Review: Just Sit
The timing couldn’t have been more perfect to receive a TLC Book Tour book about meditation. It’s the start of a new year and with that comes resolutions, if you’re the type of person who makes resolutions. I have a few things swirling around in my brain, but nothing serious I’ve committed to for the year. But after reading Just Sit: A Meditation Guidebook by Sukey and Elizabeth Novogratz, I might have to change that.
I’ve read about meditation before, so I’m not a total newbie to all the lingo or the concept of meditation. I think this book would be a great introduction to meditation for someone who doesn’t have any experience with it. The authors break down what meditation is, why it’s beneficial, and provide some practical techniques to get started.
The book isn’t overly scientific, although I think it could benefit from citing a few sources. They tell you meditation has great benefits, but don’t do much work to explain how. The authors make a lot of claims, but mostly don’t back them up with any citations. The most helpful sections in the book focused on how to meditate.
This book is so fun to look at! By far the prettiest book I’ve read in some time. It uses a fun font for headers and every page includes an illustration, all done by Niege Borges. The illustrations definitely added to the book, and made it easy to digest all the information since there were visual cues outlining different sections.
If I have one critique of the book it’s the way it’s organized. Some of the chapters felt out of order as well as some of the content seeming to belong other places. For example, there’s a chapter about DIY meditation that includes how to meditate anywhere and use household items as props. But, it also includes an advice section on attending a meditation retreat, which to me, seems pretty advanced. Then, in the next chapter they go into details about different meditation techniques, something I would have liked toward the beginning of the book. With that said, all the information is super easy to digest and is split up into fun, visual sections.
I’ve been meaning to try meditation again (okay, actually get started) for a while and Just Sit provides the perfect opportunity to do so. 2018 is going to be a busy year for me—more responsibilities at work, making time for friends, a big trip this summer, and all the unexpected things that happen in the course of a year—I’m going to need something to help me manage it all. Looking forward to taking what I’ve learned and applying it.
Thanks to TLC Book Tours for a copy in exchange for my honest review.