If you ever feel reading about selfeducation and mindfulness you should give Charlotte Beck a chance. This book has accompanied me on my search for understanding on meditation, awareness and orientation in life for well over 15 years by now. I have always been fascinated by Joko Beck’s words but had and still have a hard time to accept all the implications and deeper meanings. She is a very, very strict person and yet ever so understanding and caring. By and by I manage to accept what she says instead of hanging on with my soothing illusions. She very much helped me to accept my responsibility, toward others, the world and myself.
You might not like what she has to say but it’s very likely that you feel she’s right. There is no book I have read so often as this one. I took it with me on my hikes and travel-light holidays , have bought and recommended it again and again. It’s very serious stuff but gave me comfort and made me stop whining.
I learned more about myself, Zen and meditation from this book than from any other I’ve read about these topics. Highly recommended reading.