Book Giveaway: Quest for Eternal Sunshine

Dear KOM-ers! We’re so happy to feature a new book giveaway!

Please enjoy this excerpt from “Quest for Eternal Sunshine” by Mendek Rubin and Myra Goldman.

There are 2 ways to enter to win your FREE signed hard copy:

  1. Leave a comment below with your email address (so we can contact you)
  2. Email us at KOMWriting@gmail.com with the Subject: (book title) giveaway entry

Winner will be randomly selected on 6/15/20 and announced on our website and social media. *

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Quest for Eternal Sunshine chronicles the triumphant true story of Mendek Rubin, a brilliant inventor who overcame both the trauma of the Holocaust and decades of unrelenting depression to live a life of deep peace and boundless joy.

Born into a Hassidic Jewish family in Poland in 1924, Mendek grew up surrounded by extreme antisemitism. Armed with an ingenious mind, he survived three horrific years in Nazi slave-labor concentration camps while virtually his entire family was murdered in Auschwitz. After arriving in America in 1946 – despite having no money or professional skills –  his inventions helped revolutionize both the jewelry and packaged-salad industries. Remarkably, Mendek also applied his ingenuity to his own psyche, developing innovative ways to heal his heart and end his emotional suffering.

After Mendek died in 2012 his daughter, Myra Goodman, found an unfinished manuscript in which he’d revealed the intimate details of his healing journey. “Quest for Eternal Sunshine” – the extraordinary result of a posthumous father-daughter collaboration – tells Mendek’s whole story and is filled with eye-opening revelations, effective self-healing techniques and profound wisdom that have the power to transform the way we live our lives.

EXCERPT FROM CHAPTER 30: Re-Envisioning My World

When my mother was pregnant with me, I’m sure she and my father looked forward to my arrival with both glee and nervous anticipation. As their first-born son, my birth was cause for celebration. I was the answer to their prayers. My parents expected me to grow up to uphold their values and be a source of pride and satisfaction. When they reached old age, I would be a pillar of strength for them.

Yet underneath the rejoicing, there must have also been a sense of foreboding. As a Jew in Poland, I was destined to live a life of indignity and struggle. I was born to a people who had been uprooted from their homeland for two thousand years yet still managed to keep their traditions intact. They had both a history of victimhood and an unshakable belief in their sacred destiny—a deep faith in God and a deep distrust of life. I was born into a spider web of antiquity, thousands of years’ worth of accumulated ideas, beliefs, and traditions.

How bewildering it must have been for me to come out of the peace and security of my mother’s womb into a world of such dissonant thoughts and emotions. By the process of osmosis, I breathed in my people’s history, assimilating it into my tender mind and body. I’d come from a place of infinite love—a place where happiness was free—and arrived in an alien world of intellect and ideas where happiness had to be earned and deserved. I thought I was coming home, only to find myself stranded in a foreign land.

No one in my family saw me as a child of the universe. My parents looked at me through the eyes of their conditioning and believed that I belonged to them. They were certain they knew what was best for me. Soon, my original innocence and joy were eclipsed by my inheritance, layer upon layer of beliefs about what was right and wrong. I absorbed these deep, ancient fears like a dry sponge dropped in water.

In my quest to heal my emotional wounds, I sensed the importance of actually experiencing what it would have been like to grow up surrounded by freedom and joy. Thus I decided to use my imagination to recreate my past, making it as healthy and happy as I’d always wished it had been.

In my mind’s eye, I went back in time to create a new and better world. I reinvented my parents as people who walked the earth fearlessly, feeling a happiness that stemmed from love and laughter. Just as he had been in real life, my father was strong, intelligent, and resourceful, but now he was also witty, gentle, and kind. My mother, who had always been wonderful in so many ways, was now also buoyant, filled with a joy she couldn’t contain, as she danced and sang around our kitchen, cooking my favorite foods. How she adored me!

I visualized my parents loving each other intensely, having the freedom and courage to live the life they wanted to live. They easily embraced, held hands, and laughed. My mother and father played with me, and the three of us took much delight in each other’s company. Together, we explored a world full of magic. There was nothing to fear.Methodically, I watched a new and more delightful version of my life unfold. First, I imagined myself as a newborn, lovingly held in my mother’s arms. Then I was a one-year-old, taking my first steps and saying my first words. Eventually, I was a five-year-old going off to my first day of school. All the while, I saw myself happily surrounded by all the people I loved the most.

I continued to watch myself develop into a teenager, having good times with friends, meeting my first girlfriend. I kept growing older, stronger, and healthier, until one day I knew I was ready to accept responsibility for my own life.

Through this process of reenvisioning, I confirmed that my past, no matter its travails, was not etched in stone. It did not have to remain fixed and stagnant, because I had the power to recreate my life and imbue it with all the positive emotions I’d always desired. It didn’t matter if I’d been happy or loved as a child. I was capable of creating a new and better yesterday. I was free to choose the nature of the inner world I would inhabit.

Now, I choose to remember Jaworzno during the springtime. I can still see the early morning sun as it filtered its way through wild chestnut trees and into the windows of our house. The world is full of sunshine—a grand and happy place.

 

You can purchase “Quest for Eternal Sunshine” on Amazon.

* By entering this contest, you give consent to Kind Over Matter to use your name for promotional purposes on our website and on all social media. 

Mendek Rubin And Myra Goldman
Mendek Rubin was a Holocaust survivor and brilliant inventor who helped revolutionize the jewelry manufacturing industry, generating numerous patents in the 1960s and 1970s. After he retired from the jewelry business, he invented the equipment to wash and package baby greens for Earthbound Farm - the first company to successfully market ready-to-eat salads for retail sale. Mendek also applied his genius to his own psyche, creating innovative ways to overcome the trauma of the Holocaust and live a truly joyous life. He is the author of two books: Why Not Now, a book of poems and prose, and I Am Small, I Am Big: The Way We Choose to Live, a book about positive thinking written for children. A self-taught artist and nature photographer, Mendek died in September 2012 in Carmel Valley, California, at the age of eighty-seven. Myra Goodman is a well-known pioneer in the world of organic food and farming and is the author of three cookbooks. In 1984 she and her husband, Drew, founded Earthbound Farm which became the largest grower of organic produce in the world. The Goodmans have been credited with helping to bring organic food to the mainstream. Myra was one of four farmers chosen by the James Beard Foundation and US Department of State to represent the United States in a prominent “conversations” video at the entrance to the US pavilion at the 2015 World’s Fair. She has appeared on national television shows, including Oprah, Regis & Kelly and Good Morning America. She has also been featured in hundreds of publications, including People magazine, the Costco Connection, More, Forbes,The New York Times and AARP. Myra and Drew have two grown children and continue to live on their original farm in Carmel Valley with their three yellow labs, Oscar, Henry and Leo.

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