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Meditation in a New York Minute: Super Calm for the Super Busy Paperback – September, 2004

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A former investment banker, Thornton worked 14-hour days, six days a week. He claims he was able to begin meditating for an hour a day during this period, without adding a single thing to his schedule. How? In a rather extreme style of spiritual multi-tasking, Thornton practiced his meditation while on the go: before and after meetings, in the shower, during commutes, or when hitting the gym. In this book, he teaches readers to follow the same strategy, incorporating stolen moments of meditation throughout the day so that they add up to a full hour. He promises that this regimen will relieve stress, boost productivity, reduce illness and build a foundation of calm and strength. Thornton's experience and skill as a corporate meditation instructor comes through here; he obviously knows the "super busy" and anticipates their objections and concerns. He organizes the book for easy reading, with sidebars, bulleted lists, diagrams and hands-on exercises sprinkled throughout. The bulk of the guide is taken up with teaching 19 different meditation techniques readers can incorporate into their to-do lists. Some of the recommendations are easy and practical, such as reprogramming a PDA or BlackBerry to read "choose calm now" as a menu heading, or "eating with awareness," chewing slowly and being mindful of every bite. Others are more complex and come with Thornton's caution that they take a lifetime to master. The book contains some old chestnuts, including the famous boiling frog story (here used as an example of how people become used to stress, not realizing its creeping dangers). Its opening chapters lean too heavily on glib promises when the book is more worthwhile and shows readers how mindfulness and meditation can be part of even the busiest schedule.
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"At last! This book makes mediation easy, simple, enjoyable and effective." -- Erin Brockovich

"Deserves to be read by everyone: it's practical and informative and it could change your life!" -- Justine Ettler, Book Reviewer for The Guardian and The Observer newspapers

"Deserves to be read by everyone: it's practical and informative and it could change your life!" -- Justine Ettler, book reviewer for The Guardian and The Observer newspapers in the UK

"The techniques are fast,simple and poewrful." -- Manager, The New York Times

"These Techniques work!" Runne Gustafson, Coach for the Swedish Winter Olympic Team -- Runne Gustafson, Coach for the Swedish Winter Olympic Team

"You will be more deeply connected to life, if you buy this book. It’s an invaluable gift for your soul." -- Jack Canfield, Co-creator, #1 New York Times best selling Chicken Soup for the Soul ® series
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 137 pages
  • Publisher: Alexanders (September 2004)
  • ISBN-10: 0975960202
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975960202
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,425,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mr. David W. Gillard on April 20, 2005
Format: Paperback
I have always thought that I 'should' meditate... but who has the time? "Super Calm for the Super Busy" has taught me that you don't need to be in a quiet space looking like Buddha in the Lotus position for an hour a day, to achieve calm and awareness.

This is the perfect book for those with hectic schedules to learn techniques that can be used anywhere, anytime, to achieve Super Calm. Since reading this superb book I have felt so much more in touch with myself, and everything around me...

The simple techniques create total awareness, inner calm and a quiet confidence.

I have just felt much happier with the world in general.

Highly recommended!
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I found this book to be a very useful and easy to digest guide to meditative practices for calming the mind, nurturing creativity, rejuvenating the spirit, and nourishing the soul. Thornton's "Meditation in a New York Minute: Super Calm for the Super Busy" is the kind of book that's well worth reading, whether you are an experienced meditator or one who is exploring meditation for the first time. I wish I had learned these techniques as a child. Simple to practice, the exercises in this book are of use to everyone. I highly recommend it!
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I have been involved with meditation and metaphysics for the past 20 + years. When I first heard about "Meditation in a New York Minute," I was very skeptical.

Being in the metaphysical field I have seen some pretty flaky theories presented by some even more out-there people. But because we can only learn when we stay open-minded, I took a chance and got myself a copy of Mark's, "Meditation in a New York Minute."

Let me tell you I am impressed. "Meditation in a New York Minute" is just what we need in the western life-style. The levels of stress are hitting all time highs. Stressors not only from the outer-world but from the internal world are everywhere.

When was the last time you had a vacation from your thoughts? Or were able to have a moment of emotional peace? A time when you could truly feel safe and at ease? Most people have been under so much pressure for so long they think it is normal. They have been numb for so long they no longer even know what they feel.

The good news is that there is a way out -- a way back to a more balanced life. "Meditation in a New York Minute" will give you back your life. So do not delay, get yourself a copy today.

Bryan Hood, author of "A Moment With Eternity"
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Quote of the book: "Imagine a world where you could: De-stress effortlessly, Feel centered no matter what, Easily create an oasis of calm anywhere in your day, Feel powerfully connected to life, Begin to perceive stress as optional. All without changing anything from your busy schedule!"

I was a bit skeptical but the author actually delivers on his promises, with this small (140 pages) but well structured book.

This book is perfect for the absolute beginner, the very busy people and the more advanced meditation student. What I especially liked here is a good description of the potential pitfalls and the most likely "problems" you might come across while learning to meditate or while meditating.

The book is structured around 3 parts: the journey, the essentials, and the techniques. This again makes it very useful to read through as beginner or advanced meditator.

There are 20 meditation techniques illustrated in this book (each covered in 3-4 pages). Each meditation technique description starts with a background, benefits, description of the technique itself, tips and common problems some might experience learning or using the technique.

I understand the author wanted to cover 20 techniques to show you can practice meditation anytime and everywhere. Still if you happen to start with meditation I would suggest to start with 2-3 techniques max, as you probably get overwhelmed when attempting the 20 techniques shown here from the start (the author mentions this risk though). Less is more.

This is a really nice small book to get you started. Excellent done!

Techniques covered are:
1. Power breath
2. Breathing energy
3. Breath of Life
4. Chi Gung Breath for Calm
5. Body awareness
6.
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A great read. I highly recommend it, especially to anyone who is super busy and desperately needs to de-stress. The book contains a wealth of practical tools and great insights on meditation. If you want to learn how to meditate but have no idea where to begin or you just want to be calmer and get a better handle on your hectic life then this is definitely the place to start. "Meditation in a New York Minute" gives you lots of simple, easy to understand tips on meditation, as well as a bunch of highly effective meditation techniques that will help calm even the most frazzled person. I loved it!
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By Lisa on December 1, 2004
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Mark Thornton's book, "Meditation in a New York Minute: Super Calm for the Super Busy" is easy to read and absolutely inspiring. I never imagined that I'd be able to meditate and be in touch with my calm center in the midst of hectic daily activity. Thank you Mark Thornton for sharing these techniques! When I finished the book, I had to call the Oprah Show to let her know she needs to have Mark Thornton share his valuable secrets with the world. He can provide a great service to many people who need to find ways to become more centered and stress-free in their busy daily lives.
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