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4.0 out of 5 stars This helped me learn to rest my mind, September 16, 2011
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This review is from: The Blooming of a Lotus: Revised Edition of the Classic Guided Meditation for Achieving the Miracle of Mindfulness (Paperback)
I had tried unsuccessfully to meditate in the past. This book presents an approach that has been a breakthrough for me. Simple "verses" that guide you through focused exercises to unify breathing, body and mind have helped me achieve real results. The difference is meditating on one simple thought at a time, and then moving through a series of related thoughts, versus trying simply to "empty your mind" or go "beyond thinking.' Different sections focus on body, feelings, imaging, family and others. This allows you to guide yourself to areas of your choice.

The end result has been that I can truly set aside for twenty or thirty minutes the jumble of agitating and swirling thoughts that create stress and anxiety. This gives my mind a restful, calm period. The effects of that have proven to be lasting and helpful throughout the day.

I would have given this five stars except that Hanh ultimately infuses a pop environmental spin. He also steers the reader to Buddhism. Both of these are interesting and understandable, and give the work a larger purpose. But I am not motivated by either of those right now, so they were a bit intrusive for me. On the other hand, the organization of the book allows the reader to skip those aspects and still get many of the benefits of basic meditation techniques.
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