8 Minute Meditation: Quiet Your Mind. Change Your Life. Paperback – July 6, 2004
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Even though I have numerous books on meditation I found this 195 paperback volume surprisingly refreshing, interesting and informative. Where most books on meditation recommend doing two 20-minute sessions as a minimum, the author, in order to bring more people into the practice of mindfulness meditation promotes just 8 minute sessions at a starting point.
I love the writing style and approach this writer uses to encourage the reader to practice meditation. He gives easy and practical answers to numerous questions about meditation. This text is organized into three parts. Part one meditation 101 gives a simple and practical introduction to the subject of meditation. The second part goes into detail on his 8 week meditation program. The final section explains how to upgrade beyond the 8 minute meditation program.
In conclusion, this book is one of the best I have ever read on introducing meditation practice to anyone interested in the subject. If you are interested in a no nonsense, simple and effective meditation system you should check out this wonderful book.
Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Haiku Moments: How to read, write and enjoy haiku).
This book is an excellent primer for those who have never mediated and want to learn.
The book is broken into three parts:
Part One - explains the what, why, and how to use the 8-MINUTE MEDITATION...book giving the reader a basic understanding of what they'll be doing and what to expect
Part Two - this is the actual meditation program. It's broken down into 8 weeks and 8 chapters, with each chapter/week focusing on different forms of meditation that you'll be doing. The chapters are short and all begin with what you'll be doing, and followed by a Q&A that should answer any concerns or questions that come up that week. Very helpful. I read one chapter a week so as to not anticipate the next week's meditation technique.
Part Three - this is at the end of the 8-weeks and if you decide to extend the 8-minute meditation to a longer duration, Davich provides the info here.
I really enjoyed the book! Having never meditated before, I now meditate 8-minutes everyday and it has become part of my daily routine. Although I've completed the 8-weeks, I haven't extended the duration of my sessions because I feel that 8-minutes works for me right now. Maybe in the future I'll extend the time.
The first time I meditated, following the book, I busted out laughing! In the beginning section, Davich explains how simple it is to start meditating by just focusing on your breath. In fact that's the first week meditation. Anyway, he explains that even though it sounds simple it takes some effort to remain focused on your breath. He recounts that this was what he did the first time he meditated and thought it would be easy. He writes that within 20 seconds he started planning meals and shopping lists etc., and couldn't believe how many thoughts were popping up in his head.
Well, I thought it would be simple too. But like Davich, after about 10-seconds all kinds of thoughts started firing off in my head...and they came fast and furious, and that's why I had to laugh!
As far as improving my state of mind, I have to admit that I don't obsess about things as much as I used to. Not to say that I don't get irritated or frustrated or anxious, but now I realize what's going on and I'm able to let it go.
So if you're curious about meditating, the 8-MINUTE MEDITATION...book is a great place to start.
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What I like about this book is the 8 minute chunks of meditation. It is amazing how quickly it has become a habit. The book is also written with plain language explanations and Q/A’s that I found very useful to help keep me on track.
I hope that above prove useful to others.