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A recipe book for meditators,
This review is from: The Meditation Bible: Godsfield Bibles (Paperback)
The Meditation Bible is perfect for someone like me, who wants to explore the benefits of meditation without subscribing to Buddhism or any other belief system. Gauding gives a brief introduction to posture, basic breathing exercises etc - but the vast majority of the book is a sort of recipe book for meditation. Each section gives a series of meditations with very practical applications. Coming out of a relationship? Preparing for surgery? Just wanting to enjoy the outdoors, or calm down after a busy day at work? There is a meditation here for you, explained with great clarity.
I had wanted to try meditation for a while, but was put off by the books that tell me to visualise my chakra colours glowing, or to meditate upon the kindness of the Buddha etc. This book is a much more secular affair. If you are drawn to Eastern spirituality, then a handful of these meditations do touch on it - using a mandala or meditating on the Buddha - but this is intended as a sort of handbook, and the author explains that she doesn't expect every meditation to suit everyone.
I bought this with The Meditation Experience by the same author, which is perhaps a better choice if you are new to meditation. The Meditation Experience takes you through the basics of breathing, body scan and posture in a non-hectoring, but very useful way. It also comes with a CD which I found helpful. The two books together form a really accessible, secular meditation course free of the Eastern jargon that can sometimes be off-putting.