Bhante Gunaratana is also the author of Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness, Beyond Mindfulness in Plain English, The Four Foundations of Mindfulness in Plain English, and his memoir, Journey to Mindfulness.
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By Simon H on 02-11-17
Recipe For Mindfulness
Having read (and listened to) plenty of mindfulness books over the years I can say that for those who are looking for a clean and clear introduction to practical mindfulness and meditation, I haven't found a better book.
Every generation complains about how busy things are, but with the momentum of tech, the growth in choices and constant stimulation, we have never been less connected with others and what is going on in our own mind. This book helps us to step back (mentally) and be more aware of our thoughts.
It's not perfect. The chapter I found least useful was the 'What Meditation Isn't" part but the rest was pure gold and more than makes up for it. Don't expect that just reading it will solve your problems, this is just a how to...you have to do... for it to take effect. If you are not prepared to do, then it's probably worth selecting another book, maybe a thriller.
I've gifted the paperback version to friends and family because it was so helpful. I always worry that these types of books are religious, worthy or mystical, instead it was a practical and compassionate approach to managing our own minds and achieving a level of inner peace.
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By Richard Herring on 24-08-16
absolutely loved it!
I've never really felt compelled to review products or servjces, but this book definitely deserves one! I absolutely love how it opened my mind to a new way of thinking and being! I read this book hoping to gain a new skill in the form of meditation and discovered sooo much more! will be recommending it to everyone feeling lost and looking for a path and purpose.
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By Chayce Knaub on 03-06-16
Direct, as the title suggests
This book is brimming with practical nuts and bolts advice and wisdom for someone with a regular meditation practice. It might(?) be a bit much for someone totally unfamiliar with meditation, but it would be excellent if you truly wanted to try sitting on a regular basis. There is a pretty serious discussion of concentration-one pointed attention on a single object, like the breath-as a means of strengthening mindfulness that i found very helpful. That theme of developing concentration in tandem with mindfulness and how they serve each other is something i don't think i had read or heard explained so clearly before. I would absolutely recommend this book if you sit or really no bullshit want to try sitting. I would say this book would be 100% amazing if you had tried meditating and wanted to have more direction and understand mindfulness more clearly. So, yea in that case, 100% amazing for anyone who meditates.
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