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Bliss More: How to Succeed in Meditation Without Really Trying

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  676 ratings  ·  84 reviews
From one of America’s top meditation teachers comes a revolutionarily simple approach to everyday practice—especially if you don’t think you have the time or the patience.

Imagine you’re sitting on a cushion with your legs crossed, ready to tap into unlimited joy. There’s just one problem: You can’t get comfortable (let alone still), and your head is full of way too many th
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published January 23rd 2018 by Ballantine Books
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Carrie Poppy
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A really wonderful, practical approach to meditation that is accessible and inspiring simultaneously. I really enjoyed it and immediately started implementing the principles. The style Watkins uses for meditation is basically a version of mantra-based meditation like TM, yet it lacks a lot of the more questionable facets of that movement. His version of meditation is something akin to relaxed thought, unfocused presence, and allowing oneself to experience the bliss of human experience. He invite ...more
Jim Maroon
Aug 07, 2018 rated it liked it
"My meditation is better than your meditation" might be a better subtitle.

I struggled over how to rate this one. On the one hand, the meditation does work. I have added two 20 minutes mantra meditations to my 1.5 to 2 hour daily practice. (NOTE: there is no such thing as "over meditating"... unless you are neglecting responsibilities to yourself or family. Science provides solid evidence that the more you meditate, the better. But then, there is also good science showing as little 20 minutes a d
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Kathleen
This is the first book I've ever read that is exclusively about meditation. I'm glad I read it. It's not the first and last word about meditation, but it's a good start to get past some initial barriers. If you're an experienced meditator and you have a routine that works for you, you probably don't need this book. Unless you're looking for a gift for someone who is interested in meditation but having trouble getting over some mental barriers to begin. ...more
David
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
I have been meditating for quite a while and was wanting to see a different approach or method. There were a few useful tips, but perhaps the book is more for the beginner.

I found it mostly full of either stuff I didn’t care about and wanted to skip, or stuff that was a little too out there and a little too TM for my tastes.
Chad Perry
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book on how to perform meditation simply and what you can expect from this practice. I have explored many meditation methods and Light Watkins insight seems to be the most practical approach that I have found. A good read if you are interested in exploring this practice.
Allegra Wermuth
Feb 25, 2019 rated it liked it
I have to thank Light Watkins for inspiring me to start a real and consistent meditation practice. I like this attitude and style and really enjoyed the first half of the book. I found myself flipping through the remainder of the book, feeling like I had read it already, felt repetitive. But I’m glad I read it.
Kate
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Short and simple. This book is about a different type of meditation (more akin to TM though he says you can't learn TM from a book so doesn't claim that it is that exactly) than the Concentration type that seems to be most popular these days (MBCT, Headspace, noting thoughts, etc.)

I haven't actually tried the technique, since my meditation time is going to Headspace at the moment, but I am intrigued. I put Bob Roth's book on hold at the library but I suspect that this one is the go-to for puttin
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Nicholas Smith
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is a great introduction to meditation. Light Watkins helps coach newbies (like myself) with tried-and-tested meditation techniques. Light demystifies meditation, shatters the myths and backs up the benefits with science in layman's terms (thankfully). Now, there's no more excuses for not meditating everyday – anymore. ...more
May
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm on day 9 of daily meditation so far, and I've already learned so much more about my own mind. This book revolutionized my understanding of, and interest in, meditation. I highly recommend it to anyone who has considered meditation too difficult or strenuous. I mean, the author's name is Light. He truly makes it easy! ...more
Carol
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Please see my review at Amazon. com under C. Wong. Thank you.
Cameron Chesnik
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An easy read with a lot of anecdotal stories that reinforce Light Watkin's E.A.S.Y. theory. It seems like a logical approach to meditating that I am excited to begin. ...more
Yuen Tan
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Borrowed this audiobook for a 14 hours flight. If you ever need convincing to take up meditation. Not exactly how to ...
Steven
Jun 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion
This isn't a bad book, but it's more of a beginner's guide as the author says in the first chapters. The techniques presented in this book are super basic, and you can glean the same insights from reading books by monks (who are, arguably, better teachers of meditation than this author).

One of the main issues I have with this book specifically is that it offers some bad advice regarding form and posture. It's important that you're comfortable during meditation, but the author claims that it isn'
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Jasmyn
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I listened to this one and honestly was not sold on it at the beginning, but I am so glad I stuck with it.

I have picked up so many books on meditation in bookstores and never walked away with any because I generally find them either overwhelming with heavy science, (and I don't need more of these books piling up), way to religious, or appear to be a super strict 2000 step instruction guide on how to meditate, which doesn't feel achievable for me, or any human being I know!

This book ended up bei
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Johanna
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book thru an Instagram post by Light for a 21 day blissmore challenge. Being on vacation, it seemed the perfect opportunity. 21 days later I’m still at it and looking forward to my meditations every day. Light has done a great job of writing in a conversational tone so you are able to grasp the method and feel challenged, but at the same time encouraged and inspired. The world needs more bliss and here’s the way to do your part.
Angela
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Meh. Just okay.
Michael Kich
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I did really like this book, which could probably best be considered as a primer. Its most tangible benefits so far have been that I'm a) regularly meditating and b) I've actually been enjoying every one of my meditations, which is a real first for me. Light's E.A.S.Y. approach has caused me to seriously question the meditation orthodoxy that I've absorbed from other teachers and books over the years. For one thing, the first and central tenet to Light's approach is that meditation needs to be p ...more
Robert
Feb 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bliss More is a mixture of being a guide book for how one goes about meditating and also a motivational treatise to get you started or encourage you to continue in a habit of daily meditation. The author with the enigmatic name of Light Watkins is a well established meditation teacher from the USA.

Light states up front that this book is primarily geared towards beginners to the discipline of meditation and also for people that have struggled with meditation techniques with no or just limited suc
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Alissa
Jan 24, 2018 added it
Ok...So I've recently (the past year or two) gotten into Yoga and Meditation and all that New Age-y stuff (although I draw the line at Naked Bonfire Dancing. Too unsanitary). The stuff I'm doing...it's all good. And a lot of it has actually worked. Especially the Yoga, being good for the body and mind. YAY! So when I saw this on the New Book Shelf on the way to my desk, I curiously picked it up to browse...maybe read.

I don't think I'll bother with this one.

Although it seems a lot of other Goodr
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Jane
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have been interested in meditation, mindfulness and learning to be in the moment for quite some time. I have been dealing with sleep issues and daily challenges of trying to quiet the monkey chatter of my busy brain, especially when trying to get to sleep or back to sleep. I have read numerous books self help books relating to mindfulness and meditation. Ever since I started practising yoga, I have become more interested in meditation and have even tried a few 21 day meditation challenges. I n ...more
Sarah Clark
Aug 24, 2020 rated it liked it
When I bought this book, I’d recently hit a meditation plateau and was feeling disillusioned with my unsatisfying meditation sessions. My mom had taken the Light Watkins online meditation class and recommended it for me, but I decided to go with the book as it was cheaper and taught the same meditation philosophy. I was skeptical as first, as most practitioners of other meditation styles likely are, but the EASY method has definitely helped me be less judgmental of my meditations and helped me a ...more
Bastard Travel
Dec 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
First off, there's no way to know whether the author's given name is a pun. If it's deliberate, I hate him. If it's not, I pity him, and it sucks that his birth name is Light, but when you're dealt that kind of hand I suppose you have to become a meditation guru.

That said, he's down-to-earth, for a guru. Watkins disavows the old, traditionalist machinery of meditation where you need to contort your body into the least comfortable positions available to maximize your Enlighteniness and really jus
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Erin
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spirituality
Really enjoyed this! Read it based on a friend's recommendation, but it was definitely not the first (or probably last) meditation I read. But she said it made it easy for her to do, and I agree with that--it really breaks meditation down into a simple process, and the thesis is--don't overthink it. Don't force it. Get comfortable. And I honestly had to unlearn some of my bad habits that I'd read in other books that made me thinking (or trying not to think) about the thinking.

One of the biggest
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Ann Chunharakchote
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this book because I was looking for a way to elevate my meditation practice - and it did. Prior to this book, I had been meditating daily but could not fathom the idea of meditating without a timer or a phone. Thanks to Watkins' approachable meditation method, combined with his creative way of explaining it, I no longer rely on a timer to meditate and now find timer-free meditation more freeing.

Some of his personal anecdotes and that of others also resonated with me. For example, his sto
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Betty
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simplified yet meaningful method for developing a meditative life

I first meditated at an ancient Buddhist temple in Sapporo, Japan, where you cover your hair and are slapped on the shoulder every few minutes to "awaken" you if you should fall asleep during the meditation. A part of that experience was magical, however for me it mostly made me focus too heavily on my "monkey mind" and confused my understanding of how to sustain my own meditation practice (away from a temple or shrine). There are
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Anna  Domestico
Mar 18, 2018 rated it liked it
I first encountered Light Watkins on the Mind Body Green podcast and was intrigued by his narratives of meditation. I immediately requested his book from the library to learn more on the subject he spoke so eloquently about. To be honest, I found his writing to be a little bit hokey with little real scientific evidence to back up his claims. Most of what he said could have been distilled into an even shorter book (or essay).

All of this said, I brought the rating from 1-2 stars up to 3 because I'
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Marie
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mindfulness
"Do less in meditation and accomplish more than you think is possible."

"Sit comfortably. Use an easy to see timing device. Sit for ten to twenty minutes. Close your eyes. Passively think the sound ah-hum. Let yourself simultaneously get lost in your thoughts. When you remember that you are meditating, passively begin thinking ah-hum again."

"E.A.S.Y. Embrace Acceptance Surrender Yield

H.A.R.D. Holding your position Austerity Resistance Doubting the Process

"Meditation is not just restful but deepl
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Richelle Simon
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Day 21 of a Bliss More meditation challenge is done! I read the words this week and they are rattling in my mind over and over again. 'It takes courage to live a happy life' 💜. This challenge has shown me how courageous of an act it is to be calm, and at ease with thoughts. They're just thoughts, but wow do they ever have a powerful hold. I'm combatting symptoms of depression daily. Obsessive negative thinking is very much a part of my day. I pray that 1 day I wont have to fight such an exhausti ...more
Zinny
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
This was an informative and easy read. I picked it up from the library after hearing the author interviewed on the “Good Life” podcast. There was definitely some fluff in this book and it was a tad gimmicky but despite that it did accomplish its goal- to get the reader interested in meditation and give them the means to begin to practice and troubleshoot their issues. I really enjoyed the last part of the book which dived into research and anecdotes from his students. I have just started to medi ...more
Liz Harris
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have always wanted to meditate and have read several books. This method in this book was easy. And, I felt more comfortable, and normal in my difficulties getting into the meditation "space."

I did have one issue with the book. He describes a woman who ran out of his class when he began playing a song. Later, he found out, this song had played at her wedding and her husband had told her he was leaving her the day she ran out of the room. Later, when he wrote about this event, I felt he brought
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