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Making Space: Creating a Home Meditation Practice [Kindle Edition]

Thich Nhat Hanh
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Book Description

Find peace and calm amid the busyness of your life with this new book by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Designed to be both inspiration and guidebook for those new to mindfulness practice, Making Space offers easy-to-follow instructions for setting up a breathing room, listening to a bell, sitting, breathing, and walking meditations, and cooking and eating a meal in mindfulness. Whether you live alone or with a family, this beautifully illustrated book can help you create a sense of retreat and sanctuary at home.

Editorial Reviews


Domestic life is a valid form of spiritual practice and Thich Nhat Hanh gives us practical ways to infuse the atmosphere of our home life with attentiveness and peace. Children, friends and even our digestive system will benefit from the daily exercises presented in this profound book. - Michael Stone, Founder, Centre of Gravity Sangha and author of Awake in the World: Teachings from Yoga and Buddhism for Living an Engaged Life.

Your own home, no matter how big or small, can be a peaceful refuge. Making Space gives simple, practical and inspiring ideas on how to create sanctuary in your living space, and blend mindfulness into your daily life. Thich Nhat Hanh's kindness and wisdom shine throughout this poetic book.
Charlotte Bell, author of Mindful Yoga, Mindful Life: A Guide for Everyday Practice
A small, practical book filled with deep and healing truths about the sacred nature of place and home. Thich Nhat Hanh offers each of us an irresistible invitation: to clear a bit of space in our everyday lives, in our own homes and in our own busy schedules, in which our souls can rest and our spirits flourish. To read this lovely book is to take the first small step toward inner peace.
Katrina Kenison - author of The Gift of an Ordinary Day: A Mother’s Memoir

Making Space brings home over thirty years of attending Thay's retreats. It invites us to establish a dedicated space for wakefulness, in the monastery of daily living. Although Making Space is intended for beginners, we're always beginners, so longtime meditators can also enjoy refreshing awareness of the timeless basics, cultivating empirical evidence of the unity of inner and outer space - on each step new, with each meal, in each moment. The extended loving kindness (metta) meditation allows the seeds of awakening (intention, understanding and love), to pervade the seeds of suffering (anger, craving and delusion). Making Space kindles our aspiration to discover that the door of our heart is already open, so compassion can flow freely, on the heart's breath. - Elizabeth Hamilton, author Untrain Your Parrot - and Other No-nonsense Instruction on the Path of Zen

Product Details

  • File Size: 865 KB
  • Print Length: 99 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 193700600X
  • Publisher: Parallax Press; Original edition (January 10, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006L74HT6
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,238 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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67 of 67 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but not what I expected February 8, 2013
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This is a thin book and an easy read. I may have misinterpreted the title. I was expecting it to be more of a "How to" create a home meditation space. Instead of a "Why to". The "How to" only takes up a couple of paragraphs, where to set it up, what to include, etc.

The bulk of the book is Thich Nhat Hanh explaining why to set up a home mediation practice, very well written and interesting. He includes a lot of short 2 and 3 line poems and thoughts that are worth the price of the book alone.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars meditation practice April 24, 2012
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This little book is helpful in reminding me of how I must make a little nook that is my space to meditate. I can't always make it to meditation class and it is nice to have a spot set aside for only me and my practice. Sometimes meditation is difficult to do at home but give yourself this gift. It is well worth it.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect primer and reference July 22, 2012
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Although I have been meditating for several years, this book was a nice review for me. The instructions were simply stated and beautifully illustrated with appropriate short poems. I feel it would be equally useful and inspirational for someone just beginning to meditate.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sanctuary for Mind, Body, and Spirit. March 30, 2013
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I love this book. It helped me to create a dedicated space for meditation in my tiny home. I didn't think I could find a permanent space to meditate, but with the encouragement and wisdom of Thich Nhat Hanh, I created a little sanctuary for my spiritual practice. Before reading this book, I would meditate anywhere in the house. It was very random, and my practice was very random. Just having the space, invites me to sit consistently. It made me see all of my home as breathing space, and to nurture myself, family, and visitors, with a sense of serenity and welcome. I have already read the book twice and will reread it for years to come. There are a lot of pearls to be mined.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars practical plan December 26, 2012
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Like most of his books, very clear, simple steps to the goal. This is different in that it truly is a manual, it gives very practical, step by step instructions for persons with a wide range of meditation experience, home styles and resources.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Words, Beautiful Illustrations February 29, 2012
By Rachel
Just having this book in my home makes me smile. Also, the practices are really easy to implement and yet helpful. I like that the book is also small enough to carry with me so that I can remember some of the practices (like Stopping) that can be done anywhere.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never disappointed December 20, 2012
By Kodiak
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Thich Nhat Hanh's simple yet profound wisdom shines light on life. Everyone can develop a space for meditation. It doesn't have to be large or ornate, just intentional. This book will help you develop your own practice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Isabel
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I gave this book, making space 5 stars, It arrived promptly and I read it the same day and loved it so much I'm buying it again for a friend. I'm not going to write about what is in the book except to let everyone know "You will not be dissapointed" if you a making space in your home with prayers. "YOU and YOUR SPACE" are one. That's all I'm saying. Thank You.
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