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Opening to Meditation: A Gentle, Guided Approach Paperback – May 5, 2015
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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.”
A lovely book! Clear, gentle, and practical just like the experience of meditation itself.”
Tobin Blake, author of The Power of Stillness
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I purchased this in hardcover form and liked it so much that I bought the Kindle version, too. This beginner's guide to meditation is very useful, and the three voice tracks provided (an explanation of meditation and how to meditate, plus two meditation tracks) are incredible. I listen to the tracks on a weekly basis -- and have been pleased to find out that Ms. Lang also posts new tracks to her Facebook page for fans to download.
I came to this guide with no prior experience with meditation and I've been very happy with the explanations provided here. The author doesn't have "one way" to meditate; you can do these exercises whenever, however, in whatever posture, etc. She stresses that the important thing is your convenience and comfort. There's also a really good explanation here for how to deal with interruptive thoughts, which is something that I knew in advance I would struggle with. As it turns out, that's normal and with the vocal guidance, I've been able to work past that more easily than I would have imagined.
I do recommend this guide for anyone interested in coming to meditation. It's quick and easy to leap into and I enjoy using these vocal tracks immensely.
~ Ana Mardoll
This book was the priceless tool that allowed me to take all of this personal chaos and confusion and somehow put me in a place where I could design a way out of my problems.
It is truly written with simple brilliance. Diana Lang's voice on the cd is incredibly soothing and confidence building. I downloaded it to my ipod, put my headphones and started listening in the middle of the night when I couldn't sleep from the stress. Her meditations cleared my mind, organized my thoughts and helped me reset my priorities. It also allowed me to relax enough to get much needed sleep.
That was a year ago. Life has improved 100%. I credit this book for being the tool that started the whole process of building a new healthy life.
Thank you Diana Lang for writing this book and recording the cd.
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.