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We're All Doing Time: A Guide to Getting Free

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  331 ratings  ·  33 reviews
A spiritual manual for living fearlessly & joyfully.
Paperback, 317 pages
Published February 22nd 1985 by Human Kindness Foundation
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Prince Campbell
Apr 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
So this is how the universe works. At least 10 years ago I ran into a friend who had just got out of prison. We talked and he mentioned how this book had completely changed his life. Kinda weird but he was so adamant he gave me his copy. I read it and started following some of the mental exercises. It's all about meditation and running your own head. It definitely gave me some good habits I still follow.

Anyway, another friend of mine had a son who went to prison. My gut told me to send him the b
Oct 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
"Our greatest acts of violence are how we constantly judge others"

This book is for everyone, not just prisoners. We all want to be free.
Teri Hopwood
May 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I will never be finished reading this book, I buy extra copies to lend to people.
Jun 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I got this book while in prison. I learned even free men are doing time and some of them are doing harder time than those locked away.
This book could be very useful for inmates.
I wouldn't recommend all the practices recommended in the second section of the book for "getting free". Only meditation has worked for me. But the yoga and breathing exercises might be helpful for some.
The letters and answers which made up the second half might be relevant for quite a few people who are locked up. The answers I would give differ a bit from Bo's in some cases but Bo's answers are spot-on much of the time. As someone on the outside, th
Mar 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book changed my life in so many ways, and I've read it many times, starting in 1987. Although for an introduction to Bo Lozoff, I might recommend his more recent book, Deep & Simple, first. ...more
if you seek to understand the whole universe, you understand nothing. if you seek only to understand your self you understand the universe
Malcolm Ivey
Apr 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Timeless. Free to prisoners. This book had such a profound impact on my life that I made it a part of my first novel, Consider the Dragonfly. Bo spent his life teaching inner freedom to prisoners. A few years ago, when he died in a motorcycle wreck, convicts from every nation mourned. We're All Doing Time is one of my all-time favorites. ...more
Connie Collins Johnson
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This guy is the real deal. Spent years teaching meditation and spirituality to prisoners. He shares his messages and some of his exchanges with people. Fascinating to see someone doing the important work of helping people directly.
Neilsen Fleuristal
i will never stop reading it
Lolita Lark
Jun 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Bo Lozoff has written a book for prisoners, and it is a good one indeed. The writing is simple, wise, direct; it overflows with honesty. The book came out of the Prison-Ashram Project started by Ram Dass --- and it is subtitled (correctly) "A Guide for Getting Free," and the freedom described can be within or without. It is in no way preachy, or arrogant, or "we're-up-here-and-we're-gonna-help-you-down-there." It is an honest recounting of the methods that one can use to get free while one is in ...more
A powerful book that has helped many seemingly lost souls turn their lives around. This is a book written mainly for readers who are in prison, by a man who created a yoga/meditation program for inmates that has helped many of them achieve remarkable successes. It is both a philosophical text and a practical guide to specific yoga techniques, primarily involving breathing exercises and visualizations. I read this for the first time when I was working as a psychotherapist in the Penitentiary of N ...more
This book served as a big inspiration and example for me, in several ways.
I learned something (more) about the likeness of humans, despite their differing circumstances.
Of the light and dark aspects that is in all of us, and how we are continually, in our own ways growing towards the light.
I learned of ways to reach out my hand to those who think their are lost in the dark, and how big an effect that can have.
And I got inspired by the concrete examples of meditation and yoga stretching (though
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An interesting book about holistic therapy for prisoners. The first part gives many practical exercises to free your mind and bring more harmony and piece into ones life. The second part the book is letters between the author and many different prisoners, sharing their stories and asking for guidance. A very moving, inspiring and insightful read.
Andi Barney
Aug 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
Bo Lozoff is one of my most favorite writers on Meditation, because he breaks it down into simple steps for the beginner. I discovered him when I first read this book in prison. Even you haven't done time or don't plan to, it's a good book for anyone interested in the topic. ...more
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful read, even if you're not in jail or prison! Intended as a guide for incarcerated men and women, the book has a lot of good insight and practical advice for my own hurdles in life. The language is a little outdated, but the message is eternal. ...more
Dec 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If I plan to keep a book and re-read it, I will give it five stars. I love the work that Bo Lozoff did with inmates and love that he continues to do it even from the grave. Very much wise and compassionate information is contained in this book...for us all.
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
Not a huge fan of this book myself, but I can understand how it could be helpful to others. I think the methods and practices he described in the front of the book are pretty tried and true. However, at this point the book is so old that a lot of what he said is nothing new. And while I appreciated getting the inside perspectives from the people it helped, I thought it got a little repetitive after a while.
Apr 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Good book to read during the coronavirus lockdown. We are now all "prison monks" doing time like many people described in the book. I especially liked the first part that describes the author's history and how the prison project got started. Not all of it resonated with me, but there is much wisdom here and I suspect everyone could find something of value. ...more
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book really changed my life. I have read it about 6 times since the first time that I read it. If you really try to understand some of Bo lozcroffs books then you really can live a more peaceful life.
Kelly E
Dec 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in prison about 14 years ago. I was suicidal and desperate. This book helped me sort it out and I found out loving yourself is possible when you love others more. I strongly recommend this book for anyone, in or out of "physical" prison. ...more
andrew y
Jan 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
a psychopharmaceutical professional recommended i read this book and throw away the parts that seemed ridiculous but try and understand the overall message then come back with anything i may have possibly learned. surprisingly i did learn a thing or two. not many if any books like this can do that.
Anthony Gage
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book
Dec 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is an introduction to eastern thought somewhat comparable to Be Here Now.
Compared to Be Here Now, Bo doesn't have the same voice. Bo is lacking the loving, enlightened voice of Ram Dass or Jack Kornfield. Don't get me wrong Bo's actions are very loving and my bias towards a certain emotional tone doesn't contraindicate this book. On the other hand, this book has some very good exercises not found in comparable books.
Lastly, this book has something like 40% of its content dedicated to l
Sally McRogerson
Jul 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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The Prison Phoenix Trust works with people in prison. Oh, surprised you! This book is upliftiing. The title can be read either way cos we're all doing time, a life-time. There's more than one way to get through it and each one requires another bloody decision! We mostly work on old information. Challenge it, and change it!
Sep 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Shaina Traisman
Oct 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a required read for my Yoga Behind Bars volunteers. Yogi or non-yogi, prisoner or not, this book speaks to us all on one level or another. Bo is the godfather of teaching yoga and meditation to prisoners which is why this book spoke so directly to my cause.
Jan 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I've read this book around five times through. Its written by one of my few heroes who started the Prison Ashram project. They teach meditation and yoga to lifers. ...more
Jan 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
Great core message and a quick, easy, insightful, inspiring read.
Aug 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
As this was a borrowed book, I had to return it. I think I will definitely keep an eye out for it at used book stores.
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