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I got this book thinking that I would learn some quick meditations I could use throughout the day and some insight into being more present in the moment. I received much more than this. I learned not only some simple meditations and how to do them throughout the day. I also learned more about Buddhism than had been explained to me at any point in time. Here I learned that Buddhism doesn’t provide us with the ultimate divinity to make things better for us. Instead it provides us with the mental software to make things better for ourselves and others. I can also see why after finishing this book that Buddhism has been called the best free psychotherapy because it teaches empowerment. It is/may be the ultimate self development program. Through Buddhism we learn external events can’t make you happy. Remember Buddhism doesn’t like blind faith. If it doesn't work for you then find something that does. I was reminded why so many people don't like meditation and why my teacher kept telling people they had to practice more than 20 minutes a week. See
meditation is like learning to play the piano you have to own it to learn it. Consistency is key is the key to learn anything.
Buddhism explains what Albert Einstein meant when he said, 'Reality is an illusion all be it a persistent one.'
I like this book and will look at more of his books on meditation.
14 of 15 people found this review helpful
Author David Michie had a great job with work he loved, a beautiful wife and happy marriage, a London flat in an up-and-coming area, a sexy German car and a salary to match--in other words, he had it all.
Why then, he wondered, was he not happy?
Thus began Michie's exploration into the world of meditation, living a mindful life, and getting more out of each day by doing less. He writes eloguently of his search for meaning in a busy life. And how to not have such a busy life.
If you have been thinking about exploring the world of meditatin and what it can do for you, this is an excellent introduction, written by a witty, articulate and very humble guy.
Good narration, too, by Mr. Bell.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful
If you could sum up Buddhism for Busy People in three words, what would they be?
Informative, engaging, practical
What other book might you compare Buddhism for Busy People to, and why?
I don't think I have come across any other books that mix life and religion in quite the same way
Which character – as performed by Nicholas Bell – was your favourite?
The author David Michie
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
Train your mind to see the world more clearly
Any additional comments?
This book manages to be informative without being dull. The way the authors weaves his everyday life into to the book is really helpful. It feels relatable and real. It's a mixture of stories, instructions and belief which keeps it interesting.
I have re listened to it many times even though I am not religious. I think there is a lot to be said for practical advice simply put.
The narrator does a particularly good job. He has a very gentle voice and it really adds to feel of the book.
20 of 21 people found this review helpful
I really enjoyed this book. It gives a fresh view on Buddhism that runs parallel with the authors own personal journey. The narration has a clean quality that is refreshing a sympathetic to the subject.
17 of 18 people found this review helpful
I felt compelled to continue on my exploration for enlightenment after completing this audio book. The teaching is clear and the fundamentals of its belief clearly effective through easy applicantions in one's everydays life. It encouraged me to pursue happiness through practicing good and self awareness.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
loved it. really resonated and makes me want to learn a lot more on the subject!