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Five Good Minutes: 100 Morning Practices to Help You Stay Calm and Focused All Day Long (The Five Good Minutes Series) [Kindle Edition]

Jeffrey Brantley M.D. , Wendy Millstine , Wendy-O Matik
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The 100 simple practices found in Five Good Minutes® are designed to help even the busiest person start the day right. Using just five minutes of mindfulness, relaxation, or imagery techniques during their morning routines, readers can set their intentions and greet the day feeling calm, centered, and energized.

What difference can five minutes make in the crazy, nonstop course of a sixteen-hour day? For people feeling overwhelmed with responsibility, bored with the same tired routine, or frustrated about how to create meaning in their lives, a little time well spent can lead to extraordinary changes. This book shows readers how to dramatically improve their lives in just a few moments each day. The concept is powerfully simple: Readers take the time each morning to be fully present, to set a clear intention for themselves, and to really engage in any of 100 fun and easy-to-follow practices. Soon they will discover that amazing things can happen in just five minutes.

The book provides guided imagery, relaxation, mindfulness, and meditation practices-fun activities that relieve stress and create meaning and purpose in the reader's day. These practices help readers feel good, get motivated, and become inspired to change their lives for the better. Over time, these activities become guideposts readers will return to throughout the day, providing energy and inspiration when they need them most. In other words, the time readers of this book take for themselves in the morning might just be the five good minutes that change their lives.

Five Good Minutes is a trademark of New Harbinger Publications, Inc.

Editorial Reviews Review

Feeling overwhelmed on a daily basis is no fun for anyone, but changing your mindset requires time that just doesn't exist. Or does it? Five Good Minutes claims time can be found, and backs up that claim with 100 simple exercises that help get your day off to a better start. Dr. Jeffrey Brantley (Calming Your Anxious Mind) has created easy ways of modifying things you already do every day--like taking a shower--into moments that combine grateful awareness with deep relaxation.

Most of the exercises begin with what the author calls "breathing mindfully", and learning that technique is the only item in the book that might take more than five minutes. The nine-step instructions for a basic form of meditation are easy to follow, but could take a little practice if you're a newcomer to such techniques. You're also encouraged to use other techniques you're already familiar with that create a similar feeling of calm centeredness.

The exercises are arranged in broad categories like "peaceful awareness" and "growing wiser and kinder", allowing you to follow along through the book or skip around to the most appealing ones. Each one--from giving yourself a quick foot massage and a hug to paying special attention to your first sip of tea or coffee in the morning--is aimed at creating a short moment of peace and happiness in your otherwise frantic day. And hopefully you'll find that the five-minute exercise creates a lasting feeling of well-being that allows you to reconnect with the joy hiding in your busy schedule. Jill Lightner


Product Details

  • File Size: 1414 KB
  • Print Length: 248 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; 1 edition (April 15, 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002BWQ5ZE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,682 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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69 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Good Minutes June 4, 2005
This book was absolutely perfect for me. My mother gave it to me as a gift and I love it. I am a mother of 2 children under the age of 5 and have practically no time for myself. These 5 minute exercises have really helped to center me for the day. I seem to be much more relaxed with the kids. The exercises are quick and easy and don't require tons of time. This is the perfect gift.
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61 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Good Reasons August 3, 2005
Here are Five Good Reasons why I like this book:

1. I can pick it up and just open it and each double page will have a relevant and practical way for me to come back to center.

2. It is a nifty size to stash by the bedside.

3. It would make a terrific and welcome gift.

4. It reminds me of what is important in a sometimes insane world.

5. The suggestions in the book really do take just five minutes.
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65 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 GREAT MINUTES May 31, 2005
My typical morning is to wolf my breakfast down and dash out off work. Now I spend 5 minutes in mindfullness of positive ideas, exercises, and moments. What a difference it makes driving to work. I'm less stressed, more relaxed and even grateful for the 20 minute drive.

What a great way to start my day. This book was written for me!!

Dr. Brantley & Wendy Millstine have been able to capture goodness in 5 minutes. Thank you!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Great Minutes April 3, 2006
Five Good Minutes is a brilliant little book. It's compact so I can take it everywhere, and the meditations are very useful for daily life. Depending on my need/mood, I flip through to find a helpful meditation and then do it. I have had night anxiety for years. The relaxation meditation has helped me calm down before bed each night, alleviating stress and worry in order to fall asleep. I am grateful to have found this great little book!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Book! March 30, 2006
This is a fabulous book. It helps make it easier to take the time for setting intentions, breathing, meditating, etc.

Perfect for someone who lacks time and needs motivation for stress reduction.

I hope that you enjoy it as much as I do!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Take five mnutes to get this book! May 31, 2007
Can five minutes make a difference in your life?

The answer is a resounding YES, according to authors

Jeffrey Brantley and Wendy Millstone in FIVE GOOD

MINUTES IN THE MORNING (see also Section 2)--a most

informative book that is filled with suggestions on what

can be accomplished in such a brief period of time.

To begin with, you should start with mindful breathing and

follow that with mindful listening . . . you are then ready

to act wholeheartedly, in which you do something with

all your attention and energy.

The authors give you a choice of 100 different practices, any

and/or all of which can be used to get your day off to a

great start . . . some of them may some basic, but methinks

if you actually tried to implement at least some of them,

you couldn't find a better way to begin start your day.

Or in certain instances, end it as was the case with the

following exercise that I've already started to put to good use:

If you inherited the worry wart gene, then you're well versed

in the mental ruminations that can plague a quiet night at home.

You worry about the strange ticking noise that the car started

making. You worry about an awkward conversation you had

with your boss. You may find yourself on a hamster wheel of

worries, running in circles but not making any forward progress

at all.

The following practice will help you stop spinning your wheels

and let go of those bothersome thoughts.

1. Begin by making a mental or written list of all your worries,

large or small, rational or far-fetched.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book March 28, 2006
An excellent book that is designed to truly help you create a better life for yourself. There are many exercises that can easily be implemented. The best way to read it is slowly over many days.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull and repetitive December 23, 2007
I was really looking forward to reading this book, but when I finally did, it was a huge disappointment. "5 Good Minutes" should be "5 Good Pages," which is about as long as this book should have been. It's dull, suprisingly repetitive, and boils down to one word: Mindfulness. If there weren't already a dozen very good, well-known books on this subject that are more approachable, applicable and practical, I may have given it more stars. On the other hand I may not have, since the prose is as lackluster as the content. I've never seen an author make mindfulness and meditation sound so boring before.

I also got "5 Good Minutes in the Evening" at the same time. It was almost exactly the same, and so was my reaction to it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for the overwhelmed
My sister loves this book! It's full of great meditations. It shows you a way to create change in yourself and improves your attitude and broadens your perspective. Read more
Published 3 months ago by A. Bowman
4.0 out of 5 stars Great little reminder
This book is a quick daily reminder of what I need to be doing. Really quite a useful little tool.
Published 3 months ago by Cat Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars So cool!
I.Love these ideas ..... they are short enough to be pithy and engaging, without being too much data to absorb early in the morning. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Good Minutes
For those who have never meditated and can't figure out where to start, this is a great way to learn.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Five good minutes provides several great ideas on how to frame your mind to better improve your life. I purchased several copies and gave to friends as gifts.
Published 5 months ago by Joan Windsor
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!
I am a psychotherapist. Found this book at a professional conference I attended. I put it out for my patients to see, as I thought it would be of helpl to them. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Nedra Friedman
4.0 out of 5 stars Book is ok
These type of books seem like they are made for meditation. The info is good and would be helpful to someone that is into meditation, but it's not for me. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Great White
5.0 out of 5 stars So helpful
The 5 Good Minutes series has been so helpful turning anxiety into calm. Even for a busy working mom, I often find time to read a half a page to learn a new practice that helps me... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Evo Noche
5.0 out of 5 stars Book is too good
i did not find any issue with the book. it was just like new and as expected. Looking forward for more purchases.
Published 16 months ago by Arun Divakaran
5.0 out of 5 stars I Read Something from This book Everyday
The readings are short, not "in your face", and applicable to a person from any walk of life whether religious or not. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Joanne M. Dykstra
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