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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: 7.2 x 5 x 1.2 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: #117,560 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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Unfortunately this book gave me no assistance; most of the quotes seem simplistic and trite, or puzzling and pointless.
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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 book is a quick and practical way to remind yourself of how easy it can be to relax and slow down in this busy world.
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"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 Gary from Ithaca on January 28, 2011
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David Kundtz has captured what I didn't know I was looking for.

This book is not a catechism, an introduction to Buddhist meditation, or a list of mantras. But it might have a similar effect. Kundtz gently encourages the reader to slow down, to notice what is happening inside, to breathe. The result, at least for me, is almost always a noticeable letting go of the day's tension. His prescription is to try his various simple techniques to look inside oneself and get back in touch with our internal life, and I find myself saying, ``Yeah, that sounds good. I'll try it.'' Sounds a bit trite, but it's difficult to capture the tone and the perspective Kundtz presents. It works.

The book is divided into 14 sections, each with about 8 or 10 short essays, carefully crafted to run no more than two pages in a paperback. You can read the meditation for the day in less than two minutes. They are each preceded by a short epigraph from a philosopher or writer of note, say Thoreau or Thich Nat Han, and some you haven't heard of. Each epigraph ends with a bit of encouragement to take the next step and do the practice. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't. It doesn't matter. Just reading Kundtz is a two minute vacation at the beginning, middle, or end of the day.

This is the book I didn't know I was looking for. It slows me down and gently nudges me to take note of what I'm feeling, to turn down the volume on that noisy internal conversation we have with ourselves.
Highly recommended.
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