Work Title: Meditation in a New York Minute: Super Calm for the Super Busy
Work Author(s): Mark Thornton
150 minutes, 2 CDs $19.95
Reviewer: Pam Kingsbury
The story of this author's discovery of "instant bliss that went way beyond happiness" is reminiscent of the biblical story of Saul's conversion on the road to Damascus. Like Saul, Thornton had not given much thought to whether or not he believed in God; yet "was profoundly changed by an instantaneous awakening" during a prayer with his father. At the age of thirteen, Thornton understood "bliss consciousness" and knew he wanted that feeling for the rest of his life. He also knew that he would have to have a job and liked the feeling of sleeping between clean sheets at night. Thus began his quest to be "super successful and super calm at the same time."
Trained as an investment banker, Thornton was interim Chief Operating Officer for JP Morgan in London. He's combined his quest for spirituality with his business acumen to teach busy people how to incorporate traditional meditation into lives filled with daily commutes, too many meetings, and constant cell phone calls. Realizing that time is the scarcest commodity, Thornton advises the listener to aim toward an hour of short meditations throughout the day rather than one hour of meditation at the beginning of the day. His goals are realistic, his methods are simple, and his directions are easily understood. Two of the easiest exercises involve taking the time to be silent for thirty seconds throughout the day or pressing one's index...