Five years ago this month, the first edition of my book “Empty, Empty, Happy, Happy.” was published. Including the second expanded edition, more than 25,000 copies have been sold! You can still order it HERE.  And if you can’t or don’t want to afford it, reach out HERE and I’ll find a way to get you a copy!

I am proud of this little book.  From the cover to the paper, every word, and even it’s intentional size, I designed it to fit in your pocket like those old school devotionals I love.

This book is not meant to be read front to back. My experience is that life is not lived that way. Instead, it’s a collection of simple stories, teachings, hilarious moments, and straightforward wisdom that I share with my coaching clients all the time. These teachings have not only helped me but countless others as well.  Maybe one or two will resonate with you.  As always, only take what you need and leave the rest.

Demonstrating what Venerable Bhante Sujatha has spent a lifetime teaching, “simple teachings often have the most depth”, here are a few:

  • We must learn to live in truth as it always outlasts falsehood.
  • Words without actions are just empty sounds.
  • Don’t let your heart become blind by relying on your eyes to see beauty.
  • When you are truly honest, kind and moral, all beings can sense it even before you speak or act.
  • You will have to rely on yourself. Teachers guide the way, friends give support, life is the opportunity. How you do the work is up to you.
  • Love is only a word until it is put in to action.
  • Every moment we are losing whatever belongs to us.
  • Do everything without expectation, then witness as you receive everything you need.
  • Love is not fake, people make it seem so.
  • Loneliness is challenging but the moment you feel the beauty of it, you no longer depend on another human being.
  • Life is simple: do not harm yourself or others.
  • Be simple. Think deeply.
  • Death teaches us the importance of being grateful.
  • There are no entities in the world. There are only activities.
  • Empty, empty. Happy, happy.

What are some simple teachings that have really helped you?