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  • Flexibound: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson (5 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780331185
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780331188
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.7 x 17.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Matthew Johnstone is an artist, writer and exhibited photographer. New Zealandborn, he worked in advertising in Sydney, San Francisco and New York. He now lives in Sydney with his family. He and his wife, Ainsley, know all too well what it's like to live with a 'black dog' - Matthew has personally experienced the hell of depression, while Ainsley has first-hand knowledge of the frustration and confusion almost always felt by those who care for a depressed person. Together they are uniquely
able to offer practical and helpful advice.

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From the author of the bestselling Alphabet of the Human Heart and I Had a Black Dog a beautifully illustrated book of how to meditate.

About the Author

Matthew Johnstone is the author of bestselling books Alphabet of the Human Heart, I Had a Black Dog and Living with a Black Dog, also published by Robinson. He is also an artist, writer and exhibited photographer. New Zealand-born, he's worked in advertising in Sydney, San Francisco and New York. He now lives in Sydney with his wife and two daughters.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca on 28 May 2012
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This book is wonderful.

If you are reading this review it's because you are considering buying the book - I'd say, buy it!

Matthew Johnstone has a gift: he understands - he really does. The book is very simple and uncomplicated but shows a deep understanding of a very complex phenomenon - the un-quiet mind. (un-quiet meaning; troubled or stressed or anxious or sad or fearful or .. well, states of mind that are not calm) The simple pictures and text are instantly calming, but the book also does describe how to get into a deeper practice.

There's no point in me saying more - if you're considering buying this book it's because you've come to it either through looking for titles about meditation, or because you know Matthew Johnstone's work.

It's classic MJ and gets 5 bright gold stars from me : )
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Chris on 6 Jun 2013
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I've looked into meditation a few times, and tried it a bit, but never committed to it. As a result I tried this book as it was a different approach to what I've tried previously.

I'm very pleased I decided to buy it! Yes it is short as others have mentioned. But I wouldn't want to be it any longer. It has all the good guidance I need. Why stuff it with other fluff just to fatten it out.

I started to practice once a day. It was tough but persisted and started to get better. Then after about a week, one night I had a very vivid dream. Like nothing I have ever experienced. It is hard for me to explain how vivid it was, but it was very real. When I woke up I felt very strange about it. I realised meditating may have had something to do with it, and it spooked me so much I decided to stop meditating.

I didn't have another dream like it for the next few nights. So I started googling to see if it was meditation that was responsible. Turns out the answer is yes. However it is a good thing. It shows the meditation is really starting to be effective. I was spooked by it, but in fact it is just part of the journey and I should be encouraged by it.

Now I know this I have started again over the past 2 days and keep referring back to the book. I will now stick with it no matter how vivid the dreams are. As long as they don't become vivid nightmares I will be happy as it was an interesting experience!

So please don't be put off how short the book is. It has been effective for me and I would recommend it for all begginers.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sophie6750 on 20 Jan 2013
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A lovely introduction to meditation, providing gentle, well paced imaginary to guide you through the different processes to calm your mind and release the tension from your muscles. Try it and see for yourself. :)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mariah on 12 Jun 2012
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This book is a great tool to help one to start meditation or to come back to meditation. It is easy to read, easy to follow and a great help for concentration and to achieve a peaceful mind. Very happy with it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Diana on 26 Nov 2012
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Straight forward, clear, humorous and accessible for all ages. Star young, stay stress free. Every home should have one excellent
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Clive Hebard on 25 April 2012
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This beautifully illustrated book encourages everyone to welcome a sense of calm in to their life by explaining some easy physical and mental steps even the busiest person can take in order to benefit from a few minutes of stillness. Highly recommended!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Nicky J on 24 April 2012
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I found this book illuminating and inspiring. Beautifully illustrated. It really made me think about how I can live better and enjoy life more. Would thoroughly recommend.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Flicker on 24 April 2012
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I absolutely love this book. I keep hearing about how amazing meditation is meant to be so I've been meaning to give it a go for ages but have been quite put off by the thought that it's quite difficult to do, up until now. I love how accessible this book is and how it takes you through it step by step. Am a big fan of Matthew Johnstone anyway, but I love how practical this book is.
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