- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Piatkus (18 Dec. 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0749924594
- ISBN-13: 978-0749924591
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.2 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The 5-Minute Meditator: Quick meditations to calm your body and your mind Paperback – 18 Dec 2003
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Meditation for people who have no time to meditate.
About the Author
Eric Harrison is trained in the Buddhist practices of Tibet and Burma. He is Director of the Perth Meditation Centre, Western Australia, where he runs classes, workshops and retreats.
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Top Customer Reviews
"Meditation" cunjurs up all sorts of images, and in this fast-paced, hi-tech, all-action world many feel they don't have time for it, like students!
It's an easy book to read, browse, get the hang of. The meditations are simple (almost too simple it seems!) and easily fit into everyday life. My daughter,myself and many friends of ours are hooked on different exercises and yes, they do only take 5 minutes!
The book is a bit wordy in parts, but the various exercises are first explained fully then there is a shaded box with easy-to-follow instrucions.
As an intro to Meditation or for busy people, this book hits the spot!
It is very good for someone who would like to get started on meditation ie. it just tells you simply what meditation is all about without going into the religous side.
The book is not perfect. There is a western perception that meditation is a relaxation technique (a cheapskate's alternative to a few beers?)- that this book encourages. A more accurate view is that the relaxation is a useful side effect of formal training in awareness & concentration. This book encourages the current tendency of our society to try & do everything in a hurry. If you want a more thorough approach to meditation, and are prepared to set aside a daily practice period, try "Breath by Breath (Rosenberg) or "Wildmind" (Bodhipaksa) - both serious, but clearly written books about traditional practice. (I found using a buddhist centre open class a key focus for my practice. If this is available, I believe it assists building a regular practice.)
For me, highlights of the book were mindfulness of urination - using a trivial & frequent daily task to practice concentration - and using red traffic lights as an opportunity for mindfulness - which increases my pleasure in driving.
One last word, the traditional Tai Chi aphorism definitely applies to meditation - an ounce of practice is worth a ton of theory.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really convenient meditation exercises that don't take up too much of your time.Published 11 months ago by Ioannis
Excellent book. I've bought a few for friends aswell. Highly recommended.Published 15 months ago by Ms. Et Bradley
This is the first book that I have read by the author , and the best book I have ever read on meditation. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Amazon Customer