The Saturday Book Shop – How the Whole World Is Conspiring to Shower You with Blessings

Pronoia is the Antidote for Paranoia: How the Whole World is Conspiring to Shower You with Blessings by Rob Brezsny is a book that I gladly turn to in both joyous moments as well as crazy, horrible times like what transpired in Washington D.C. last week. This book is a gem whenever we need to catch our collective breath and pause to gather strength in fighting the good fight and renewing our focus on becoming a maestro of “rowdy bliss”, as Brezsny likes to say.

Brezsny’s writing helps re-gather a focus on beauty and truth, even in the midst of being witness to a Wannabe Tinpot Dictator extolling the virtues of America’s “freedom” while abdicating responsibility for preserving the hard-fought democracy foundations needed to keep “equal justice under law” moving forward and shining Liberty’s light, albeit imperfectly. Brezsny’s optimism doesn’t shy away from acknowledging the horrible and tragic in the world. His work is more thoughtful and intelligent and eye-twinkling-good-mischief-kinda-gonzo than that. I adore his unique way of reminding us how much more we have going for us even during challenging times, and it helps me re-ground. I needed it today. Here’s a quick excerpt from the book:

“Thousands of things go right for you every day, beginning the moment you wake up. Through some magic you don’t fully understand, you’re still breathing and your heart is beating, even though you’ve been unconscious for many hours. The air is a mix of gases that’s just right for your body’s needs, as it was before you fell asleep.

You can see! Light of many colors floods into your eyes, registered by nerves that took God or evolution or some process millions of years to perfect. The interesting gift of these vivid hues is made possible by an unimaginably immense globe of fire, the sun, which continually detonates nuclear reactions in order to convert its own body into light and heat and energy for your personal use.

You can’t live without the sun’s inexhaustible flood of unconditional love. Every move you make depends on it. Luckily, it never fails you. Did you know that your personal star is located at the precise distance from you to be of consummate service? If it were any closer, you’d fry, and if it were any farther away, you’d freeze. Is that just a happy accident? Or is it a sign of favor—a big, broad hint, from a cosmic intelligence that adores you?” — Rob Brezsny

Here’s to January 20, 2021, and to all the long-neglected work we will get to begin as the country turns a new page. God Bless Us All (and especially the amazing Stacey Abrams and all those dedicated volunteers who work to champion voting rights!) … and God Bless The United States of America (which has a beautiful little booklet called “The Constitution” which could probably use an amended edition).

“The American Dream & Experiment: Held Together with Safety Pins (There is a crack in everything, that is how the light gets in – Leonard Cohen)” ©2016

All for now. See you next week here at The Saturday Book Shop …

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4 Comments on “The Saturday Book Shop – How the Whole World Is Conspiring to Shower You with Blessings”

  1. Marina Gottlieb Sarles Says:

    I love these posts and the books you bring to our attention. So uplifting. Thank you. M ❤️

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    • Paula's Paradise Says:

      Thank you, thank you for your lovely note here, Marina! Glad you’re enjoying it. Gratitude galore. ❤️

  2. Meg Evans Says:

    I’ve seen Brezsny’s newspaper column, but haven’t read his book. Staying focused on life’s many small daily miracles is indeed very good advice.

    Stacey Abrams is a fantastic organizer. I would’ve liked to see her as Biden’s attorney general, but I’m guessing she was not interested because she probably wants to run for governor again. Merrick Garland is a good pick to restore integrity to the DOJ because he brings a judge’s impartial mindset. Biden and all his appointees have a tough job ahead of them, shoveling up after the elephants. I am thankful for honorable public servants and will never take their existence for granted again.

    • Paula's Paradise Says:

      Thank you for your wonderful note here—and I agree wholeheartedly about Stacey and everything you mentioned. Beautifully said. The “shoveling up” (great metaphor!) will indeed take dedication from us all, and yes … so deeply grateful for the honorable public servants that have been holding fast to the safety pins holding the nation’s foundations together ‘til it can be well stitched up. So cool that you’ve seen Brezsny’s wise and wild newspaper column. I look forward to the weekly email of that column and was pleased to see he’s started a Patreon account recently too. His book is like a multi-faceted mandala of those small daily miracles you mentioned and reminds me of the inspiring “Nurturing Thursdays” feature on your marvelous blog. E-smiles and thanks again for sharing your thoughts and being here!


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