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  • Paperback: 158 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (20 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1484941284
  • ISBN-13: 978-1484941287
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S Smyth on 11 Aug. 2013
Format: Paperback
This book on the principles, practice and benefits of meditation is very comprehensive about the subject. It is written in a pleasant and conversational style, and is clearly organised into its various sections. The particulars of specific meditation techniques/regimes, such as Transcendental Meditation (TM), are not dwelt upon in depth. However, for those who are interested in TM and/or other speciality lines of meditation, URLs are provided.

By coincidence this book is a fit with my Coursera-MOOC Signature Track, Introductory Human Physiology by Jennifer Carbrey and Emma Jakoi. The thought being that, if a less stressed body and brain have less cortisol to deal with, one's homeostatic system which is regulated by one's brain, is less stressed with having to deal with an excess of cortisol that can lead to unwanted weight gain.

In addition, I have noted that Robert Greene the author of Mastery and the 48-Laws of Power etc, finds meditation to be helpful. Perhaps a mastery of meditation is an aid towards the mastery of one's vocation in life. One's vocation being a point of focus, for one's meditation.

Whilst redecorating my new study is not my vocation, perhaps the chore of painting the walls and ceiling and wood trims, may be considered a line of Active Meditation (AM): Dirt off. Paint on. Dirt off. Paint on. Dirt off. Paint on.... Well... it eases the pain and lowers my cortisol levels -- one wall at a time -- to think of it like that :-)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Meditation - Who knew it was so simple and easy to learn? 17 July 2013
By Holly Ralston Oyler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Meditation is something I have flirted with for years but it seemed overly complicated and time consuming, not only to learn but also to practice. I needed something simple and easy to follow through on. Meditation: How To Reduce Stress, Get Healthy, And Find Your Happiness In Just 15 Minutes a Day jumped off the Amazon page and into my Kindle in a matter of seconds. I had every intention of reading it over the long holiday weekend. Instead, I turned on my Kindle later that evening and started reading - and kept reading - and, well you know the drill, kept reading until I finished it.

Loveman explains the myths and history of meditation in a interesting quick read section. Pages 15 through 23, Reaping the Many Benefits of Meditation sealed the deal with my determination to make meditation work for me. The book went on to choosing the best meditation technique for me (interesting, I had to make that choice and was not told what I needed to do). I made the choice so now I have a vested interest in continuing with learning the basics and preparing my mindset to meditate.

Loveman spends several pages on the power of breathing correctly. I found this section totally fascinating. I am a shallow breather and always have been. Following some of the instructions given in this section has already improved my ability to stay focused for longer periods of times. Another totally unexpected benefit of deeper breathing is the tone and clarity of my skin, a change that friends and family noticed right away. At age 66, that alone was worth the price of the book.

Learning how to live in the moment has been a huge transition for me. I have always taken pride in the fact that I juggle several projects at the same time and multitask all day long. Turns out that is not a healthy way to live. Loveman demonstrates how to strengthen our focus muscle during the day, over and above the meditation session. All I can say about this exercise is WOW - we have five senses we totally take for granted and pay little attention to.

Be prepared to find a new awareness of unconditional love and forgiveness. You will notice how non-angry you have become. A commercial may bring you to tears, or a simple statement from a family member will fill your heart with joy and love.

Within a week your 15 minute meditation session will become the highlight of your day. You will make room for it, no matter what else happens or attempts to side track your effort.

When you have finished the book you will have discovered the truth about meditation and the myths surrounding it. You will actually feel how meditation can benefit you physically, psychologically and emotionally. You will have learned the difference between concentration (structured) meditation and mindfulness (unstructured) meditation and the 14 meditation techniques that fall into those two categories. Learning to control your breathing is an unbelievable feeling, experience and accomplishment.

This book is a great overview and introduction to meditation, especially if you are wanting to keep the meditation process simple and something you can easily work into your daily life. By the last page you will have made a new friend, Lucy Loveman. You can visit her website [...] to learn more. You will also find a a list of guided meditations to help you with taking the next step on your journey.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Review from a quick skim 24 Jun. 2014
By Sariah Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I have recently had several issues with anxiety and being able to fall asleep. I'd used some meditation techniques when I was pregnant but hadn't used them in years. This looks like a really good guide to help with my anxiety and insomnia. I'm looking forward to trying more of the activity meditations when I exercise.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
MEDITATION FOR BEGINNERS 26 Jun. 2014
By K. Tee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
A concise and accessible guide to recreational meditation. The book is well-structured. It starts with a short introduction to the history of meditation, and goes on to dispel some common myths about the practice. It does a good job of selling you the benefits of meditating, if for some reason you were reading a book about meditation despite being interested in meditation.

Where the book really shines is in its pedagogy. The practice is sensibly categorized into two main types and the author describes several ways to go about each. The book covers meditating in a variety of positions to accommodate people with various degrees of mobility (I prefer the traditional lotus position, myself), so the wheelchair-bound and even the bedridden can still apply the principles in the book.

The book is also refreshingly frank and realistic about the expectations you should have about what you'll get out of meditating. In the author's own words, by the end of the book you "won't be levitating or going into death-like trances."

At the end of the day, it's a short, practical guide to an art that is needed now more than ever. Time and money well spent.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A thorough introduction to the art and craft of meditation. 11 Aug. 2013
By S Smyth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This book on the principles, practice and benefits of meditation is very comprehensive about the subject. It is written in a pleasant and conversational style, and is clearly organised into its various sections. The particulars of specific meditation techniques/regimes, such as Transcendental Meditation (TM), are not dwelt upon in depth. However, for those who are interested in TM and/or other speciality lines of meditation, URLs are provided.

By coincidence this book is a fit with my Coursera-MOOC Signature Track, Introductory Human Physiology by Jennifer Carbrey and Emma Jakoi. The thought being that, if a less stressed body and brain have less cortisol to deal with, one's homeostatic system which is regulated by one's brain, is less stressed with having to deal with an excess of cortisol that can lead to unwanted weight gain.

In addition, I have noted that Robert Greene the author of Mastery and the 48-Laws of Power etc, finds meditation to be helpful. Perhaps a mastery of meditation is an aid towards the mastery of one's vocation in life. One's vocation being a point of focus, for one's meditation.

Whilst redecorating my new study is not my vocation, perhaps the chore of painting the walls and ceiling and wood trims, may be considered a line of Active Meditation (AM): Dirt off. Paint on. Dirt off. Paint on. Dirt off. Paint on.... Well... it eases the pain and lowers my cortisol levels -- one wall at a time -- to think of it like that :-)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is the perfect meditation book for beginners! 25 Jun. 2014
By Justin Brian Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I am very happy I discovered this meditation book. I have been on the verge of a mental break down and my friend recommended this book to me. It's turned my life around to say the least. It has proven that meditation is very easy and not difficult whatsoever to get started. I would highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to learn more about meditation, truly really relieve stress and improve their life for the better. A+++
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