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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library; 1 edition (March 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1577316835
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577316831
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #948,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Demystifies meditation for beginners and inspires experienced practitioners.”
John Gray, author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus

“Pragito skillfully proves that there is no time when meditation is not possible and enlightenment is not imminent.”
Michael Bernard Beckwith, author of Spiritual Liberation

“Provocative, engaging and, above all, very real. Full of rich lessons in the nature of living a great life.”
T. Harv Eker, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Secrets of the Millionaire Mind

“In this useful and comprehensive book, Pragito Dove offers over one hundred techniques, including a series of expressive techniques to release physical, mental, and emotional stress. Once the lid is taken off the proverbial pressure cooker, we can more easily experience inner silence and stillness.”
Deva Premal and Miten, musicians and recording artists

About the Author

Pragito Dove is the author of Lunchtime Enlightenment and the president of Discover Meditation Training, Inc. She trained extensively as a meditation master and spiritual teacher at the Osho Multiversity in Pune, India. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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This a must read book on how you can not only quite your mind but change your life doing so!
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Pragito's experience, deep wisdom, and knowledge come through this wonderful book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Camille Camporeale on April 25, 2010
Format: Paperback
For someone who never meditated before, this book makes starting the endeavor less daunting. It provides many meditations that can be done in a few minutes or doing other activities (like running). Ideal for the busy person to feel less stress and be happy. Fantastic!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Andrew on April 22, 2010
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I was lucky to grow up in the midst of a large extended family with wise-cracking brothers and lots of giggling cousins. In other words, I was surrounded by laughter! All my life I've found laughter healing, but with the world in crisis, I'm often struggling to smile, much less laugh. Enter Pragito Dove with the solution: laughter meditations that make it easy to break through the gloom with a few yahoos! I couldn't believe how simple it is once you recognize you can just start laughing; you don't need a reason.

Pragito also recognizes in her book Laughter, Tears, Silence, that opening your heart to the sadness is also essential to good health. I highly recommend making Pragito your guide through our perilous times!
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Loved this book. I've dabbled with meditation over the years and nothing ever stuck...mostly because I couldn't deal with what I thought meditation had to be...striking the right pose...in a place of solitude with a minimum of 20 minutes to put into it...every day if I want it to be of value...blah blah blah...all of which were very imposing thoughts that quite frankly stopped me from establishing a habit of it.

Then comes along Pragito's simplistic description of what meditation truly is. That there are varying degrees and it's something that can happen simply by being present to one's surroundings and thoughts at random times throughout the day. I don't have to sit cross-legged on the floor and zen out...I can just stop in the midst of my mundane tasks and notice the sounds...notice the smells... notice what the air feels like...what I feel like...and be aware. Wow! Simple and powerful!

The benefits of laughter are made very clear here and no doubt is affecting my desire to intentionally get more of that in my life.

I recommend reading the book all the way through and highlight the points that most catch your attention. Then go back and read one snippet a day to keep it all fresh. There are SO many great suggestions and short meditations that it's easy to forget the earlier ones by the time you get to the back of the book.
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By Barb Best on January 23, 2014
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That quote by Leonardo da Vinci comes to mind when reading Pragito Dove's book: "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." The meditations are brief and easy to comprehend (especially for beginners) - yet they feel deeply meaningful & blessed by qualities of gratitude, grace, and humor. It's a great book to return to again and again.
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I love Pragito's creative approach to meditation. As an Artist and Creativity Mentor, sitting in traditional meditation is hard for me. Pragito's expressive meditations are perfect for me and my clients! I use the laughter meditation most often as it lightens any darkness and is FUN! Pragito's experience, deep wisdom, and knowledge come through this wonderful book.
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