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Stopping: How to Be Still When You Have to Keep Going

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  59 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Stopping is a simple, straightforward technique for "doing nothing, as much as possible, for a definite period of time, with the purpose of becoming more awake and remembering who you are," so that you can live more purposefully and peacefully.
Paperback, 276 pages
Published January 1st 1998 by Conari Press (first published December 31st 1997)
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Jan 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Great book I read when I was going through my divorce and trying to figure out where to go from here. Great for anyone going through career or life changes to get in touch with your inner self to see what direction to go in next. Reflective.
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This nonfiction piece is a thoughtful companion during a time of transition, or at least it was for me. It was a kind and gentle guidebook for a period of pause, a period of shift. "Stopping helps bring together the threads of your history, of your stories. It helps you to remember who you are, where you come from, where you are going and where you want to go; to remember your original goals, ideals, and dreams; and remember why you started doing what you do so that you can see if it is still wh ...more
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading this books and took many notes to refer back when needed. I have been practicing this for years and finally got validation that it is okay for me to take these moments just to be with me.

As a teacher of middle schoolers, this process is essential for my sanity. I never had a name for it before but now I do...stopping.

We are always searching for something and this book recognized this so that it had a name and was found. In the process, I realized that it can be used daily or fo
Mar 31, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
A different type of meditation as I see it, gave me some things to think about.
Amy Armstrong
Mar 14, 2012 rated it liked it
This is a good book to pick up on your way to the basement fridge to grab a beer so you can settle into a comfy chair, make sure you have a really mean look plastered on your face, and read. The text is soothing, but we know that the only way to keep people away from you is to look really scary. I picked up Stopping: How to Be Still When You Have to Keep Going along with a bunch of other books that I thought might provide some material on mindfulness since I was about to teach a workshop on Emot ...more
Modern life has become so intense and complex that old methods of coping, cramming in more or trying to exclude more, no longer work. Adopting a new approach might be beneficial. And that is the subject of this book: stopping. Whether it's a pause before speaking (a Stillpoint), a day off to just relax, like Sundays used to be (a Stopover), or a three week hiatus (a Grinding Halt), doing nothing is a useful and ultimately beneficial activity. In order to connect with who we are and just be a hum ...more
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Jun 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: retreats, reflection
As a proponent of quiet times and retreats, I didn't find a lot new in this book, but what I appreciated was its simplicity of style and clarity. What is new to me is Kundtz's contention that what he calls "The mountain of too much new" can no longer be addressed by just slowing down or using the techniques you've successfully used in the past when overwhelmed. Very much worth a reading, and a tool that I will be referring to when offering Quiet Days at St. John's Church.
Written by a Catholic priest with taoist training. Has some insights for caregivers.
Oct 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
I am savoring this book chapter by chapter. Definitely a good read. It is even deserving to be reread!
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