The Tao of Abundance
"Not just another 'get rich without losing your soul' book.
The abundance Boldt eloquently speaks of isn't material but spiritual
or psychological: it's the experience of living in accord with nature—
a challenging lifelong quest. Boldt offers a smart, radical understanding
of how quiet ageold wisdom can help us survive our frantic consumerist society with sanity, grace, even leisure."
—Ernest Callenbach, author of Ecotopia
Using eight guiding principles from Taoist philosophy, Boldt presents new definitions of success and new attitudes toward material ambition—proving that real abundance is about much more than money and careers.
Comments From Readers
"Recommended reading for anyone searching for a personal definition of enough."
- Vicki Robin, coauthor Your Money or Your Life
"Once again Laurence Boldt gives us the tools we need to live our passion, follow our true work, and make our living in harmony with our true spiritual path."
- Michael Toms, co-founder New Dimensions Radio,
True Work: Doing What You Love and Loving What You Do
"The Tao of Abundance presents an elegant formulation for an analysis of the economic opportunities and behavior patterns that impact our lives. I was struck by the author's ability to use the wisdom of such an ancient tradition to transcend every age and financial fashion."
- Jacques Vallee, author and President of Eurolink International
"The Tao of Abundance is another enlightening book from Laurence Boldt. I loved the earlier book, Zen and the Art of Making a Living, which remained at my desk for more than 5 years. These well presented books are worth the price for the quotations alone. Although intended as a guide for living abundantly in these challenging times, there is a wonderful introduction to Taoism here and considerable information about the Taoistic approach sprinkled throughout. Boldt, long a student of Eastern spiritual traditions, brings this wisdom to the contemporary situation and allows it to inform a normative view of modern living. We gain from this reading and the suggested exercises a personal perspective on our life-situation; an awareness that offers an opportunity to create a new way for ourselves in the world. Installing the eight essential principles of Taoism into our life structures could be quite transforming. I highly recommend for you an assiduous study of this book to start off the new millennium."
- Roger Ebsen, Spiritwalk Foundation
"The Tao of Abundance will passionately and emotionally change your life. To realize that true abundance is a mindset and totally within our control is both energizing and reassuring."
- Tom Kuczmarski, President Kuczmarski and Associates,
author of Innovation and Values Based Leadership
Faculty member Kellogg Graduate School of Management—Executive programs
"Tons of books are out there on health, wealth and prosperity . . . and after a while they kinda get boring. But Laurence's work is absolutely magnificent. A masterpiece in every sense of the word. Laurence creates a beautiful tapestry of Eastern and Western philosophy to create a book that reads more like a poem, than a book of facts. A book that has changed my life—and a book I intend to read throughout my life."
- Dr. Sundeep Bhasin
"What the Culture Doesn't Teach You: This book can change your life. Feel like you are always chaseing rainbows, but never reaching the pot of gold? Have too much stuff, but never enough? Fed up with your job, but don't know what else to do because it pays just enough to keep you affluent, but not enough to be independent? YOU NEED THIS BOOK.
"The Tao of Abundance will help you examine your relationship to things, to money, to work and to yourself. More than that it will help you understand how you are being manipulated by things outside of yourself - and how you can break free of that manipulation to gain control of your thinking, your goals and your life.
"This a terrific book. I have worn out one copy of the printed version, given another away (OK lent to my brother and never had it returned), bought a second, and bought the tape to listen to in the car."
- A. Bruno
"Read this book! This book is awesome! I am on my second read. The more I study Eastern philosophy, the more it resonates with me. This is especially true of Taoism. When I first learned about it, it seemed like such an apathetic world-view—stressing the importance of, basically, not caring. As I learn more, though, I think I got it wrong. Boldt presents topics in such a way that many are truly incredible insights into basic truth and the way the world works. Taoism has many *very* valuable teachings that most of us could benefit enormously from."
- Susan J. B.,
The Tao of Abundance [is a] thoroughly excellent book that examines modern global society and some of its downsides, with a look towards Taoism and Zen Buddhism for guidance and precedents in dealing with a complex commercial culture.
- Anthony R.
"Not since Alan Watts has there been a lay expert with the erudition and insight to so expertly pack a difficult package of unfamiliar notions into a book of immediate relevance. What is consumerism to me? and sex? and money? How do they relate to my goals and aspirations? Laurence Boldt, a career counselor and author of the bestselling Zen and the Art of Making a Living, presents a sophisticated alternative to life as we know it. Fully equipped with opinion polls, sociological studies, intellectual histories, and classic economics texts, Boldt dismantles the foundations of our consumer society brick by brick and, more importantly, our unquestioning acceptance of it. The alternative is a path of awareness, of flowing, and of sufficiency that together result in the joyful abundance of a productive, natural life. The shift in world view that Boldt seeks to effect in the reader has such profound practical implications that this book could very well change your life—which is exactly the author's intention. Boldt can be excused for slipping into fuzzy notions like the so-called perennial philosophy, for his recasting of modern life in Taoist terms of ready abundance is so convincing that it makes you wonder how we got stuck in our lifestyles of lack in the first place."
- Brian Bruya,
"The art of abundance is not the art of money making, but the art of knowing how to live." Drawing heavily on Taoist concepts of work, creativity and love, Boldt (Zen and the Art of Making a Living, etc.) offers a systematic program for achieving well-being. Asserting that the Western emphasis on subduing nature and our relentless consumer culture offset the perception of "abundance," he suggests that feelings of prosperity and contentment can flourish independently of actual material wealth. He offers the Taoist pursuit of harmony, leisure and beauty in simple things as a means to help readers appreciate the world's inherent pleasures and to create a sense of fulfillment. According to Boldt, everyone can live abundantly by identifying their true sources of happiness, by following the path of least resistance and by redirecting energy that is unnecessarily tied up in the daily struggle to survive in our culture. Each chapter contains short sections focusing on specific Taoist concepts and showing how readers can apply them to their lives, as well as inspiring quotes from Eastern and Western thinkers. Boldt also provides a workbook section to help readers examine their ideas about money, careers, relationships, time and more. Those looking for a way to sidestep the endless cycle of getting and spending will welcome Boldt's practical, humanist approach to change."
- Publishers Weekly
"At some level, we all know that materialism won't bring us true happiness, but we haven't really figured out how to fill that void if we don't have material wealth; we haven't understood 'true abundance.' Focusing somewhere between material wealth and spiritual prosperity, this book takes us away from the 'psychology of poverty and lack' and into a life of balance and total fulfillment. Following in the Five Fingers of The Tao, the reader learns the eight principles—such as recognizing the unity in all things, learning to receive, following the path of least resistance, taking time to be—that enable one to live abundantly. A workbook of exercises and assessments provides the opportunity to apply and integrate these Taoist principles into daily living."
- Napra Review
"After years of rising stock prices and unprecedented economic growth, has the feeling of abundance passed you by? In The Tao of Abundance, Laurence Boldt, author of the best-selling Zen and the Art of Making a Living explains why and what you can do about it.
"While many have been left behind by the recent economic boom, even among those whose incomes have risen, many feel that the quality of their lives has actually deteriorated or only marginally improved. Despite the longest period of sustained economic expansion in the postwar era, the lowest level of unemployment in decades and a 45 percent increase in consumption levels in last twenty years, the number of Americans who describe themselves "very happy" peaked in 1957!
"The Tao of Abundance examines the reasons behind this contradiction: Why in the midst of the unprecedented material affluence are so many troubled by a nagging sense of lack? Boldt argues that in defining abundance in abstract economic terms we have overlooked important human factors related to quality of life. Drawing on eight principles of Taoist philosophy, he explores spiritual insights and psychological attitudes that will move us toward an experience of real abundance. Along the way, he exposes the core beliefs that comprise a psychology of lack and shows how we can overcome them once and for all.
"The Tao of Abundance also addresses social and economic factors that contribute to an individual and collective experience of lack, and offers suggestions for how we can mitigate these effects in our own lives. This is not a book of spiritual platitudes divorced from the realities of our everyday lives, but one that demonstrates the relevance of ancient Taoist insights to enriching our lives today. The exercises at the end of the book assist readers in making the attitudinal, lifestyle, and behavioral changes that will bring a greater experience of real abundance into all aspects of their lives."
- Business Spirit Journal Online
"Through his intelligent, appealing integration of Eastern philosophy and practical advice, Laurence Boldt has helped thousands of readers find personal satisfaction in their work and personal lives. Now he applies these principles to the subject of abundance: How do we achieve material wealth without sacrificing our souls?
"In The Tao of Abundance, Boldt applies ancient wisdom to modern times, presenting eight guiding principles from Taoist philosophy geared to help readers make practical life changes that will bring them a truer and deeper sense of abundance. He encourages readers to strike a balance between material and spiritual wealth - not to favor one over the other - and argues that increased material wealth comes as a natural byproduct of psychological fulfillment. With exercises designed to help readers find their own balance between societal demands and their own deepest desires, this helpful, inspiring book offers the chance to experience a new feeling of abundance in all aspects of life."
- Fellowship for Intentional Community
"No sin can exceed / Incitement to envy; / No calamity's worse / Than to be discontented," said Lao Tzu centuries ago. The alienation and anxiety that stalk our lives today are the result of a "psychology of lack." Laurence G. Boldt, the best-selling author of Zen and the Art of Making a Living, believes that eight ancient principles from Taoism can put us on a path of abundance. The first principle is to accept the unity of all things, or as Lao Tzu put it: "To embrace all things means also that one rids oneself of any concept of separation: male and female, self and other, life and death. Division is contrary to the nature of the Tao."
"Abundant living comes when we are open to receive and when we follow the path of least resistance. This is the art of wu-wei (effortless action), which is an antidote to the struggle for survival. Boldt is convinced that contentment comes not by succumbing to social pressures but by honoring our inborn abilities. Or as Chuang Tzu put it: "Obey your own destiny; it is often very difficult, but it is the only means of attaining serenity."
- Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
"A book that tackles many of of the difficult questions regarding consumerism and money. Author of the bestselling Zen and the Art of Making a Living, Boldt draws from opinion polls, sociological studies, Taoism, the perennial philosophy, and more to deconstruct our present notions of a consumer based society and reconstruct it along lines that encourage a more flowing, harmonious, rewarding and spiritual relationship with money and the world around us."
- Soul to Spirit
The Tao of Abundance by Laurence Boldt Philosophy of Happy Life
In the Tao of Abundance you will go on a journey that will help you discover what your true belief system is and how your life is being manipulated by the misconception that peace of mind is gained through the acquisition of material things.
The old saying goes that money can't buy happiness. Regardless of what is going on in the economy or in one's bank account, or even if people are doing well financially, they still might feel empty and bankrupt on the inside. They might go around with feelings of deep insecurity. Many people feel this way. Sadly, in today's materialistic world, people think that they have nothing, or that they are nobody if they don't have financial wealth. This sad mindset causes many people to become depressed, and to give up hope on themselves, and in life. However, in The Tao Of Abundance, Laurence G. Boldt makes us re-examine this misconception. In this book, you are going to have your core systems and believes challenged. Much to your surprise, you are going to see that you are being manipulated and brainwashed into thinking that you need "stuff" to feel whole.
The author points out six things that money can't do in the Tao of Abundance. The six things that money shouldn't do are these:
Sacrifice your soul, relationships, health, intelligence, joy, and most important, your dignity. Aren't these concepts amazing?
Then, the author challenges you to examine what financial wealth is costing you, and what price you might be paying. You will begin a journey of self discovery by thinking about the Taoist teachings that are used in the book. You will then gain insight and knowledge regarding the misguided thinking that many people have, that material things and wealth bring you peace. You'll learn to find contentment via your own self created life peace and fulfillment. You are the author of your own success, and you only can decide what it's going to take for you to have inner peace.
The Tao of Abundance give you eight principles such as:
The unity of it all starts you on a path of true abundance.
Learning to receive opens the doors for you to receive your greatest good.
Getting on the path of least resistance give you success with the greatest of ease.
In order to improve health, and to have deeper, healthier relationships, and to generate wealth for yourself, you have to circulate your energy.
The road to your authentic power is the road that enables you to honor your dignity and to use your inborn abilities.
In order to rid yourself of stress and gain peace of mind, you must find the Yin and Yang balance in your life.
Take the time to nurture yourself and the things that are important such as relationships. Give yourself time to grow, and to be.
You must learn that in order to reach your destiny, you have to trust in and embrace the way things naturally turn out in your life.
You'll find that the Tao of Abundance will allow you to change the perceptions and the focus of your life. In this way, you can use your energy to move with the flow of the universe. Then you will see the doors open that grant you abundance, inner peace, and satisfaction.
The Tao of Abundance: Eight Ancient Principles for Abundant Living
In my own personal search for meaning and the deepening of my capacity for human compassion and understanding, I find myself drawn to reading books from many different perspectives, cultures, philosophies and belief systems. I have spent the past three enjoyable weeks reading The Tao of Abundance: Eight Ancient Principles for Abundant Living by Laurence Boldt. I say ‘enjoyable’ because every page of this book has been a pleasure to read. Boldt’s style of writing is both professional and competent. He demonstrates a thorough understanding of Taoism and invites the reader to reinterpret modern economics and Western beliefs on ‘abundance’, ‘time’, ‘leisure’ and ‘beauty’ through this Taoist lens.
The book is written in eight chapters and begins by providing a basic introduction to Taoism for readers who are new to this ancient philosophy. Boldt then explores the theme of abundance in its many forms, for example, The Nature of Abundance, The Flow of Abundance, The Power of Abundance, The Harmony of Abundance, The Beauty of Abundance, and so on. Boldt draws heavily on the wisdom of Lao Tzu, Chuang Tzu, Lieh Tzu and also includes insights from the Bible, Mother Theresa, Ghandi, Albert Einstien and Carl Jung, among others.
In his writing, Boldt expresses his concern regarding the common Western view of abundance and the real sense of scarcity and lack that many people feel in their lives today. Boldt writes:
In a world that defines abundance in terms of scarce resources and economic abstractions, the Taoist philosophy defines abundance in human terms and sees the world as a naturally abundant place. In a do-oriented society that puts faith in future progress, it reminds us to be, and that here and now is the only place we live. In a world caught up in glamour and obsessed with consumption, the Taoist perspective offers and appreciation of leisure and beauty in the simple things in life. In a society that values the cerebral and abstract, the Taoist remind us to trust our intuitions and to recognize the power of the unconscious intelligence. In an increasing narcissistic and artificial society, Taoist philosophy values humility, naturalness, and spontaneity.
A very helpful feature of the book is the workbook found in the back, where Boldt has created a series of exercises to help readers identify and explore their own deeply held beliefs about wealth, abundance and prosperity. I was astonished at some of the limiting beliefs I was able to identify in my own mind, beliefs that first formed as a child growing up in a world where money was scarce, hard to earn, and even harder to keep. Re-examining my old beliefs and replacing them with a more accurate and positive framework has helped me experience the world in a fresh new way. Through his clear writing, Boldt has also given me a solid introduction to the Tao and the immeasurable joy and fulfillment that comes from living in the Tao.
…as you give your gifts and express your inmost nature in the outer world, you attract to yourself the people, circumstances, and resources you will need to fulfill your destiny. You enter a field of experience that, from a conventional perspective, seems magical, but in fact is only the natural state of your being. Spontaneous, creative action and synchronicity in relationships and events become the order of the day. You’ll find yourself being in the right place at the right time. It is not anything you are consciously doing; you are simply allowing your own nature to move you into the flow of the Tao.
Boldt writes competently and communicates his ideas clearly. There is also an intimate quality… he writes as a friend, sitting at the table with you discussing the Tao of Abundance over a cup of jasmine tea… Other works written by Boldt include Zen and the Art of Making a Living and How to Find the Work you Love. He conducts workshops and offers career coaching via his website www.empoweryou.com. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Taoism or creating a new economic paradigm in these highly turbulent times. As Ghandi once said, “There is enough for everyone’s need, but not their greed.”