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Meditation "is an ageless human experience that has been discovered and explored and used in every period and every culture that we know about," writes Lawrence LeShan, a psychotherapist and scholar. LeShan discusses the psychological and physiological effects of meditation, why meditation has these effects, and different types (or "paths") of meditation. To get the feel of it, he suggests starting with 15 minutes of breath counting--harder than it sounds. "The road of meditation is not an easy one," says LeShan. "The first shock of surprise comes when we realize how undisciplined our mind really is; how it refuses to do the bidding of our will." He gives detailed instructions for several meditations of different types and guidelines for choosing a program and a teacher. This is not a snappy "five minutes to perfect meditations" or a promise of "read this book, achieve instant peace." Rather, How to Meditate is a serious, thoughtful book. "In this most serious area--inner development--we are interested in evolution, which is stable, rather than revolution, which is not," says LeShan. You will see changes, he promises, but gradually. This is the new edition of the classic that has been teaching people to meditate since 1974. How wonderful that How to Meditate has been reissued, giving another generation the benefit of LeShan's work and guidance. --Joan Price
This is an exceptionally practical and natural description of the meditative life. (AudioFile)
This is one of the most sensible books on the subject...LeShan's wide experience and sound scholarship are evident in each helpful chapter. (Library Journal)
This very effective package is highly recommended for beginners as well as professionals and care providers who are often asked about meditation, and who want to be prepared to discuss it knowledgeably. (Mind-Body Wellness magazine)
LeShan provides an excellent introduction to meditation. (Body, Mind & Spirit Magazine) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
I really like this book. Cuts through a lot of B.S. and de-bunks some myths. Addresses meditation as a way of finding yourself and as a way of becoming a better person. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mark R. ONeill author
The best book on the subject available. Leshan skips all the fluff and gives you some very simple steps to follow. He doesnt foll around. Meditation is not easy, it takes practice. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Rev. Billy C. Wirtz
As books about meditation go, this one is still - to me - the best and the least confusing. It is not a new book, but covers everything one should know about meditation, short of... Read morePublished 11 months ago by D.B.
This is the best guide to meditation that I've come across so far.Published 12 months ago by Leah C. O'Leary
This was a great introduction to meditation with a bit of history and reasoning for some the basic techniques for meditating.Published 18 months ago by mca
Found this little book in the early 1980s after dabbling with transcendental meditation in the late 70s, and found it as free of BS as anything I've ever used. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Robert McManus