Interview #74

Book Corner: “Breath by Breath: The Liberating Practice of Insight Meditation” by Larry Rosenberg

Nicole @ Island Within

Written and Images by Nicole @ Island Within
Translation by Wendy Yiu

A book is like a friend. We understand the world and life, or even observe ourselves through texts, and have a deep realization of oneself that we are not alone. PMQ invites different people from design and culture sectors to recommend a book, so that you can enrich yourselves as book therapy.

Why would you recommend this book?

Nicole:This book reminds me of ""Be still and see"". The author is a former university professor, based on the Buddhist classic ""Ānāpānasati Sutt"", and from the perspective of a modern city person and his own experience, he shares how to settle in the present, and comprehend the reality.

Everyone can breathe, but are you paying attention? When I watch my breath deeply, I am aware to inhale and exhale, different in length. After continuing to observe, I found that life is just a phenomenon of constant change.

Breath by Breath: The Liberating Practice of Insight Meditation

Author: Larry Rosenberg

Me, my troubles, and my enemies are not as ""real"" as I think in my mind, only the present is real and true. With this insight, I began to pay attention to the self-talking in my mind, and create an independent life from the tiny daily life and conscious choices.

The external environment is uncontrollable, but our mentality is. Let's think about this - What can I choose on my own with my limited ability?

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