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Meditation and The Art of Bee Keeping: The Way to Bee (Mindfulness) [Hardcover]

Mark Magill
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29 Oct 2010 Mindfulness
Mark Magill weaves observations about the remarkable roles bees play in keeping wildlife thriving and cultivated crops blooming, together with personal experiences and practical insights gleaned from his years as a beekeeper. As a Buddhist meditation teacher and author, he presents practical information about the art of beekeeping through the four seasons while harvesting the environmental and spiritual lessons we can learn from the bees. Meditations in each chapter based on Buddhist practice help readers experience the tranquility and simple pleasure of observing and interacting with the natural world.

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Ivy Press (29 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907332391
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907332395
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 233,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mark Magill is a long-standing and avid beekeeper as well as a journalist, author and editor. A frequent contributor to Tricycle: the Buddhist Review and a member of its editorial board, Mark is author of Why is the Buddha Smiling? (Fair Winds, 2003) and was a contributor to Good Life, Good Death by Gelek Rimpoche (Riverhead, 2002).

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5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely, pleasurable read 22 Nov 2010
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This book wasn't quite what I expected, but I loved it anyway. First of all, the title is great and I only wished someone had asked me what I was reading at the time so I could have told them. It is also physically beautiful, with lovely endpapers and great quality paper, which I didn't think mattered all that much to me, but I must admit is a great bonus. It's the sort of book you'd get from the Folio Society. And now for the content:
I was expecting something along the lines of: 'Look at the bees; see how they hum. As they hum so must you hum your mantra.' Actually the book has three subjects: firstly the author's initial experiences with bees and information on basic beekeeping, secondly his current battles for the survival of his hives and thirdly information about meditation. What you get is a little bit about one subject, then a little bit about another. Sometimes there is an obvious link and sometimes there isn't. It's a pleasant journey, and I didn't feel there was ever too much on one subject because just when I felt I had a lot to take in (I am eager to learn), the subject would move on to another topic.
Now I happen to be enrolled on a beekeeping course in a few months time and I happen to be eager to develop my meditation skills, so you could say that this book was made for me. Who else might be interested? Actually, anyone with an interest in bees would enjoy this, and anyone afraid of bees too, as understanding your enemy is the first stage of defense. But don't buy this book if you couldn't care less about bees - I don't think the author would want you to anyway.
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4.0 out of 5 stars really enjoyable lovely little book 11 Mar 2012
By Kate
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As a newcomer to beekeeping and someone who tries to meditate the idea of combining th two really appeals to me. It is a delightful book. I'm not sure that I agree with the author that the Langstroth hive is a good or kind choice for the bees. Apart from that I got a lot out of reading this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoy this book... 24 Feb 2013
By CKCork
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Great book, very interesting and very relaxing read. If you're into nature and toying with the idea of meditation like me then you'll love this book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Two Books in One 11 Dec 2012
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If you are interested in meditation and bee keeping, this book has a lot of information for those starting on the paths. However, it is like reading two books that have been merged, one on beekeeping through the year and the cycles of the bee hive with lots of facts and information. The second book is about steadily progressing into deeper meditative states, also instructive. However, I have plenty of books on both and bought this as I had expected it to be about meditating WITH bees. Instead it is about using the same mindfulness skills that you apply to beekeeping, when you practise meditation.
Well written and a nice enough read but not what I was expecting.
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The Way to Bee
Meditation and the Art of Beekeeping

By Mark Magill

It's once again spring (finally) and time for my May bee book review. I found this book at the MOSES Organic Farmer's Conference and it was a really refreshing read. Not only do you walk through the four seasons of beekeeping, but learn some useful meditative lessons along the way. And the author gets pretty personal too, which really drove the writing forward as it gave a window into author Magill's fascination with beekeeping. Through this art; he found himself. There also are many bee-factoids which I found fascinating.

"A queen can lay between 175,000 and 200,000 eggs a year. As such she is the sole mother for many hundreds of thousands of bees over her lifetime. The queen's other important role is to produce the pheromones that govern and organize many of the colony's functions."

Though I am admittedly not presently practicing meditation, I would imagine it to be a really useful tool since you need to be calm and centered whenever working with your bees. Magill shares two reasons many of us find it nearly impossible to do.

"The two main obstacles to actual concentrated meditation are a sinking and wandering mind...sinking mind in the gross sense means falling asleep. Wandering mind is characterized by excitable thoughts that chase after one another like wild monkeys."

As we're moved season to season, Magill shares the current reality of how beekeeping has dramatically changed. Now, over-wintering bees is more like a mad roll of the dice in that you're certain to lose at least half of your hives, if not all of them.
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