life. Happiness will come again. And if it doesn’t, there are other things to be happy about.

There are better options and more realistic avenues to reach happiness. But we’re trained to think that lasting happiness will come from external events. If we meet the right person, achieve the right job, or buy the right house, everything will be bliss. The problem is that happy moments are fleeting and do not last. There’s nothing wrong with being happy when you have it, but it doesn’t last long enough to be worth your time trying to chase it down.

Living is the main purpose of living

Being alive and living are two different things. Being alive is a gift we’re given at birth, but living is something we have to choose every day. Life has many obvious dangers, but there are also hidden dangers – especially in our quest for success and power. These pursuits can lead to depression, burnout, and even despair if we believe that the purpose of life is merely to be successful or religious.

Most things we want in this world aren’t necessary for happiness and fulfillment. We want a new car, a bigger house, or a shopping spree at the mall. But happiness is about being, not having, and it doesn’t depend on the external world. Happiness arises when you stop defining your life by the things that happen and start living in the present moment.

Live must be the reason for living, not in the sense of living for the sake of life, but in the sense of living for the sake of life itself. There is no other goal than to live. Everything else is just a means to this end. Neither morality nor art has any purpose other than to make life more true, beautiful, and enjoyable. The whole religious and philosophical tradition of mankind is based on this simple realization. Human history becomes meaningful when it is understood as an attempt to implement these ideals.

What Are You Doing With Your Life Quotes

“We are very defensive, and therefore aggressive, when we hold on to a particular belief, dogmas, or when we worship our particular nationality, with the rag called the flag.” -Jiddu Krishnamurti

“The significance of life is living.” –Jiddu Krishnamurti

What Are You Doing With Your Life Review

I loved this book. The thing is loved the most was the idea of how we can change the biases that keep us unhappy in our lives. Many things need to figure out; you can do them by reading this book. Highly recommended.

To whom I would recommend What Are You Doing With Your Life Summary?

  • Anyone who feels lost.
  • Anyone interested in living a purposeful life.
  • Anyone who is an over-thinker.
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