The Little Book of Being

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 05 Mar 2019

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Each of the 72 mini-chapters of this book are perfect!  This book is so dense with knowledge and ideas that should be passed on for everyone to read and incorporate into thier lives as this is such a practical guide to living and being aware.
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Diana Winston is very successful in The Little Book of Being, in the way that she makes meditation and raise awareness accessible for all. I already believe in the power of what she is describing, but to let her guide me through her take on it and the lessons she offer is wonderful! Very helpful and a must for anyone I know!
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In The Little Book Of Being, the author Diana Winston will take you to a very personal journey of awareness and meditation. It will explain the difference between what she calls classical meditation and awareness meditation. 

The main topic is on natural awareness, or just "being". 

In the introduction, the author tells a very personal story, and it also describes this feeling of natural awareness. 

Then the book is divided in "Parts", which also have sections in said parts. It is presented as follows:

Part 1: Foundations, Understanding natural awareness.
Part 2: Techniques, Meditating with natural awareness.
Part 3: Embodiment, Living natural awareness. 

So, as you can see, the path created inside the contents of this book will take anyone, beginner or advanced, thru the understanding first and then the development of the practice of natural awareness.

In between all this information, a small section called "Glimpse Practises" will surprise you throughout the entire book. These sections are small suggestions or even instructions in some cases for quick practices and exercises. All of them, of course, related to the topic of attaining or enhancing your natural awareness. 

Even with numerous instructions and exercises, the author still invites you to be creative and adapt these ideas and concepts to create your own journey. 

Even though this book is called "little", it contains over 200 pages, which, yeah is not exactly big, but is not that little. The amount of information, practices, recommendations, habits and personal stories found in this book are plenty!

With so much info, so many "glimpse practices", with a guide to creating your own daily meditation practice, I can't imagine anyone giving away this book or donating it after reading it. This is one of those books that most people would like to keep in their collection for future reference. 

To make this book even more impressive, Diana Winston is the director of mindfulness education at UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center. I mean, if there is someone that knows about mindfulness I can trust she is one of them!

I highly recommend The Little Book of Being to anyone interested in meditation and awareness practices.
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I thought that this book was pretty good. Natural awareness sounds very interesting to me and I'd love to start practicing it. It's clear that the author knows what she's talking about when it comes to mindfulness and meditation. I thought that parts of this book dragged on longer than necessary and some of it felt sort of repetitive. It also seemed like a clearly explained, solid definition of natural awareness was never given; like maybe this book wasn't meant for absolute beginners. Other than that, it was a pretty good book about an interesting and beneficial topic!
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This! This book! I cannot tell you enough how helpful this book is!!! It's the simple and little things in our lives that makes us the happiest. Learn to focus on those! Get this book!
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This is a meditation book that feels more for someone who has been practicing for a while and not a beginner. Even with that said the beginner may find some use as well as the text is written in an approachable manner. The chapters are short and the small glimpse practices are a wonderful addition. In face those anyone can use at many moments during a day. The small reminders and brief moments may be something to start building upon.  

The main focus of the book is of Natural Awareness, which is a different type of mediation than a focused or object based meditation. The Natural Awareness is more encompassing and the author uses many examples and metaphors for explanations of that state. A highly readable book.
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This is a wonderful book on mindfulness. I love the idea of cultivating natural awareness, and how that can impact daily life. One of my favorite sections of the book was "Don't be a bliss ninny." The author takes an honest, insightful look at how important awareness is. It's not about creating a practice that gives you a view through rose-colored glasses, but rather helps you navigate the ups and downs of life with a little more ease and resilience.

I like that the book is equal parts how-to, reflection, inspiration, analogies, and ideas. I also appreciate the range of meditation options, schools of thought, questions that invite deeper exploration, emphasis on making the practices work for you, and ideas for overcoming common meditation pitfalls.

New and experienced meditation practitioners alike will enjoy the various practice options.

I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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I enjoyed this title very much.   I find my peace and center in nature and looking at things from a specific context improved my "me" time spent in nature.  It was nice to see some of my thoughts and feelings articulated in a way others can share and "see" what I do when I'm walking or just enjoying a bit of the outdoors.
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Approachable ~ Gentle ~ Useful

tl;dr: Ways to center yourself that seem doable

Meditation is often approached as a luxury and a rarified experience afforded the prvilieged few. This book presents mindfulness in an accessible manner. Winston points out that everyone has natural moments of clarity, often in nature. She creates a gentle tome, with short chapters, and concise activities to help people access this feel of mindlessness in a more conscious manner. Winston's tone is approachable. The book has been framed for the frazzled, busy reader, with bolded elements, short sentences, and simple directions. In other words, all onboarding challenges have been met. This book would be a great gift for that meditation cynic amongst your circle. 

Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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This book is really informative, it's just a little intimidating for beginners. I think it would be great for people that have a lot more experience with meditation practices. I will say this about it, the glimpse practices are a great addition, and are easy enough for anyone to engage in. They're a nice way to end each section and I think they add a really great touch to a meditation book that I've never seen before.
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The Little Book of Being is a comprehensive yet down to earth book about natural awareness practice.  It is brimming with information, explanations, and 'glimpse practices'.  It's easy and enjoyable to read in addition to being informative.  If you're interested in meditation and mindfulness, this book is sure to be up your alley.  it's inspiring and may be just what you need in your life right now.
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The Little Book of Being by Diana Winston was really interesting. I've always been interested in learning about mindfulness and meditation, but never really knew where to start. I found this book to be a nice, easy to understand introduction to a topic. I really enjoyed it and have purchased a copy for my library because I think our patrons will enjoy it once it is released.
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