Embracing the chaos is somewhat of a foreign thought for Americans, since we are taught as young children to always follow the rules (and expect that everyone else will follow them as well). In Embrace the Chaos: How India Taught Me to Stop Overthinking and Start Living, author Bob Miglani manages to explain how we should redo our lives to embrace and live more courageously, to only change ourselves when we can and to just let the rest go.
Miglani suggests that people will enjoy the moments of their lives much more by first accepting, second not over thinking, and third, committing to moving forward. He bases his experiences on trips to India, a country of chaotic beauty. Miglani realizes his dream to have a purposeful existence by letting go of everything else, and learning to enjoy the moment.
It will not be lost on the reader that India’s people – even those living in extreme poverty – outrank the U.S. on the “happiness quotient”. When Miglani visited India as a child and was stranded with his family in an outdated airport with no money, the group took his father’s lead to blend in with the mentality of the locals and find fun in the chaos.
In the second section, readers are advised to not over think life. I loved the chapter titled How to Choose a Spouse in an Hour that highlighted the veracity of our human intuition, and how even in a complicated world the best decisions of our lives are made quickly, with a cool head and calm heart. Our life mission should be to capture, nourish and cherish small tiny moments of joy in life.
We can all take a lesson or two from the rituals shared by Indian people. Each morning, billions of Indian people rise to the sunlight as we all do, but they usually take a moment to offer the prayer of submission to the universe at large. They have learned to not “give up,” but to “give over” their lives to whatever will affect them that day. And in surrendering to accepting the chaos, they are in effect absolutely free in spirit, thoughts, words and deeds.
If we can finally move forward to embrace the chaos, our lives and those of others around us will invariably change. Moving forward means to stop waiting for perfection, stop criticizing others, and to stop worrying about enhancing our lives.
I think that Miglani is spot on; we can all be happier, live life fuller, enjoy the small daily experiences around us and feel that we are part of a larger universe as accepting beings, ready to master whatever chaos life presents to us. I would recommend the book for anyone who is interested in self-improvement and who is ready to make a real change in their life.
After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.
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