A new book, Why Meditate?, can help you get just that.

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.

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