Lunchtime Enlightenment: Meditations to Transform Your Life NOW--at Work, at Home, at Play

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This title attempts to demystify the practice of meditation, presenting what it is hoped is an enjoyable and complicated way to enjoy the benefits of meditation into our busy, overstressed daily lives. Adapting ancient traditions - both Eastern and Western - into a modern and accessible approach, the author draws on 25 years of experience to explain how to bring greater awareness and calm to our everyday actions by meditating while eating, working, laughing, humming, or just standing still.

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We need meditation now more than ever, according to Pragito Dove in Lunchtime Enlightenment. Dove, who has 20 years of experience in stress management and mediation counseling in the San Francisco area, believes that "Meditation can give us the inner anchor, a touchstone of sanity in an increasingly crazy world." As modern-day life becomes intensely scheduled and busy, meditation is a sure-fire way to find "the serenity and joy we seek," says Dove. Her teaching skills are evident in her easy-to-follow meditation instructions. Some meditations involve sitting (no worries--she discusses comfortable postures) and take more than an hour. Others take less than five minutes, and all can be done at just about any time of day. The resounding message is that meditation can easily be incorporated into daily life, whether it is a workplace, backyard, bustling airport, or bedroom. Simply "eating with awareness" or "sitting beneath a tree" can lead to lunchtime calm, if not enlightenment. Dove even shows readers how to meditate while dancing, running, jogging, or working out at the gym. While Dove's spiritual wisdom shines in the later chapters--as she demonstrates how mediation creates more trust, forgiveness, faith, and compassion--you never feel as though Dove has a mystical or religious agenda. More than anything else, this excellent book (with a deceptively gimmicky title) helps us slow our minds down, so life stops passing us by. --Gail Hudson

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" Lunchtime Enlightenment is a reminder that spiritual practice can be a natural, spontaneous part of everyday life. Pragito Dove is a wise, gentle guide. If you want to develop a heightened sense of sacredness in your life, this book will be an immense help." (Larry Dossey, M.D., author of Healing Words and Reinventing Medicine)

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