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Take an inward journey for a happier, healthier, more productive life

Meditation is a great way to reduce stress, increase energy, and enjoy better health. It is believed to result in a state of greater calmness and physical relaxation, and psychological balance. Plus, practicing meditation can change how you relate to the flow of emotions and thoughts in your everyday life.

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Take an inward journey for a happier, healthier, more productive life

Meditation is a great way to reduce stress, increase energy, and enjoy better health. It is believed to result in a state of greater calmness and physical relaxation, and psychological balance. Plus, practicing meditation can change how you relate to the flow of emotions and thoughts in your everyday life.

This fun and easy guide has long been a favorite with meditation newcomers . . . and now it's even better. Meditation For Dummies offers a newly recorded CD featuring more than 70 minutes of music and guided meditations that are keyed to topics in the book, from tuning in to your body, transforming suffering, and replacing negative patterns to grounding yourself, consulting the guru within, and finding a peaceful place. The book also discusses the latest research on the health benefits of meditation, along with new advice on how to get the most out of meditation in today's fast-paced world.

  • Includes new information on the recent research on the causes of happiness and how meditation can improve mood
  • Features a set of suggested meditations for becoming happier
  • Examines new research on brain changes in people practicing meditation
  • New, revised, and refreshed content throughout, including insight into the best meditation apps, electronic content, and websites

Praised by Deepak Chopra as "a useful guidebook filled with clear instructions and helpful hints," this hands-on, friendly guide gives you everything you need to begin experiencing the many benefits of meditation.

CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of the e-book file, but are available for download after purchase.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471777748
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/6/2006
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephan Bodian (Fairfax, CA & Sedona, AZ) is a licensed psychotherapist and former editor-in-chief of the Yoga Journal  who has written extensively on spiritual themes. His articles have appeared in numerous national magazines, including Fitness, Alternative Medicine, Cooking Light, Tricycle, and, of course, Yoga Journal. Stephan is the author of Meditation For Dummies (02-99; Wiley; net units LTD: 83,099), which is available in English, Dutch, German, Italian, and French editions, and is co-author of Buddhism for Dummies.
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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: Getting Acquainted.

Chapter 1: What Meditation Is — and Isn’t.

Chapter 2: Why Meditate?

Chapter 3: Where Meditation Comes From.

Chapter 4: Laying the Foundation: Motivation, Attitude, and Beginner’s Mind.

Chapter 5: How Your Mind Stresses You Out and What You Can Do about It.

Part II: Getting Started.

Chapter 6: Meditation 101: Relaxing Your Body and Calming Your Mind.

Chapter 7: Preparing for Meditation: Posture, Stretching, and Sitting Still.

Chapter 8: Where to Sit, What to Wear, and Other Practical Stuff.

Chapter 9: Effort, Discipline, and Letting Go.

Chapter 10: Opening Your Heart: Love, Compassion, and Forgiveness.

Part III: Troubleshooting and Fine-Tuning.

Chapter 11: Meditating with Challenging Emotions and Habitual Patterns.

Chapter 12: Troubleshooting the Roadblocks and Side Effects.

Chapter 13: Developing a Practice That Works for You.

Part IV: Meditation in Action.

Chapter 14: Cultivating Spirituality.

Chapter 15: How to Meditate in Everyday Life.

Chapter 16: Using Meditation for Healing and Performance Enhancement.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 17: Answers to Ten Commonly Asked Questions about Meditation.

Chapter 18: Ten Favorite All-Purpose Meditations.

Chapter 19: Ten Meditation Research Studies—and What They Mean for You!

Part VI: Appendixes.

Appendix A: Meditation Resources.

Appendix B: About the CD.

Index.

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  • Posted August 1, 2009

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    Perfect for Beginners

    If you are like me, and are beginning to explore meditation, this book will be a wonderful addition to your library. Bodian, the author, is the former editor-in-chief of Yoga Journal. He explains meditation in a down to earth manner, and guides you every step of the way. The book covers various types of meditation without favoring one over the other. It offers an informative, practical, and comprehensive look at meditation. I don't know if it would be useful for a seasoned meditation practitioner, but it is certainly the best book for a beginner like me.

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    If you are somebody that just starts out learning Meditation this is the book to have ,love the Cd that comes with it.Give it a try it is worth the money.

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