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  • As a meditator with some six months’ experience, I have gone some way on my path of meditation
  • It has been interesting that in my personal journey over the last year, I have listened to many voices offering advice, all of which have helped greatly, but often the voice we ignore is the most important one
  • However, we all need teachers, and although the best teachers are human ones, in person, books have always been an excellent substitute for those keen to learn and research
  • The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Mediation is therefore a useful book for meditators at all different kinds of stages on their journey, and is most definitely not for idiots
  • Like all Idiot’s Guides it is broken into easily digestible chunks, and need not be read all at once, but is the kind of book that can be dipped into, although I would recommend reading it all the way through in the first instance


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      As a meditator with some six months’ experience, I have gone some way on my path of meditation. Although it is a lifelong path, my first footsteps have started my journey, and even the longest journeys start with a single footstep. It has been interesting that in my personal journey over the last year, I have listened to many voices offering advice, all of which have helped greatly, but often the voice we ignore is the most important one: our own. My meditation practice has resulted so far in greater confidence, a calmer outlook on day today problems, greater ability to manage stress, and enhanced creativity coupled with more positive thinking. It is true to say that it has been one of the more worthwhile additions to my life in recent years.

      Of course the only real way to learn meditation is to meditate - you could read all the books in the world on meditation and be very knowledgeable about the subject, without knowing what the meditation experience actually holds (for in many ways this cannot be put


      into words, it can only be experienced directly). However, we all need teachers, and although the best teachers are human ones, in person, books have always been an excellent substitute for those keen to learn and research. On my meditative journey, a number of books have proved very useful indeed in providing information on meditation theories, practices and techniques, enabling me to get started, and if not taking me on the journey, at least offering me signposts in the right direction. For now I will start with a book that provides an excellent introduction for beginners, and the wealth of information inside may also be useful as a refresher for experienced meditation. The converse of something I said earlier is also true - just because someone is an experienced meditator, does not mean that they know all about the theory and practice (indeed practices) of meditation. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Mediation is therefore a useful book for meditators at all different kinds of stages on their journey, and is most definitely not for idiots!

      Written by Joan Budilovsky and Eve Adamson, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Mediation is succinct and comprehensive, giving enough information about all aspects of meditation to whet the appetite of the curious, equip the intrepid and inform the experienced. Like all Idiot’s Guides it is broken into easily digestible chunks, and need not be read all at once, but is the kind of book that can be dipped into, although I would recommend reading it all the way through in the first instance. I certainly found myself marking off segments which I would return to later. So, in plain English, the book offers information on how to find a meditation class if appropriate, how to use mantras and healing sounds, how to use visually based meditation techniques, how meditation can improve health, how to breathe properly when meditating, and explores meditation with yoga practice and poses, as well as different meditation techniques from around the world. There’s a summary of Zen techniques, tips for learning how to use meditation in daily life, such as in stressful situations, an exploration of the connections ...


      • The Complete Idiots Guide to Meditation, Second Edition, book
      between mediation, sleep and dreams, and it also has some useful diagrams and photographs showing possible poses for meditation practice.

      A lot of people claim they don’t have time to meditate, and there is certainly no point in trying to force or cajole people into meditating if they are not, at this time, interested - it would simply be impossible. When you’re ready to begin you’re meditative journey, you’re ready, and if you’re not, you’re not. However, I can honestly say that since I began meditating (now for around an hour a day), I seem to have a lot more time, my mind is more focused so I get things done more quickly, and if I happen to be behind schedule or have a deadline, it doesn’t seem to be a life and death matter any more, and believe me I used to suffer very much from stress and anxiety (although please note that I still do suffer from these, but the meditation has been a very useful addition to my armoury, and proves to be more effective the

      more I do it - one thing this book will tell you is that having too many expectations about meditation is why many people give up when a few sessions don’t transform there lives!) For sure we are all busy, and meditation may not be for everyone - but with a book like this available there is no longer an excuse to put off finding out at least a little more about meditation. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Mediation can be read over a few weeks, perhaps on the train or bus, perhaps 10 minutes a day during a lunch break. Indeed, you might even get so intrigued you make more time! Just analyse how much time you spend, say, chatting with a colleague, or watching soap operas, or perhaps moaning or worrying! Believe me, reading this book could change you life - although it is more likely rather to set you on a life-changing path, or give you potential for this, or perhaps less dramatically give you some food for thought about the mysteries of meditation :)




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