Paul Wilson (meditation teacher)

Paul Wilson is a meditation teacher that has written 12 books, including "The Little Book of Calm" and "A Piece of the Quiet".

The Little Book of Calm

"The Little Book of Calm" (ISBN 0140285261) by meditation teacher Paul Wilson is a small book targeted at helping those in stressful situations to calm down. It was a distillation of Wilson's larger book "Instant Calm", a rewrite that he undertook during a Zen seminar in Japan. Published by Penguin Books, it is "little" to enable the said stressful readers to carry it upon their person and thereby use it in an emergency stress event. Reviews described it as "the first and still one of the best books aimed at counteracting stress" [ [http://www.ivillage.co.uk/relationships/couple/commun/articles/0,,145_525860,00.html The Top Ten Self-Help Books] by Susan Quilliam, iVillage. Accessed 3 December 2007.] , and a "publishing sensation". [ [http://www.google.co.uk/books?id=BZdwq9s83rUC&pg=PA44&dq=%22Little+Book+of%22+calm+%22Paul+Wilson%22&sig=dD1XcBLmCjb9ZVmLuUBkVZjCZ4M#PPA44,M1 Active Communication] , Flemming Olsen and Birgit Søndergaard. Some content available on Google Books. (Forlaget Samfundslitteratur, 2000) (ISBN 8759308524)] The book has been translated into 24 languages [ABC Radio http://www.abc.net.au/rn/spiritofthings/stories/2007/1917354.htm ] including Italian [ [http://www.google.co.uk/books?id=qoheAgAACAAJ&dq=%22il+piccolo+libro+della+calma%22 Il picolo libro della calma] , Google Books. Accessed 3 December 2007.] , French [ [http://www.google.co.uk/books?id=fu3PAQAACAAJ&dq=%22le+petit+livre+du+calme%22 Le petit livre du calme au travail] , Google Books. Accessed 3 December 2007.] , and Mandarin Chinese [ [http://www.google.co.uk/books?id=q-0qAAAACAAJ&dq=%22Little+Book+of%22+calm+%22Paul+Wilson%22 Ping jing xiao shu] , Google Books. Accessed 3 December 2007.]

First released in 1997, the sales of "The Little Book of Calm" led to a number of small books being released by various publishers to "cash in" on its success. [ [http://plus.maths.org/issue23/reviews/book1/index.html Review of 1089 and all that] from maths.org. Accessed 3 December 2007.] Wilson followed up the book with titles including "The Little Book of Calm at Work" and "The Little Book of Pleasure" in 1998, "The Little Book of Sleep" and "The Little Book of Hope" in 1999, and "The Little Book of Calm for Life" in 2000. [ [http://www.uea.ac.uk/~k105/resource/calm_resources.html#calmbooks Books on calm] from The University of East Anglia. Accessed 3 December 2007.] [ [http://www.google.co.uk/books?q=%22Little+Book+of%22+%22Paul+Wilson%22 Little Books by Paul Wilson] , Google Books. Accessed 3 December 2007.] The book has been described as having a similar "feel good" message to "Wear Sunscreen", an essay by Mary Schmich which had a similar message to "The Little Book of Calm", and later inspired a best-selling single by Baz Luhrmann. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/336153.stm E-mail inspires cult dance track] , BBC.co.uk. Accessed 3 December 2007.]

References in popular culture

The book featured in numerous satires and parodies in the late Nineties, with cartoons [CartoonStock http://www.cartoonstock.com/lowres/jdo0882l.jpgand http://www.cartoonstock.com/newscartoons/cartoonists/rro/lowres/rron65l.jpg] regularly appearing in UK daily newspapers. "'The Little Book of Calm" was featured in the first episode of the British comedy Black Books, The book becomes lodged between the small intestine and the pancreas of Manny Bianco. We learn that "if it rotates a centimetre or two to the left, [he'd] be dead in seconds." Later "The Little Book of Calm" is "absorbed" into the body of Manny and he becomes one with the world and is able to dole out helpful calm-inviting taunts to passersby, such as "When you're feeling under pressure, do something different. Roll up your sleeves, or eat an orange". (Written by the screenwriters, not the book's author.) [ [http://www.tv.com/black-books/cooking-the-books/episode/92263/summary.html "Cooking the Books" summary] at TV.com. Accessed 3 December 2007.]

Footnotes

External links

* [http://www.calmcentre.com/1quiet/def/def_POQ.asp A Piece of the Quiet] .


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