- Flexibound: 72 pages
- Publisher: Robinson (5 April 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1780331185
- ISBN-13: 978-1780331188
- Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.6 x 17.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Quiet the Mind Flexibound – 5 Apr 2012
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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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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 : )
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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