Monday, 27 February 2017

Book Review: Open - Eyed Meditation

 OPEN-EYED MEDITATIONS Practical Wisdom for Everyday Life Book Cover


The Book Open-eyed Meditations is a beautiful compilation of thoughts and ideas wherein each meditation takes you on a journey to the past, bringing a secret herb to heal a problem of the present.
A true distillation of ancient wisdom tips for modern lives, this unique self-help book uses the wisdom of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata to solve your everyday problems.
Beyond the story line, something deeper is waiting to be discovered from these ancient texts. This book is an attempt to uncover the hidden layer of wealth that is cleverly packaged within the commonly known story lines.

My Review
The moment I saw the title of the book, I was immediately curious to know what the book is all about. Thanks to Blogadda for sending the book. We come across many books on meditation but the title Open Eyed Meditations makes the reader inquisitive as how one can meditate with open eyes.  So far what we are familiar with is that meditation and praying requires concentration which can best be achieved with eyes closed. The basic objective of meditation as mentioned by the author is to increasing one’s awareness for perceiving deeper truths from within.  Open eyed meditation is all about leading a stress free life and how to remain content. The book tells us how to keep away anxiety to enable us to be happy with our present situation.
The Book contains several tips and eye openers for enhancing one’s personality and for attaining a level of peace and tranquillity from within.
In today’s fast paced life, many of us are in constant stress. Everyone wants to excel. There is a constant apprehension at the back of the mind that one should not get left behind in this rat race. Our this attitude 
towards life generates stress and anxiety and  many a times leads to physical and mental breakdown. The author has closely observed human behaviour and has derived inspiration from the mythological epics of Mahabrata and Ramayana. Most of us have grown up hearing stories from the Mahabharata and Ramayana from our childhood. Thus linking the ideas enumerated by the author with the anecdotes from the mythological epics not only makes them plausible but also   consolidates the suggestions given as they have been applied practically by the Gods and Goddesses for leading a life of equanimity and happiness.
Writing Style
The narration style is very lucid and comprehensible. The chapters are not very long. The ideas and suggestions given by the author about the lessons of life are written in a very rational way which can be tried by every individual. The book will definitely keep   you engrossed. One will not lose patience while reading it.  The moment I started reading the book, I was totally intrigued and finished the book in one go. Reading the book generates the feeling of exhilaration and good will.  While we do not have any control over the events happening around us in our everyday life, we can definitely control our response to such events thereby maintaining our balance in life. The book is a must read for all age groups to cope   with ups and downs of life they encounter.
My rating for the book 4.5/5

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