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How to Sit

How to Sit [Kindle Edition]

Thich Nhat Hanh
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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How to Sit is the first in a new series of how-to titles by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh that introduces beginners to and reminds seasoned practitioners of the essentials of mindfulness practice. Pocket-sized with bold black-and-white illustrations by Jason DeAntonis, How to Sit provides explicit, simple directions on the mechanics of posture and breathing, along with instructions for how best to achieve the awakened, relaxed state of clarity to cultivate concentration and compassion. Following the instructions, Thich Nhat Hanh shares a series of secular guided meditations that help us return to our breath, spend some time in the present moment, and come home to ourselves.

The function of meditation practice is to heal and transform. Scientific studies indicate that meditation contributes tremendously to well-being, general health, and longevity. How to Sit is a unique gift for those who want a comprehensive yet simple guide to getting started with meditation practice, as well as meditators with training in any spiritual tradition who want to be reminded of the foundation of practice.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 837 KB
  • Print Length: 123 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1937006581
  • Publisher: Parallax Press (14 Mar 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IQY3L1M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,349 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully simple and inspiring 4 May 2014
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From beginner to regular practioner this little book offers deeply moving and inspiring passages that I will read again and again. Let this wonderful authors words nourish the goodness within you and water your positive seeds. Each passage is a point of meditation in its own right and can be deeply reflected on or simply enjoyed for the wisdom and care that embraces you as the words wash over your consciousness. Love it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars How To Sit - written by Thich Nhat Hanh 9 Jun 2014
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Beautiful little book.
Sometimes the simplest words reach your senses by the direct route.
Thich Nhat Hanh has the gift and this was enchanting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great little book 18 Oct 2014
By angie
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A lovely book that I will read over and over and refer to regularly. Really enjoyed reading it. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How to sit 28 Sep 2014
By Lulu
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Simple instructions for meditation beginners.Great reminder for those who sit.
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6 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY!!! 1 May 2014
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First of let me say, I am by no means a natural, I have NEVER been good at sitting. Ever since I was in middle school, even the idea of sitting would make my pulse race and my palms sweat. Whenever I would come across an attractive place to sit, I would instantly become very nervous and weak in the knees, which only made things worse....It was as if the idea of sitting, made it hard for me to stand, and without proper training on how to sit, I would just hover over most chairs like a girl trying to avoid the seat cover of a port-a-potty at Cochella.

Even the few times I had managed to sit, it was never on my first choice. Generally I only am able to sit on uncomfortable places such as wooden bar stools with one leg shorter than the others or the middle seat of an 8 hour plane ride. One time I did manage to briefly lean on the arm rest of a massage chair at a Sharper Image in my local Mall...but after a few minutes of that I did not know what to do next and quickly returned to standing.

My mother-in-law recommended "How to Sit" by Thich Nhat Hanh as it had helped her get through a particularly challenging series of bus rides, and let me just say WHAT AN EYE OPENER!

Hanh does a fantastic jobs of laying out the dynamics of sitting and masterfully breaks down the steps of going from a standing position, to a seated one. He covers everything from foot position, speed of squat, and proper back placement. He even goes as far to cover how you should approach different types of chairs. Whether it be stools, swivel chairs, love seats, benches (my personal preference), or lounge chairs...indeed there is something for everyone! Chapter 11 even has an interesting section on the difference between sitting in the day time, and at night!
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