Book Reviews

Mind Calm

Sandy Newbigging

Self Improvement, Meditation

978-1-7818-0262-5

Welcome to the meditation technique that you've been looking for. With Mind Calm you will learn how to let go of the constant chatter in your mind, gain clarity, perform at your best, worry less, heal... More

Oct 07, 2014 KatrinaSimeck
Meditation has become such a practice in my life that I can no longer remember when I didn't practice. I did a quick blog search to see if I could find a "hey, I just started sitting!" post...but didn't land on anything.

I sit nearly every day. Sometimes for just a few breaths, sometimes for a guided meditation, and sometimes for a lengthy session. I can say, with absolute conviction, that meditation has changed me. And when something works? Well, I want to learn/know everything that I can about it.

Mind Calm by Sandy Newbigging starts with this - "Welcome to the meditation technique that you've been looking for. With MIND CALM you will learn how to let go of the constant chatter in your mind, gain clarity, perform at your best, worry less, heal faster, sleep better, improve relationships, and feel more calm, confident, and content - whenever you want."

What I loved: the simplicity, and the clarity. Even though I'm a fan of the incense-burning & chanting styles of meditation, and realize that hippie shit is off-putting to many. MIND CALM is written in a very simple & straight-forward manner, and with a really pragmatic how-to approach for a meditation practice. Easy, do-able steps. I typically read through books like this with a highlighter in hand - and this book offers a ton of material that I'll refer to again & again. A favorite quote - "Life can become an emotional roller coaster if you fully engage in every thought that passes through your mind. Seeing your thoughts instead of being your thoughts makes all the difference." The book finishes with a 10-part MIND CALM program with daily schedules of implementation over 10 weeks. That kind of discipline makes me giddy.

What I left: a few acronyms that didn't resonate. In general, acronyms tend to bring a corporate feel for me.

I rec'd a copy of this book from Hay House for the purposes of this review. Opinions expressed are my own, and no other compensation was rec'd.
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Aug 19, 2014 alpha_andy_omega

I've read several books on the subject of meditation, and this is one of the best. The author does a great job of making deep meditative states understandable and accessible without getting too wordy or guru-ish. If you'd like to learn meditation, but find you just can't quiet your mind, then this is the book you're looking for. I'd also recommend it to anyone who has been meditating for awhile, and would like to explore new techniques. I, personally, found the chapters on stillness and putting things in context to be the most profound and helpful. Sandy Newbigging has created a great system in Mind Calm, and you can't help but be changed by this book.

I was given a copy of Mind Calm by the kind folks at Hay House Publishing for review purposes. I was not paid for my opinion, and it is my honest assessment of the work.

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Jun 29, 2014 KariF
I have wanted to incorporate meditation into my life as a daily practice for years. I’ve put it down as a new year goal, a new month goal, and even a new week goal, but I’ve never actually accomplished making it into a habit. So, when I saw the book Mind Calm by Sandy C. Newbigging, I was excited to get the book and do a Mind Calm review. Because like most people, I feel that something new might result in something that works. But, for me, this meditation technique has gone far beyond meditation.

I even wrote about one of the insights I got from the book in my last post on being judgmental, and that insight along with others have really changed the way I look at everything! It has helped calm my mind down, which is exactly what I expected from a book that was titled Mind Calm.

What Is Mind Calm?

At the core, it is a technique that will help you worry less, stop mind chatter, get focused and start being totally aware of your life. You learn how to stop getting lost in the endless chatter of thoughts that cause so many headaches, and so much wasted time focused on things that serve no purpose to your current reality.

In the end of the book, you apply all the techniques that you learn into a 10-part program to really make what you learned a part of your daily routine. The ‘Calm’ stands for Conscious Awareness Life Meditation.

The technique uses GAAWO, a technique which helps you gently get into a meditative state, as well as calm thoughts (a mixture of words, intention and focus) to help you bring things like love and peace into your life.

During the 10-part program, he outlines exactly what to do and includes some ‘games’ to help you become more consciously aware.

Besides the techniques outlined in the book, you get insight into why your mind is so busy and how to stop it from being so busy.

Every single word in every single chapter was valuable. Sometimes, I will skip over sections in a book – or speed read through them, but I found myself eating up every single word and coming out with consistent value.

Every since I read the first word in this book, I’ve started interacting with my life in a better way. For instance, I was extremely focused on a negative body part before I started to learn about Mind Calm, and it was causing me a lot of anxiety. With the Mind Calm technique (and all of the insight from this book), I can honestly say that my anxiety over this body part has lessened immensely!

I’ve started the 10-part program, and I feel as though this is going to be the one meditation technique that really sticks in my life. It is relaxing, easy, and pulls together many of the things that I have learned over the past years such as the Silva technique.

Who Is Mind Calm For?

This is really a mediation technique for everyone. It is easy and feels natural, and you can do it anywhere you want (as long as you are able to close your eyes safely!)

While the program takes some time out of your day, it is not hours on end. 35-minutes or so of meditation per day is all that is needed (although you can do more). It is split up into morning, afternoon, and night. And, throughout your day, you get to practice becoming more consciously aware and present in your life through some techniques outlined in the book. I find this is really helping me to reduce my mind chatter and stay in the present moment!

In short, Mind Calm is for anyone who wants to learn how to meditate while changing their life in a positive way.

The inner calm that you will start to feel while reading this book is worth a million bucks. If you are reading this Mind Calm review, then you are likely seeking an inner calm, and I really feel like the techniques outlined in this book, plus the insights you will receive, can help you achieve that in a small or big way, depending on how seriously you take this technique and how much you apply it to your life.
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May 13, 2014 BookLover
Mind Calm: The Modern-Day Meditation Technique that gives you 'Peace With Mind' by Sandy C. Newbigging is a wonderful new look at meditation. The Calm in 'Mind Calm' stands for "Conscious Awareness Life Meditation".  One of my favorite parts in this book is when the author shows us "how to live with time, without being trapped in your mind by it."

This book is broken up into two parts. In part one we are given teachings on why our minds are so busy and the benefits of Mind Calm. We are also shown techniques on how to use Mind Calm. In part two, "The 10 part Mind Calm Programme" we are given a deeper understanding of how to use the mind calm technique presented in part one for specific things such as wisdom, peace, and joy. I enjoyed this book and found the techniques easy to incorporate into my life. I also liked how each of the techniques came with a sort of 'game' to use.

Overall, I thought this book introduces us to a wonderful new technique that can be done with eyes opened or closed. I also like that we are given cures to the common causes of our busy minds. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to bring stillness and peace into their lives. I would also recommend this book for those who think they are to busy for meditation, or that they can't meditate as this book will change your mind.

I acknowledge that I received this book free of charge from Hay House in exchange for my honest and unbiased review of it.
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May 10, 2014 Cheryl

This book shares, in great detail, the simplistic techniques and benefits of meditation. By simplifying our lives, quieting our thoughts, and focusing on the positive aspects of our lives, we can live with more clarity and peace.

Be still. Those two short words make such an impact. We can soften our daily walk and enjoy more meaning by practicing this.

As a Christian, I would’ve liked the importance of prayer mentioned, seeing as God is the supplier of peace. But, either way, the principles in this book are powerful and motivating.

Publisher: Hay House, UK.
Pages: 258

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a Review Copy from HayHouse. I was not required to write a positive review. The options I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

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