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"Graceful, clear, completely user-friendly instructions for mindfulness practice." -- Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart

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"The truth is available in every moment, and we could wake up to wisdom and freedom in the supermarket, but a retreat is different. . . . Being alone, with no diversions, sets up terrific conditions for beginning to see."(from Don't Just Do Something, Sit There)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 149 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; 1st edition (1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060612525
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060612528
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've been practicing "Mindfulness" meditation for about 7 months now. It's been very helpful, and suits me well. A couple of months ago, I attended my first retreat, of 4 days, at Spirit Rock. It was easily the most profound thing I've done in my life. And one of the hardest. And I'd do it again in a second.
Unfortunately, because of my schedule, I'm not able to attend another retreat for several months. So, when I heard about people taking "personal" weekend retreats alone, I decided to try one myself. This book is a -wonderful- "manual" for doing such a retreat. I locked myself in my house for 3 days, and used this book as my teacher. Sylvia writes so warmly... I really needed her compassionate words when my meditations got rough. I found myself laughing aloud many times during the retreat. It was a hard retreat (I find meditation -very- hard to practice daily, but I do it anyway because that's the only way really), but I emerged with a similar feeling as my first retreat -- more aware, and more loving toward myself.
I would not recommend this book if you have never attended a formal retreat (in a group setting, with experienced teachers). But, if you've done that, then this is a great way to supplement and boost awareness "in-between" formal retreats.
I took one star away only because I found the timetables hard to keep up with. My 2nd night, I didn't get to bed until 11pm. Maybe I should have given it five. Oh, just let me have this one grudge, please? :)
Thank goodness for people like Sylvia. She knows exactly how to make the self-critic in my meditation ("I'm not DOING it right!") run for cover.
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I've been practicing "Mindfulness" meditation for about 7 months now. It's been very helpful, and suits me well. A couple of months ago, I attended my first retreat, of 4 days, at Spirit Rock. It was easily the most profound thing I've done in my life. And one of the hardest. And I'd do it again in a second.
Unfortunately, because of my schedule, I'm not able to attend another retreat for several months. So, when I heard about people taking "personal" weekend retreats alone, I decided to try one myself. This book is a -wonderful- "manual" for doing such a retreat. I locked myself in my house for 3 days, and used this book as my teacher. Sylvia writes so warmly... I really needed her compassionate words when my sittings got rough. I found myself laughing aloud at her words a handful of times during the retreat. It was a hard retreat (I find meditation -very- hard to practice daily, but I do it anyway because that's the only way really), but I emerged with a similar feeling as my first retreat -- more aware, and more loving toward myself. She also offers a handful of techniques that were new to me, and helped me greatly.
I would not recommend this book if you have never attended a formal retreat (in a group setting, with experienced teachers). But, if you've done that, then this is a great way to supplement and boost awareness "in-between" formal retreats.
I took one "star" away only because I found the timetables hard to keep up with. My 2nd night, I didn't get to bed until 11pm. ...On second thought that was my own fault for taking a long afternoon nap... Maybe I should have given it five... Oh, just let me keep this one grudge, please? :)
Thank goodness for people like Sylvia. She knows exactly how to make the self-critic in my meditation ("I'm not DOING it right!") run for cover.
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This is a wonderful step by step manual for the novice. For someone experienced in meditation and/or relaxation exercises, there is nothing new here. While I did not find the book useful for myself, I have added it to my library as an instruction/reference manual to be lent out to friends and clients.
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Sylvia Boorstein simply and clearly outlines the first steps into meditation. They worked for me. Clear three days off your calendar and try it.
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By Jude on June 17, 2014
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Boorstein's book is a quiet introduction to what happens at a mindfulness retreat and how you can replicate the format to produce your own retreat. She writes with the beginner in mind. The book is simple, easy to read, but thoughtful; and her suggestions should produce results for anyone interested in slowing down her life and exploring mindfulness.
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By Karp on December 7, 2014
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I used this home retreat and this was very helpful. If you don't want to go to a retreat or cannot afford one. This book gets you on the right track. I would suggest adding dharma talks online or CD to this
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Sylvia Boorstein does it again! This is another great example of Boorstein making Buddhism understandable and accessible to the common citizen. She never comes across as an untouchable guru. Rather she's someone you'd love to have lunch with just to be able to enjoy her wit and soak up her wisdom.
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I just returned from a three-day retreat using this book as my guide. Warm, encouraging and very practical, it offered everything I needed hour by hour: each hour of each day is set out for the practitioner, and is accompanied by short, enjoyable essays which explain how to do each activity and why. Best for a beginner, this guide makes a retreat do able and rewarding.
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