The Best Meditations on the Planet: 100 Techniques to Beat Stress, Improve Health, and Create Happiness-In Just Minutes A Dayby Martin Hart
“With The Best Meditations on the Planet we have a thoroughly modern, personally unique encyclopedia for specific meditations for physical, emotional and spiritual health and healing—for self and for the entire planet. This is the most comprehensive approach to practical meditation I have seen and enjoyed. I will be recommending it to/i>
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“With The Best Meditations on the Planet we have a thoroughly modern, personally unique encyclopedia for specific meditations for physical, emotional and spiritual health and healing—for self and for the entire planet. This is the most comprehensive approach to practical meditation I have seen and enjoyed. I will be recommending it to everyone.” —C. Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D., founder of the American Holistic Medical Association and president of Holos Institutes of Health
The Best Meditations on the Planet gives you 100 meditations that can be used anytime and anywhere to immediately improve your emotional, mental, and physical well-being.
— Release Stress at the End of the Day
— Breathe Deeply to Lower Your Blood Pressure
— Manage Anger by Disconnecting Your “Buttons”
— Release Performance Anxiety
— Unblock Your Creativity
Over the last decade hundreds of scientific studies have touted the benefits of meditation and its ability to do everything from rewire your brain for happiness to bolster your immune system against illness to improve your mental concentration and performance. If you’ve always wanted to reap the benefits of meditation but were concerned that it is too hard, takes too much time, or requires a complicated esoteric rituals, The Best Meditations on the Planet, will get you meditating—and experiencing benefits—immediately.
Drawing on techniques from all over the world, each meditation is set up in seven steps or fewer and can be practiced in just minutes. Whether you’re a novice looking to begin your practice or a more advanced meditation practitioner seeking new techniques, The Best Meditations on the Planet will give you powerful tools and techniques to change your life for the better.
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Release Performance Anxiety
Does your heart beat faster, your hands sweat, your mouth go dry, or your stomach tie itself in knots when you’re in the spotlight? If so, you’re not alone. Approximately 75 percent of us experience some type of performance anxiety. Even accomplished profes- sionals often suffer from stage fright. An eight-week study of musicians, published in Psychology of Music in 2008, found that meditation improved participants’ performance anxiety as well as their performance quality. Whether you have stage fright, interview anxiety, first date jitters, or any other type of performance anxiety, the following meditation will help you feel grounded, protected, and confident.
1} Sit quietly in a place where you feel comfort- able and close your eyes.
2} Imagine a shaft of light, like a laser beam, descending from above you. Sense it enter the crown of your head and travel down through the center of your body.
3} Feel the light move through each chakra and then exit your tailbone region (this experience may give you quite a rush). Imagine the shaft of light continuing its descent, all the way down to the very center of the Earth. See or sense the beam grounding you as it anchors you to the Earth.
4} Now, imagine a sphere of luminescent light forming around you, like a cocoon. This sphere shields you and provides a sense of security.
5} From your place within the sphere, ask your Higher Self to remove the anxiety you are experiencing.
6} Feel the sphere drawing the anxiety and ten- sion out of you and away from you.
7} Remain in the meditation for as long as you like. When you feel ready, open your eyes.
Freed of the anxiety and tension, you can now enjoy the performance, the date, the interview. Periodically, notice that the shaft of light is still anchoring you and the luminescent sphere is still shielding you.
Meet the Author
Dr. Martin Hart is the founder and president of the American Society of Alternative Therapists (ASAT) and has been in counseling and alternative health education for thirty-five years. Since 1978, Dr. Hart has taught meditation both in the U.S. and internationally, at some of the largest corporations in Asia, as well as top colleges and research facilities. He has certified more than 1,700 practitioners in his unique system of counseling and self-healing. His courses and workshops have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, the London Sunday Telegraph, and other publications. He has also appeared on national and international television and radio programs discussing his work.
Skye Alexander is the author of more than two dozen fiction and nonfiction books, many in the field of mind/body healing, including 10-Minute Feng Shui, The Care and Feeding of Your Chi, and The Pocket Encyclopedia of Healing Touch Therapies. She has practiced meditation and yoga for 35 years.
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