Mindfulness in Plain English Paperback – 1 Nov 1996
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The effects of meditation are more effective than any anti-anxiety medication I've tried over the years. You just have to break that initial barrier of learning how to do it correctly and regularly, and your life and feelings will transform themselves. I garentee it.
Also, the author has integrity and comes from the traditional Theravada school of Buddhism - beware that there are quite a few dodgy modern 'schools' that use the name of Buddhism in vain. If you are new to Buddhism, I strongly recommend the Theravada school (e.g. Amaravati monastery in the UK).
A minor point and it doesn't detract at all from the book, but I feel that maybe the title is a bit misleading as it isn't very clear that it is a 'manual' of meditation - perhaps 'Meditation demystified' or 'How to meditate' would be clearer.
On having read the book, I realised I was, in fact making real, albeit gradual progress, very encouraging. As the author points out, the results are not immediate, and can sometimes take years, but, if you stick to it, you will, in fact progress. The discipline of mindfulness is hard to explain, basically, it's a state of "detatched awareness" whereupon, you observe but don't judge, dont even think! (that's the hard bit), but, as the author points out it isn't easy, nothing worthwhile ever is, but you are shown ways to monitor your progress (in plain english).
In summary, an exellent book for beginners like myself, or even jaded intermediates. The book being in it's 20th year in print (that alone should tell you something) is, in my opinion well worth a punt. What have you got to lose?
The language used is indeed 'Plain English' but it's never patronising or over simplified. The different chapters flow logically and smoothly and it's very easy to ease yourself into. The way it's written appears well thought out, and the author very knowledgeable.
I really like the friendly, relaxed tone that's used, it allows you to easily relate to and apply the techniques.
I've been studying Buddhism for a few years now and most of the books I've read focus too much on concept. This book however, veers away from this angle, detailing practical, unpretentious and concise information. The Buddhist connotations are in no way restricting and I feel the messages appeal to the very base of our human nature- an excellent place to begin on the path of self discovery.
Practising meditation has become a much less daunting prospect for me. The help on overcoming difficulties is very reassuring, and many of my questions have been answered.
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