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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications,U.S.; 1st ed edition (14 July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 073870203X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738702032
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 13.5 x 1.7 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,041,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
" close the book" 24 Oct. 2002
By "roxx33" - Published on
Format: Paperback
This isn't my way of telling you not to read the book. Meditation for Beginners is the only title that I've seen that tells you "read through the exercise, then close the book." Since I am not one long on patience, or someone who follows directions all that well, this advice is perfect for me. If you're new to meditation, you will soon learn that it isn't just the stereotype of chanting "om" in the most uncomfortable position possible. This book shows several types of meditation, such as using walking, mantras, cards, and dreams. Easily distracted? It's okay, part of meditation can be "thinking about thinking." Find the right posture and breathing that works best for you. Should your eyes be opened or closed? Many options are explored to help you find the best possible experience. Meditation for Beginners teaches you how to lock on to inner awareness, even if your thoughts show you being aware of nothing but distraction. This book will encourage you to move to the next levels of relaxation so you can ultimately reach a point of peace and visualization, it will surely lower your blood pressure.
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
When she says beginners, she means beginners. 31 Mar. 2005
By KJ Colleen - Published on
Format: Paperback
I was dissapointed with this book, because it was exactly what I was trying to avoid. Clement falls into the same trap as so many other authors - they tell you when to meditate, why to meditate, who meditates - but never gives a good explanation on HOW to meditate. She never quite gets to the meat and potatoes of meditation. This is a good book to read if you've never heard of meditation - not one article, not one example of the experience - an absolute beginner. Otherwise, throw this junk aside. There are better, more complete guides available (such as "The Best Guide to Meditation" by Victor Davich).
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
great book on meditation 20 Jan. 2004
By Naveen Garg - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book makes you curious about meditation and then makes it easy for you to do it by giving very simple instructions.
The quote from frost's poem "mending wall" in this book is a great motivator to question yourself how meditation might make you think in new ways.
It also gives you examples from every day activities that are similar to its ideas of meditation. But it clarifies watching tv is not meditation, neither is highway hypnosis. It gives you techniques to make you more self aware when involved in these tasks. It also teaches you to concentrate when your mind wanders.
Easily one of the most efficient self help books available.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Message from the Author 5 Nov. 2012
By Stephanie Clement - Published on
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Since I wrote Meditation for Beginners, I have been so excited to see it translated into languages from around the globe. My intention was to develop a book that helps people try meditation without making a commitment to some unknown regimen or dogma. Each chapter in the book encourages you to try something and then decide if it works for you. You may discover that you already have activities that involve meditative practices -- you may not be a raw beginner at all!

The English book has gone through three covers, but retains the original interior design, which I found to be user-friendly from the beginning. Now you can carry it around on your electronic device and have it handy when you travel. The chapters are short enough to read and digest in one sitting, yet you may find yourself returning to your favorites again and again.

Happy reading!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great Introduction to meditiation 17 Sept. 2010
By Occam - Published on
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This is a fantastic book. The reviews here aren't doing this little gem justice by any means. I've read several meditation books, and this one synthesizes the ideas of meditation beautifully and simply. Whether you are completely new to meditation, or have some hours of practice under your belt, you will find insight and clear information in this book.

Stephanie has a gentle, logical approach to the practice, ideas, and benefits of meditation. She clearly explains what meditation is, what it isn't and the various types. She moves slowly, but keeps your interest and provides exercises to do before moving on. It's a great course on meditation, an easy, worthwhile read, and definitely worth the price, as it the ideas and methods within will change your life if you practice them.
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