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The Little Book of Being Practices and Guidance for Uncovering Your Natural AwarenessDiana Winston • Sounds True

It’s no small thing to take on the responsibility of teaching others how to work with their minds, no less teaching teachers to do that. (It’s not like teaching, say, tennis; it’s the mind, after all. Nothing is subtler or more elusive). A meditator since she was a teenager, a meditation teacher for decades, and a teacher of teachers for quite a while, Diana Winston—director of mindfulness education at UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center—writes from direct experience. She works with her own mind, while also encountering the challenge of new meditation students and those who aspire to teach others how to practice meditation and incorporate it into their lives. 

What she has learned in all those years comes through in The Little Book of Being, which focuses on “uncovering your natural awareness.” So often today in the era of popular mindfulness, what works best as a lifelong pursuit, a life-giving ritual, is touted rather as a fix-it project that brings instant relief.

At a critical point in her life, Winston says, she realized, “It’s time for me to relax, stop trying so hard, and…

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