Peter Holmquist has practiced meditation since before his first Karate class at age 12. With various interruptions, including two undergraduate universities (for a History BA), travel to Japan and living in England, he kept up a practice. Intermingled with spirituality and prayer, testing a vocation at a monastery, seminary, marriage, and more travel to the Middle East and Africa, his meditations continued. After ten years as a Lutheran pastor, and nearly ten as a public school teacher, meditation is finding an even larger place in his home. Still, three teenage kids, a dog, and another recent move has he and his partner, AmyJo, scheduling intentional moments of time to just sit.
on Sep. 05, 2015 :
I have meditated off an on for the past 10 or so years, but only in this year have I developed a consistent practice of daily meditation (around 15 minutes or so). I was impressed by the wisdom I saw from the author on Twitter and decided to purchase his book to deepen my meditation practice.
The book does an excellent job of focusing on the utter simplicity of meditation. You don't need anything special, just 5 minutes, or as the author puts it, 300 seconds. If I had read that when I first started meditating, I would have begun a lot sooner! The author reinforces this in every chapter of this short book. After reading it, you feel more confident about doing a 5-minute meditation. Holmquist uses simple language and imagery to make the book's point: Meditation is a simple skill, but that simple skill can be hard to do.
Unlike other meditation books, Holmquist doesn't spend a lot of time on meditation specifics, like how to sit or what to do when you repeatedly think about cupcakes in your meditation session. His book is much simpler and much more accessible. One chapter (really a couple of pages) asks you to notice the sounds around you. That kind of accessibility brings meditation down to an everyday level where meditation is possible for everyone.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)