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About the Author

David Kundtz, author, speaker, and licensed psychotherapist, is also director of Inside Track Seminars, which offers courses on spiritually based stress management and emotional health for the helping profession. He has graduate degrees in both psychology and theology and a doctorate in pastoral psychology. David is also the author of Quiet Mind, Stopping, and Moments in Between, among others.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Conari Press; Reprint edition (January 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573248622
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573248624
  • Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 1.3 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #400,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Janet Boyer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on September 7, 2005
Format: Paperback
"Welcome to a new way to cope with the demands of a too-busy life. Welcome to a way that requires no difficult skills, adds no new burdens, and accommodates all spiritual systems and life-styles. Welcome to all who want to do nothing-more often, more creatively, with joy, and without guilt. Welcome to one-minute retreats that can be yours at any time of the day or night." - From the book

According to author David Kundtz, a mindful posture centered from the quiet state of your being is *crucial* for any undertaking. In fact, he asserts, if we do not take the time to pause with purpose, disappointment and failure awaits us.

In his book Quiet Mind, Kundtz invites us to do nothing-but to "do" it with purpose, meaning, and value. That is, to take time for ourselves, to rest, to find peace, to awaken, to remember, and to find ways to recognize what we may have forgotten, and how not to forget again.

At 370-pages, Quiet Mind: One-Minute Retreats from a Busy World is brimming with dozens of meditations designed to promote thoughtfulness, calm, and quietude. The mini-retreats, one and a half to two pages long, feature a sage quote and Kundtz's wise and gentle commentary. At the end of each, the author offers one-sentence encouragement, inviting readers to observe life and apply the wisdom found in the meditation.

Kundtz has organized these meditations under fourteen general categories, including:

* Making Room for Life

* Creating Opportunities for Serenity

* Defining Your Values

* Finding Peace at Work

* Knowing Thyself

* Awakening to Wonder

* Giving Back to the World

Under the category Finding Peace at Work, for example, is a meditation about Weariness.
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By A Customer on February 14, 2004
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This book is a miracle of mindfulness! In short segments that can be read in less than 10 minutes, Kundtz manages to distill the philospohy of Christian, Buddhist, and other religous traditions in a way that is refreshingly non-sectarian. The exercises that conclude each segment can easily be remembered and conducted throught the day and, taken together, form a transformational course in mindfulness for the everday person. My only complaint about the book is that I wish it weighed less, so it could more easily be tossed into a briefcase or purse.
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I originally picked up this book because of the title, figuring it would have some nice observations about existing in our "busy" world. I was surprised that not only did it have some pithy, and relevant thoughts about our lives, but that they were insightful and thought provoking as well. The short one or two page comments are just enough to read quickly, but deep enough that I found myself thinking about them at various times throughout the day. I have enjoyed this book so much, that I bought four more for Christmas gifts. One of those incidental purchases that turned into a real find.
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This is a great little book that reminds us to stop and breathe to clear the mind. It helps us to manage some peace among our crazy lives. Thanks!
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Inspired is how I feel every time I pick up this book of very short stories with their own little guided meditations for reflection.

Quiet Mind - One-Minute Retreats from a Busy World by David Kundtz is divided into 14 chapters of 380 pages. Under each chapter heading are uplifting nuggets of wisdom for meditation - mostly 2 page topics - promoting peace and balance.

Chapter titles
Still Moments in Busy Days
Making Room for Life
Remembering to Take the Time
Finding Your Balance
The Spaces in Between
Creating Opportunities for Serenity
Defining Your Values
Finding Peace at Work
Embracing Life
Paying Attention
Knowing Thyself
Awakening to Wonder
Connecting with Others
Giving Back to the World

One of my favorite meditations is "Guardian Angel" on pages 261-262. We are reminded and encouraged to be still, and look at how that unexpected rescue from an accident could have been an encounter with our guardian angel.

There is enough variety in Quiet Mind ... to provide a short retreat anytime or anywhere during the day.
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Quiet Mind is such a thought provoking book. It points out issues that, in our ridiculously busy lives, we forget to even think about. Kundtz challenges the reader to be introspective and to take the time to notice, consider, be, and most importantly, look inward to determine what is really important in our lives.

The quick, two-page bursts of thought are perfect. They really are one-minute retreats.

One criticism, though, is that there are some editing problems. Being a grammar instructor and freelance proofreader, I can't help but find these things where they exist. It's the curse on my life.
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I sitting in the waiting room waiting for my name to be called. Last week I met briefly with my oncologist and we both agreed that since my cancer markers were going up, I needed to have both body and bone scans. This day I was waiting to hear the results. My 8 year cancer journey has taught me much about mindfulness and presence, but there are times wihen my anxious mind is in overload - and today was one of them.

I'd picked up Kundtz's book from my book shelves, not because I knew it would help, but the quieting green color had caught my eye. I opened it to page 217 and an entry called leaf and read. I read the two pages again and immediately felt my anxiousness start to fade away. I stood, walked to the big window at the back of the room, watched the trees sway in the wind, heard my name being called and moved forward out of my head and in my heart.

Experienced or non-experienced mindfulness practitioner - this is a book you will want in your mindfulness collection.
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