This book is a treasure for life. Teaches so many lessons of how life just catches us unaware, but that's the point we learn to become more in the moment finding that gap and recognizing our tendencies in the process. Certainly recommend to a friend. It's a real keeper.
Ratnaguna has the knack of approaching complex or difficult issues and making apparently simple but not so obvious points that elucidate matters. In doing so he discusses spiritually vital practices that might just not occur to people. Thus he emphasises the important art of doing nothing as a basis for reflection. He discusses `talking to oneself' in a manner that is actually a rigorous and honest debate that deliberately challenges one's own assumptions. He looks at owning up to one's own foolishness, and other difficult aspects of self-reflection. Such practices can be crucial in the cultivation of ethics, psychological integration and wisdom. The fact that Ratnaguna explicitly discusses them, and recommends them, is likely to be of much benefit to people.
It is likely to be very helpful for many people in establishing and maintaining an effective reflection practice. It is also a delight to read. It is written with clarity and love, and is grounded in Ratnaguna's own practice and experience.
In this book Ratnaguna gives helpful and practical instruction on the delicate art of reflection. He makes a great job of explaining a rather intangible subject and suggests a number of steps and exercises to develop this practice. The book is very readable and is full of literary as well as Buddhist examples. Particularly stuck by the section on developing the skill of slow reading. Whether you are a practicising Buddhist or just someone looking to develop some space and serenity in your busy life this book has something for you.
I found this book both interesting and inspiring. It gave me a real insight into how reflection can be used as a spiritual practice, with lots of practical advice and personal experiences. I thoroughly recommend it.