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How to Meditate: A Guide to Self-Discovery Paperback – September 14, 1999
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Meditation "is an ageless human experience that has been discovered and explored and used in every period and every culture that we know about," writes Lawrence LeShan, a psychotherapist and scholar. LeShan discusses the psychological and physiological effects of meditation, why meditation has these effects, and different types (or "paths") of meditation. To get the feel of it, he suggests starting with 15 minutes of breath counting--harder than it sounds. "The road of meditation is not an easy one," says LeShan. "The first shock of surprise comes when we realize how undisciplined our mind really is; how it refuses to do the bidding of our will." He gives detailed instructions for several meditations of different types and guidelines for choosing a program and a teacher. This is not a snappy "five minutes to perfect meditations" or a promise of "read this book, achieve instant peace." Rather, How to Meditate is a serious, thoughtful book. "In this most serious area--inner development--we are interested in evolution, which is stable, rather than revolution, which is not," says LeShan. You will see changes, he promises, but gradually. This is the new edition of the classic that has been teaching people to meditate since 1974. How wonderful that How to Meditate has been reissued, giving another generation the benefit of LeShan's work and guidance. --Joan Price
About the Author
"Lawrence LeShan, a pioneer in exploring the therapeutic and ethical implications of meditation, is a practicing psychotherapist. He lives in New York City."
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I would recommend it to anyone interested in meditation.
There are chapters on the history and the whys of meditation and its effects, but the best is the chapter on how to meditate. For someone wanting to try meditation without having to find a teacher, this book is a great way to start. LeShan has synthesized the practice of many different traditions, but you do not have to buy into any one spiritual tradition to meditate. Instead, the techniques are laid out for you, and none of them are complicated. There are close to a dozen meditation practices described in the book, as well as chapters on tips and traps in meditation. You can also integrate your own spiritual tradition (or other traditions) after you have selected the techniques you want to use.
My understanding of this book is that doesn't matter why you want to try meditation: curiosity, spiritual seeking, discontent with your life, or a self-imposed discipline. They all seem to lead to the same place, and this book tells you how to set your feet on the path.
This book has long been praised and cherished. I must have had over 20 copies and proceeded to give them away to people I thought they would help.
WHY? because Lawrence LeShan writes beautifully and simply and clearly and accessibly.
This is MEDITATION divorced from any alliance to a particular religious faith. MEDITATION quite simply is GOOD FOR YOU... healthwise... and if it helps one along his/her spiritual path all the better...
But this book is more about getting the health benefits & finding a simple PRACTICE that one will keep doing...even if it appears one is getting NOWHERE at first.
For what LeShan is attempting to do.... NO ONE HAS DONE IT BETTER!
One of his quotes I have always remembered: In reference to famous spiritual leaders and mystics... he comments simply... "THEY WERE GOOD PEOPLE TO SHARE THE PLANET WITH"... that's something to think about when we evaluate success & achievement in the long run.
the ways of being quiet and recovering your emotional balance. Not a bad thing
to be able to do if you want to maintain good health.
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Very good reference book.