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Meditations for Women Who Do Too Much

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  585 ratings  ·  60 reviews
Daily meditations to help women break the cycle of doing too much--for workaholics, busyaholics, rushaholics, and careaholics.
Paperback, 10th Anniversary Edition, 400 pages
Published May 3rd 2000 by HarperOne (first published June 8th 1990)
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Shaunaly Higgins
Apr 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I've had this book for many years now and when I am nearing the end of teaching my yoga classes, I share the daily passages with my students (who for the majority have always been women). It's a wonderful little book and one that all us busy females can certainly relate to.
May 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: inspirational
An on-going read. Speaks to me, reminds me to slow down and reminds me I can (should) make other choices.
Gillian Brownlee
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. I didn’t think I had the patience for one of these daily meditation books, but how satisfying it is to finish one! This one is geared specifically to women, which I really enjoyed. Even though I’m not a workaholic, there were plenty of lessons and things to think about in this.
 Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Jenn Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Schu
Some were insightful, thought provoking, while others were heartwarming. Some, though, just didn't do it for me. Overall a good year of meditations.
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: therapy
Use it all the time in therapy. Not perfect, but really gets to some core issues. Great to start or end a session and process through some topics in a more approachable way.
Hawa Safi
Sep 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Filled with beautiful passages and meditations to ground yourself with daily
Mar 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this is a great book on daily thoughts for women. It doesn't matter how rushed you are, you can pick up this book and find the thought for the day. The advice is gentle and sometimes funny. It is also encouraging and reassuring.

I love to pick it up and spend a few moments reflecting on the thoughts and on me. A great pick-me-up book that helps the reader take a little time out from a very busy day!
Lisa Shultz
Dec 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: self-help
I started reading this book at the beginning of the year for a second time. But then I realized that I am not a workaholic anymore and I was bored with it. But the first time I read it years ago, it was good for me to read. Happy that I don't have a need to do it all anymore, but if you find yourself doing too much, you might really like it.
Dec 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book! Every day it inspires me to be stronger,better...more creative.Hooray for meditations.
Oct 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
i read a page a day. good way to start/finish the day
Apr 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-to-read
I've had this book 4 days now, and each entry for all the days in this book has been exactly correct. Gives me some peace of mind!
Oct 29, 2017 rated it did not like it
I got 14 pages in and just decided this book isn't for me. There just seems to be a political bias in the book regarding feminism that I've just decided it's too distracting for me to continue to read anymore. Truly if this book were more about "meditation" as the title suggests it would be focusing on self care, and ways to accomplish that. This is just my humble opinion, but I don't think women are programed to be "workaholics". It's yet another unrealistic expectation society puts on women. O ...more
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was very drawn in by the theme and preview content. However, even hopscotching through the daily meditations, I was disappointed with the lack of depth and variance of themes.

That being said, I am very appreciative of the themes and content that did resonate. These two quotations are gold for me:

"[At] an early age I witnessed the fact that work was of the first importance, and that it justified rather inhuman behavior." -May Sarton

"Common sense is knowing that we are good and not always havin
Debra Benton
Jan 23, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
I have read a lot of meditation and daily books. This one didn’t do much for me, but perhaps because it is a stage of life thing. I like a daily devotion or meditation book that gives me a question to apply to my life or a mantra for the day. This one just didn’t hit the mark for me, but if you are a woman with more on your plate than you can handle, it might be a good reminder of how to be easier on yourself.
Feb 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: inspirational
I started reading this book in 2013, and it was set up to read one page a day. I was near the end when I ran across it again, and quickly finished it. Some of the quotes are from woman, who have chosen to have careers, and then marriage, and motherhood. They want to do it all, and that is often too much, so many of the inspirational messages are to help the women slow down, and enjoy their lives.
Barb Anders
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a great little book to read when feeling overwhelmed about life or just day to day when you have a few minutes. They are dated meditations so you can go to the specific day of the year you're on...but no need to do that if you just want to read uplifting little snippets of things to make you feel more focused, little quotes and mantras meant for every day life....such a treasure of a book.
Vicki Jamieson
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book in 1997 in Waterstones

I have been rereading this book since I purchased it in Waterstones in 1997. It never fails me. Wise quotations for women, about women, who all do too much...would recommend!
Aug 02, 2020 added it
Shelves: self-help
These are one page a day thoughts to ponder. They are directed to female workaholics. They are based on the 12 step program for alcoholoics. Still interesting to read. You can take them one a day or a few at a time. I did them in a few months during the pandemic.
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The meditations I read were good...

I was reading one of these each night and I appreciated the writing and the messages. Some made me think about how fast paced I get sometimes.
Oct 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Some interesting quotes, but a lot of redundancy. It would work for talking points for group therapy.
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
Powerful reading to help one overcome!
Adela Cerda
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Inspiring and calming.
Mary Howd
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful daily dose of inspiration and comfort, particularly for women dealing with co-dependence. I use it regularly.
Jan 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: stopped-reading
Would make more sense if I had a copy for the year rather then tried to read as a borrowed book from the library. I can see the need for it to be updated to be relevant.
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've not made it through the whole year of meditations yet but I'm loving it so far!!! Wonderful for anyone, not just women
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Love these daily insightful mediations to ponder.
Feb 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Peggy by: Quaker resources
This is a good little book to have beside the bed or a favorite chair. It is organized into brief one-page meditations, one per each day of the year and each introduced by a pertinent quotation from women of different ages, cultures, perspectives. There is wisdom, thoughtfulness built into your daily routine if you take the few minutes to pick this book up, read and reflect - a practice I am resolving today to resume. It has been some years since I bought this book at a Quaker conference and for ...more
Sally McRogerson
Jul 24, 2011 rated it liked it
It's not helping!! I meditate on the daily readings whilst rushing from one task to another. I somehow get the impression that this is not how it's meant to work. Maybe they will filter in slowly, or maybe I'll learn to be a sloth in October. I'm just one of those people whose lives have to be filled wi a thousand outstanding tasks just to get my arse out of a sling long enough to do one! Have an indolent centre. It's just having a hard time getting out!!! Will use the book as it's meant to be u ...more
Kerri Fairclough
Jan 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
While I will not have actually finished this book until the end of the year, I love it. Each day is a small passage about being a woman who fights the instinct that we have learned or the beliefs that we are holding about being more... doing more... achieving more... to prove our worth. The ultimate message is that we are perfect, just as we are and that we harm ourselves and others by believing otherwise. There is great truth in these small passages.
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I like this book. I don't look at it every day but just when I feel a need for some inspiration or encouragement. Most days resonate with me but if it's a meditation that doesn't that's okay. There's probably no book that is perfect every day. It'll continue to sit where it sits and I'll use it when I feel a need.... I won't finish it until I know I've read every meditation. It's going to sit in my "currently reading" shelves for a long time!
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