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Five Good Minutes in the Evening: 100 Mindful Practices to Help You Unwind from the Day and Make the Most of Your Night (The Five Good Minutes Series) Paperback – August 3, 2006


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Product Details

  • Series: The Five Good Minutes Series
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; 1 edition (August 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572244550
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572244559
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 6.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #513,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This is good advice. Anybody can find five minutes most evenings for dropping to the present moment and touching what is deepest and best in oneself. If you do it lovingly and regularly, those five minutes will be good and good for you in more ways than you can imagine.”
—Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Coming to Our Senses

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From the authors of the best-selling Five Good Minutes—with more than 50,000 copies in print—this little book offers 100 mindfulness exercises, visualizations, and affirmations to calm down and transition from the workday into an enjoyable and restful evening.

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It offers great ways to stay calm & focused in just five minutes.
Loretta Ruffolo
If you're mind is going all the time, and you have a hard time enjoying your evenings because of it, then I recommend this book.
CoffeeLover
This book has a thorough introduction for those new to the practice of mindfulness.
Mollie Marti

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Julie Jordan Scott on July 7, 2007
Format: Paperback
I picked up this book thinking, "Ahhh, a small, fluffy, 'try this or try that' collection of tips in a book form. How.... splendid." I am always glad when I find out how wrong I was about a really valuable resource such as this one!

The book is broken into sections - an introduction which explains the premise of the book, the foundation - incredibly valuable section, and then four sections filled with exercises to try. The exercise sections include Leaving Work at Work, Enriching Your Home Life, Reconnecting with Yourself and Others, and Preparing for a Good Night's Rest.

The Foundation includes an explanation (and practice) of the basic Mindful breathing and Mindful listening techniques. This section alone is worth the investment of the book. You could read that over and over (and apply it, over and over) and change your life significantly.

The practices are icing on the cake, a wide menu of ideas to try out and see what works the best for you.

Highly recommended.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mollie Marti on October 25, 2007
Format: Paperback
What a great resource to have on the bedside table - or keep it in your car and carve out 5 minutes before shifting from work to home.

This book has a thorough introduction for those new to the practice of mindfulness. It is full of brief meditations, visualizations and exercises to help you leave work at work, enrich your home life, reconnect with self and others and preparing for a good night's rest. As a performance coach, I work with many elite competitors and business people who have trouble winding down at night or getting a good night's sleep. There are some gems in this book to help work through these challenges.

I personally found that after using the book for a short while, just seeing the book was enough to create a mental shift back to being truly present at home in the evening and not letting my mind get pulled back to work when I wanted to be giving my family my full attention. I love my family and I love my work. One of the keys to balancing this equation is being fully present wherever I am at the moment.

Highly recommended for all. Special recommendation as tool for working mothers who are under such high demands to switch from super woman at work to super mom upon walking in the front door at night.

Give yourself the gift of this book and 5 minutes each evening to learn how to better unwind and create more for yourself so you can take better care of those you love. You really can create big changes in a short amount of time. Who does not have or is not worth this type of 5 minute daily investment? If you really don't think so and won't do it for yourself, then do it for your family.

Mollie Marti, Ph.D., J.D.
Author, Selling: Powerful New Strategies for Sales Success
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Phil on November 17, 2006
Format: Paperback
I particularly liked "relax; you're home." it's so helpful to tend the transition between work and home and to consciously infuse my home life with peaceful choices. These simple, yet powerful practices invite stepping out of the forward rush of activity and thought. letting go, and appreciating the innate richness of the moment.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Monica H. Hagen on September 22, 2006
Format: Paperback
Peace begins in the home, and this little book does a great job of sharing specific information on how to relax, unwind, and find peace on a nightly basis. When our busy lives, media reports and family issues invade our minds, it truly only takes five good minutes to help ourselves find that peace we so need.

This will be one of my favorite gifts to give for the holidays. If more people subscribed to these gentle teachings, the world would be changed for the better. Start your own peaceful revolution--buy this book and share it with those you love.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Adrienne M. Droogas on September 24, 2006
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My job is extremely stressful and I often come home and find myself exhausted, irritable, and unable to find joy and pleasure. A friend of mine suggested 5 Good Minutes in the Evening and even though I was skeptical, I gave it a shot. I am so glad that I did! With the help of 5 Good Minutes, I am able to make small windows of time for myself to refocus my energy and bring my stress levels down. I am constantly on the go and so all I have are those few moments here and there, so this book helps me to best utilizes those moments to bring enjoyment and relaxation back to my life. I strongly suggest picking this up, even if you are not an on the go person like me! It is a true benefit.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By sooz on September 8, 2008
Format: Paperback
Initially picked this one up for my personal use. Was looking for ways to detour myself away from the stressful, negative routines I seemed to be following more and more frequently these days. Then, I brought it into my tobacco cessation program- and it really grabbed the attention of the participants.(I would use one of the exercises as a 'meditation' to end each session). Members soon began to recommend it to friends and relatives. Next, I brought it into another program for patients who have chronic conditions and who are trying to cope with the stress of the diagnosis, and overcome that crippling inner, negative, sabotaging voice.
What a treat this entire series of books is!
I absolutely recommend these to anyone wanting to jumpstart their efforts to de-stress, make major changes in their lives...or even, just get that elusive good night's sleep.
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