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Quiet Mind: One Minute Mindfulness Paperback – January 1, 2003
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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.Read more ›
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I keep this book close by and reference it often. Just gave it as a gift, also...Published 10 days ago by LEILANI ROBINSON
I read one each morning as part of my devotions. Each message touched on something that resonated with me at the time. It has helped me slow down a little, and think a lot more. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Raku Rudy
Great reading when you need a quick break. I just open on aleatory pages and no matter what message comes up I can always get something out of it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Black Velvet
I highly recommend this book to everyone who is eager to attain the truest blessings of Stillness and Bliss. NamastePublished 5 months ago by Donna Wallace