"This is a beautifully explicated work founded in Sufi tradition, which instructs on how to be free from the control of your thoughts. Bitkoff communicates on many levels, from the most obvious and practical to the utterly divine. Prayer, positive thinking, therapeutic meditation and breathing, surrender to God, are all weaved into this story in such a way that you don't always know that you are being instructed.
--Jerry Katz, editor, One: Essential Writings on Nonduality
"Take a journey like no other. It is the trip of a lifetime with an exceptional tour guide. He has visited all the important sites, knows their history and significance, and can tell you where to look to get the best view. The journey is nothing less than your life and the trip is your everyday life experience. In this unique travel guide, Dr. Bitkoff teaches the basics of spiritual growth using allegory, metaphor, narrative and common sense. While life passes all around us, we are taught that our attitudes and beliefs help determine what we see, hear and feel. Dr. Bitkoff helps us to become aware of the relationship between our external environment and internal response. He helps us approach the twists and turns in life by providing intellectual, emotional and spiritual choices that we either never learned or simply failed to pay attention to.
--Michael Greenstein, M.S., Hospital Administrator
"Stewart has written a book for those not afraid to think. In this book he presents simple solutions to attitude and focus problems in ways that explain the spiritual and personal principals which guide attitude. He is not afraid to point out that if we are unhappy or bored it is our own fault. He shows us that the variety of the physical which is a picture of the variety of the spiritual is available for our taking. This is a book about the obvious for those of us too busy to see it. This book can help put us back in touch with choice and with an appreciation for both reality and ourselves."
--Bill Burns, Metaphysician, psychic and teacher
"Most of humanity is asleep.
--A. Hussain, MD, Psychiatrist
"The Commuter's Guide to Enlightenment by Dr. Stewart Bitkoff will serve as an excellent guide for our life path seekers here at Shooting for the Moon Spiritual Development Center. Enlightenment is a step by step process of exploring the knowledge buried within each of us. This book is filled with clear and exciting examples of that process.
--Kathy Brown, owner of Shooting for the Moon Spiritual Development Center
"Dr. Bitkoff has presented us with a plan for entering into the world of Spirit even when engaged in as frustrating an activity as a daily commute on crowded roads. The book is a delightful reminder that Spirit is always present in the moment. Disappointment, grief, surprise, joy, depression and even, horror are woven together into a tapestry of the daily commute and yet, each moment serves as a doorway through which one catches glimpses of the magnificent sacredness which lies just behind the physical world. It is up to the traveler to decide which doors to open.
--Rev. Charles T. Weatherford CtH, OM
"Anyone who feels trapped in frustrating routines will find guidance and inspiration in Stewart's personal travelogue of turning road rage into spiritual insight."
--Matthew Gilbert, director of communications, the Institute of Noetic Sciences and author of The Workplace Revolution
"Like rain in the desert....When I first read A Commuter's Guide to Enlightenment, I found it to be both pleasant and enjoyable. It wasn't until sometime later that I began to appreciate the subtle and profound teachings contained in its pages. Are there really people who can reflect the Light to others? Can one really attain enlightenment while commuting on the Major Deegan Expressway? The answer is, yes! But just like rain in the desert, it may take a little time for one to become more fully aware of the resulting beauty and nourishment engendered by this fascinating book. For the person willing to ride along with Dr. Bitkoff, the commute is definitely worth the effort."
--Dr. Paul S. Miko, University of New Mexico-Albuquerque
"Like Coltrane's intricately woven eighth notes that came from his spiritual depths and transcended the sounds of the saxophone and jazz, Bitkoff's conscious perspectives, in A Commuter's Guide to Enlightenment, weaving the intricacies of driving on the Major Deegan, noting every Mile Marker, being aware of non-signaling drivers, applying exercises like "Seeing What Is In Front of You" and being open to one's Higher Potential create an expansive, transformational feeling of one, big improvisation."
--Janet Lawson, Grammy Nominated Jazz Singer and author of the forthcoming book, The Integrated Artist: Improvisation As A Way of Life
"Pick-up this book; enjoy an entertaining ride for both commuters and non-commuters alike. Clearly written; easily accessible and full of practical tips, exercises and wisdom at each bend in the road. Offering a rare glimpse into the world of the spiritual traveler; for readers helping turn the most mundane of daily activities into a potentially liberating experience."
--Prem Anjali, PhD, Editor, Integral Yoga Magazine
"It is truly amazing what wonderful things are possible when we take a seemingly boring, repetitious, and stressful situation and reframe it as a chance for spiritual growth. Bitkoff has done just that by making the connection between commuting and enlightenment. His mediations are down-to-earth, imaginative, and worthy of experimentation on the road."
--Spirituality and Practice Online
"Bitkoff demonstrates how he uses music, meditation, and the magic of mindful awareness to make each commute an opportunity to use the mind in a different way, taking otherwise "wasted" time and a potentially disagreeable situation and creating from these the very steps needed for spiritual growth."
—ForeWord Magazine, March/April 2008 Issue
A Commuter's Guide to Enlightenment has been selected as one of the"50 Best Spiritual Books" by Spirituality & Practice.
"One part stress management, one morsel spirituality, all parts enlightening - this commuter's guide will speak to anyone who must wake up and face the morning routine."
"[F]or those interested in exploring the intersection between Sufism and modern life, this book may have much to offer. And for those interested in a largely inspirational spirituality rather than more specific guidance, this book may also be of interest."