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The Wooden Bowl: Simple Meditations for Everyday Life
by Clark Strand
"In poetic simplicity, Clark Strand makes meditation as effortless as breathing, as intimate as a heartbeat, as joyous as a child." --Hugh Prather, author of Notes to Myself and Spiritual Parenting"I asked myself one question: Was there a way for people to slow down and experience themselves, their lives, and other people in the present moment without adopting a new religi ...more
Published May 24th 2000 by Hyperion
(first published July 1998)
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After nearly two months, I finally finished this book; and while I didn't exactly enjoy reading the book, I do think I got some important lessons out of it. The premise of the book, I realized after reading, is deconstructing the ideas and rules and all the extra stuff we imagine goes along with meditation and turning it into a simple act of experiencing the present. I was expecting, however, to reveil some sort of miraculous secret to meditating - which in hind sight was a little unrealistic - ...more
One of the best, clearest books on meditation I know. I've read/own at least 50 books on the subject (I know, I know), and this is the one I come back to most often. Re-reading it is a meditative experience. Beautifully written and crystal clear, this is the book I'd most recommend to anyone with an interesting in starting a meditation practice.
Meditation. Just meditation. No religion, no mysticism, just meditation for its own sake. Not exactly an instruction manual, just simple, low key, beautifully written reflections on what meditation is and isn't. The most accessible writing on the subject I have come across.