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The Ten Commandments give us impeccable rules for how to behave. But they don't say much about the inner awareness from which our outer behavior springs. This leaves the field open for The Zen Commandments: Ten Suggestions for a Life of Total Freedom. These aren't more carved-in-stone commandments, but practical suggestions for unfolding your experience of inner freedom. That way, effective, compassionate behavior can arise naturally from your growing sense of peace, happiness, and balance. And when you feel good, you'll find that those good feelings overflow spontaneously into doing good. In this life-changing program, Dean Sluyter integrates East and West, ancient and modern, finding potent spiritual teachings in Zen Stories, the Bible, and Tibetan meditation techniques, as well as American movies and pop songs. You'll discover how to:

  • Relax into "just being" by letting go and doing nothing.
  • Become the perfect student of imperfect teachers.
  • Liberate yourself from exaggerated anxieties about past and future by living in the now.
  • Find simplicity by uncluttering your life from within.
  • Let go of disappointment by experiencing non-expectancy.
  • Disconnect the "dots of perception" to free yourself from labels, limitations, and preconceived notions.
  • Live fully and laugh deeply while being a "mensch".
  • And more!

By applying the kind of practical, step-by-step techniques offered here, your life becomes easier, more fulfilling, and even more enlightened. You will experience firsthand that boundless freedom and happiness isn't something distant or exotic. It's right here, right now.

©2004 Dean Sluyter (P)2004 Nightingale Conant

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  • HIYBRID
  • 11-07-18

Cliff Notes of Mindfulness

OK so it took me months to listen to this wonderful suggestive meditative relaxing novel because I listen usually in one ear on a bicycle going 10 mph.... Which is not what the author suggests. I only listened while in the sauna and that was for 45 minutes at a stretch. But none the less I really became enamored with the authors non authoritarian treatment of meditation and mindfulness. Although the title suggests "commandments" the narrative is at best suggestion and cozy suggestion at that. Today's commercial push for mindfulness forgets that you can't sell a peaceful empty block of time in a cellophane wrapper.
You can't bark "RELAX" at folks... So this narrative is like a suggestion to pull on a pair of comfy pajamas slowly allowing yourself to feel the change to sleep time. No … really feel the delicious comforting change to sleep time or peace time or mindful time... Worth the minimal effort.

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  • Roland Soto
  • 30-06-16

Great stories and very helpful information.

Dean's voice is very soothing and his stories are great to listen to and very easy to relate to.

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  • Alonzo
  • 31-01-16

Meditation Self Help

Would you try another book from Dean Sluyter and/or Dean Sluyter?

The author assumes basic meditation skills by the reader and provides suggestions for focused topics for mindfulness considerations. The topics are familiar and helpful.

Would you ever listen to anything by Dean Sluyter again?

These topics provide helpful concepts to focus on in the development of a pleasant rewarding life. Application of the concepts should be rewarding and satisfying.

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Overall, I anticipate applying the concepts. The book is helpful.