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...Davich's little guide to meditation is indeed humorous, wise, effective, and resolutely nonsectarian... -- Library Journal

From the Author

I wrote this book because over the years so many people have come to me and said, "I'd love to learn to meditate, but....

It takes too long
I eat hamburgers
I'm not smart enough
It's too complicated."
And the list goes on and on. 
So I created 8 Minute Meditation. It's not too long. In fact, it's the time between two TV commercials.  So if you can watch 8 minutes of CSI, SNL, or Leno--you can start a meditation practice that can quiet your mind--and change your life. 

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Books; 1 edition (July 6, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399529950
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399529955
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (177 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

If there is a Guinness World Record for "Most Attorneys Taught Stress Reduction in One Room," I would have set it when I taught 400 lawyers to meditate in the Grand Ballroom of the Westin Palm Springs.

My practice of meditation began by accident and for practical, not spiritual reasons: I was a stressed-out "One-L"--a first year law student in New York looking for a medication-free way to stay calm and focus on an incredible caseload. I began to meditate and the results were amazing: My grades got better--and I got calmer. win-win all the way.

I continued to meditate throughout a highly successful--and high-pressure--career as a business affairs attorney and producer at Fortune 500 advertising and motion picture companies. like Young & Rubicam, Paramount Pictures and Universal-TV. But little did I realize that my business and meditation experience would result in my creating 8 Minute Meditation, the program TIME magazine calls "The most American form of meditation yet."

My goal for 8 Minute Meditation was to provide anybody with a simple program that could lower stress,increase focus--and change their lives. Now in it's 10th printing, the book is a perennial Amazon bestseller and my Guided Meditation CD (available at CDbaby.com)is also very popular. 8 Minute Meditation has helped over 100,000 people transform their lives.

In 2010, in response to many requests for an 8 Minute Meditation program that would specifically address stress, I created 8 Minute Stress Relief. It's a brand-new 8 Minute Meditation program specifically geared to empower people to reduce their stress level, on the spot, wherever they are.

On December 2, 2014, Penguin released a new version of my book. It's called 8 Minute Meditation Expanded and it's also the 10th Anniversary edition! The expanded version includes an overview of the changes in meditation since the original edition, plus a detailed discussion of the new buzzword "mindfulness." We see that word all over the media but most people are confused as to what it means and how to get mindful. The expanded edition demystifies mindfulness in detail and shows how meditation is the most powerful tool to develop it.

In closing, why the pic of me in the funny hat? 'Cause I love fly-fishing! The greatest meditation there is. This was me at Henry's Fork, Idaho, catching rainbow trout---and of course, releasing them--just like I tell you to do with thinking.

To learn more about me, 8 Minute Meditation, visit at www.8minutes.org.

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478 of 488 people found the following review helpful By Ron Cronovich TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 12, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent book for beginners and skeptics (and I was both). It makes meditation easy. Really! It's also very well-written, reader-friendly, easy to read, and witty.

The book plugs a companion CD, available only at the author's website for $17. I bought the CD, have used it, and would like to review it here, so that those of you who buy the book can better decide whether you should spring for the CD.

The CD contains 16 tracks.

The first eight tracks are very short (e.g. 2-minutes), and summarize some of the content from the book. These short tracks are useful reminders of some of the key points in the book, but as the CD tells you, it is not intended to substitute for the book.

The rest of the CD consists of 8 "guided meditations," one for each week of the book's 8-week program. In each of these tracks, the author spends a few seconds telling you what activity you're supposed to do, then he tells you to start, then 8 minutes later a gong sounds, signaling you to stop. About every two minutes during the meditation, the author interrupts you to say things like "Has your attention drifted? That's okay, just return your focus to your breath." This type of reminder might be useful, especially at first, but after a while, I found it intrusive. Also, the sound of his voice is not especially soothing or gentle. For me, it's better to just do as the book says - use a common kitchen timer set to 8 minutes.

Aside from the occasional interruptions, there is complete silence during the 8 minute meditations. I prefer the silence to the soft new-age music or nature sounds on some other meditation CDs.

In my opinion, the CD is not a good value: the total amount of content on the CD is about 20 minutes, maybe less.
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123 of 125 people found the following review helpful By San Diego Guy on September 5, 2005
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This book is an 8 week program on meditation for beginners where each week the book teaches you a different meditation technique. The program has you meditate for just 8 minutes a day every, which taught me to concentrate on my meditation more while building a habit of meditating every day. Although I have tried some Zen meditation in the past, the techniques I learned in this book gave me better tools to meditate. After completing the book I have been able to keep up with my meditation practice. If you would like to build a lasting meditation practice in your life, I highly recommend it.
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170 of 178 people found the following review helpful By stoic VINE VOICE on March 25, 2008
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Of all of the reviews that I have written on this site, this one probably is the most difficult to write. Davich does a very good job of describing the basics of meditation. But how does one generalize about meditation?

For someone who wants to get started with meditation with minimal fuss, 8 Minute Meditation is the book to use. I think that 8 Minute Meditation is fairly typical of what the publishers are focusing on these days: it is short, to the point, and it uses an easy-to-read style that helps a lot. Shorter, easy books seem to the new norm in publishing.

Davich does a good job of anticipating questions that the reader will have & he provides sensible answers. Most of his advice - in the questions and throughout the book - focuses on the practical (and not the mystical) aspects of meditation.

One thing that does keep me from giving 8 Minute Meditation a higher rating is that I think that meditation is a difficult subject to generalize about. Each person's inner world differs & each person's reaction to meditation will likewise differ. Sometimes the "one-size-fits-all" advice Davich provides struck me as lacking in depth. I've noticed that a few other reviewers found the same thing; so, 8 Minute Meditation's greatest strength and weakness is its brevity.

Having said that, 8 Minute Meditation is the best introductory meditation guide that I have seen. It will get you started on your meditation right away.
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68 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Cat on November 16, 2006
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I had unsucessfully tried meditation in the past. My instructer started with 20 minutes which I found too long to do daily with no promise of results.

When I heard about this book, I thought that I could commit myself to 8 minutes a day. I read the introduction, made the pledge to try it for at least the 8 weeks and got started. Surprise - the 8 minutes flew by and, best of all, I was getting better at meditating every week and actually saw my stress level decreasing. I felt more relaxed overall. On occasions when I was starting to feel stress getting the better of me, I went to a quiet spot and meditated and found that my emotional balance was restored. I finished the 8 weeks and went on to the "upgrade". I intend to continue meditating daily.

The instructions are super clear, the question/answer sections are extremely helpful and the book is entertaining reading, too.

If you ever thought about trying meditation, and even if you never gave it a thought but are just curious, give this book a try. You have nothing to lose but 8 minutes and you stand to gain a benefit that you can take advantage of for the rest of your life. We do so much for other people; this is 8 minutes where we do something for ourselves.
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Alex Honda on August 30, 2007
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The 8-MINUTE MEDITATION...book by Victor Davich is a wonderful beginner's guide to meditating. Without going into the philosophical or religious aspects of meditation, Davich presents just the basics in simple to understand and humorous writing.

The book is broken into three parts:
Part One - explains the what, why, and how to use the 8-MINUTE MEDITATION...book giving the reader a basic understanding of what they'll be doing and what to expect

Part Two - this is the actual meditation program. It's broken down into 8 weeks and 8 chapters, with each chapter/week focusing on different forms of meditation that you'll be doing. The chapters are short and all begin with what you'll be doing, and followed by a Q&A that should answer any concerns or questions that come up that week. Very helpful. I read one chapter a week so as to not anticipate the next week's meditation technique.

Part Three - this is at the end of the 8-weeks and if you decide to extend the 8-minute meditation to a longer duration, Davich provides the info here.

I really enjoyed the book! Having never meditated before, I now meditate 8-minutes everyday and it has become part of my daily routine. Although I've completed the 8-weeks, I haven't extended the duration of my sessions because I feel that 8-minutes works for me right now. Maybe in the future I'll extend the time.

The first time I meditated, following the book, I busted out laughing! In the beginning section, Davich explains how simple it is to start meditating by just focusing on your breath. In fact that's the first week meditation. Anyway, he explains that even though it sounds simple it takes some effort to remain focused on your breath.
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