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Silence Your Mind [Kindle Edition]

Dr Ramesh Manocha
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Book Description

A science based, practical book about meditation and how to make it part of your daily routine, for people of all walks of life.

Dr Ramesh Manocha and his team are using science to study the beneficial effects that meditation can have on stress, health and wellbeing.The results? For just 10 minutes a day – the amount of time it takes to make a coffee – you can feel the immediate benefits that meditation brings to your mental and physical health. SILENCE YOUR MIND goes beyond regular stress management. Dr Manocha's plain English approach to meditation, or mental silence, is written for the general reader who perhaps wouldn't normally turn to meditation to deal with health issues. He shows how simple and effective techniques can be built into any part of your day and can be practised anywhere.This hands-on guide also shows how meditation can be used in sport and creative pursuits, in schools to help children manage anger and depression, and for general physical health.

Dr Ramesh Manocha is a medical practitioner and researcher currently based at the Discipline of Psychiatry, Sydney Medical School, Sydney University, where he coordinates the Meditation Research Programme.


Product Details

  • File Size: 718 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1409153932
  • Publisher: Hachette Australia (January 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009DIXASO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #471,697 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Meditation Ancient & Modern February 19, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Since your Mind is a landmark. I do not recommend reading it. I recommend studying it and then using the practical techniques it teaches. You are in for an astonishing surprise.

Meditation is a word now common but has a profound history. Like the word "health" it is more often found in the domain of marketing than of truth. The reality is both simpler and deeper than is usually realized. All of us think nearly all of the time. Like walking it is more or less automatic. One step follows another as one thought follows another. Just as one may stand still it is quite possible to still the thought process. Your body exists independent of walking; walking it is something we do rather than that which defines us. Silence Your Mind is about this difference.

If you would experience the beauty of a rose you should not walk by. Rather pause, open your eyes and breathe in. If you wish to know the beauty of your own mind you need to do the same - stop the ceaseless flux of thoughts to which nearly all of us are habituated. The last word is important: constant thinking is a habit and like any other habit can be learned and unlearned. Here we are concerned with the latter - unlearning.

From the 15C onwards Europe began a direct interaction with the East and by the 19C many English speakers had come into contact with Indian culture. It is from this interaction that much of our understanding - and misunderstanding - of meditation arose. It is a word strongly associated with the yoga tradition whose origin is as a mental much more than a physical discipline. The ancient meaning is quite clear: meditation involves stopping the thought process.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Verifying the benefits of meditation January 27, 2013
By Mary
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Another self help book? No, this is much more than that; it is a book for everyone. This book reaches out to each of us, our families, friends and children. Dr Manocha writes of a "stress epidemic" sweeping the western world but his book offers hope. Dr Manocha provides evidence of the benefits through his extensive research, but also includes fascinating anecdotes from his personal experience. The benefits are so profound that he has felt compelled to share them. His research presents the case that it is a particular kind of meditation - "mental silence" which is practiced in Sahaja Yoga - through which the benefits can be obtained. All that is required is a commitment and sitting comfortably in a chair for 10 minutes a day.

The book offers in clear, easy-to-understand terminology, how Sahaja Yoga differs from previously tried meditations, why we should "give it a go", and how to do it in simple steps. He explains that meditation is not about mindfulness but mind-emptiness. This occurs when there are no thoughts at all and that until we experience this we cannot experience the benefits of this state likened to "flow". His meta-analysis of current research, combined with 15 years of his own meticulous research in the field, offer the most comprehensive understanding of the nature and benefits of meditation to date.

The book is extremely useful on an individual scale but equally applies readily to the work place with a section on work stress and examples of how to increase "presentism" and decrease "absenteeism".

Although the research and evidence is very solid, the book is easy to read with that particular light touch that Australian idiom can offer.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply true meditation! February 10, 2013
By Radz
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If you considered meditation, but are not sure about where to start, this is it! This is a must read book to all that are wanting to experience true meditation.
If you done a bit of meditation before, this book will give you all tools to deepen your meditation experience.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Since the 1960s in the west, there have been many widely varying techniques claiming to produce the experience of meditation. But in the western literature there has been no agreed definition of the experience - is it focussed attention, relaxation or something more? Without a clear definition, medical research can find no active ingredient.

Furthermore, most clinical trials into meditation over the last forty years have not been thoroughly designed to exclude the placebo effect. Every kind of activity whether it be breathing exercises, interaction with a therapist or simply taking some rest, will produce a benefit which is not specific to the activity itself - in other words a placebo. Without specific results, meditation has generally not been taken seriously by the medical profession and the ground has been ripe for anyone to claim that their brand of meditation can produce a non specific (non provable) benefit.

Dr Manocha draws on his own experience of meditation and proposes a definition which is mentioned in many ancient Eastern texts - mental silence. Through well designed surveys and randomised controlled trials, Dr Manocha discovers that the experience of mental silence does indeed yield benefits over and above placebo. He presents a strong case for mental silence being the active ingredient of meditation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By srj108
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This is an excellent overview of Dr. Ramesh's extensive research into the link between meditation (and a method that focuses on the COMPLETE silencing of the mind) and various health benefits. This is particularly fascinating as 'alternative' health treatments are often criticized as being un-scientific, anecdotal or placebo based. Dr. Ramesh has applied the scientific method to this 'alternative' area of meditation demonstrating tangible results without making grandiose claims. He also provides a history of meditation, and mental silence, to set the studies in context. The treatment of asthma, ADD and epilepsy are particularly impressive. I hope Dr. Ramesh is able to continue with his research -- exploring other (and perhaps more serious and chronic) health conditions -- and release a sequel edition in the future.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Great disappointment
I was extremely disappointed with this book. Yes, scientific research has confirmed the value of meditation and especially mindfulness, in dealing with many health issues. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Meditation made easy
A clear step by step guide to meditation that also explains the benefits of even a small daily practise will bring.
Published 5 months ago by Jacqui Crowley
4.0 out of 5 stars Silence your mind
Just great method, great book - thank you very much. I could recommend this book to all stressed people in cities.
Published 8 months ago by Jakub Hártl
5.0 out of 5 stars Exelent
I loved this book. The words and explanations are simple and easy to understand.
It gives a lot of joy to read this book
Published 9 months ago by ulla johnsson
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting ideas behind the one simple thing
I have a colleague who has been practicing the meditation for many years, so I decided to give it a shot.
The basic idea is to silence the mind for a while so it can relax. Read more
Published 9 months ago by kokoska69
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading
Very easy to read. There is a good balance of scientific evidence and personal experience about meditation. Mental silence meditation steps are easy to follow and effective.
Published 11 months ago by Danielle Ryll
4.0 out of 5 stars Scientific support top notch
I have been reluctant to try meditation due to its association with mysticism. When I saw this book at the airport, with its claims that its brand of mediation is based on science,... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Francsois
5.0 out of 5 stars Silencing that bully called the 'mind'
The most down to earth understanding of finding the real silence we crave. We can find our own space, free of every corner of the mind. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Linda P
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