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A Spacious Life: Memoir of a Meditator

by Narissa Doumani

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Author Narissa Doumani was born in Sydney, Australia and grew up well educated, loved, and well-dressed; but struggled with the meaning of life and how to be truly happy. Her memoir reflects this struggle and the process involved in arriving at answers, and offers readers a blend of autobiography and spiritual reflection in a self-help journey that describes what forces change her life after she meets a Buddhist yogi in a Thai forest cave, who leads her on a spiritual journey.

While none of these subjects is new (self-inspection, spiritual seeking, or a search for meaning beyond materialism), what is different in A Spacious Life is where Doumani ends up in the course of her quest - and how she takes readers along for the ride.

Her observations of her state of mind and its methods is revealing and involving ("My entire life was a house of mirrors reflecting back at me the vomit of my own psyche. Why couldn't I look upon even one simple object without a host of thought-forms rushing to it like moths to a flame?") and her relationships contribute much to her evolution ("There are various methods of training the mind in compassion. It can, and should, be actively cultivated. However, I hadn't received any such training and didn't even know it existed. The next couple of years with the Fighter formed the basis of my early training.")

Just how she took an 'outpouring of energy' and translated it into gems of insight to ultimately lead the life of a meditator cognizant of karma, choice, and actions makes for an involving story that ultimately questions what elements make for a meaningful life - and how to reach them. ( )
  DDonovan | May 14, 2015 |
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