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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 28, 2012
Search Inside Yourself was an excellent read. As an engineer, I'm constantly self-analyzing myself, looking for ways to improve.

I've read quite a few books on mindfulness in the past, but this was one of the more humorous and light introductions to the topic that I've encountered.

The book is written in a light, playful spirit, and walks you through not only what mindfulness meditation is, but how to practice it, why it is useful, and a variety of other things. One of the things I really enjoyed about the book were the studies it referenced along the way, which were great at explaining what mindfulness meditation can actually (scientifically) do for you.

For those of you not acquainted with the topic, this book teaches you mindfulness meditation, which in its essence, is a form of self-analysis wherein you learn to separate yourself from instinctive reactions (to pain, sounds, emotions, everything), and critically analyze them.

The art of building your mind to a point where this becomes second nature is an acquired skill, and the author does an excellent job of explaining it in depth.

I'd highly recommend this book to anyone who is very analytical, and wants to learn a new method to introspect themselves.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 27, 2014
Search Inside Yourself is a program for developing emotional intelligence created by an early engineer at Google and now offered as a live course; this book attempts to make the program accessible to everyone. To the authors own admission, the meat of the content is not original -- Search Inside Yourself consolidates and re-presents practices that are in some cases centuries old. Perhaps as a result, at times I felt that the book was overreaching and venturing shallowly into tangential topics like confidence and motivation -- these are deep subjects that I felt were not given the full attention they deserve. That being said, the book's breadth opened doors to new subjects such as the neuroscience of the social brain and Tony Hsieh's 3 types of happiness. Overall, Search Inside Yourself offers a framed but practical introduction to Samatha meditation and invites us to change our lives by cultivating awareness, empathy, and compassion.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 14, 2013
I've done meditation before ... Many times in fact. Several retreats, a couple courses. Books galore. This is the first time it was explained to me in a way that my "engineer's mind" could understand.

"Oh! So that's what this 'sit and breathe' stuff is all about!"

The content is well organized, covering the what and why as well as the research and the how. The lead in to emotional and social intelligence is natural and makes sense. Now.

I always thought that stuff was for non-engineers.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on May 1, 2012
Couldn't help writing a review. I bought this book last Saturday in Barnes & Noble, and finished reading the book yesterday (took me three days). The quote that keeps resounding to me is "what you think is who you are". I have read lots of self-help books, Buddhism & meditation books, and psychology books, and the writing style of this book that mixes around rationality, practicality, and wisdom seems to be effective. This book overcomes lack of systematic approach to Buddhism & meditation. This book overcomes lack of insight or wisdom or depth common in most of self-help books. The most powerful thought that came to my mind while reading this book is that passive and small thinking (such as I have to overcome a fear of public speaking, what if I am left out, and so on) "can" disappear as soon as we embrace active and big thinking (such as we can really "save the world" step by step simply through being mindful and caring). It may sound easy, but recognizing that potential inherent in human beings is the baby step toward big changes as the author points out. This book is the outcome of great team work (consulted by the authority in emotional intelligence, zen meditation, and neuroscience), and the author's humor and perceptiveness uniquely empowered by the precision that engineers can afford.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 4, 2012
Meng introduces the concepts and benefits of mindfulness in fresh ways that are sure to inspire even the greatest of skeptics. As someone who took the Search Inside Yourself course, I can vouch that Meng is the real deal. When speaking to a crowd or interacting with you one-on-one, his warmth, humor, and humility are genuine and contagious. In addition to the book, I also recommend watching the talk he gave at Google about the book: [...].
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 8, 2014
Chade-Meng Tan is one of the original Google engineers--who developed a course on mindfulness which is available to Google employees. Meng writes with a clarity and wit and specificity that brings meditation from some amorphous idea to a practical, trainable mental exercise. Using attention and intention as building blocks, Meng illustrates how to incorporate mental training practices in a happier life. A must read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 26, 2014
The concept of Emotional intelligence was neew to me and it was until a friend referred me to this book that I began to realise the benefits.

Mengs book is very easy to read and the examples are simple to follow. Once you immerse yourself into the subject matter you will find there is a thriving community out there that will help you further your journey.

I highly recommend this book!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 11, 2013
A fantastic well edited insight into the history and effectiveness of Mindfulness and mental emotional and physical coherence.
haing the unique position at google and interaction with world leaders and celebrities and researchers makes the author a perfect match for the subject by demystifying optimum living and happiness as well as productivity.

5 stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 10, 2014
This is an easy read with practical exercises and the benefits of being mindful. This book can benefit anyone, any time and any place.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 9, 2014
Sir Meng has great goals in trying to establish world peace. I wonder of the complications of ego and survival of those who see no other way of living than conquering the "other party". I wish that I could join your group in seeking peace and teaching, offering the world a significant alternative. Merci Beaucoup et Bonne Chance!
Craig Thompson, Arlington, VA
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