Synopses & Reviews
The popular guide-over 80,000 copies sold of the first edition-now revised and enhanced with an audio CD of guided meditations
According to Time magazine, over 15 million Americans now practice meditation regularly. It's a great way to reduce stress, increase energy, and enjoy better health. This fun and easy guide has long been a favorite with meditation newcomers. And now it's even better. For this new edition, author Stephan Bodian has added an audio CD with more than 70 minutes of guided meditations that are keyed to topics in the book, from tuning in to one's body, transforming suffering, and replacing negative patterns to grounding oneself, consulting the guru within, and finding a peaceful place. The book also discusses the latest research on the health benefits of meditation, along with new advice on how to get the most out of meditation in today's fast-paced world.
Stephan Bodian (Fairfax, CA and Sedona, AZ) is a licensed psychotherapist and the former editor-in-chief of Yoga Journal. He has written for Fitness, Alternative Medicine, Cooking Light, and Tricycle and is the coauthor of Buddhism For Dummies (0-7645-5359-3).
"An easy-to-follow yet comprehensive introduction to the practice of meditation."
John Gray, author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus
Research has proven that meditation relaxes the body, calms the mind, reduces stress, and enhances overall health and well-being. Whether you're new to meditation or a seasoned practitioner coming back for a refresher course, this comprehensive book-and-CD package provides a wealth of useful tips and techniques.
Discover how to
- Explore effective meditation techniques
- Develop your own meditation practice
- Meditate for stress reduction, spiritual growth, healing, or performance enhancement
- Understand the history of meditation and the latest research
About the Author
Stephan Bodian (Fairfax, CA & Sedona, AZ) is a licensed psychotherapist and former editor-in-chief of the Yoga Journal who has written extensively on spiritual themes. His articles have appeared in numerous national magazines, including Fitness, Alternative Medicine, Cooking Light, Tricycle, and, of course, Yoga Journal. Stephan is the author of Meditation For Dummies (02-99; Wiley; net units LTD: 83,099), which is available in English, Dutch, German, Italian, and French editions, and is co-author of Buddhism for Dummies.
Table of Contents
Part I: Getting Acquainted.
Chapter 1: What Meditation Is — and Isn’t.
Chapter 2: Why Meditate?
Chapter 3: Where Meditation Comes From.
Chapter 4: Laying the Foundation: Motivation, Attitude, and Beginner’s Mind.
Chapter 5: How Your Mind Stresses You Out and What You Can Do about It.
Part II: Getting Started.
Chapter 6: Meditation 101: Relaxing Your Body and Calming Your Mind.
Chapter 7: Preparing for Meditation: Posture, Stretching, and Sitting Still.
Chapter 8: Where to Sit, What to Wear, and Other Practical Stuff.
Chapter 9: Effort, Discipline, and Letting Go.
Chapter 10: Opening Your Heart: Love, Compassion, and Forgiveness.
Part III: Troubleshooting and Fine-Tuning.
Chapter 11: Meditating with Challenging Emotions and Habitual Patterns.
Chapter 12: Troubleshooting the Roadblocks and Side Effects.
Chapter 13: Developing a Practice That Works for You.
Part IV: Meditation in Action.
Chapter 14: Cultivating Spirituality.
Chapter 15: How to Meditate in Everyday Life.
Chapter 16: Using Meditation for Healing and Performance Enhancement.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 17: Answers to Ten Commonly Asked Questions about Meditation.
Chapter 18: Ten Favorite All-Purpose Meditations.
Chapter 19: Ten Meditation Research Studies—and What They Mean for You!
Part VI: Appendixes.
Appendix A: Meditation Resources.
Appendix B: About the CD.