Rock and Water: The Power of Thought: The Peace of Letting Go

Rock and Water: The Power of Thought: The Peace of Letting Go

by Scott Cooper


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Just as a stream seamlessly wanders through the natural world over, around, or surrounded by rocks, the purpose of Rock and Water is to provide access to basic skills to help us enhance our happiness in the midst of the meanderings of our everyday lives, regardless of the obstacles (in particular the emotional strain of modern living). These skills are based primarily on current research and practice in the fields of cognitive-behavioral psychology and mindfulness/acceptance, two disciplines that have mostly been isolated from each other. Rock and Water is research-based and practical, while also being philosophical and personal; and includes several narratives from the life experiences of a wide variety of prominent people in history (Viktor Frankl, Rosa Parks, Nelson Mandela, Audrey Hepburn, Mohandas Gandhi and many others).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780875168968
Publisher: DeVorss & Company
Publication date: 07/28/2017
Pages: 193
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

SCOTT COOPER is a national youth advocate and writer, with special focus on coping skills for young people. His previous books include the award-winning Speak Up and Get Along (Free Spirit Press, 2005) and Sticks and Stones (Random House/Crown, 2000). He is also a COO in private industry and was previously a consultant to companies in the environmental planning and design industries. He has been an active student in the realms of philosophy, human well-being, and science for much of his adult life. Living in northern California, he is an active outdoorsman and practitioner of mindfulness meditation.

Table of Contents


We Were Meant to Be on This Planet xi

Part 1 Rock-The Power of Thought

Skill 1 Upgrade Your Mood by Upgrading Your Thinking 3

Skill 2 Noticing and Responding to Thinking Mistakes 13

Skill 3 Reasonable Optimism 27

Skill 4 Figuring Out the Cash Value of Beliefs 35

Skill 5 Choosing Sensible Core Beliefs 47

Skill 6 Working through Diehard, Nonsensible Beliefs 61

Skill 7 Solution Thinking 71

Skill 8 Upgrade Your Mood by Jumping In 85

Skill 9 Choosing Your Big Worldview: Cosmic Beliefs 93

Part 2 Water-The Peace of Letting Go

Skill 10 Simple Forms of Letting Go 105

Skill 11 Nonjudgmental Awareness in Everyday Living 113

Skill 12 Acceptance as a Portal to Letting Go 121

Skill 13 Acceptance as a Tool for Dealing with Unpleasant Emotions 129

Skill 14 Letting Go of Things That Don't Have Value (Integrity) 139

Skill 15 Letting Go of Too Much Self-Centeredness (Kindness) 147

Skill 16 Letting Go of Frustration (Patience) 155

Skill 17 Letting Go of Fight and Flight (Assertiveness) 161

Skill 18 Meditation for the Nonpractitioner 175


The Nonpursuit of Happiness 185

Selected Bibliography

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