Meditation For Dummies

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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 ...

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Overview

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: 9781118291443
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/28/2012
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 105,684
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephan Bodian, a licensed psychotherapist and former editor-in-chief of Yoga Journal, has practiced and taught meditation for over 40 years and has written extensively on meditation, stress management, and spirituality. His articles have appeared in Fitness, Cooking Light, Natural Solutions, and other national magazines.

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Table of Contents

Foreword xxi

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Acquainted with Meditation 7

Chapter 1: Embarking on Your Meditation Journey 9

Chapter 2: Why Meditate? 25

Chapter 3: Zen and Now: Where Meditation Comes From 41

Chapter 4: Your Brain on Meditation and How it Impacts Your Life 57

Part II: Getting Started 69

Chapter 5: Laying the Foundation: Motivation, Attitude, and Beginner’s Mind 71

Chapter 6: How Your Mind Stresses You Out and What You Can Do about It 81

Chapter 7: Mindfulness Meditation: Awareness of the Here and Now 101

Chapter 8: Preparing Your Body for Meditation 113

Chapter 9: Where to Sit, What to Wear, and Other Practical Stuff 129

Chapter 10: Just Doing It: Discipline, Effort, and Letting Go 141

Chapter 11: Opening Your Heart with Love and Compassion 153

Part III: Troubleshooting and Fine-Tuning Your Practice 171

Chapter 12: Meditating with Challenging Emotions and Habitual Patterns 173

Chapter 13: Troubleshooting Common Roadblocks and Side Effects 193

Chapter 14: Developing a Practice That Works for You 211

Part IV: Meditation in Action 223

Chapter 15: Cultivating Spirituality 225

Chapter 16: Don’t Worry, Be Happy — with Meditation 251

Chapter 17: Meditating in Everyday Life 271

Chapter 18: Using Meditation for Healing and Performance Enhancement 287

Part V: The Part of Tens 307

Chapter 19: Ten Commonly Asked Questions about Meditation 309

Chapter 20: Ten Favorite All-Purpose Meditations 315

Part VI: Appendixes 325

Appendix A: Meditation Resources 327

Appendix B: About the CD 339

Index 341

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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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    Got to have it!

    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.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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