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Mindfulness in Plain English Paperback – Special Edition, September 6, 2011
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However, I just relaxed and started to read and absorb the subject. Within reading a few pages, it was so enlightening and just what my mind needed. I'm in sales with over 100 accounts with lots of multi-tasting required to be sucessful. It's teaching me to think clearer. But more important,
teaching me to enjoy life more.
Recently, I thought meditation could help me again but I wanted something different from it.
This book helped me see my previous mistakes, both in thinking and in practice.
It also gives a better understanding of meditation, the purpose and the journey.
It's also very encouraging because it helped me see that some of what I experience is normal in learning to meditate. It's not that I'm necessarily doing it wrong, it's just a phase I need to work through by being persistent and coming back to simple basics and allowing it to unfold rather than forcing it.
I've highlighted many sections and am rereading them again. This book has given me the confidence to continue meditating and I'm grateful for that.
If you are even remotely interested in meditation or calming your mind, give this book a go!
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