Don't Just Do Something, Sit There

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Get away from doing and into being with this lively, down-to-earth guide to your own meditation retreat by beloved mindfulness meditation teacher Sylvia Boorstein. Presenting what Jon Kabat-Zinn has called "endearingly personal mindfulness wisdom," she offers a three-day retreat plan accompanied by timeless lessons -- always grounded in real life -- on how anyone can achieve calm, clarity and joy through meditation practices.
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Overview

Get away from doing and into being with this lively, down-to-earth guide to your own meditation retreat by beloved mindfulness meditation teacher Sylvia Boorstein. Presenting what Jon Kabat-Zinn has called "endearingly personal mindfulness wisdom," she offers a three-day retreat plan accompanied by timeless lessons -- always grounded in real life -- on how anyone can achieve calm, clarity and joy through meditation practices.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780060612528
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/28/1996
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 391,677
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Sylvia Boorstein, teaches mindfulness and leads retreats across the United States. She is a co-founding teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California, and a senior teacher at the Insight Meditation Center in Barre, Massachusetts. Boorstein is also a practicing psychotherapist. Her previous books are It's Easier Than You Think: The Buddhist Way to Happiness and Don't Just Do Something, Sit There. She lives with her husband, Seymour Boorstein, a psychiatrist. They have two sons, two daughters, and five grandchildren.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preparing for the Retreat 1
Don't Just Do Something, Sit There 3
Cosmology Is Optional 5
"Nobody's Grandmother Is a Buddhist" 7
Why Meditate? 8
But Why Do a Meditation Retreat? 10
Keep Everything Simple 12
Take a Minimum of Stuff: Mary's Mantra 14
"It's Only a Weekend" 17
Day One: Arrival Day 19
Schedule for This Retreat 21
Unpacking 24
Refuge Reflections 25
Walking with Fresh Eyes 27
Instructions and Helpful Hints 30
Instructions for Sitting Meditation Practice 32
The Easiest Instructions of All 36
Late Tea 37
"Nothing Happens, Next, This Is It!" 38
Day Two: Full Day of Practice 41
Before Breakfast: Sound Meditation 43
Breakfast 45
Three Exercises for Sitting Meditation 46
Talking to Yourself 52
Basic Instructions for Formal Walking Meditation 54
Variation on the Theme of Breath Meditation 57
"Nothing Is Worth Thinking About" 62
More Walking Instructions 65
There Are No In-Between Times 67
Introducing Eating Instructions 69
Eating Meditation 73
Maintaining Mindfulness 75
Afternoon Sitting Practice: Wait and Look Closely 78
Working with Difficult Mind States 80
"Mine Mommy! Mine Daddy!": A Lust Story 83
Swimming in Jerusalem: An Aversion Story 87
"Vait a Minute, Vait a Minute": A Sloth and Torpor Story 91
Hawaii Is Here: A Restlessness Story 93
The Macbeth Moment: A Doubt Story 95
First Afternoon Walk Instructions: Choosing a Speed That Meets Your Need 99
Late Afternoon Sitting Practice: Looking for Insights 101
Late Afternoon Walk: Walking with Wisdom 103
The Broccoli Phenomenon 105
Dinner 108
Evening Dharma Talk: The Seven Factors of Enlightenment 110
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