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Meditation: An In-Depth Guide
     

Meditation: An In-Depth Guide

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by Ian Gawler, Paul Bedson
 

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Meditation is increasingly recommended for relaxation, for enhancing relationships and well-being, to increase performance in sports and business, for personal growth, and to assist healing. Introducing mindfulness-based stillness meditation, Ian Gawler and Paul Bedson explain how to build a daily meditation practice. The authors also show how meditation can be used

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Meditation is increasingly recommended for relaxation, for enhancing relationships and well-being, to increase performance in sports and business, for personal growth, and to assist healing. Introducing mindfulness-based stillness meditation, Ian Gawler and Paul Bedson explain how to build a daily meditation practice. The authors also show how meditation can be used to work with our emotions, aid healing, manage pain, or as a spiritual practice.

Meditation is a path we can pursue and refine throughout our lives. Drawing on modern science as well as ancient Eastern traditions and the authors' own extensive personal experience as practitioners and teachers, this guide offers the techniques and understanding needed to explore meditation practice deeply. It is also an invaluable resource for meditation teachers from all background.

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Library Journal
Meditation can relax the body and focus the mind, improving both the physical and the spiritual health of practitioners. Veterinarian and counselor Gawler and psychotherapist Bedson have written an encyclopedic manual to guide anyone interested in learning to meditate. Both authors have studied with a number of eminent teachers, including Sogyal Rinpoche and Osho, and Gawler explains that meditation helped him survive cancer. An introduction covers the meaning and history of meditation, and the following chapters explore the steps involved: preparation, relaxation of the muscles, mindfulness, and stillness. These chapters are followed by a section that discusses applying the techniques to mind-body medicine, pain management, affirmation, intention, contemplation, and spirituality. An appendix provides working definitions of meditation, and an extensive bibliography offers resources for those who wish to deepen their studies. VERDICT The techniques covered here are described so clearly that anyone who reads the book will be able to learn them. This is an outstanding meditation primer that belongs in all library collections.—Barbara M. Bibel, Oakland P.L.
Kirkus Reviews

In a world of overextended schedules and stress-induced headaches, Gawler (You Can Conquer Cancer, 2007, etc.) and Bedson (The Complete Family Guide to Natural Healing, 2005) offer techniques for achieving peace.

There are many user-friendly books that teach basic meditation, but this edition is particularly unique in its authors' life stories and expertise in the mind-body connection. Bedson spent time in India learning from masters at a Tibetan monastery, and Gawler, diagnosed with swiftly fatal osteogenic sarcoma at the age of 24, overcame his painful disease through meditation and lifestyle change and has remained cancer-free since 1978. Realizing that the Western mind tends to have atake-a-pill-and-fix-it-quickattitude, the authors patiently explain the process and present much good advice, such as how to remain realistic (some people have grandiose expectations of what they will experience). Whether using the direct approach, which creates deep relaxation and an open awareness, or the gradual approach preferred by many novices, preparation is the foundation for creating a space conducive to relaxation, thus unleashing the modern mind to become aware of stillness. Nonetheless, the daily grind can often interfere with meditation, and the authors include many practical applications—e.g., breathing exercises to help prevent some common obstacles to mindfulness, like boredom, restlessness and impatience. There are manifold physical and psychological benefits from meditation—lower blood pressure, pain management, riddance of bad habits or negative thought patterns, etc.—and each positive outcome creates a healthy mind-body ripple effect that radiates understanding, compassion and love for others.

Regardless of religious beliefs or life situations, any reader would benefit from the Mindfulness-Based Stillness Meditation (MBSM) techniques clearly outlined here.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585428618
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/02/2011
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
642,614
Product dimensions:
5.86(w) x 8.94(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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"Regardless of religious beliefs or life situations, any reader would benefit from the Mindfulness-Based Stillness Meditation (MBSM) techniques clearly outlined here. There are many user-friendly books that teach basic meditation, but this edition is particularly unique in its authors’ life stories and expertise in the mind-body connection. Bedson spent time in India learning from masters at a Tibetan monastery, and Gawler, diagnosed with swiftly fatal osteogenic sarcoma at the age of 24, overcame his painful disease through meditation and lifestyle change and has remained cancer-free since 1978."
—Kirkus Review

Praise for YOU CAN CONQUER CANCER:

"An exceptional man with an exceptional story about recovering and healing. This is not only about cancer but about your life and choices."
—Dr. Bernie Siegel, author of Love, Medicine and Miracles

"A wonderfully practical, inspiring guide both for preventing and healing cancer."
—Dr. Joan Borysenko, author of Minding the Body, Mending the Mind

"There is hope for people with life-threatening cancer, and this book is where to find it."
—George Jelinek, Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Western Australia

Meet the Author

Ian Gawler is a pioneer in the therapeutic application of meditation. He is the author of the bestselling books Meditation Pure & Simple, Peace of Mind, and You Can Conquer Cancer. He is the founder of The Gawler Foundation of Melbourne, Australia.

Paul Bedson is a counselor, psychotherapist, meditation instructor, and natural therapist. He has been working in the field of mind/body medicine for more than twenty years.

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Meditation: An In-Depth Guide 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
sandrabrazier More than 1 year ago
I have studied meditation for years and have read many books. Any book about meditation is going to be vague, considering the subject matter. However, this book is unique. It actually gives the reader a clear step-by-step process to meditation. Written in clear and concise language, it is very easy to follow. Written by two very qualified experts, Ian Gower and Paul Bedson, this book speaks from their real searches for and a true experience of meditation. Both men were seeking peace and fulfillment. This search led both men to a practice of meditation and an exploration into how to best achieve it. This book is unusual. The usual approach to meditation is rather vague, as the way to achieve it is vague and different for each person. Gower’s and Bedson’s method, the Mindfulness-Based Stillness Meditation, is based, as the name suggests, on mindfulness. This is nothing new, but, in this book, they give step-by-step directions to achieve this. When I say step-by-step, I mean it. Literally every single step is described intensely. They have broken down the meditation into four main steps: preparation, relaxation, mindfulness, and stillness. This method is not a different way to meditate, it just provides a more exact method that allows beginners to learn how to meditate effectively. One section that I found particularly useful is their chapter on mindfulness of emotions. In this chapter, they show an effective and healthy way to handle the emotions. It is a method that leads to self-love, self-confidence, and spiritual maturity. There is still so much I can say about the usefulness of this book. In short, this is THE BOOK that you need if you wish to learn effective meditation.