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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

REVIEW for Blooming of a Lotus & Miracle of Mindfulness


Once again a big, big thank you goes out to Fitzhenry & Whiteside Limited for sending me these wonderful books.

TITLES: The Blooming of a Lotus and The Miracle of Mindfulness

AUTHOR: Thich Nhat Hanh

GENRE: Spiritual/Meditation

RATING: 5 Stars

It took me a very long time to figure out the difference between religion and spirituality. As many of you know, I suffer from an eating disorder and its only when I went into recovery that I figured out that I could be spiritual - and that, indeed, I NEEDED to find spirituality in order to find my way to recovery.

Someone in my life suggested that I read Thich Nhat Hanh and I did. I have been a fan ever since and was thrilled beyond belief to get copies of both Blooming of a Lotus AND The Miracle of Mindfulness.

In full disclosure mode, I will admit that I have NOT finished reading either of these books (and I have had them for a few weeks now). But that is just the point of these books - they are not really made to be read in one sitting - but rather they are written to be read on a daily basis - as a tool to help get us through our days (or at times our moments) and instead of just plowing through them, I have learned to "savor" them a little bit at a time each day :)

Another huge challenge for me as been to find the discipline to sit down and actually meditate. This is not as easy as it sounds - mainly because my mind just starts roaming as soon as I sit still. However, I believe that meditation is crucial to my recovery process and so The Miracle of Mindfulness is an introduction to meditation so this book is more of a spiritual look at meditation and what/how it can improve your life.

The Bloominf of a Lotus is a Guided Meditation which is a companion to the first book and is in exercise form - looking at all aspects of emotion such as "being in touch and feeling".

Challenges for me! But these wonderful, wonderful books are a godsend - no pun intended.



5 comments:

itsJUSTme-wendy said...

Sound like Great books! My daughter needs these. She is doing better since starting the yoga tho. She gets very stressed, and lets everything get to her. I told her she needs to start meditating and doing yoga.

Lisa said...

These are totally my kind of books... I love this author!

Linda Ellen said...

I didn't know you like books from Thich Nhat Hanh. He's a buddhist monk and I'm quite sure my parents have heard of him too. Let me see if I have any doubles of any of his books I can pass to you about meditation...

Linda Ellen said...

I looked through my family's book collection and I don't have one in English that I'm aware of. I'm sorry if I've brough your hopes up. I do have doubles of a thin book about living and meditation by another venerable, but it has many many references to Buddhism, and I don't think you would like that. =/ I flipped through it carefully and it's more about the do's and don'ts to lead a wise and serene life.

Tina said...

Hi Linda Ellen: Don't worry! Thank you sooo much for looking through your family's books for me!

You are sweet.

 
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