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Suze Yalof Schwartz

A Simple Guide to Meditation

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Unplug by Suze Yalof Schwartz is a guide to meditation, providing practical tips and tools for starting or enhancing a meditation practice. It outlines the benefits of meditation for the mind and body and includes personal anecdotes and insights from experts.

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    Meditation fits any lifestyle, and a mere ten minutes per day is already beneficial.

    For many, the word “meditation” conjures up images of long-haired hippies listening to new age music, sitting in rooms full of incense smoke and preaching about their vegan lifestyle.

    While you’re certainly welcome to go this route and buy all the crystals and incense you can get your hands on; meditation can also match any lifestyle.

    If you prefer a minimalistic approach to living, then you can approach meditation in a similar manner.

    In fact, there’s hardly anything more minimalistic than meditation, since all that’s required is stillness and focus.

    If you’re worried about your friends or roommates mistaking your practice for some newfound spirituality, you can always explain it as a way of improving your concentration.

    Chances are, even people who roll their eyes at the M-word will immediately recognize that feeling calm and thinking clearly is desirable for both work and personal life.

    Another misconception that often keeps people from meditating is that it takes up too much time.

    It’s true that you do have to set aside some time – but it doesn’t take much. The benefits will soon become apparent.

    According to Harvard neurologist Sara Lazar, your brain function will improve in just eight weeks if you spend 27 minutes each day in meditation.

    But even ten minutes a day will provide you with tremendous benefits, such as feeling calmer and more grounded.

    So there really isn’t any reason not to meditate. Even the busiest person can find at least five to ten free minutes a day. As you’ll see, it’s something you can do almost anywhere!

    Next, we’ll take a closer look at some of the amazing benefits.

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    What is Unplug about?

    Unplug (2017), a useful beginner's guide to meditation, makes clear that meditation isn’t just for hippies and monks; rather, it’s a practical exercise that anyone can use to become calmer, happier and healthier. Get all the basic info you need to start a daily meditation routine, as well as a number of supplemental tools that will aid relaxation and improve your practice.

    Unplug Review

    Unplug (2017) by Suze Yalof Schwartz is an insightful book that explores the benefits of mindfulness and meditation in our modern, technology-driven lives. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • It offers practical techniques and exercises to help readers integrate meditation into their daily routine, promoting a sense of calm and overall well-being.
    • With inspiring real-life stories and personal anecdotes, the book illustrates the transformative power of meditation and its ability to improve various aspects of life.
    • Unplug presents a fresh perspective on mindfulness, positioning it as a vital tool for self-discovery and finding balance in an increasingly hectic world.

    Best quote from Unplug

    Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.

    —Suze Yalof Schwartz
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    Who should read Unplug?

    • Anyone suffering from stress
    • First-time meditators who want to learn the basics
    • Skeptics who don’t like the spiritual aspects of meditation

    About the Author

    Suze Yalof Schwartz was born in New York, where she worked as a fashion editor for many years. Since then she has created the Unplug Meditation Studios in Los Angeles, a secular meditation center that highlights the freedom that meditation has to offer.

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    What is the main message of Unplug?

    Unplug teaches the importance of meditation and offers practical techniques to incorporate it into daily life.

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    Is Unplug a good book? Is it worth reading?

    Unplug is worth reading for anyone looking to reduce stress and improve mental well-being. It provides accessible guidance on meditation.

    Who is the author of Unplug?

    Suze Yalof Schwartz is the author of Unplug.

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