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Meditation For Dummies

Meditation For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Stephan Bodian , Dean Ornish
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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)

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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2961 KB
  • Print Length: 387 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0471777749
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (9 May 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004DGJ9GS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #759,555 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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106 of 107 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening 3 April 2003
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
5.0 out of 5 stars relaxed just reading it! 5 Jan 2008
By C Tower
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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63 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE book for beginners 10 Oct 2003
By A Customer
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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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent introduction 8 Mar 2010
By Steve J
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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69 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A helpful guide to basic meditation 5 Feb 2002
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
5.0 out of 5 stars A little bit jokey but a great beginner's guide 15 Jan 2009
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jane's review 20 Feb 2009
Easy to read full of helpful information.Covers the whole field well.I found it a great help as a beginner to meditation. My reason for purchase was to see if meditation helped me with my health problems. I certainly am beginning to feel the benefits.The Cd included with the book is great I have put it on my ipod and can listen to the helpful advise whilst out and about.I would recommend this book to any beginner who is interested in improving their mental and physical health.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good value!
As described, good value!
Published 1 month ago by Keith Stevens
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for beginners to meditation
This is the first book on meditation I ever bought, and one I continue to return to to this day. Unlike many of the other books I have read, this is straightforward and very... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Peter M
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
This book could keep you going all your life! I was very impressed no jargon! I feel calm and and connected with the world and my loved ones when i read this, i just gets you to... Read more
Published 15 months ago by claire butcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Meditation for Dummies
An excellent read and one of the more important books I have read. It sets meditation within its historical context as a pursuit aimed at exploring (and managing) our inner... Read more
Published 21 months ago by rayaubrey
4.0 out of 5 stars Meditation book
Very well written and easy to follow, a good interpretation and easy to understand various exercises. The enclosed CD was very good
Published 22 months ago by Linda White
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I was expecting
I had hoped this book would focus more on the scientific and medical side of meditation, because I saw an MD as the leading name. Read more
Published on 18 Oct 2012 by Shuffle
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing
Unfortunately I felt like reading this book is like panning for gold. .. you have to sift through a lot of waffle to find the good stuff and unfortunately like panning for gold.. Read more
Published on 2 April 2012 by nopenname
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommend
A friend loaned me the first edition of this book as I had mentioned to her that I was thinking about taking up meditation. Read more
Published on 30 Oct 2011 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
Excatly what I was looking for....easy to read and understand! Would recommend to anyone wanting to get to grips with learning how t meditate.
Published on 5 Sep 2011 by Karla
3.0 out of 5 stars CD was a burnout alright
I give the book 4 stars but the CD only 2 stars, this averages out at 3 stars. I thought I would pick up on a few more meditative ideas for the hard to hit parts. Read more
Published on 10 July 2011 by jammy person
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