Turning Inward, a Review by Liberty

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Turning Inward

Ross Rayburn, Eve Adamson

Published January 9, 2024

(This is an ARC review. Thank you to the publisher for providing an advanced copy for my review)

272 Pages

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Genre: Nonfiction/Self-Help

Turning Inward is a wonderful look into introversion and ways to apply everyday meditations to your life.

Broken down into meaningful chapters full of helpful information and an empathetic lens. Rayburn meets the reader where they are, offering tips applicable to both beginner and seasoned meditators.

What makes this book stand out compared to others in this genre is the abundance of examples and step by step exercises. The examples are all so different and this book felt like new and inventive information compared to some books within the genre which can be cookie cutter and repetitive.

It was great to hear some personal stories and examples from the author as well. I would recommend it to anyone looking to add meditation and introspection into their daily routine.

Thank you to Hachette for providing an ARC copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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The Book’s Information from the Publisher:

A yoga and meditation instructor offers a new take on mindfulness through the practice of introversion—a way to find your authentic self to balance life in our hectic, extroverted world. Lead Instructor of Yoga and Meditation for Peloton Ross Rayburn offers a new and accessible take on mindfulness and the art of meditation through the practice of introversion, which is a method of self-exploration for finding authenticity, joy, and calm in our hectic, extroverted world.

Building off his popular Peloton meditation and yoga classes and his years of teaching and spiritual study, Ross Rayburn offers a new way to look at meditation. Rather than a purely esoteric practice, meditation is, Ross argues, simply “turning in,” which anyone can learn how to do through the practice of introversion. Because we spend most of our time “turned outward” in order to function in society, introversion offers both a respite and a source of insight.

The practice of introversion leads to a happier, calmer life and a truer sense of yourself and your path—something many crave in our chaotic and often polarized world.

With the easy and enjoyable techniques in this book, and a surprisingly simple and straightforward way of thinking and seeing, you can begin introverting with more intention and with more structure and regularity, for even greater benefits. You’ll learn how to handle life’s difficulties with less anxiety and greater perspective, and you’ll have the tools to remember who you really are, especially during those times it’s easiest to forget.

Through these practical exercises, guided visualizations, opportunities for contemplation, breathing techniques, and more, you will discover that everything you need to be is already who you are. It’s inside you. All you have to do is turn inward to find it.

 

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