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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 2nd Edition edition (27 Jan. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471777749
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471777748
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 260,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“…For a no–nonsense introduction and how–to instructions, pick up a copy of Meditation For Dummies by Stephan Bodian…” (Red, 1st September 2005) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"An easy–to–follow yet comprehensive introduction to the practice of meditation."
John Gray, author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus

Research has proven that meditation relaxes the body, calms the mind, reduces stress, and enhances overall health and well–being. Whether you′re new to meditation or a seasoned practitioner coming back for a refresher course, this comprehensive book–and–CD package provides a wealth of useful tips and techniques.

Discover how to

  • Explore effective meditation techniques
  • Develop your own meditation practice
  • Meditate for stress reduction, spiritual growth, healing, or performance enhancement
  • Understand the history of meditation and the latest research

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106 of 107 people found the following review helpful By Mavikaya on 3 April 2003
Format: Paperback
At last a book to suit my needs! I have bought many books on meditation. Most of them were too hard to understand or plain just too religious for me. I never intended to join any kind of religion, I just wanted to learn how to meditate. This is the perfect book for that. It explains the different currents, the different ways of meditating and the major difficulties that arise once started. Really a revealing book that answered all my questions and permits me to meditate without joining a monastery!
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By C Tower on 5 Jan. 2008
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This is book draws on basic aspects of many of the disciplines and demystifys some of the potential compents of meditation/chanting/relaxation that can make the person with a lack of understanding of its benefits uncomfortable. It does not promote any particuar method in achieving the ultimate goal but allows, quite simply the reader to cherrypick the ideas that his lifestyle will allow. Its straightforward approach, coupled with its well laid out chapters and practical guidance on the CD really helps in achieving steps towards accomplishment with out despondancy. This author has his feet firmly on the ground, a sense of humour and insight into many of the common traits found in the average person.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Steve J on 8 Mar. 2010
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Firstly, let me preface this with the following points:

1) I am a complete beginner in terms of meditation.
2) I have not read the book cover to cover.

My reasons for buying this book may be similar to yours, they may not. I was looking for a way to reduce stress/anxiety/depression by calming my mind so I thought I would investigate meditation. Not having a clue where to start, it seemed obvious to get the Dummies book as I have always thought them useful introduction books which are often packed with enough information for you to feel like you're getting a lot of value out of it.

This book is no different. There's a vast amount of information in there. Some things you may find useful, others you may not...but I seriously doubt there's a better book to provide you with a good foundation in meditation. Personally, I wanted to get started straight away so I skipped to the end where the author offers some quick and easy-to-follow meditations. I then went back and started reading from the beginning to help myself understand the process a bit more.

I must say that I find the way the book is written to be fantastic. It's "personal" and welcoming to the beginner, but also gives you (or me at least) a sense that it's written by someone who really knows what he's talking about. I also find the structure of the book very good. While there's something there for the scientists out there who want to understand how meditation works (and how it may physically help them), there's plenty of complimentary anecdotes which are a mix of the spiritual side of things and modern day examples.
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63 of 64 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Oct. 2003
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If you are new to meditation and want a book that tells you how - then this is it. It does not avoid the spiritual or historical background but it does concentrate on the practical issues of actually "doing" meditation. It also has enough information on various forms of meditation to enable you to decide for yourself what is best for you. You can then go to a more specialised book for further instruction.
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69 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Gard Reian on 5 Feb. 2002
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This is the perfect book for anyone who wants to learn more about basic meditation. In addition to guiding us through different methods of meditation step by step, Stephen Bodian also gives us a short summary of the history of meditation which is interesting and in the same time puts everything into context.
The book can also help you get past the difficulties you might encounter during mediation. All in all a great book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nobody Famous on 15 Jan. 2009
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I'm a big fan of the Dummies series of books. I've had maybe half a dozen over the years and they're without fail clearly written and easy to follow.

This is the best practical meditation guide I've found. Most of them have been quite focussed on the religious or mystical aspects of meditation while this one is more of a DIY handbook, which I really liked.

The CD that comes with the book is fairly good but I found that the few minutes it spends on each exercise aren't enough. Just as I'm getting into it, the section ends. Having said that, it's probably as good as they could've done within the limitations of a single CD.

If I have a criticism of the book it's that while I like the Dummies books, somehow their lighthearted, jokey approach that's great for most other subjects, seems a little bit at odds with meditation. Maybe a more serene, calm approach would've been better, but that's a minor criticism. This is still a really good book and I'd highly recommend it to anyone interested in taking their first steps in meditation.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Four Violets VINE VOICE on 23 Jan. 2011
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I have no experience of meditation and have never read about it previously, so am unable to compare this with other books. What impressed me is the way the author gets you stuck straight in, and at the same time takes the pressure off to meditate "well" or "improve," by explaining that those concepts are unhelpful - with meditation there is no "linear improvement." Rather, by giving you a mindful awareness of the present moment, meditation helps you to become aware of the chattering voices in your mind, churning out what the author describes as your personal "top ten" insistent visitors - including fear, anger, resentment - the drama, emotions and obsessions that make up your life script. By focussing your mind on the present, rather than the past or future, meditation can ultimately free you from the devastatingly destructive effects of these repetitive patterns. So much in the book struck a chord, especially the mention of inner self judgements and comparisons, and the need to develop the capacity to observe and recognise those without identifying with them - or mistaking them for the truth. If there is a way to deal more positively with situations that would once have provoked you to anger or withdrawal, it's in this book, and that alone makes it worth giving a careful reading to this straightforward, unpatronising, and practical volume.
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