More from and about
Sarah Ban Breathnach
(biographical info at bottom of page)

  

Whatever we are waiting for - peace of mind, contentment, grace, the
inner awareness of simple abundance - it will surely come to us, but
only when we are ready to receive it with an open and grateful heart.

   

Become aware that you already possess all the inner wisdom, strength, and creativity needed to make your dreams come true. This is hard for most of us to realize because the source of this unlimited personal power is buried so deeply beneath the bills, the car pool, the deadlines, the business trip, and the dirty laundry that we have difficulty accessing it in our daily lives. When we can't access our inner resources, we come to the flawed conclusion that happiness and fulfillment come only from external events. That's because external events usually bring with them some sort of change. . . .We can learn to be the catalysts for our own change. . . .you already possess all you need to be genuinely happy.

      
When we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that's present--love, health, family, friends, work, the joys of nature, and personal pursuits that bring us pleasure--the wasteland of illusion falls away and we experience heaven on earth.
  
Today I want you to become aware that you already possess all the inner wisdom, strength, and creativity needed to make your dreams come true. This is hard for most of us to realize because the source of this unlimited personal power is buried so deeply beneath the bills, the car pool, the deadlines, the business trip, and the dirty laundry that we have difficulty accessing it in our daily lives. When we can't access our inner resources, we come to the flawed conclusion that happiness and fulfillment come only from external events. That's because external events usually bring with them some sort of change. And so, we've learned to rely on circumstance outside ourselves for forward or backward momentum as we hurtle through. But we don't have to do that any longer. We can learn to be the catalysts for our own change.
   

You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. And you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law:  the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you.

     

Our deepest wishes are whispers of our authentic selves.
We must learn to respect them.
We must learn to listen.

   

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Learning to live in the present moment is part of the path of joy.

   

The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers.
But above all, the world needs dreamers who do.

   

Expect to have hope rekindled. Expect your prayers to be
answered in wondrous ways. The dry seasons in life
do not last. The spring rains will come again.

   
    
Sarah Ban Breathnach's (pronounced "Bon Brannock") work celebrates quiet joys, simple pleasures and everyday epiphanies.  The wisdom, warmth, compassion and disarming candor of her No. 1 New York Times bestsellers, Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy and Something More (both published by Warner Books) have made her a trusted voice to millions of women

First published in November 1995 with little fanfare, Simple Abundance - a daily inspirational guide written for people who wish to live by their own lights - soon found its audience through word-of-mouth raves including Oprah Winfrey's, who named it "her favorite book" of 1996 and called it "life-changing."

Simple Abundance has been back to press 56 times and has sold over 7 million copies in the United States alone.  It was on the New York Times bestseller list for over two consecutive years, topping the list
at No. 1 for a year.  USA Today declared it to be one of the top ten best-selling books in the United States during the nineties.

Simple Abundance has been highly praised from different corners of American culture.  Thomas Moore, the best selling author of Care of the Soul, called it "a book of real wisdom. . . a satisfying blend of the sassy and the profound."

According to Deepak Chopra, writing in the September 1998 issue of George magazine, which named Sarah Ban Breathnach as one of America's twenty most fascinating women of power and influence, "She's a one-woman women's movement. . . just the subversively cosmic voice society needs" to help the country "re-evaluate our values."  Because its editors felt that Sarah had her finger on the pulse of the American people, in September 1997 she was commissioned by People Magazine to cover the funeral of Princess Diana. As a contributing editor of Good Housekeeping, she also wrote a regular column on "everyday spirituality," the first such feature in a mainstream American woman's publication.

Sarah Ban Breathnach is also the President and CEO of Simple Abundance, Inc., a consultancy firm specializing in publishing and multimedia projects that give creative expression to the timeless Simple Abundance principles and the concept of personal authenticity.  The company recently entered into a groundbreaking joint venture with Scribner to create The Simple Abundance Press, a new publishing imprint with the mission of helping readers to explore innovative and inspirational ways of enriching their lives.

Sarah is the founder of the Simple Abundance Charitable Fund, a non-profit bridge group between charitable causes and the public dedicated to increasing awareness that "doing good" and "living the good life" are soul mates.  In acknowledging Sarah's contributions to rethinking the role of philanthropy, The American Benefactor noted that while "it's not necessary to reconcile your public persona with your personal life these days, it's refreshing when someone does, like Sarah Ban Breathnach."  Since 1995, the SACF has supported the vision of over 100 non-profit organizations by awarding over $1 million in financial support.  The Simple Abundance Charitable Fund is underwritten with proceeds from Sarah's speaking engagements, royalties and product sales.
  

  

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