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A helpful book for many people, with a few minor gripes
on 10 December 2015
Well written and I'm sure it will help many people.
The audio meditation exercises are a key component. On the whole they are good, but I wonder if a little more thought could have been put into some of them. For instance, the body scan meditation includes an explanation of how the diaphragm works, which goes on for a minute or two. That's fine to hear once, but given that you are supposed to repeat this meditation again and again on a daily basis, you really don't need to hear this explanation again and again. For me it ends up being distracting - it's the sort of thing that should be explained in the book itself but left out of the audio track, which should be used to guide the meditation rather than to explain things.
The book comes with the audio tracks on CD but also provides soundcloud links to stream the files. The soundcloud files worked at first but at some point seem to have been removed. This is a bit annoying for people who no longer use CD players.
It's worth being aware that this book is very similar to the several others written by the same authors. Each one has a slightly different emphasis (depression, stress, health, creativity, etc.) but the fundamental ideas are the same. Have a look and choose the one that seems most helpful for you - there's not much point in buying more than one of them.