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Product Details

  • Paperback: 149 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; 1st edition (February 16, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060612525
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060612528
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #614,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Graceful, clear, completely user-friendly instructions for mindfulness practice." -- Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart

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"The truth is available in every moment, and we could wake up to wisdom and freedom in the supermarket, but a retreat is different. . . . Being alone, with no diversions, sets up terrific conditions for beginning to see."(from Don't Just Do Something, Sit There)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By bribri on February 9, 2003
Format: Paperback
I've been practicing "Mindfulness" meditation for about 7 months now. It's been very helpful, and suits me well. A couple of months ago, I attended my first retreat, of 4 days, at Spirit Rock. It was easily the most profound thing I've done in my life. And one of the hardest. And I'd do it again in a second.
Unfortunately, because of my schedule, I'm not able to attend another retreat for several months. So, when I heard about people taking "personal" weekend retreats alone, I decided to try one myself. This book is a -wonderful- "manual" for doing such a retreat. I locked myself in my house for 3 days, and used this book as my teacher. Sylvia writes so warmly... I really needed her compassionate words when my meditations got rough. I found myself laughing aloud many times during the retreat. It was a hard retreat (I find meditation -very- hard to practice daily, but I do it anyway because that's the only way really), but I emerged with a similar feeling as my first retreat -- more aware, and more loving toward myself.
I would not recommend this book if you have never attended a formal retreat (in a group setting, with experienced teachers). But, if you've done that, then this is a great way to supplement and boost awareness "in-between" formal retreats.
I took one star away only because I found the timetables hard to keep up with. My 2nd night, I didn't get to bed until 11pm. Maybe I should have given it five. Oh, just let me have this one grudge, please? :)
Thank goodness for people like Sylvia. She knows exactly how to make the self-critic in my meditation ("I'm not DOING it right!") run for cover.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By bribri on February 9, 2003
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I've been practicing "Mindfulness" meditation for about 7 months now. It's been very helpful, and suits me well. A couple of months ago, I attended my first retreat, of 4 days, at Spirit Rock. It was easily the most profound thing I've done in my life. And one of the hardest. And I'd do it again in a second.
Unfortunately, because of my schedule, I'm not able to attend another retreat for several months. So, when I heard about people taking "personal" weekend retreats alone, I decided to try one myself. This book is a -wonderful- "manual" for doing such a retreat. I locked myself in my house for 3 days, and used this book as my teacher. Sylvia writes so warmly... I really needed her compassionate words when my sittings got rough. I found myself laughing aloud at her words a handful of times during the retreat. It was a hard retreat (I find meditation -very- hard to practice daily, but I do it anyway because that's the only way really), but I emerged with a similar feeling as my first retreat -- more aware, and more loving toward myself. She also offers a handful of techniques that were new to me, and helped me greatly.
I would not recommend this book if you have never attended a formal retreat (in a group setting, with experienced teachers). But, if you've done that, then this is a great way to supplement and boost awareness "in-between" formal retreats.
I took one "star" away only because I found the timetables hard to keep up with. My 2nd night, I didn't get to bed until 11pm. ...On second thought that was my own fault for taking a long afternoon nap... Maybe I should have given it five... Oh, just let me keep this one grudge, please? :)
Thank goodness for people like Sylvia. She knows exactly how to make the self-critic in my meditation ("I'm not DOING it right!") run for cover.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Marianne Gillis on May 19, 2000
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Sylvia Boorstein simply and clearly outlines the first steps into meditation. They worked for me. Clear three days off your calendar and try it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By H. Wilson on July 10, 2008
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This is a wonderful step by step manual for the novice. For someone experienced in meditation and/or relaxation exercises, there is nothing new here. While I did not find the book useful for myself, I have added it to my library as an instruction/reference manual to be lent out to friends and clients.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hathorgirl on April 4, 2011
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Sylvia Boorstein is a true master. I appreciate her ability to use stories and humor to help others find the peace for which they are looking. This is a very easy-to-digest guide preparing one for meditation. Love it.
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