Thursday, February 22, 2018

Sukey and Elizabeth Novogratz's Just Sit: A Book Review

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Sukey and Elizabeth Novogratz combine to bring forth the meditation focused: Just Sit: A Meditation Guidebook for People Who Know They Should But Don't (click the title to view on Amazon). Released in late 2017, the book serves as an odd combination between self-help, meditation history and meditation for dummies. While the last term may suggest something negative, instead I see it as the old technology books that would allow the scared novice to learn Microsoft Windows or Adobe Photoshop in an easy to approach, straight forward manner. The Novogratz do just that, and while they often repeat the text’s title mantra of “just sitting” they work hard to make their points.

Loose, informative, and easy to read, the authors lay out the what, how, why, and when of meditation. Focusing on health and happiness, noting that like running, this movement will one day take western countries by storm, they graphically and quickly lay the foundation of the process. At times silly, at times serious, they illustrate away and even go as far as to give a step-by-step program in which the reader goes from just sitting for a couple minutes a day, and over weeks finds themselves meditating for a more substantial period of time. Yes, the goal is twenty minutes a day, but like long and strenuous periods of exercise, they recognize that people will land where they land, but that the act of sitting (to meditate) will be enough in the end. All-in-all, if you love the idea of meditation, a sound mind, and a thankful life, give the book a read. It will motivate you, get you thinking, and maybe even compel you to build a meditation haven in your domicile.


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