Dreams and Lives in Ottoman Istanbul explores the practices of life writing and narration of dreams in early modern Istanbul. It focuses on the prominent biographer Atai (d.1635) who presents a fascinating portrait of contested lives at a time of empire building and shows how seventeenth-century learned circles narrated dreams to assess their position in the Ottoman enterprise. The author argues that dreams provided Ottoman biographers with a means of debating an uncertain world, a world built on diverse social networks and competing world views. Through an engaging and accessible prose style, this book introduces a world where dreams changed lives, the dead appeared in broad daylight, and biographers invited their readers to the gardens of remembrance. Early modern cultural historians who work on life writing, dreams, and practices of remembrance will find Dreams and Lives in Ottoman Istanbul a timely and useful contribution. Comparative studies in economic and political life in Habsburg Spain, Safavid Iran, Mughal India and Ming China have shown the shared rhythms between these contemporaneous dynasties and the Ottomans, and there is now a strong interest in comparative approaches to examining cultural lives. In this first monograph on the early modern Ottoman dreamscape, the author aims to address this interest, engaging in a dialogue with the recent scholarship on the early modern cultural history.
Use These Powerful Techniques to Change Your Negative Mindset On Life And Build The Habit of Positive of Thoughts!Any person can learn the habit of positive thinking by using the tools in this book, because it teaches you how to tackle the problem at its root!You have days when you feel down; days when you are not motivated, and do not feel on top of yourself. In itself, this feeling is a response to a degree of perspective in your life. You try to force yourself to be happy; to think you should be happy for whatever reason. But the truth is: nothing seems to work, and you don't feel any more positive.Harboring negative attitudes has negative consequences on virtually all areas of your life. You feel demotivated, unhappy, which can lead onto a spiral of negative consequences that can go as far as making you clinically depressed. You become a burden to friends, family and anyone who surrounds you - or who did surround you before you became a negative pain in the ass. But it doesn't have to be this way! Thinking positive is a skill that can be easily be thought, and with the right discipline, can be applied to influence all areas of your life, all the time. Positive thinking can be taught. As anything, it is a skill that requires dedication and repetition, but once mastered, will put you on a path to a drastically more fulfilled and happy life. Positive thinking draws elements from areas of neuro-psychology to teach you how to condition your brain to associate certain events with certain sets of feelings. This book lays out an easy path for reconditioning your brain to think positive - forever.Ever met a grumpy, negative successful person? No, that's right - there aren't many - if any! Positive thinking is a defining trait - whether conscious or not - of all successful people. Your environment may or may not foster it, but from this point on - nothing will stop you from fostering positive thoughts in the area of your life you have the most control over - your own brain.This book will teach you to solve the problem from the root-your own mind. It is the simple to follow guide to positive thinking. It explains in detail the neuropsychological reasons behind negative thoughts, and most importantly, what you can do about them to turn them around forever.
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Discover New Insights for living from the experiences of real people and the man who shared in their lives. Mr. Atchinson was pastor to five congregations in Michigan prior to his work as Founding Pastor of the Presbyterian Church USA, in Fountain Hills, Arizona. He chose a style of ministry that puts him in the middle of people's lives. From pulpit to show bars, from living rooms to courtrooms, from babies to assisted living facilities, he lives with people as they struggle to find meaning for their moments and for a lifetime. Truth is found in STORIES. It dawns like a Sliver of Light out of Darkness. At least for that moment the chaos of life makes sense and one is never the same again. This is a collection of LIFE STORIES where truth found root in human life, even his. Following the stories are words spoken to his congregations as a message of life to all who have ears to hear. "A book to be read and re-read by those looking for real answers through the lives of others and the insights of this gifted Pastor." Kathryn A. Thompson, 94 years young. YOU MAY FIND YOURSELF IN THIS BOOK
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