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A Mindful Morning: Start Each Day with a Clear Mind and Open Heart Paperback – August 1, 2016
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[H]aving a routine or a habit that grounds you can be incredibly helpful. Which is a great way to take compassionate care of yourself. In the book A Mindful Morning: Start Each Day with a Clear Mind and Open Heart, author and professor David Dillard-Wright, Ph.D, shares over 150 quotes along with short and simple mindfulness exercises we can do each morning.
-Margarita Tartakovsky, MS, Weightless Blog, PsychCentral
In his lovely new book, A Mindful Morning, David Dillard-Wright, PhD, writes: "As long as you think you can control your thoughts, you will have no rest. As soon as you just let them do their thing, you will begin to have peace." He suggests starting your day by setting a timer for five to 10 minutes and spend that time sitting in silence. No matter what the thoughts are--angry, passionate, trivial, profound--just let them come and go. -Sheryl Kraft, womenTALK blog, healthywomen.org
About the Author
David Dillard-Wright, PhD, teaches philosophy, religion, and ethics at the University of South Carolina, Aiken. His academic work focuses on philosophy of the mind and animal ethics. His practice in meditation originated in the Trappist tradition of contemplative prayer and then segued into Eastern practices. He is the author of A Mindful Morning, A Mindful Evening, A Mindful Day, Mediation for Multitaskers, The Everything© Guide to Meditation for Healthy Living, 5-Minute Mindfulness, and At Ganapati’s Feet.
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Like MacLuen's "The Medium is the Massage" or Wallace Stevens' "Blue Guitar," the type of meditation practiced often becomes the end experience -- at least for the casual explorer. I think periodic, disciplined mindfulness -- even regular, mindful reflection -- is a better starting point for many people. The regularity of it is important. It's this niche of helping people create a habit of regular, thoughtful reflection that this book potentially fills. It's easy reading. Each topic is a small page long. Often the titles are as rich as the quotes and commentary that follow. The short commentary on each topic offers just enough for a reminder and pause without requiring a lengthy commitment of time. The quotes are well selected, showing a wide breadth of considered wisdom. The commentary is well-written, succinct, and consistently shows good insight beyond the quote.
The title suggests that topics might be suitable for a quick read in the morning before getting the day started. That's probably ideal, but I'm not a morning person. Rather I'll likely leave it on the nightstand for a quick means of flossing my mind before I sleep. Hopefully, it will work that way too. There aren't enough pages to fill a year, so those obsessed with a "thought a day" might feel short-changed. But I won't read it that way. I'll pick a topic at random, consider it a bit, and then try some more randomness the next day. The layout of the book works well for that. Let the chaotic complexity of the universe work in my fingers. I'm happy with that. In that vein, it works best as an actual book. I don't think I'd ever use the Kindle version that way.
I also think the book will work well for periodic use in a small Buddhist meditation group I'm part of. Pointed titles. Good content. Just the right length. Goldilocks would be happy. I think I will too.
I think most buyers will find it useful.