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Stopping: How to Be Still When You Have to Keep Going [Paperback]

By David Kundtz (Author), Richard Carlson (Foreword by) & Richard Carlson (Foreword by)
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Suggests stopping--the practice of doing nothing for a definite period of time--as a source of spiritual renewal and means of coping with the stresses of modern life

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Modern life has so complex that our old methods gotten of coping -- cramming and excluding -- no longer work, according to Dr. David Kundtz. It's time for something totally new: Stopping. Stopping is a simple, straightforward contemplative system of "doing nothing, as much as possible, for a definite period of time, for the purpose of becoming more awake and remembering who you are" so you can get going again in a more purposeful and centered way.

The three forms of stopping:
-- Stillpoints -- brief moments in the midst of a hectic day
-- Stopovers -- timeouts from an hour to a week
-- Grinding Halts -- sustained periods away from it all

Stopping is written for hurried, harried people (and who isn't?) yearning for an uncomplicated method of relief, rest, and spiritual renewal. Dr. Kundtz, a former priest who defines himself as a failed meditator, does not unrealistically deny the difficult realities of contemporary life, but offers a profoundly simple tool for dealing with them. "The purpose of stopping is to be able to keep going, " he writes.

Stopping is presented in a series of very short, reader-friendly chapters, complete with stories and suggestions written in Dr. Kundtz's easygoing and supportive style. With its emphasis on the "times-in-between" and the "pause between the notes, " Stopping shines the light of grace on those most soulful moments that have been too long hidden, unnoticed, undervalued, and even feared.

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Stopping: How to Be Still When You Have to Keep Going by David Kundtz & Richard Carlson has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Booklist - 02/01/1998 page 878

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Conari Press
Pages   270
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.04" Width: 5.25" Height: 0.83"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 1998
Publisher   Conari Press
ISBN  1573241091  
ISBN13  9781573241090  

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More About David Kundtz & Richard Carlson

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! David Kundtz, author, speaker, and licensed psychotherapist, is also director of Inside Track Seminars, which offers courses on spiritually based stress management and emotional health for the helping profession. He has graduate degrees in both psychology and theology and a doctorate in pastoral psychology. David is also the author of "Quiet Mind, Stopping", and "Moments in Between", among others.

David Kundtz currently resides in Kensington, in the state of California. David Kundtz was born in 1937.

David Kundtz has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry

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STOP!!! ... and read "Stopping"!!! Great book!  Jun 14, 2007
This is a straightforward but profound book on cultivating pauses in our lives to enrich our lives and ultimately improve the quality of our existence. It seeks to maximize "the beats in between the notes" as moments to cherish.

In a rush/rush world that seems to have ADD, the suggestions of author David Kundtz resonate. It offers excellent suggestions to "sharpening the saw" by incorporating tiny, medium-sized or extended pause points in our lives to step back, take stock and get ourselves centered.

A wonderful book that merits multiple readings!
Stopping--super self-help  Aug 30, 2003
This is an excellent self-help book! Forget the complexity of everything else, keep it simple, and learn to just STOP! This book was incredibly helpful, and I want to assure anyone that it "works"! Some readers (especially if you're mainly a "concrete thinker") might not find this book helpful. You have to open your mind a bit. Which is fun! For those who like to live "in the spaces in between" - to use one of Kundtz's favorite metaphors - there is great value in this book--and great value in the price, too! :-)
Stopping  May 10, 2003
With all due respect to the precious author's time he spent writing this book - I think this book has not that much to offer to the "hungry", knowledge striving people.
It has a lot of nothing and it is incredibly impossible to get author's points from his chapter filled up with other people's quoatations. Even the quotes were not appropriate to the text in any particular chapter. So...before you spend your hard earned money and your precious time STOP and have a second thought before you decide to buy it.
Simply read the first few pages and you'll get to know what am I talking about.
Stopping: A Survival Skill for the New Century  Dec 6, 1999
This book is a wonderful way to introduce the concept of meditation as a part of life without ever calling it meditation. I'll be using it with all my clients who are reluctant to try meditation for fear it won't fit with their lifestyles. Kundtz succeeds in clearly describing the benefits of "stopping" and noticing, even for a few moments, and does this in language that is accessible to everyone. "Stopping" is an essential survival skill in our crazy, hectic lives. I highly recommend this book to anyone who feels they are living their lives running faster and faster, like hamsters on a wheel. "Stopping" teaches how to begin to get off the wheel in a way that fits into our lives.
Inspiring !!  Apr 23, 1999
If you've ever questioned if your in the right place in life this is an excellent tool to help make sense of your thoughts. Everyone pulls what they need out of what they read, this book has a lot to offer. Excellent book !

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