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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite
Every Drop of Water and Every Grain of Salt on the Way to Authentic Happiness by Dr. Armando S. Garcia is a unique approach to understanding the path to happiness. Garcia provides personal insights stemming from his work as a pediatrician with the self-confidence of children giving him inspiration. He was able to see the meaningfulness exhibited in their unencumbered consciousness. This philosophical approach to understanding human consciousness provides a thought-provoking journey and concepts as Garcia explores the meaning of happiness. Garcia blends his experience as a pediatrician, existential philosophy, and introspection for an exploration of Self, Being, and happiness.
At the center of the book is the concept of our consciousness taking the form of how we treat others, whether it’s with kindness or with ill-will. The goal of Dr. Armando S. Garcia is to shine a light on understanding the root of unhappiness and self to help others find genuine happiness of their own. Garcia encourages you to find peace within yourself, away from the fast-paced world around you, so as to pursue a healthier state of being. The writing is thought-provoking and the tone is philosophical, which allows you to think differently about happiness through the lens of salt and water in your life.
The book is divided into parts that focus on understanding the concept of salt and water, with detailed explorations that tackle consciousness, perception, Self, suffering, meditation, and fear. The part that focuses on salt explores emotions, fear, and the idea of Nothingness (or Not-self) which shows how anger and hatred can reflect in you through bitterness and self-hatred. The part that focuses on water is centered on the personal universe, being a good person, being with others, and letting go of stress. The final part explores Being through authentic happiness, meditation, and enlightenment. Each part works together as Garcia explores self-perception and delves further into concepts that will have you seeing your own self-consciousness differently. Every Drop of Water and Every Grain of Salt on the Way to Authentic Happiness is an encouraging book that takes a psychological and philosophical approach to understanding happiness and self-awareness.