Silence Your Mind Kindle Edition
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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.Read more ›
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.
If you done a bit of meditation before, this book will give you all tools to deepen your meditation experience.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found this book very easy to read and understand. It does not go into excessive detail which is not necessary for a beginner. Where facts are wanted Dr Ramesh provides them. Read morePublished 8 months ago by edlex144
If you had any questions about meditation, then this is the book that will give you all the answers. A great buy.Published 9 months ago by Dipa
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 morePublished 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
A clear step by step guide to meditation that also explains the benefits of even a small daily practise will bring.Published 21 months ago by Jacqui Crowley
Just great method, great book - thank you very much. I could recommend this book to all stressed people in cities.Published 23 months ago by Jakub Hártl
I loved this book. The words and explanations are simple and easy to understand.
It gives a lot of joy to read this book
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
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 on November 28, 2013 by Danielle Ryll
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 morePublished on September 8, 2013 by Francsois
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