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A bit too "yay me",
This review is from: Take Your Time: How to Find Patience, Peace, and Meaning (Paperback)
I read Easwaran's Mantram Handbook before, and really liked it, so I had high expectations for this book. I must say I liked the Mantram handbook better and the parts I liked from this book were also in the Mantram handbook (which is about lots more than mantrams).
The message is good, and if you are totally new to the idea of mindfulness and slowing down, I guess this is a good book. For me, I quickly grew a bit irritated with the authors examples of people who weren't mindful (all those other people are soo wrong for being busy, but look at me, I am always patient). He tells us about a shopping afternoon with his nieces and tells how patient he was with them. Yeah, sure, I am patient with my nieces and nephews as well. It is easy to be patient around children when you only have to care for them every once in a while. It is much harder to be patient and have patience every day with your own children.
He tells how he stopped eating spicy food because it is not good for you, but that's just way too blank and black and white a statement. Many spices are great for you. I did not find these extremes (his hatred of television is another one) helpful. His concrete suggestions were sometimes difficult. For example, he says that we should overcome or likes and dislikes (a very important concept!) and just watch a movie with our partner, even if we do not think it is particularly interesting. OK, I get that. But then he does say that we should not watch movies that are upsetting. Unfortunately, I think often when a partner does not want to see a movie it is not just because she does not like it, but because the movie is upsetting to her. Easwaran does not discuss this. On the same subject: he says to always be mindful and interested in everything you do. Then he says how he used to watch a certain television series with young people and he asked them "why are they showing the same movie every night"? because to them they all looked the same. How is that for being mindful and interested in the things your friends are interested in?
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Initial post: Jun 23, 2011 12:15:36 PM PDT
You have deep-rooted problems.....
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