Real Meditation in Minutes a Day: Optimizing Your Performance, Relationships, Spiritual, and Health

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  • Think more clearly, and more creatively
  • Reconnect with the people who count on you
  • Learn to recognize and encourage the best in ...
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Overview

Got a few minutes? You can:

  • Reduce your stress, even when under pressure
  • Sleep better
  • Get re-energized
  • Think more clearly, and more creatively
  • Reconnect with the people who count on you
  • Learn to recognize and encourage the best in yourself

You know that meditation would probably be good for you, just like you know that you should floss your teeth. First, though, you need the motivation to make it happen. This book, with its jargon—free tone and incredibly simple exercises-little but effective things you can do in just a minute at work, in the car, wherever-will make you want to meditate. You'll realize: it's just a good thing to do. Like flossing—only for your mind.

Real Meditation in Minutes a Day is an easygoing, always-encouraging mental workout buddy, ready to teach and train you. Throughout the book, composite everypersons ""Maria"" and ""Brian"" recount their efforts, reinforcing the basics, answering FAQs, and removing common obstacles and quandaries.

With its clear language and exercises that even the busiest of us can find time for, Real Meditation in Minutes a Day can help anyone to make meditation's very real benefits part of everyday life.

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Editorial Reviews

Herbert Benson
"A readable, engaging, and practical synthesis of Tibetan and Western approaches that alleviate the harmful effects of modern stress."
Jeanne Achterberg
"This book is readable and intelligent, presenting marvelous ways to bring about peace and healing to one's life. I recommend it highly."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780861715565
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications MA
  • Publication date: 5/28/2008
  • Pages: 244
  • Sales rank: 382,444
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph Arpaia, MD, is a psychiatrist in private practice and the medical director of RainRock, a residential facility specializing in the treatment of eating disorders in Eugene, Oregon.

Lobssang Rapgay, PhD, is Director of UCLA's Classical Mindfulness-based Integrative Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety and Anxiety-related Psychosomatic Disorders program.

Tenzin Gyatso, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, is the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. He frequently describes himself as a simple Buddhist monk. Born in northeastern Tibet in 1935, he was as a toddler recognized as the incarnation of the Thirteenth Dalai Lama and brought to Tibet's capital, Lhasa. In 1950, Mao Zedong's Communist forces made their first incursions into eastern Tibet, shortly after which the young Dalai Lama assumed the political leadership of his country. He passed his scholastic examinations with honors at the Great Prayer Festival in Lhasa in 1959, the same year Chinese forces occupied the city, forcing His Holiness to escape to India. There he set up the Tibetan government-in-exile in Dharamsala, working to secure the welfare of the more than 100,000 Tibetan exiles and prevent the destruction of Tibetan culture. In his capacity as a spiritual and political leader, he has traveled to more than sixty-two countries on six continents and met with presidents, popes, and leading scientists to foster dialogue and create a better world. In recognition of his tireless work for the nonviolent liberation of Tibet, the Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. In 2012, he relinquished political authority in his exile government and turned it over to democratically elected representatives.

His Holiness frequently states that his life is guided by three major commitments: the promotion of basic human values or secular ethics in the interest of human happiness, the fostering of interreligious harmony, and securing the welfare of the Tibetan people, focusing on the survival of their identity, culture, and religion. As a superior scholar trained in the classical texts of the Nalanda tradition of Indian Buddhism, he is able to distill the central tenets of Buddhist philosophy in clear and inspiring language, his gift for pedagogy imbued with his infectious joy. Connecting scientists with Buddhist scholars, he helps unite contemplative and modern modes of investigation, bringing ancient tools and insights to bear on the acute problems facing the contemporary world. His efforts to foster dialogue among leaders of the world's faiths envision a future where people of different beliefs can share the planet in harmony. Wisdom Publications is proud to be the premier publisher of the Dalai Lama's more serious and in-depth works.

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Table of Contents


Foreword by His Holiness the Fourteenth   Dalai Lama     xi
Meditation: What It Is, and How This Book Will Teach You to Do It     xiii
Four practices for developing the five mental qualities
Introduction     3
Centering: Putting Your Awareness into Focus     22
Attending: Developing Your Mind's Flexibility and Warmth     42
Concentrating: Developing Mental Clarity     68
Opening: Experiencing Spaciousness, the Key to Your Creativity     89
Recap: What You Have Learned So Far     110
Applying meditation in your daily life
Health: Strengthening Your Mind-Body-Spirit Connection     120
Performance: Enhancing Your Skills and Your Energy     152
Relationships: Resolving Conflict and Reconnecting with Your Loved Ones     174
Spirituality: Increasing the Experience of Love in Your Life     196
Overview: Bringing Basic Meditation Techniques into Your Daily Life     221
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