Meditation For DummiesŪ

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 3, 2011 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 384 pages
The popular guide-over 80,000 copies sold of the first edition-now revised and enhanced with an audio CD of guided meditations

According to Time magazine, over 15 million Americans now practice meditation regularly. It's a great way to reduce stress, increase energy, and enjoy better health. This fun and easy guide has long been a favorite with meditation newcomers. And now it's even better. For this new edition, author Stephan Bodian has added an audio CD with more than 70 minutes of guided meditations that are keyed to topics in the book, from tuning in to one's body, transforming suffering, and replacing negative patterns to grounding oneself, consulting the guru within, and finding a peaceful place. The book also discusses the latest research on the health benefits of meditation, along with new advice on how to get the most out of meditation in today's fast-paced world.

Stephan Bodian (Fairfax, CA and Sedona, AZ) is a licensed psychotherapist and the former editor-in-chief of Yoga Journal. He has written for Fitness, Alternative Medicine, Cooking Light, and Tricycle and is the coauthor of Buddhism For Dummies (0-7645-5359-3).


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The book was very helpful towards explaining how to begin a meditation pattern everyday as well as explaining the purpose of meditation. The examples and historical connections were very useful as ... Read full review

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Definitely the book to start with as a beginner - it explains what meditation is (and even more important, what it is not). Especially appreciated were chap 18 - "ten favorite all-purpose meditations ... Read full review

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What Meditation Is and Isnt
Why Meditate?
Where Meditation Comes From
Laying the Foundation Motivation Attitude and Beginners Mind
How Your Mind Stresses You Out and What You Can Do about
Meditation 101 Relaxing Your Body and Calming Your Mind
Preparing for Meditation Posture Stretching and Sitting Still
Troubleshooting and FineTuning
Troubleshooting the Roadblocks and Side Effects
Developing a Practice That Works for
Cultivating Spirituality
How to Meditate in Everyday Life
Using Meditation for Healing and Performance Enhancement
Answers to Ten Commonly Asked Questions about Meditation
Ten Favorite AllPurpose Meditations

Where to Sit What to Wear and Other Practical Stuff
Effort Discipline and Letting
Opening Your Heart Love Compassion and Forgiveness
Practicing a Half Smile
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Stephan Bodian (Fairfax, CA & Sedona, AZ) is a licensed psychotherapist and former editor-in-chief of the Yoga Journal who has written extensively on spiritual themes. His articles have appeared in numerous national magazines, including Fitness, Alternative Medicine, Cooking Light, Tricycle, and, of course, Yoga Journal. Stephan is the author of Meditation For Dummies (02-99; Wiley; net units LTD: 83,099), which is available in English, Dutch, German, Italian, and French editions, and is co-author of Buddhism for Dummies.

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