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3.0 out of 5 stars A Place to Start..., March 25, 2008
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This review is from: 8 Minute Meditation: Quiet Your Mind. Change Your Life. (Paperback)
Of all of the reviews that I have written on this site, this one probably is the most difficult to write. Davich does a very good job of describing the basics of meditation. But how does one generalize about meditation?

For someone who wants to get started with meditation with minimal fuss, 8 Minute Meditation is the book to use. I think that 8 Minute Meditation is fairly typical of what the publishers are focusing on these days: it is short, to the point, and it uses an easy-to-read style that helps a lot. Shorter, easy books seem to the new norm in publishing.

Davich does a good job of anticipating questions that the reader will have & he provides sensible answers. Most of his advice - in the questions and throughout the book - focuses on the practical (and not the mystical) aspects of meditation.

One thing that does keep me from giving 8 Minute Meditation a higher rating is that I think that meditation is a difficult subject to generalize about. Each person's inner world differs & each person's reaction to meditation will likewise differ. Sometimes the "one-size-fits-all" advice Davich provides struck me as lacking in depth. I've noticed that a few other reviewers found the same thing; so, 8 Minute Meditation's greatest strength and weakness is its brevity.

Having said that, 8 Minute Meditation is the best introductory meditation guide that I have seen. It will get you started on your meditation right away.
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Initial post: Apr 5, 2008 5:37:11 PM PDT
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Posted on Jul 27, 2009 8:49:40 PM PDT
J. Shinn says:
Thanks for a good review Stoic. I just finished reading the book and have to admit that although I agree with your statements, at the same time I must commend Davich for at least making meditation that much more attainable at an entry level. For most people once you have your foot in the door per se all that is left is to recognize your desires from and style(s) of meditation. As you mentioned the book does focus on the practicality of meditation which actually then got me into the spiritual (mystical) aspects of meditation. So to me the book did its job.

And Mr. Davich, much better comment to reviews. You have done such a great job with the books that you should inform, like you did here, rather than counter like you have done before. :)

Ishwar Eik Hai

Posted on Sep 23, 2012 10:03:53 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 23, 2012 10:05:09 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 23, 2013 3:50:02 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 23, 2013 3:52:16 AM PDT
I like the way the book is very systematic in its attempt to combine different elements of Buddhist mindfulness in to an eight week course.

Stoic writes: " Sometimes the "one-size-fits-all" advice Davich provides struck me as lacking in depth."

To me that's the books strongest point. Just do the 8 weeks (and the eight different techniques) and then decide! I'm sure that doing eight weeks of meditation would enrich just about anybody with an open mind. Get started. Just Do It! :)
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