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"Bob Sharples offers equal parts practicality and inspiration through grounded step-by-step techniques for calming the mind and opening the heart --- not just on the cushion but for every moment of our busy lives. A great primer for anybody with a body, a mind, a heart and a bit of curiosity." (Cyndi Lee, author of OM Yoga)

"This book speaks to the reader in a warm voice and simple language for understanding the often confusing topics of meditation and relaxation practices. It is a good and friendly introduction for exploring the landscape of the inner life." (Dr. Jeff Brantley, Duke Medical School, author of Calming Your Anxious Mind: How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Free You from Anxiety, Fear, and Panic)

"There's a very large and growing body of scientific research on the medical and psychological benefits of relaxation exercises and meditation. Until now though it's been difficult to find a clear, accessible book that introduces readers to the whole range of exercises from this inner science of training the mind. Sharples book provides clear, practical, understandable guidance to methods for physical relaxation, training attention, increasing mindfulness, visualization, healing meditations, and increasing positive emotions. For those new to such practices, Sharples' book will be a great introduction, and for more exerienced practitioners it will provide a reminder to reconnect with practical approaches to deepen their meditations." (Lorne Ladner, author of The Lost Art of Compassion)

"Non-Dogmatic, ecumenical, comprehensive, pragmatic! Bob Sharples' book, Meditation and Relaxation in Plain English, is one I can recommend without hesitation or qualification to all those who seek information about meditation practice and who are turned off by sectarian proselytizing! I especially am grateful for his emphasis on the necessity to integrate relaxation into meditation practice, an aspect too often ignored or even denigrated. You can bet it will be on the recommended book list I offer my students." (Frank Jude Boccio, author of Mindfulness Yoga)

About the Author

Bob Sharples has been meditating and using Buddhist principles in his work since 1975 and since 1991 has been a therapist in private practice. He is a trained lawyer and former school teacher, and he has studied Buddhist meditation extensively with Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Since 1991 he has led stress-reduction and healing courses for the seriously ill and their families as well as for Vietnam veterans. He is married with three children and lives in Melbourne, Australia.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications; 1st Wisdom Ed edition (February 23, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0861712862
  • ISBN-13: 978-0861712861
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #327,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Theresa Reed on January 4, 2007
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As a yoga teacher, I make meditation a priority in my classes. But often, students still find themselves unsure of how to meditate on their own. Sometimes a class isn't enough - and a reference can be a godsend. This book is such a blessing. Bob Sharples has written a book that does spell out "Meditation And Relaxation In Plain English". There is no new age fluff, no religious mumbo jumbo, nothing over your head - this is a simple and straightforward guide that allows the reader to develop the skills necessary for a daily meditation.

Sharples shares his thoughts on why a person should meditate, how to start, and how to deepen your mindfulness. Many nice, simple meditations are sprinkled throughout the book. I especially liked the section on "Meditations For Transforming Difficult Situations". These have been very empowering for me as my family has dealt with a loss this year and it has been hard to cope. The information from this section alone is worth the price of the book. It is very powerful stuff.

Sharples knows what he is talking about he's been meditation for 30 years and leading stress reduction and healing courses. I would also like to recommend "Meditation For Life" by Martine Batchelor as a companion to this book. Both books should bring light to your pratice.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By tommy october on September 14, 2007
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This concise and well written book goes a long way in demystifying the oftentimes inscrutable subject of meditation. It shows us that even if you don't think somethings happening in meditation, it is, just below the surface where the subconscious mind percolates. It will happen...just learn to be present and "get out of the way."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on September 12, 2010
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I really enjoyed this book. I did'nt know a thing about Meditation and Bob walks you through very well and he explains the different types of meditation in simple easy to understand steps. I would highly recommend this Book.
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