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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Conari Press; Reprint edition (January 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573248622
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573248624
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 1.3 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David Kundtz, author, speaker, and licensed psychotherapist, is also director of Inside Track Seminars, which offers courses on spiritually based stress management and emotional health for the helping profession. He has graduate degrees in both psychology and theology and a doctorate in pastoral psychology. David is also the author of Quiet Mind, Stopping, and Moments in Between, among others.

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I have enjoyed several careers, including 18 years in religious ministry and 20 years in the practice of psychotherapy, public speaking on stress/​emotional health, and writing.

My doctorate (S.Th.D) is in pastoral psychology.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio; schooled in Washington, Baltimore, and Berkeley; I lived and worked many years in Idaho -- with a three-and-a-half-year period in Cali, Colombia. I currently live in Kensington, California and Vancouver, British Columbia.

The Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley (part of the Graduate Theological Union -- GTU) lists me as an adjunct professor.

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I found this book ridiculously simplistic.
Pink llama
The short one or two page comments are just enough to read quickly, but deep enough that I found myself thinking about them at various times throughout the day.
David M. Johnson
This is a great way to focus on just one simple mindful theme each day, in a way that is bound to transform your perceptions over time.
L. Erickson

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Janet Boyer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on September 7, 2005
Format: Paperback
"Welcome to a new way to cope with the demands of a too-busy life. Welcome to a way that requires no difficult skills, adds no new burdens, and accommodates all spiritual systems and life-styles. Welcome to all who want to do nothing-more often, more creatively, with joy, and without guilt. Welcome to one-minute retreats that can be yours at any time of the day or night." - From the book

According to author David Kundtz, a mindful posture centered from the quiet state of your being is *crucial* for any undertaking. In fact, he asserts, if we do not take the time to pause with purpose, disappointment and failure awaits us.

In his book Quiet Mind, Kundtz invites us to do nothing-but to "do" it with purpose, meaning, and value. That is, to take time for ourselves, to rest, to find peace, to awaken, to remember, and to find ways to recognize what we may have forgotten, and how not to forget again.

At 370-pages, Quiet Mind: One-Minute Retreats from a Busy World is brimming with dozens of meditations designed to promote thoughtfulness, calm, and quietude. The mini-retreats, one and a half to two pages long, feature a sage quote and Kundtz's wise and gentle commentary. At the end of each, the author offers one-sentence encouragement, inviting readers to observe life and apply the wisdom found in the meditation.

Kundtz has organized these meditations under fourteen general categories, including:

* Making Room for Life

* Creating Opportunities for Serenity

* Defining Your Values

* Finding Peace at Work

* Knowing Thyself

* Awakening to Wonder

* Giving Back to the World

Under the category Finding Peace at Work, for example, is a meditation about Weariness.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 14, 2004
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This book is a miracle of mindfulness! In short segments that can be read in less than 10 minutes, Kundtz manages to distill the philospohy of Christian, Buddhist, and other religous traditions in a way that is refreshingly non-sectarian. The exercises that conclude each segment can easily be remembered and conducted throught the day and, taken together, form a transformational course in mindfulness for the everday person. My only complaint about the book is that I wish it weighed less, so it could more easily be tossed into a briefcase or purse.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By David M. Johnson on December 1, 2007
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I originally picked up this book because of the title, figuring it would have some nice observations about existing in our "busy" world. I was surprised that not only did it have some pithy, and relevant thoughts about our lives, but that they were insightful and thought provoking as well. The short one or two page comments are just enough to read quickly, but deep enough that I found myself thinking about them at various times throughout the day. I have enjoyed this book so much, that I bought four more for Christmas gifts. One of those incidental purchases that turned into a real find.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Maguire on February 8, 2007
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Quiet Mind is such a thought provoking book. It points out issues that, in our ridiculously busy lives, we forget to even think about. Kundtz challenges the reader to be introspective and to take the time to notice, consider, be, and most importantly, look inward to determine what is really important in our lives.

The quick, two-page bursts of thought are perfect. They really are one-minute retreats.

One criticism, though, is that there are some editing problems. Being a grammar instructor and freelance proofreader, I can't help but find these things where they exist. It's the curse on my life.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Pinner on February 6, 2007
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This is a great little book that reminds us to stop and breathe to clear the mind. It helps us to manage some peace among our crazy lives. Thanks!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sandy on September 10, 2008
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Thoughtful questions or ideas to consider as meditation, focus for the day, or a daily reminder for mindfulness. We know our bodies need rest and recovery; it is important to give our minds the same gift. There are interesting thoughts about every day events.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Erickson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 22, 2008
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This book offers over 150 two-page musings on aspects of our busy, hyper-stimulated modern life, and ideas for 'stopping' in the midst of it. In `Telephones, Beepers and Clocks', the author suggests designating a particular sound you hear daily - such as the microwave beep when something is done - as a trigger for a mindful moment through a single deep breath. In `A Hard Question', the author muses on the materialism of our world, the pressure to accumulate more and more, and suggests looking for ways throughout that day to say to yourself "that's enough". This is a great way to focus on just one simple mindful theme each day, in a way that is bound to transform your perceptions over time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lori Enos on September 15, 2009
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Who has time to take a retreat today? There's work, there's family, there's other obligations, there's no time to retreat from the world Fortunately, Kundtz's excellent book provides retreats that everyone can find the time to take.

One of my favorite retreats is on writing where Kundtz encourages to write as a way to keep in touch with yourself. Each of Kundtz's retreats is prefaced by a quote that makes you think about the subject.

This is a book I keep by my bedside and flip open when I'm in need of a quiet mind.
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