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Book Review: I May Be Wrong, by Björn Natthiko Lindeblad

NON-FICTION: Infusing the everyday with heart, grace and gentle humour, this is a book to help us all navigate the realities of modern life.

A sharing of wisdom learnt.

When we are present, “we’re not hypnotised by every little thought that flashes into our heads.”

This is the story of how author Björn Natthiko Lindeblad learned to live in the present by silencing his inner voice. As a perfectionist who felt trapped by his obsessive thoughts, he left mainstream society to pursue monastery life. It would be another 17 years before he returned to his life in Sweden. He learnt and noted the changes within himself from the teachings of Buddhist wisdom during that 17-year sojourn.

Is there anything particularly special about this work? The answer to that question is, not really. However, often we learn best from a mentor with whom we connect, or who is similar to us. As this novel was penned by a successful corporate executive who had been dissatisfied with his professional life for a while, it will appeal to those questioning why their career is not enough. Or to those that have work-angst chest pains. It may also be useful for sufferers of obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety, or depression.

Do you act based on the thoughts that you have created, which may in fact be far from the reality, in reality? You may not rationally believe those thoughts, yet how do you become detached?

As the book asserts that psychological suffering is, in many ways, caused by what’s happening inside of us, the text is arranged with you in mind. With wide margins on each page, there is room for writing your thoughts when highlighting text is not enough.

This is a story of learning to trust yourself, letting go, and acceptance. Rather than taking your own sojourn to a life filled with rituals and practice far removed from normal society, learn how to achieve your own inner calm with this self-help book. In the author’s words, “learn in stillness, so we remember when the storm comes.”

Written as though he is performing one of his teachings, Lindeblad’s I May Be Wrong is his only book. It has been captured just in time before his passing into the next phase of his existence, after being diagnosed with ALS shortly after his return to Sweden.

Reviewed by Rebecca Wu

This review is the opinion of the reviewer and not necessarily of Glam Adelaide.

Distributed by: Bloomsbury
Released: May 2022
RRP: $29.99

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