Praise for Not Quite Nirvana
"Neumann has written the real deal, in which the enlightenment seeker’s life involves hollering at rude drivers and agonizing over what to do when you forget your plastic bags at the grocery store."--Publishers Weekly
"With great humor and a talent for anecdote, Rachel Neumann has compiled honest and homespun autobiographical essays, with snippets from her unusual childhood, on how she tripped into mindfulness practice...Neumann is everywoman. We can all identify with her foiled attempts at mindfulness and compassion, as well as with her moments of true awareness." -- Mindfulness Bell, Autumn 2012
"Neumann's book is a practical exploration of what mindfulness practice can mean if you're a normal, busy person with life, work and family responsibilities. It's a gritty and inspiring story of how to engage with mindfulness wherever you are-at the office desk or on the floor drawing with tired toddlers." --Elephant Journal
"This is down to earth Dharma, from a life story that is honest, practical, charming, and helpful." --Jack Kornfield, author of A Path With Heart"
Rachel Neumann brings wonderful insights to the practice of meditation and what it means to weave it into our everyday lives. This is a great book, one that can help us find balance as well as a sense of peace and clarity in the midst of it all." -- Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Happiness and Lovingkindness "
“Over the past ten years, Rachel Neumann has edited more than twenty of my books. Thanks to her profound understanding of my teachings, style, and voice, my message has been communicated clearly, correctly, and authentically to thousands of readers. I am deeply grateful for her skillful work and dedication.” —Thich Nhat Hanh
With humor, passion, and joy, Rachel Neumann translates century-old Buddhist wisdom into useful tools for busy people today. This is mindfulness for the modern moment.""--Marci Shimoff, New York Times bestselling author of Happy for No Reason.
"What do you get when you cross a Zen master and a cynical, exhausted, new mother? This lovely book--which will make you laugh, remind you to yell at your kids a little less often, and inspire you to find more moments of grace in your daily life."—Ayelet Waldman, author of Bad Mother
"This is a fresh, lively, warm, interesting and valuable book! You will be happy to add it to your library." —Sylvia Boorstein, author of Happiness Is An Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life
Not Quite Nirvana will resonate with anyone who has ever tried to juggle more than two things at once. It’s an important and joyful book, one that left me comforted, refreshed, and inspired to go out and add more kindness to the world. --Tirien Steinbach, Faculty, Berkeley Initiative for Mindfulness in Law