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Hurry Up and Meditate has been written for people in a hurry and its message is simple: meditation will help you combat stress, cultivate happiness, enhance your performance, realise your goals and attain mastery of your mental, emotional and material destiny.
If meditation was available in capsule form, it would be the biggest-selling drug of all time. It has been scientifically proven to deliver highly effective stress relief, boost our immune systems and dramatically slow the aging process. It has also been shown to make us much happier and more effective thinkers. Given all the physical and psychological benefits, why aren't more of us doing it?
In his thought-provoking and entertaining book, David Michie explains the nuts and bolts of meditation. As a busy professional, as well as long-term meditator, he also gives a first-hand account of how to integrate this transformational practice into everyday life. Combining leading edge science with timeless wisdom, Hurry Up and Meditate provides all the motivation and tools you need to achieve greater balance, better health and a more panoramic perspective on life.
This book tells of the benefits of meditation, and then repeats it. Then it refers back to other chapters and sections after they have already passed. I don't think most people who pick up a book on meditation are looking to be convinced as to why they should try it, but maybe I'm wrong. Quick run down - it is good for your health. There you go. And again, meditation has been PROVEN to be good for your health.
There are brief instructions on how to start meditating, with nods to various religious traditions without trying to embody any of them. It would be easy to listen to this book at 1.5x speed and never do anything with the information, which is all I've done so far. But I know for sure I can refer back to chapter 10 when I'm ready to try.
There was some information on types of meditation, on finding a mantra, and on not giving up just because it's hard. I would have like the book to be much more about the practical information such as this.
It would probably have been better in print, when I could skim the cycle of repetition. The information itself isn't bad, but it was the depth of a pamphlet, not a book. They should never have forced the issue to try to turn it into a book. Meditation is a bit like fitness or weight loss - a discipline. It's not complicated, but you have to do it. So go do it. Maybe I will.
134 of 137 people found this review helpful
I always wanted to meditate daily. But have been on and off about it never really finding commitment over time. After finishing this book I have new found motivation, new inspiration and practical tips how to begin, continue and thrive with my own meditation practice. I found the book inspiring, easy to digest (only 4 hours audio book ) filled with practical tips and a "no-nonsense" approach. I particularly enjoyed the first chapters with references to all the science and benefits of meditation.. That's turned on my mind. Great read! Thank you.
16 of 16 people found this review helpful
I found this book especially invaluable for one aspect: It hammers on good scientific research showing the benefits of meditation for better brain and body health. He makes a strong case that doing it every day is every bit as important as eating and sleeping well and getting enough exercise. I read a lot of meditation books and the writing in this one and the perspective is very much for beginners and not very inspirational. (The author is Aussie.) But it’s the book that got me on the cushion and kept me there. I also liked the instructions in different types of meditation, some of which I didn’t know about. Anyway, if you intellectually understand why meditation would be good but don’t actually practice it, then this will be a useful book. Grade: B+
As for the narration, it's solid.
19 of 21 people found this review helpful
I really enjoyed this book at first because it explained different types of meditation in a secular, appealing, and reasonable way. The author noted most people's lives are very busy and assured the reader meditation was still possible. That was comforting.
He also spent a lot of time listing the benefits scientific studies have suggested meditation brings. He would list a benefit and then refer to the supporting study. That was commendable.
But then the author asserted that meditation can cure cancer. That is nonsense. Unsurprisingly, he conveniently forgot to refer to any scientific studies underlying this claimed benefit. This should surprise no one because, to the best of my knowledge at least, no such studies exist.
To give cancer sufferers and their families this sort of false hope is incredibly contemptible, stunningly stupid, or both.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Hurry up and read. Its pretty much about its topic line. Mostly common sense stuff, but a good listen. It tells you about meditation and how it helps you center yourself. Its practical in describing the rewards and benefits that come from it. I would recommend this and a few more in the series to help you understand meditation. This one is not trying to push the envelope on the benefits and sounds geniue in its presentation. You will fell like you got your credits worth and I am glad I listened. If you have an interest in meditation, I think you will find this good base info.
26 of 30 people found this review helpful
I am in the progress of listening to this book.
So for I am interested.
One minor thing that pissed me off:
Audio book chapters are not mapped to audible format chapters. You get to skip in chunks of 70minutes and get in the middle of book chapter.
This is true for format 4. Big thumbs down to audio publisher for this screw up.
Ok, but I should apply mindfulness technique on this irritation :)
40 of 50 people found this review helpful
Not too much substance. Being at least somewhat familiar with the subject I was looking for something more compelling.
27 of 35 people found this review helpful
Would you consider the audio edition of Hurry Up and Meditate to be better than the print version?
Absolutely, Nicholas Bell's narration was elegant and very pleasant to listen to. As for the book itself I wouldn't read it in any other medium.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
Could be useful for people with heart ailments, high blood plessure etc
What was most disappointing about David Michie’s story?
Too much of emphasis on ailments
Any additional comments?
not for the average healthy person who is trying to understand the benefits or the process
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
This book reconfirmed why I need to return to my meditation practice. Thank you. 🙏🏻
I loved the narrator’s voice too. I felt like I was listening to my favourite teacher.
The best introduction to the subject I have ever read. Can highly recommend to anyone interested in starting or improving the quality of their meditations practice.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful