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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Meditation

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Meditation [Kindle Edition]

Joan Budilovsky
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You're no idiot, of course. Sometimes you just want to relax, clear your head, rest your aching muscles, and rejuvenate your weary soul. You've heard meditation is a great stress reliever, but sometimes it seems so complicated it makes you downright uptight.


Meditation is easy to learn-especially if you rely on The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Meditation, as you follow the path to inner peace.

In this Complete Idiot's Guide®, you get:

--Zen techniques, including guided imagery and mindfulness, to help you meditate effectively.

--Tips for learning how to use meditation in daily life, including stressful situations, exercise, and fatigue.

--An easy-to-understand explanation of the connections between meditation, sleep, and dreams.

--Expert advice on how and when to meditate and detailed drawings and diagrams for breathing, positions, and more.

--Techniques for meditating to music or modern chants.


This guide teaches the basics of meditation, how to incorporate it into a lifestyle, using it to combat illness, and using it as a spiritual road map and finding ultimate inner peace.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2405 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Alpha (1 Dec 1998)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AR16Q64
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #826,784 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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102 of 108 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent introduction 17 Aug 2001
By A Customer
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I love this book! It's a perfect introduction to meditation, explaining what meditation really is and expelling all the myths about stoned hippies sitting around being 'cosmic'. Simple and down to earth, this book explains what meditation can do for you, how, when and where to do it, and many different techniques to try. It's written with a joyful sense of humour, and there are little 'bliss bytes' and 'mindful minutes' scattered throughout. I would recommend this book to anybody with an interest in meditation, especially to anybody who needs to relax and reduce stress. The Guide to Yoga by the same authors is also well worth buying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 13 Aug 2012
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This book is brilliant and although it takes some time to wade through it is well worth the effort and it's easy to follow for anyone wanting to learn how to meditate for whatever reason.
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11 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A waste of money 15 Aug 2003
By A Customer
I bought this book because I had read in many places that meditation is a good stress reliever. But now that I have finished it, I feel the obligation to warn other people not to buy this book, because doing that is throwing the money.
This book is full of nonsense, such as “guide to interpret the colour of your aura”, “meditation can be like a rehearsal for death”, “remembering a past life”, “oneness with the earth” and “trascend your body and your mind to commune with your true self”.
If you feel better believing in this kind of stuff, then this book is for you. But if you are looking for relieve for stress then look in another place.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much extraneous clutter for this beginner 24 May 2004
By abt1950 - Published on
There's something paradoxical about the idea of an "Idiot's Guide to Meditation." Describing the outward forms of meditation is easy but describing the subjective experience is harder, as is actually doing the meditating. There's real discipline involved in developing mental focus through meditation. Somehow, with all the jumping around from one topic to another in this book, that seemed to get lost in the mix.
Myabe that's where my problems with this book come from. There is so much information given about so many different methods that the basics get buried. The authors throw in various traditions, terminologies, positions, theories, and a few women's magazine quizzes were thrown in, not to mention frequent "Bliss Bytes" and "From A to Om." The book seemed scattered and a little too New Agey for my tastes. Personally, I found Lawrence LeShan's classic "How to Meditate" to be better grounded, more instructive, and a more helpful guide for this idiot.
34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Complete Idiot's Guide to Meditation 5 Nov 2001
By Cassandra Barnes - Published on
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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Meditation, by Joan Budilovsky and Eve Adamson, will answer every question you have about meditation, as well as help you find the kind of meditation that is right for you.
Budilovsky and Adamson have teamed up before with books on yoga and massage, as well as writing independently about holistic health.
They write that "meditation can teach you to live in the now, to know yourself--body, mind, and soul--better, and to find the life you need." They first explain how meditation reduces stress and helps in healing, then discuss how "meditation will lead you to a consideration of life's bigger questions. . ." before getting into the actual techniques for successful meditation.
They emphasize throughout the book that meditation does not conflict with any religious or spiritual beliefs.
Instructions start with how to prepare your mind and body for meditation, then explain the different seated, walking, and moving meditations. The authors discuss how to use mantras, mandalas, and visualization techniques to enhance meditation. They also review the basics of yoga, T'ai Chi, and QiGong as relaxation techniques.
Readers are taught how to adapt religious traditions to "create your own profound meditative exercises." They also learn how to perform "body scans" to determine what their bodies are telling them about their physical health.
Definitions of unfamiliar terms are included with the text, making it easy to understand the information presented. "Mindful Minutes," meditation trivia and anecdotes, are scattered throughout the book.
Budilovsky and Adamson say that with a "few simple techniques, you can harness the awesome power of your own mind-body." In The Complete Idiot's Guide to Meditation, they show you exactly what those techniques are and how to apply them in your own life.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best overall book on the subject 26 July 1999
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This book is one of the best books on the subject of meditation without the excessive religiousity that is often associated with books on this subject. The authors have presented the material in an organized fashion that is useful to the uninitiated and the experienced alike. It gives a good fundamental grasp of the subject in a modern day language emphasizing the scientific basis. It also gives explanation of different types of meditation. The benefits expected and nice little capsule summaries.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Concentrate - Then buy this easy to read, excellent book! 14 Jun 1999
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Is your life out of control? Are you stressed to the limit with family, job and social obligations? If your answer is yes... see a therapist immediately! For the rest of us who want to improve upon and take a break from, the everyday hassles of life, THIS IS OUR BOOK! No mumble, jumble, new age pie in the sky theories here, just a down-to-earth book introducing us to the ages old practice of meditation. History, terminology and easy to follow, step by step meditation techniques are explained in simple terms. You'll also be impressed with all the positive medical benefits associated with meditation. So, after thinking long and hard, if you want to improve the quality of your life, or want to get a taste of, or history of, meditation, you can't go wrong with this great book!
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Down to Earth Beginner's Guide to Meditation 24 Sep 2001
By Charity Skelton - Published on
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This book is definately not for idiots! It contains nearly everything that beginners would be interested in concerning meditation. There are lessons on different cultures and how they meditate, spiritual meditation practices (to reach for enlightenment) how and where to pick the perfect meditation sanctuary, poses and hand positions, moving meditation, and so much more. This manual is written in a down to earth style that makes you feel as though the author is sitting right there with you. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the broad and ever-expanding world of meditation!
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