The Cow in the Parking Lot #followfriday

Have you ever read a book which affected you so profoundly that you wanted to tell even complete strangers about it?

This is how I am feeling right now in regards to “The Cow in the Parking Lot: A Zen Approach to Overcoming Anger by Leonard Scheff and Susan Edmiston. It is a phenomenal book. When you see it and read the summary you may think it isn’t a necessary read in your life. This is because the emphasis is on dealing with anger. However, I have found there is far more involved in this book than just anger management.

This book is about total awareness of self.

You are at the opening of a new shopping center on the edge of town. You have been looking for a parking space for ten minutes. At last, right in front of you, the back-up lights come on. You turn on your turn signal and wait. From the other direction a jeep pulls into the space. Not only that, but when you honk, the driver gets out, smirks, and gives you the finger. Are you angry? You bet you are. Perhaps angry enough to want to ram his car. Now change the scene ever so slightly. Instead of a brash jeep driver, a cow comes from the other direction and settles into the space. When you honk, she looks up and moos. Are you angry? Probably not. Most people are amused.

I think what is most important to understand right off the bat while reading or listening to this book is what you personally mean when you say you are angry. For most people, myself included, anger is just the tip of the iceberg. In fact, I say I am angry and sometimes I mean I am hurt or I am disappointed; it’s just that I am expressing it as anger because that seems to happen easier.

“To live is to embrace each moment of life as if it were the first, the last and all moments of life.”

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4 thoughts on “The Cow in the Parking Lot #followfriday

  1. Dear Christy,

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! for your wonderful comment on “The Cow in the Parking Lot.” I am the coauthor of the book so you should actually say, “by Leonard Scheff and Susan Edmiston.” But I don’t care because you said such wonderful things about the book. Can I, or can you, post this as a review on Amazon?

    All good things to you,

  2. Susan, I have modified the authors in the post, I am sorry for not having it correct previously. Leonard and yourself have helped me immensely, there are certain chapters I find myself listening to on repeat on the way to work, specifically chapter 6. I have recommended your book to everyone I know.

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