Review: “The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down” by Haemin Sunim

Quick review for a progressive read. So I ended up taking my time reading “The Things You can See Only When You Slow Down.” Matter in point, this book took me several weeks of reading bits of chapters in the mornings at about 5:45 or 6:00am before fully starting my day. Turns out that taking that time to read this book in pieces was the best way for me to start my morning and take many of the lessons that Haemin Sunim imparted on a number of various topics. Mindfulness, Love, Relationships, and Spirituality are just some of the eight topics that Sunim covers. The chapters start off with thoughtful musings and passages from the author’s experience as a Buddhist monk and ranging through the course of his life. Each chapter musing is followed by helpful phrases, anecdotes, and quotes from various figures that are nuggets of wisdom and thoughtful observation. Granted, I know many of these may feel like common knowledge, but taking each grain of advice feels like a helpful reminder. As someone who’s recently endured quite a number of emotional upheavals in rapid succession, these reminders came at the right time and the right space – and I really needed to hear them. The book is also coupled with lovely, simple, and colorful illustrations that fit the book’s overarching tone and style.

This is one of those books that I think is best savored slowly and thoughtfully, and with a patient eye towards using the musings as meditations. I definitely plan on keeping this in my personal library – it was one of my favorite spiritual readings in quite a little bit. And look – I can credit this book for finally (finally!) breaking my reviewing slump. 🙂 Good things do happen when you take the time to slow down.

Overall score: 4.5/5 stars.

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