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Publisher's Summary

A no-nonsense guide to establishing a personal meditation practice, changing your life, and taking hold of your dreams.

CONFESSION: This is not really an audiobook about meditation.

Yes, Justin Michael Williams is going to teach you everything you need to know about meditation - but if you came looking for a typical program on mindfulness, you're in the wrong place.

We are modern people in a high-tech world. We have first world problems and long to-do lists. And if you grew up in struggle - overcoming homophobia, sexism, trauma, shame, depression, poverty, toxic masculinity, racism, or social injustice - you need a different type of meditation...one that doesn't pretend the struggle doesn't exist.

Now, Justin introduces Freedom Meditation - an approach that addresses disillusionment, social justice, and shame; strengthens intuition; cuts through self-doubt; and empowers you to make better decisions. Here, you will discover: 

  • The five myths that create roadblocks to meditation
  • How to actually find stillness when your mind is going crazy
  • What nobody tells you about "setting intentions" and the science of manifesting
  • Why you must turn toward toxic thoughts rather than just papering over them with positivity
  • The opportunity and danger of getting creative ideas during meditation
  • How meditation can help you find more success in your work and relationships
  • Daily rituals that cement and enrich your practice
  • How to use mindfulness to take action toward the causes you believe in and get sh!t done 

Read by the author, this innovative audiobook guides you step by step in creating a custom meditation ritual that fits in with your busy (and sometimes messy!) life. Whether you've tried meditation but it never sticks, or you've heard about it but never gave it a shot, Stay Woke gives people of all genders, identities, colors, religions, ages, and economic backgrounds the tools to stop wasting time, overcome self-doubt, and wake up to the lives we were really born to live.

©2020 Justin Michael Williams (P)2020 Sounds True

Critic Reviews

"The world needs all its flowers, and you are one. Whether for personal stress reduction, a greater sense of belonging and being beautiful and okay as you are, or for catalyzing racial, social, and economic justice in our time, this book could be a godsend, a portal into embodied clarity, wakefulness, meaning, and action. Enter. Enter. Enter. And trust in your capacity to flower in your own way for the sake of the world." (Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, author of Full Catastrophe Living and Mindfulness for All, founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR))

"I started meditating after recognizing the rage inside of me was eating away at my spirit. I wish I would have had Williams' book as a young person navigating racism, sexism, and homophobia. Stay Woke is a beacon of light in a time of deep despair. We are reminded through Justin's writing how necessary our healing actually is." (Patrisse Cullors, New York Times best-selling author of When They Call You a Terrorist)

"Clear, empowering, practical, and joyful." (Jack Kornfield, PhD, author of A Path with Heart)

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  • LM
  • 21-04-2020

Gem

This book teaches you more than meditation, it teaches individual power and infinite possibilities. It gives you a look and understanding you didn’t know you needed. This book is a resource for life. I am grateful for the heart Justin poured into writing and narrating this book, he is a total gem.

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  • Kim Sheehy
  • 16-04-2021

Almost, but not quite

I enjoyed the paperback a lot. The audio version fell a little flat. The whisper voice was a little too much at times and there was also too much self promotion. He's an amazing young man with an amazing story though.

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  • Sharon
  • 16-10-2020

A Treasure Trove of Helpful Information!

A beautifully written meditation guide for the “marginalized” who come in all different colors, sizes, shapes, and walks of life ... a little something for everyone! The beauty of the book is the way Justin weaves his meaningful message by recounting tales of his childhood spending time with his grandmother learning to cook. In this book, he serves up the ultimate dish and tribute to her honor. For those wanting to start or enhance their meditation practice, this book is a wonderful resource!

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  • IB
  • 01-10-2020

Unique and powerful

I have a bookcase full of meditation books but this one was really special to me. Justin has a way of speaking to people who are often ignored and overlooked by communities that call themselves spiritual. He also speaks powerfully to millennials and younger who are new to meditation. If any of that is you, check this book out!

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  • Wendy Chan
  • 22-09-2020

WOW ‼️‼️

Having had a “regular” mediation practice this just came along and BLEW THE FREAKIN LID OFF 💥💥💥💥💥💥
Wow ‼️‼️Can’t thank you enough for your authenticity and openness 🙇🏽‍♀️

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  • Kenzie
  • 14-06-2020

Stay woke

An amazing audiobook! There is so much wisdom in this book and great life lessons.

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