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A Spacious Life: Memoir of a Meditator by [Doumani, Narissa]
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'Meditation and mindfulness are tools for working with the mind, but where they have led me is to a blossoming of the heart ...'

What does a spiritual seeker look like? Could you pick one in a lineup? If you said yes, chances are you weren't imagining this meditating model. Born in Sydney, Australia, Narissa Doumani grew up well loved, well educated, and (reasonably) well dressed, but for years grappled with what she admits is 'the ultimate first world problem': how to be truly, deeply happy in any lasting way. In this intimate memoir, she explores the creative process, traverses the heights of romantic love and the despair of self-doubt, and comes face to face with her own fragile mortality. But it's in a cave in a Thai forest, where she meets the Buddhist yogi who will become her spiritual guide, that she learns to unravel the messy states of mind and heart that had kept her from living a spacious life - and thereby begins to uncover the happiness, meaning, and connection for which she always yearned.

A Spacious Life is a heart-warming, honest, and at times surprisingly humorous look into the quest for meaning beyond materialism - and its relevance as an essential condition for well-being and fulfilment within modern-day life.

'Intelligent, contemplative spiritual memoir by a fine writer with a rich interior world.' - Kirkus Reviews

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 617 KB
  • Print Length: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Palmer Higgs (17 March 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00UUR33KC
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #386,645 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Namo! This book was a joy! beautifully written with that what happens next quality interweaved with thoughtful meditations, like listening to a good friend take flight and soar. A timely reminder that the person next in line at the shopping mall could well be a bodhisattva and the most difficult situations are often our greatest teachers. A portrait of how patience, love, courage and a calmed mind can transform felicity and adversity into genuine fulfilment. From the seemingly mundane to the profound everything is fuel for awakening.
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A well written and engaging story. Narissa shares with us her journey on the path to mindfulness and simultaneously shows us just how much we are the masters of our own life experience - a lesson we could all benefit from regardless of age, wisdom, or spirituality. Highly recommended.
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I don't know anyone that wouldn't benefit from this account by a lovely human being. Beautifully written by the mind and heart.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written by the mind and heart 20 March 2015
By Matt - Published on Amazon.com
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I don't know anyone that wouldn't benefit from this account by a lovely human being. Beautifully written by the mind and heart.
5.0 out of 5 stars Autobiography, Spiritual Reflection, and a Self-Help Journey! 15 May 2015
By D. Donovan - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
5.0 out of 5 stars as well as those of a more skeptical/rational bent like myself. No matter what your spiritual persuasion 28 March 2015
By ISA - Published on Amazon.com
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A Spacious Life is an elegantly written and eminently readable book that not only relates the author's journey on the path to spirituality and balance, but also makes the reader more aware of their own emotional and spiritual health. Following Ms. Doumani's honest account of her 'unconventional' journey from being an academically gifted child to her career in commercial modelling, all the while also being witness to her emotional path with mindfulness is both engaging and revealing. This is a book that will appeal to both those who are already committed to practices of mindfulness, Buddhism, yoga and other traditionally 'spiritual' traditions, as well as those of a more skeptical/rational bent like myself. No matter what your spiritual persuasion, the author's contention that a life filled with emotional balance, lightness, the ability to withstand emotional turmoil by being a witness to them and one where spaciousness is central is an important one. She also argues that in the end, it is we who decide who we are to be in this world, and we can choose to not be lead by expectation and social pressure. I left the book determined to create a healthier and more honest relationship with myself: my emotions and my physical being. I also felt more equipped to understand how to cope with life's pitfalls, not by running or escaping, but through observant engagement. Overall, an extremely enjoyable and worthwhile read!
5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing story offers insights to achieving a calm, Spacious life 20 September 2015
By Joe - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book and read it. It is a very interesting read. Whether you approach it to learn about meditation, or experience it as the story of an intelligent, multi-national child growing in age and grace and wisdom or as a love story, it contains a lot of experiences presented in a very open, personal way. Lots to learn from.

I am not a formal practitioner of meditation (though I was for five years in my teens in a seminary). However, I have many times employed methods of seeking calm in my career, which frequently involved tense negotiations. Also in my personal life, which also involved some tense negotiations though thankfully much less frequently. “A Spacious Life” offers helpful insight on obtaining that calm.

I had an opportunity recently to discuss the book with the author in Bangkok. Full disclosure: the author is my niece, although I hadn’t seen or talked to her since she was about 10 - she lives in Melbourne and I live in Chicago after many years in NYC. Her father and I are the culprits who introduced Western genes into a large Thai family and complications into the lives of the author, her brother and my daughters.

This book, at least in part, is the author’s struggle and search for ways to deal with some of those complications. It could be helpful to anyone with a complicated life, including, I hope, my daughters.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Spacious Life - a Heartfelt Gift 24 March 2015
By Christine - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a beautiful, soul searching read that made me laugh many times and also cry. The nostalgia that is raised from following a girl from Sydney primary school youth to a Melbourne thirty-something made me flashback emotively to my own childhood & reflect on current societal pressures of thirty somethings in Australia.

The beauty of this memoir makes you recount your first loves, professional and personal heartbreaks and the ever frustrating search for our purpose. By the end of the book - I felt that I had also learned a journey of true love and gained some special tools; the state of 'mindfulness' meditative practice and a term new to me, 'spaciousness' which conjures up feelings of having time & space for your loved ones & self. I felt like I decluttered my mental workbench reading A Spacious Life.

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