Detailed book that is great to read on my days off. Jack speaks in a clear language which is easy to follow and if you listen to his talks at all then you will really be able to hear his "voice" through the words he rights. All these years later and his message still rings true. When I follow along with the simple instructions in the book I feel like it puts me into a better place. I suffer from anxiety disorder and depression and I crack this book open whenever I need to get out of a funk. Thanks for all the great work you do Jack and bless your kind soul. Your Heart Wisdom Hour podcast is superb. Also every podcast you have made with Duncan has brought me to tears and spoke to me at a time and place where your message came through loud and clear.
If you're familiar with Jack Kornfield's work, perhaps you'll find this a great manual for developing a meditative practice. I have been carrying it around with me for over a year, and I still am finding helpful suggestions as things come up. I bought it as a beginner, but I set it aside and came back to it once my practice was more established.
I must admit that I'll probably never explore the original Buddhist texts, so I'm grateful for a teacher who has done so and is willing to make their essence accessible. Kornfield is never condescending or obscure, which in my case leaves me wanting to learn more. There's humor but an unblinking insistence that we press on.
This book helped me so much. Through it, I came to understanding meditation and the spiritual path, not as a way to "fix" our lives or ourselves but as a path toward healing that can help us live with less suffering. It is especially helpful to understand that those whom we might view as gurus or enlightened ones deal with the issues of life, relationships, sorrow, loss, love, anger and hate. This book has helped me change from being less "goal-oriented" about meditation and the spiritual path, and with this change there is less frustration and disappointment when I feel that I have failed to live up to some (self-imposed) impossible standard. The techniques, especially that of not resisting the sensations that arise during meditation and naming the feeling, have really helped. I highly recommend this book to anyone who meditates or is interested in meditation.
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