Meditation for Your Life: Creating a Plan that Suits Your Style

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Llewellyn Worldwide, Sep 8, 2012 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 312 pages
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A step toward peace of mind is a step in the right direction

The benefits of meditation are boundless: reduced stress and pain, peace of mind, and an improved sense of resilience. But which style of meditation is right for you?

Meditation for Your Life explains the six basic forms of meditation and helps you identify which ones suit you best. Robert Butera, PhD, guides you in establishing a meditation practice based on your person-ality type, life experience, and personal preferences.

The six types of meditation are:

Breath Visualization Mantra Devotion, prayer, or intentionality Mindfulness Contemplative inquiry

Prepare your mind with relaxation exercises, conscious breathing, and positive thinking. Discover the six basic forms of meditation, and identify the techniques that work best for you. Use guided questions, exercises, and journaling to personalize your practice. Learn what steps you can take to stay motivated and consistent over time, and let the benefits of meditation blossom for your entire life.


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Meditation for Your Life, in the tradition of Butera's The Pure Heart of Yoga, offers a practical guide to practitioners at all points on the path. His simple yet profound lifestyle recommendations and suggestions to shift consciousness to a more relaxed and unitive frame give us plenty of tools to keep our lives stress-free and meditation practice vital! A great book if you want to learn how to meditate and CONTINUE meditating! Butera's Meditation for Your Life is a handbook for lifelong practice. 

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First let me start by saying that I am actually a student of Dr. Butera as well as a fan of his writing. This book is a practical and simplifying approach to meditation. It is great for a beginner like myself, but also offers useful information for meditators at any level. The thing that I am most drawn to is that I know that he lives the way he teaches. He never simply gathered up information that someone else had discovered and crammed it into a book. He lives it and writes from his own experiences and what he knows is true, what better way is there to write this type of book? Meditation for Your Life lets you discover your own meditation style and develop a routine practice that suites you, and guess what!? When it suites you it sticks. Thank you Dr. Bob for shining the light in the right direction so I can find my path!!  


Six Types of Meditation 10 Type 1 Breath145
Sustaining a Meditation Practice 16 Doing No Harm 235
Identifying Stressful Behaviors
Beyond Positive Thinking or Pure Thinking
Deep Breathing
What NonStealing Entails 245
Sensory Mastery
Contentment 265

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Robert Butera, MDiv, PhD (Devon, PA) founded the YogaLife Institute in Pennsylvania, where he trains yoga and meditation teachers and comprehensive yoga therapists. Robert’s PhD at CA Institute of Integral Studies focused on Yoga Therapy for Immunity. He publishes Yoga Living Magazine and authored The Pure Heart of Yoga and Meditation for Your Life. Visit him online at

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