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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Meditation Book, May 29, 2003
This review is from: Meditation: Easy Techniques to Help You Relax and Focus (Hardcover)
What is meditation? According to this excellent book by Jan Purser: "Meditation is very simply the ability to focus on one thing only, allowing thoughts and inner chatter to fall away, leaving a deep feeling of stillness and peace...Meditation is not an escape from life or reality. In fact, it is the opposite. When you meditate, you don't cease to hear sound, act responsibly, or feel emotions. You become even more alert and focused, and less reactive, but more responsive with emotional issues."
Are you a candidate for the benefits of mediation? According to Purser, meditation will help you live a more peaceful life if you:
*Feel as though just one more demand on your time may "break the camel's back"
*Are often fearful of change or new experiences
*Have inappropriate emotional outbursts or reactions
*Overreact to stressful situations
*Sleep poorly or suffer with insomnia
*Often feel scattered or unfocused in your activities
*Have lost a loved one recently
*Worry that you can't meet the demands of your job or personal life
*Find that your children are too much to handle
*Have trouble communicating peacefully with others
*Feel as though your life is monotonous and routine
*Experience a lack of balance between your work and reacreation activities
*Are experiencing a relationship breakdown
*Suffer from mild depression
*Feel as though your life is lacking direction and purpose
*Suffer with a chronic illness and are dealing with its associated pain
*Have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness
*Would like to have more concentration when doing creative tasks
*Would like to feel calm and peaceful more often
*Wish to improve your performance at a sport or physical activity.
This slim hardback book is just as much a joy to look at as it is to read. It has whimsical and beautifully rendered colored illustrations. Don't let the 79 pages fool you, though. It's packed with practical and easily accessible information on meditation, as well as finding a meditative method that suits your tastes and needs. In the first chapter, she explains what meditation is, what the benefits are, the different types of meditation, and posture and breathing. In the second chapter she discusses how to start your relaxation exercise, self-protection, and taming thoughts.
In the third chapter, she covers meditating at home and away, addressing managing distractions, when is the best time, what you need, and where to meditate. Chapter 4 is meditative techniques for every day, including meditating in traffic jams and mindful actions. Chapter 5 is using music in mediation and includes a music list, Chapter 6 addresses color in our lives, what each color means, and using color in meditation.
Chapter 7 explains how crystals work and how to use them in meditation, while Chapter 8 delves into using aromatherapy in meditation, including essential oil basics and aromatherapy blends which work. The last chapter is about energy awareness, how others affect us, avoiding energy loss, and recharging and conserving energy.
Meditation: Easy Techniques To Help You Relax And Focus is truly a delightful and helpful book that takes the "woo woo" out of an often misunderstood practice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book is a MUST have., May 16, 2008
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This review is from: Meditation: Easy Techniques to Help You Relax and Focus (Hardcover)
Jan Purser has taken the misunderstood and to most, unknown, and made it accessible to all. Beautifully illustrated and written in such a way that anyone can understand the art of meditation. I have recommended this little beauty to many of my friends, searching for that "inner peace".
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Meditation: Easy Techniques to Help You Relax and Focus by Jan Purser (Hardcover - March 1, 2003)
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