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Simple, Sensical, and Sensational!,
This review is from: The Miracle of Mindfulness: A Manual on Meditation (Hardcover)
I remember when I was a student at the Dharmadhatu Center of Los Angeles. The rules were to simply meditate and that was it! The same with Hindu Yoga. The same with all Eastern paths. Then I stumbled on this book. It was wonderful. Did you know that you can put in as little as 10 minutes a day of sitting meditation and then apply this mindfulness of breath to "washing the dishes"? Later, apply mindfulness (being aware) to taking a bath. To eating. Well, you will meditate now for 1 hour a day. In fact, Buddhist Masters state that minfulness in daily life is more important than the actual sitting meditation! Buy this book and become a 16-hour a day meditator. Doing "TV meditation", "conversation meditation", "telephone meditation", "cooking meditation". you name it. Nhat Hanh gives a variety of sitting meditations. Pick the one that feels right. Then do the meditation in daily life. Right now, I am doing "write a review meditation". I wasn't at first. But I am presently. The feel of everything that is happening in the present. Good luck.
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Initial post: Jun 28, 2008 5:32:01 AM PDT
John A. Shacklett says:
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Bill Butler says:
I bought the book, I think.
Posted on Aug 2, 2011 2:45:21 PM PDT
Douglas S. Halfen says:
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yadi yadi yada says:
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Bill Butler says:
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Hank Williams says:
Posted on Jun 2, 2013 5:40:59 AM PDT
John E. Butler says:
Mindfulness Meditation has been taking the country by storm. And yet, there are folks commenting here who ridicule it. They have closed their minds and are proud to let people know that they did.
Posted on Nov 28, 2013 2:05:42 PM PST
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Fish Saver says:
In the Ouspensky type class I was in - this was called "observing the self" (in that case, the mind, emotional center and moving center ie behavior). It assist us to stay out of daydreaming - reliving the past, or imagining the future (not to mean one can not visit the past to learn from it, or plan the future) but to not go into wondering endless ruminations (like a cow chewing it's cud) or imaginations about either. The classes I was in were so complicated one could barely "keep up" - this book is a step or many, a simple reminder.
The one great and useful tool I learned in the class was when we observed our "reactions" to others, events, life, or past, imagined future - we could use that (esp others) as a tool to look within and find where that mirrored original source is in us - ... otherwise as this Master states - having allowed us to see our pain, sadness so on, learning to hug it as a mother would her baby - we can then have compassion. First for ourselves then for others.
Whom ever created the "be happy" smiley face did a great dis service for mankind (feelings buried alive never die - great book!)
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