Relieve stress and improve your understanding of yourself with the ultimate meditation guide for beginners
While meditation is viewed in many ways, it’s essentially the slowing down of your thoughts in order to achieve awareness. Most meditation practitioners use it as a means of focusing their thoughts and relaxing in their space and mind. Many use it as a daily form of prayer. Meditation can help focus your thinking, lower your stress levels, lower risks for medical issues (such as high blood pressure, glucose levels, and heart disease) and is considered to be preventative medicine. It promotes mind-body balance and fitness, mindfulness, and creativity.
Idiot’s Guides®: Meditation offers a concise, easy-to-grasp primer on the numerous types of meditation and how to practice them. This book includes:
· The definition and fundamental basics of meditation.
· Preparing to meditate: what, when, and where to meditate.
· Tips for dealing with distractions while meditating.
· Working meditation into your daily life.
· Types of meditation: Zen, Vipassana (breathing), Tibetan Buddhist, mindfulness, Jewish meditation, Christian prayer, Sufi meditation, and Native American meditation.
· The physical and mental benefits of each type of meditation.
· Mind-body connection (dealing with emotional challenges and habitual patterns).
· Meditation in adults and children.
· Healing meditation (dealing with pain).
About the Author
Domyo Sater Burk has been a student of meditation for 20 years. Ordained as a Soto Zen priest in 2001, she had seven years of residential training at Dharma Rain Zen Center and was empowered to function as an independent Zen teacher in 2010 by Rev. Gyokuko Carlson. In addition to Zen meditation, Burk has experience with mindfulness and all the various forms of Buddhist meditation, and has developed a profound respect for the power of meditation to help people access their inner peace, balance, and wisdom. She is also the author of Idiot's Guides: Zen Living and Idiot's Guides: Mindfulness, and leads Bright Way Zen Center in Portland, Oregon.