By John Selby, New World Library, $14.95, 240 pages

10“All of life is a progression, and at each moment you’re spontaneously evolvoing and growing. What we’re looking for here isn’t a sudden “total enlightenment” experience. We’re simply encouraging ourselves to experience effortless movement in the direction of our infinite God nature.”

Each day, people pack as many activities and to-do list items into a 24-hour period as they can fit. We’re overextending our bodies and our minds. Sometimes, we need to step back and relax. Is it possible? Cognitive researcher John Selby spent 40 years unraveling the mysteries of meditation and formulating basic principles that bring power to one of the most-used methods for stress relief. Selby shares the results in Expand This Moment: Focused Meditations to Quiet Your Mind, Brighten Your Mood, and Set Yourself Free.

The book shares short-form meditations that can be completed in five minutes and make a substantial difference. Selby introduces twelve focus phrases that promote positive wellness within a person and these phrases encourage emotional healing and spiritual development. Broken into three phases, Zen awakening, emotional healing, and insight and action, this self-help book of affirmations provides practical advice.||Selby introduces a sensible style of meditation a person can draw from, especially when time is of the essence. I like the stories Selby shares – it adds an even more personal touch to a deeply personal subject. While reading the book, you’ll feel as though you have your own meditation coach guiding you through the process. That’s priceless.

Reviewed by LuAnn Schindler