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Be the Change: How Meditation Can Transform You and the World Hardcover – November 3, 2009

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About the Author

ED AND DEB SHAPIRO are the award-winning authors of fifteen books on meditation, personal development, and social action. They are Featured Bloggers for,,, and They teach meditation workshops worldwide, and work as corporate consultants. They are the creators and writers of the Daily CHILLOUT inspirational text messages on Sprint cell phones. Their books include: YOUR BODY SPEAKS YOUR MIND, winner of the 2007 Visionary Book Award and finalist for the Nautilus Book Award;  VOICES FROM THE HEART with contributors such as President Gorbachev, the Dalai Lama, and Bishop Tutu; and MEDITATION: The Four Step Course to Calmness and Clarity.  Ed, from New York, trained as a Swami with Paramahamsa Satyananda at the Bihar School of Yoga in India, with Sri Swami Satchidananda of Integral Yoga, and with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Deb, from London, trained in meditation with Tai Situ Rinpoche. They have taught meditation and personal development for over twenty-five years. They currently reside in Boulder, Colorado. 


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling Ethos; 1St Edition edition (November 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402760019
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402760013
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,162,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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97 of 108 people found the following review helpful By M. L Lamendola VINE VOICE on November 7, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Let me start this review by recounting an amazing coincidence.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama wrote one of the two forewords to this book, and I read it during a break. Only a few minutes after I finished reading it, I received a phone call. My company sells electronic translators; the caller phoned from the U.K. to ask about a Tibetan-English electronic translator. She said she was buying it for someone else, and would be taking it to India with her.

"Uh, would that be northwest India?" I recalled that was the home of Tibetan refugees.

She said that was her destination and she was there often. I asked her if she'd ever seen HH the Dalai Lama, perhaps in one of his public appearances. She replied that she was looking for an electronic translator for a man on HH's staff and if it worked for him then others in the office might be interested. He was trying to learn English and she had been helping him but they thought an electronic dictionary would speed up his learning significantly.

HH's staff? Let's see, by the Kevin Bacon principle did that make me one degree away from HH or two? I later went online to look at our Italian and German translators, figuring that would trigger a call from someone at the Vatican (but that didn't happen).

Anyhow, in our conversation she conveyed to me the essence of the book I was about to read even though I had not mentioned anything about the book. The subtitle describes not a wish but an ongoing project and it's one in which this pleasant lady is heavily involved. What are the odds....

She was obviously well-grounded and purposeful. And she was moving in circles I had merely read about, yet she was open with me and entirely there during the conversation.

To paraphrase HH, I'm just a simple wonk.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Crystal Vilkaitis on January 12, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book has truly been life changing. The biggest thing I love about this book is the diversity. Ed and Deb have brought together people from all different backgrounds and have collected their stories and views on meditation and presented them in such a way that is easy to understand and feel. If you're new to meditation or not, you will get something out of this book, and you will learn from all of the amazing stories. I am so thankful this book has found me.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By starchild8 on February 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is by far a stellar book.... truthfully, one that anyone can relate to!
Something I would like to share with others readers who might be considering this purchase... you will be pleased!
Why do I say this? Well, first of all, it is put together very well and the stories and advice really stick because they are presented in such a harmonious layout.
The eyes never get tired from reading this book, as my experience with many books has been, that they tend to tax our vision.
Having said that, it is obvious that authors were mindful of this, thats why it has been so fun and easy to read.
It is a page turner of insights and methods... things that we can do for ourselves, and more importantly, without sacrificing our own personal beliefs!
At the same time, there is so much helpul information, and it is presented so elegantly, I love it.
Thank you and bless you both for writing such a inspiring and motivating book!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Susan Schenck VINE VOICE on November 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The problem: our ego, often addicted to its most self-centered whims. The solution: meditation, which "gives us the space to see ourselves clearly and objectively, a place from which we can witness our own behavior and reduce the ego's influence" (p. 10). Authors Ed and Deb Shapiro are highly qualified to write this book to inspire us to meditate. The award-winning authors of 14 other books on meditation, they have taught this art at corporations as well as jails. The forewords are written by the His Holiness the Dalai Lama and also Robert Thurman (a professor of Indio-Tibetan studies at Columbia University).

This book can be used as a daily read to inspire you to meditate. What I especially love about it is that you can even randomly open the book to any page and read a contribution by one of the 108 other contributing authors to the book. (These range from one paragraph to a couple of pages.) Most of these authors are famous, and include spiritual teachers like Michael Bernard Beckwith, Ram Dass, Byron Katie, Andrew Cohen, and Gangaji; New Age authors such as Dan Millman, Jack Kornfield and Marianne Williamson; musicians such as Gabrielle Roth; and even actresses such as Jane Fonda and Lindsay Wagner. If you don't know who the person is, there is a brief bio of each contributor in the back.

The book is divided into four parts. Part I focuses on what meditation is (dissolving the ego, merging into oneness, becoming aware of the present, etc.) and why we need to meditate (ex: drug addiction, bad childhood, stress, etc).

Part II discusses the transformation brought by meditation--how it helps in relationships, and how it increases the ability to forgive, as well as increasing kindness, compassion and love.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Christine Stevens on February 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Be The Change is an inspirational compilation of teachings from many different perspectives. I particularly appreciated the sections on sound and walking meditations. The authors worked hard to weave the individual perspectives into complete sections that transcend religious background and demonstrate that meditation is a key in our conscious awakening. I highly recommend it!
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