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JUST SIT: A Meditation Guidebook For People Who Know They Should But Don’t ~Sukey and Elizabeth / Illustrations ~Niege Borges

Monday, January 8th, 2018

JUST SIT is just a perfect, perfect book for me to kick off the New Year just right.  It is delightful – encouraging and it fully takes on the resistance movement that might just reside in the reader.   There are no excuses that are not demystified in this tome.   I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book, trying the exercises, chuckling at the little asides and the great happy drawings.

TLC Book Tours sent me my copy – I’m just really lucky!

Sarah Lacy, author of A Uterus Is a Feature, Not a Bug, on tour November/December 2017

So who are Sukey and Elizabeth?

“Sukey and Elizabeth Novogratz are two of the founders of the celebrated newsletter THE WELL DAILY.  Together they have traveled the world to study meditation and learn from its many renowned teachers.  Elizabeth is the coauthor of DOWNTOWN CHIC and HOME BY NOVOGRATZ and lives in Brooklyn, New York.  Sukey is an executive producer of the acclaimed documentaries THE HUNTING GROUND and I AM EVIDENCE.  She sits on the board of the Joyful Heart Foundation and lives in New York City. “ (Book cover)

I have practiced the art of meditation for many years.  I was relieved that in the beginning of this book they take on the myth that one must fold themselves into fantastic positions and use the floor, specialty cushion or wee bench to have meditation success.  My left knee does not bend correctly and getting off the floor is nearly impossible for me and lets face it when I do yoga I need a helper at all times.  It is perfectly fine by these authors to use a chair and they promote the correct postures to do it well and successfully in a chair or your chosen spot.  Whew!  This felt like even better good news to me.  Breathe!

There is good evidence based material about all the positive features of meditation and how to use it for pain relief, writing focus and finding joy, which was greatly appreciated by this reader.  There is playfulness to the book that is an added bonus.

Better than resolutions, there is even a section on a 8 day practice run or a longer trial.  They are just suggesting that you pick 5 minutes to start and just do that everyday until you are ready to move on; no excuses really work with this program.

Meditation is not a religion and yet nearly every known religion has a meditation component within its parameters.  I began meditation during the years I was singing and performing and it was perfect after running for me.  JUST SIT will take you where you want to go/where you need to go with a just do it attitude.

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