And if you've always dismissed meditation as something that's too new agey or time consuming, Why Meditate? is likely to change your mind.
In essence, it's a short, unpretentious, and very doable how-to book. Written in easy-to-digest language, it guides you through integrating meditation ? and the balance and tranquility that comes along with it ? into your daily routine...even if you think (like we initially did) that you're already way too busy to take on any more commitments, including ones in the interest of self-improvement.
The book's author, Matthieu Ricard (pictured), is a French Buddhist monk as well as the Dalai Lama's translator. Why Meditate? was a bestseller in his native France ? where it was originally published ? but this is the first English edition, and comes with a companion cd tucked inside.
And to make you feel even better, proceeds from the book are being donated to Karuna-Shechen, a humanitarian charity that provides medical care and education to people in need.
Order Why Meditate? ($10.85) at www.amazon.com.