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“Diana Lang opens the door to meditation in clear, easy-to-understand language that makes the journey of meditation a most gentle one.”
— Gerald Jampolsky, MD, author of Love Is Letting Go of Fear

“Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, Opening to Meditation is thoroughly ‘user friendly’ from beginning to end."
Midwest Book Review

“Diana Lang understands the fears that block most people from meditating effectively. Her instructions on how to remove them are so simple and delightful that it almost seems unfair that we get results so quickly. Isn’t meditation supposed to be daunting? But the benefits don’t stop there. Lang also understands and gently leads us to the ultimate benefit — the experience of the loving reality that already embraces us all.”
— Hugh Prather, author of Notes to Myself

“What is remarkable…is Lang’s distillation process. Because there is nothing worse than a meditation book that keeps you locked in your mind, Lang stripped all florid language and concept away so that the essential nature of meditation is revealed. All that remains is simplicity, beauty, and grace — just like our essential Selves.”
LA Yoga

“A lovely book! Clear, gentle, and practical — just like the experience of meditation itself.”
— Tobin Blake, author of The Power of Stillness
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Diana Lang is a “teacher’s teacher” of meditation and yoga with over thirty-five years of teaching experience, as well as a spiritual counselor and radio personality. She lives in Los Angeles.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library (October 25, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1577314549
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577314547
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 6.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #853,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Diana Lang
BIOGRAPHY
www.DianaLang.com
818.888.7319
email: LifeWorks@aol.com


Diana Lang is a spiritual counselor and director/owner of LifeWorks, Center for Growth in Los Angeles, California. She has been teaching meditation and yoga since 1980 and conducts seminars in the United States and internationally on meditation, body awareness, stress reduction, relationship development, and other mind/body work of all kinds. Her book and CD set, OPENING TO MEDITATION, is published by New World Library. She was a radio personality in Los Angeles and presented a live, on-air radio show on KZLA 93.9 on dream analysis called IN YOUR DREAMS for two years.

Diana was on the board of directors of Meditation Mount in Ojai from 2007-2011, an international, non-profit organization that specializes in teaching meditation and presenting world service meditations. She is also an educator and a certified E-RYT 500 by the Yoga Alliance for Yoga Teacher's Training for the 200 and 500 (advanced training) programs.

She has produced more than thirty weekend retreats and seminars combining many forms of mental and physical disciplines. Her background includes study in meditation, yoga, tai chi, chi gung and other forms of body awareness disciplines, including extensive training in advanced esoteric studies. Diana has studied spiritual teachings from around the world and is able to easily explain abstract ideas in a way that is easy to understand. In her book she has put together a high-level system of meditation that is very easy to do. Diana believes that spirituality can be easy. She demystifies the subjects and gives practical tools and simple applications so that the new student can have a powerful experience, right away.

Diana's encouraging and lighthearted approach to body/mind awareness allows for an authentic experience of real connection. Based on her background of teaching thousands of students over the years and in conjunction with her own journey toward wholeness and health, she has developed remarkably simple and direct ways for people of all levels to achieve the well-being and heightened awareness that the experience of meditation offers. Her special gift in an ability to demystify the spiritual process, making it easy and accessible for anyone. In her inspirational manner she simply explains the purpose and benefits of meditation in our busy lives.

Diana is a gifted and inspired, true teacher of spirituality. Her aim is to teach these age-old techniques in a new way, that's simple and that works.

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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Tristan on April 25, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book is truly a gem of simplicity and depth. As I read it, I found myself entering the delicate layers of meditative awareness. The author speaks with a voice that is both universal and personal. She reminds us that we all have potential to touch our souls and live sacred lives. There is nothing dogmatic in her approach, nor does she make you feel that you need anything outside of yourself in order to penetrate the great mysteries. She tells us we are good beyond our wildest dreams, worthy of the same love and admiration as any of our greatest heroes and teachers. The book in itself is enough to lift you to great heights...but if this is not enough, it also comes with a CD which includes a spoken introduction to meditation and two guided meditations that are deep and sweet enough to loosen any constraint or stress you might be feeling. I used the CD daily during a time of inner struggle and was given much healing and assurance from her calm voice and words. To sum it up, this book and CD carry the poetics of meditation. They transcend what is often written about in a dry and didactic tone. Buy this book by Diana Lang. From beginner to expert, it will help you on your path.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By beth on December 10, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I had always avoided meditation, figuring I was too "hyper" or got bored too easily to be open to the process. Diana's book (and accompanying CD) changed my mind about meditation. This little book is so beautifully simple, and so reassuring, that just about anyone who reads it will want to make meditation part of their daily lives.

The book and CD complement each other wonderfully---but either is valuable on its own. What I love is that the author lets the reader define meditation for themselves. She gives them the tools to begin---breathing, focus, observation, openness----and supports them in their journey. You need not worry about "doing it right" ---it's about what's right for you.

What I appreciated most was her reassurance about all the other thoughts that enter your mind when you are meditating. It's okay. Everyone has it. (I had no idea that this was true!) You don't need to "start over" or give up. This was of tremendous value to me, and will keep me on my meditation path.

I also bought this book as a gift. It's perfect.
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58 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Betty Mehling on January 28, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Whether you have meditated for years or are on the brink of discovering meditation, Opening to Meditation is the most user-friendly approach to meditation I have experienced in the 30 years that I have meditated. It's unique combination book-and-CD package approaches this ancient practice in an easy, gentle and practical manner. You will be engaged to its message from the first sentence. Diana Lang creates a safe environment to explore or expand your meditation practice. I have already given six copies as gifts.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Kaye on May 31, 2008
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This book is written for the beginner and I am a still a novice at meditation, but this book wasn't really for me. The book is small (just a little larger than a CD case) and comes packaged with a CD. The book is short and I read it within an hour. Much of the book is focused on *why* you should meditate rather than *how* to meditate. The information on the *why* was insightful and motivated my interest in meditation. However, I wanted more details on the *how*. I believe that is probably what the CD is for. There are 2 guided meditations on the CD. I tried these, but since I am used to meditating in silence I found it too distracting for me.

It could be that I am just not into guided meditation. I started my meditiation practices from reading 8 Minute Meditation: Quiet Your Mind. Change Your Life.. That book contained a lot more information and an 8-week program that worked for me, but it doesn't use a guided CD.

This book seems like a nice gift book for inspiring someone's interest in meditation and its many benefits. Certainly there are plenty of other reviewers who enjoyed this book and got a lot out of it, but it just wasn't quite what I needed to improve my method of meditation.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Judy Levy on April 27, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I have had other meditation tapes, but this is a treasure! Diana's voice is exquisite and angelic, she makes it safe and EASY to explore our inner frontiers, a new adventure for many and a necessary SURVIVAL mechanism in our busy 21st Century. If all our world leaders read this book and meditated with Diana each day, we would be living in a peaceful and loving world.

I look forward to my a.m. meditation now, as it feels like my "sweet friend" is sitting with me. A delicious way to start the day, to remind me who I really am.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Charles C. Brown III on March 28, 2005
Format: Hardcover
"Opening to meditation" was given to me as a birthday gift. I had never tried meditating before. I started reading the book and I was immediately struck by her gentle,poetic imagery. "Each of us is is so complex and beautiful.We are like a crystal with a thousand facets " Diana has created an easy to read book with a ton of useful information. In the short time that I've had the book it has had a very positive impact on my life. The two meditations on the on the accompaning CD are great . I use them every day. Thanks Diana

Charlie Brown
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By LosAngeles cook on April 29, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Opening to Meditation by Diana Lang is an amazingly simple and user-friendly guide that demystifies (in a good way!) meditation. It teaches you how to get started reaping immediate benefits, and also how to keep getting more. The bonus CD is terrific. I use it a lot.This book also makes a great gift. I have given it to several people, and all of them have loved it.
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