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Silence: How to Find Peace in a Busy World Hardcover – November 3, 2001

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Silence is golden, says Christina Feldman in Silence: How to Find Inner Peace in a Busy World; it is also elusive. In this attractive coffee table book, Feldman offers a history of silence; teaches readers how and why to cultivate it in their lives; and explores its spiritual "fruits," such as self-knowledge, inner peace and strength, serenity and fresh perspectives. The book is wonderfully designed, with more than 230 color photographs and some unusual design elements. The text, which draws heavily on Buddhism and meditation techniques, is also surprisingly substantive and reflective for a book of this format.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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How to Find Inner Peace in a Busy World

Silence is a deeply moving guide to the spiritual journeys undertaken by mystics and sages through the ages-into silence and into the true self. World-renowned meditation teacher and writer Christina Feldman shows you how to absorb this ancient experience and create inner peace and richness in your life today.

Silence is a life-changing book that looks at the ways we create noise within us and how silence can be nurtured as an inner state. This profoundly spiritual book explores what is to be found in silence and will help you achieve peace in a world that seems to get noisier every day.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; English Language edition (November 3, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875969372
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875969374
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,987,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Meditation Master and Sage, Christina Feldman, has put together a beautiful and profound book on the art of silence. The many pictures within the book speak the silent language of the heart. Her heartfelt words point us in the direction that all great spiritual sages and mystics have pointed, to the inner room of our heart, the Holy of Holies. From generality to nuance Christina takes us by the heart and leads us into the way of silence. Silence is the universal language spoken by Lao-Tzu, the Buddha, Jesus, and all those other sages and mystics that have spoken to our hearts down through the centuries. Silence is the common denominator of the spiritual life, East and West. Lao-Tzu once said, "The Tao that can be described is not the eternal Tao". Silence was very important to the Master of Paradox, to the "Old Child". The "Buddha" didn't achieve Nirvana until he gave up on the noise of religion and sat down and quietly meditated. Jesus the "Christ" went into the desert for forty-days and forty-nights to meditate and pray in silent solitude. He then changed the history of the world. As Christina states, "Silence lies at the heart of all our great Spiritual traditions. The variety of forms of contemplation, prayer, and meditation meet in their reverence for silence". Silence is golden.

Silence is the sound of one hand clapping. The sound of nonduality. The sound of God. It is both personal and impersonal. Silence is tangible, the bed from which the universal source of being is aroused. There is an intimacy that can only be known and shared in silence. The intimacy of absolute love. It is in quiet solitude that we come to realize that we are never truly alone. Silence is a field where love grows.
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I am loving this book! I borrowed it from my local library and started taking so many notes that I decided I'd better buy my own copy! Her insights are wonderful and true. The only reason I'm only giving it 4 out of 5 stars is because I am disappointed w/ the photographs (out of date, out of focus, color is off, not inspirational like photography books of late and HD photography), but again, the text IS inspirational. I've ordered the book in used condition, which makes it VERY affordable, as the words are what I want to be able to read and re-read. I read her insights through a Christian lens, with no problem. God wants us to live each precious moment, mindfully. This book is a guide towards living that way. It is repetitive, but not in a tiresome way...we often don't "get it" the first "read" anyway, so the more oftentimes she may reiterate thoughts, the deeper the idea of our need to live in moments of "silence" burrows its way into our psyche. "Used" you can buy it for as little as $5. If you like the idea of learning more about the spiritual disciplines of silence and solitude, you will love this book.
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Format: Paperback
I found Silence to be a wonderful part of my meditation and self-calming efforts in this all too tense and busy world. It is a beautiful book in its writing and its wonderful pictures. I was instantly calmed when I read the first section, and looked forward to reading more each night before sleep. I am buying copies to gift to my tense friends and family. I plan to reread my copy often. I would highly recommend this peaceful and beautifully written book to anyone seeking calmness and peace in their lives.
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Format: Hardcover
It took me several turns of heart before I bought this book, and all because this book costs SGD 60.27 at Kinokuniya Singapore. It was clinged wrapped at first and I had the service people opened it for me. The cover was a simple jacket of gold with the words "silence" in striking gold. The subtitle and the author's name appear in white. As silent as the subject of the book, the cover design is simple and freeing - full of space. I was struck (as with all coffee table book) by the quality of printing, the paper quality and the quality of the pictures. I discover at the point of writing this review that the book was printed and bound by a printer in Singapore. It was typeset and laid out in graphic style, not like the normal print of a book.

The author writes about silence as observed by different traditions and religions. I find, however, after reading the whole book, that the slant is somewhat towards Buddhism (not that this bothers me). Pictures of Buddhist monks featured in many instances in the book. What erks me is the deliberate large print of some of the words in each page of the book. I guess the author was trying to highlight words that are associated with silence, peace and love but where I first thought that the large print made the typesetting graphical, after a while I got distracted on occasions by the jarring big and bold words. I was also distracted by sentences and quotes that are set in landscape format and in faint font all over the book.

In all fairness, I did enjoy the book and I could resonate with some words of wisdom that the author wrote. For example, "Silence is what frees us to listen well, to live with authenticity and discover wholeness within ourselves." "The joy of silence teaches us to be more generous, caring and sensitive.
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