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Strength in Stillness

The Power of Transcendental Meditation
By: Bob Roth
Narrated by: Bob Roth
Length: 4 hrs and 34 mins
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Summary

Bob Roth is one of the world's most sought-after teachers of transcendental meditation - a highly effective form of meditation that goes beyond mindfulness to produce a deeper and long-lasting sense of peace.

Every day we face a growing epidemic of stress. People of every race, age and income all make the same confession: 'I am so stressed'. There is a simple practice that dramatically changes how we respond to life's stresses: the transcendental meditation technique. With scientifically proven benefits, improved focus, sleep, resilience, creativity and memory, this method has a direct impact.

For nearly five decades, Bob Roth has helped bring transcendental meditation to millions of people around the world - in 35 countries across Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa. Once a sceptic, he learned the art from Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the foremost scientist of consciousness and meditation.

As Co-Founder and Executive Director of the David Lynch Foundation, Bob teaches frequently at inner-city schools, veterans' hospitals, battered women's shelters, homeless shelters and prisons. Bob is also the go-to meditation teacher for leading figures in the worlds of media and business.

Beautifully presented, Strength in Stillness is a simple, classic guide to calming your mind and body.

©2018 Bob Roth (P)2018 Simon & Schuster UK

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"A masterclass. I love meditation, and I love this book." (Arianna Huffington)
"Bob Roth taught me to meditate. This book will guide you to peace." (Russell Brand)
"Bob Roth's Strength in Stillness is so needed right now. It will enhance our lives." (Stella Mccartney)
"I am one-thousand per cent better when I do it. Meditation Bob: He's got it!" (Oprah Winfrey)
"It is the only time I have that stillness. I just love it so much." (Ellen DeGeneres)

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I bought the wrong book

I guess i got the wrong book. I wanted to know how to meditate effectively.
But this book only talks about how good and fantastic meditation is. Which i knew. He goes on and on and on about his life story and his foundation and donations and other people story of meditation but not a single hint of how to do meditation!

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Really misleading, should have known better before

Super disappointing book and yet again conforms the ubiquitous vagueness around TM. Here is the thing. If the author really is as philanthropic as he claims in his book, he would shed actual light on the subject and teach people how to practice TM. He says in multiple occasions that he wanta everybody to have access to this simple and yet powerful art. Instead he obscures the topic with sales pitch mumbo jumbo as every other self announced TM guru out there does. If they were really Interested in the progress toward enlightenment and alleviation from suffering for everyone, they would give the tools needed to at least start the journey of the curious student. That would be a thousand times better and more helpful than what has been delivered with these 224 pages of nothing. What a hypocrisy.

I have been studying mindfulness and vipassana in various forms and traditions over the last years and even though I would call myself an intuitive self-learner knowing that there are people who find it difficult to bring up the motivation to dive into any subject just with books and videos and would prefer the guidance of a real teacher. But here is the catch. You can and should learn on your own, study guides by masters because they do work. Yes, you will probably not reach a level of intricate perfection as reached in the presence and under the guidance of a teacher, but you can go far without, especially if you have a real interest. My opinion is that especially with a very intangible subject as meditation, in contrast to a bodily form like ballet for example where the teacher can observe every subtle move of the student and immediately give corrective feedback. For mediation a teacher has to guess as he can not tell, by looking at the meditation student who sits there motionless with eyes closed, and have a very good clue of what is going on inside the mind of the student. All he can do, except for finer nuances further up on the learning curve, is to give preparing advice and instruction and react to feedback, descriptions and questions by the student. This can be transmitted through a book indeed, believe me,where the book addresses at least common nature questions and pitfalls thousands of meditators had to struggle with before.

I am convinced TM works amazingly but It is the cultish halo around TM that condemns people who dare to speak about the inner (simple) workings of it to keep the secretive character and that pushes its ridiculously overpriced courses and then its teachers have the audacity to claim that all they do is for purely philanthropic motives, for the higher good of humanity. It's a shame and sad to witness. Another claim that the mantra given is exclusive, a mandatory rite of initiation exlcusive for the student that only a teacher is able to give is also utter nonsense. Every anchor object, bodily sensation, breath, mental object or sound / mantra works. It is the anchor that counts, there is no magic abiut it. None at all. So why all this secrecy? To make a good buck. Just as I thought this book would be an exception. But there we are, left only with another shallow pitch, nothing of the slightest substance. I have no doubt that Bob is a great teacher but being a great teacher means also to give away actual teaching to people who show interest and expectation to be guided and who paid for the teaching which is (supposed to be) this book. I give still 4 stars on story telling because Bob is a good writer and knows how to convey a good story.

Trust me when I say that there are really amazing books out there who guide you step by step through all the subtleties of becoming a skilled meditator, maybe not in TM but any other form. 'The mind illuminated' by Culadasa just to name one brilliant example of teaching you the art of theravada mindfulness and insight meditation in microscopic detail along with explanations of the inner workings of the mind accompanying each step or level.

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A superb outline of the benefits of meditation

What did you like most about Strength in Stillness?

The book discusses the use of meditation in today's frenetic world to relieve the effects of stress. Its main focus is on TM, Transcendental Meditation. However, it does not teach the practice, which needs to be learnt from a teacher.

What other book might you compare Strength in Stillness to, and why?

There are numerous other books on meditation. This is succinct and is without philosophy.

Which character – as performed by Bob Roth – was your favourite?

This is not a fictional book.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The testimonies of folk who have benefitted from the technique.

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Don't recommend

I bought the book to to learn what TM is - instead it is yet another talk by Bob Roth with no answers.
In fact the book is, in many ways, simply a repetition of his Youtube videos available for free.
I would not recommend wasting money on this book.

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One long sales pitch with no actual content

Waste of time unless you want to be told how amazing TM is without actually learning about it. You have to pay for and attend the 4 day workshop to actually learn TM. Very disappointing

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Sales pitch

This is basically a massive sales pitch - you can pay £2000 to learn what is free within us. Handed down over thousands of years - now trademarked (TM) you’ll pay top whack for something that should be free to all!

The people he says benefit from TM - are all rich and famous before they paid to learn it!

Do your research first - you don’t have to pay to learn to meditate!

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  • 28-06-20

Does not teach how to meditate

This book is focused entirely on promoting Transcendental Meditation by name dropping celebrities and the benefits they have gained and NOT by describing how to actually meditate. A complete waste of time and a strong argument for zero ratings

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waste of time

promotion of meditation and NONE of the techniques.

If you have 6 hours to listen to the repetative notion that meditation is good... go right ahead

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  • 10-03-20

Fraudster

The main rub of this book is that if you want to learn TM then get a teacher. Which is somewhat of a contradiction as he constantly says how easy and effortless it is.
He constantly refers to the celebs he has worked with which gives the impression that TM is not working in whitening his ego

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Boring, vague, not useful, 4h long advertisment

I'm only one hour in and really frustrated with how this man can talk and talk without actually saying anything. I thought the book would explain TM, not talk around the subject for hours. It is an advertisement for the pyramid scheme he's on top of. The most annoying thing is the hypocrisy of this man trying to seem like a helpful spiritual guide whilst he is much more of a self serving sales man mainly interested in money reaching his bank account. I highly doubt there is even one practical advice in the book, I'm not willing to actually listen to it anymore to make sure.

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  • Sunil
  • 19-02-18

not much about TM techniques

the book delves too much on experiences of other people....instead delving into techniques of TM

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  • Andre Miranda Reis
  • 14-06-18

It’s not about TM techniques

This book is more of a series of examples on how TM played out for people doing it. It doesn’t cover the how to TM and it sure sounds a lot like a prospective way to sell the reader into joining a TM center.

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