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Five Good Minutes: 100 Morning Practices to Help You Stay Calm and Focused All Day Long (The Five Good Minutes Series) Paperback – April 15, 2005
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Feeling overwhelmed on a daily basis is no fun for anyone, but changing your mindset requires time that just doesn't exist. Or does it? Five Good Minutes claims time can be found, and backs up that claim with 100 simple exercises that help get your day off to a better start. Dr. Jeffrey Brantley (Calming Your Anxious Mind) has created easy ways of modifying things you already do every day--like taking a shower--into moments that combine grateful awareness with deep relaxation.
Most of the exercises begin with what the author calls "breathing mindfully", and learning that technique is the only item in the book that might take more than five minutes. The nine-step instructions for a basic form of meditation are easy to follow, but could take a little practice if you're a newcomer to such techniques. You're also encouraged to use other techniques you're already familiar with that create a similar feeling of calm centeredness.
The exercises are arranged in broad categories like "peaceful awareness" and "growing wiser and kinder", allowing you to follow along through the book or skip around to the most appealing ones. Each one--from giving yourself a quick foot massage and a hug to paying special attention to your first sip of tea or coffee in the morning--is aimed at creating a short moment of peace and happiness in your otherwise frantic day. And hopefully you'll find that the five-minute exercise creates a lasting feeling of well-being that allows you to reconnect with the joy hiding in your busy schedule. Jill Lightner
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The advice in this book is simple to follow and there is enough variety to keep you interested in following this program every day. The emphases in this book is on taking just 5 minutes in the morning and perform the breathing and mindfulness exercises advised in this volume. Part on covers the important foundation of this program. Part two explains the actual practices which include establishing ease and inner relaxation, peaceful awareness and connection, relating yourself to others, and growing wiser and kinder.
There are 100 exercises and some of these include the following: Touch and go, appreciate yourself, dance your troubles away, move it, steps to change, the balancing act, drop the past, you come first, be your own best friend, notice the world around you, name the pain, bold, fearless and powerful, face death with wisdom and compassion, open the door to wisdom, live in the moment, no more grumpy mornings and infinite impossibilities.
Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Zen Poetry Moments: Haiku and Senryu for special occasions).