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Secrets of Meditation: A Practical Guide to Inner Peace and Personal Transformation Paperback – August 4, 2012
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“davidji’s inspiring stories of awakening gently guide the reader through the mystical world of meditation, making it practical and accessible to all who desire more present-moment awareness in their lives.”
— Deepak Chopra, New York Times best-selling author of Spiritual Solutions
“davidji is a midwife of souls.”
— Jean Houston, Ph.D., best-selling author of A Passion for the Possible
“davidji’s powerful teachings in Secrets of Meditation help open the heart of the beautiful dreamer resting deep within each of us.”
— don Miguel Ruiz, New York Times best-selling author of The Four Agreements
About the Author
As the Lead Educator of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing in Carlsbad, California, davidji apprenticed for nearly a decade under Drs. Deepak Chopra and David Simon and was appointed the first Dean of Chopra Center University. He is a Chopra Center Certified Vedic Master, certified to teach Primordial Sound Meditation, Perfect Health Ayurvedic Lifestyle Wisdom, Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga, as well as a world-renowned creator of hundreds of visualizations, meditations, and online spiritual journeys including his highly acclaimed CD: davidji Guided Meditations: Fill What is Empty; Empty What is Full. Each Wednesday, he hosts LIVE from the Sweetspot with davidji on Hay House Radio His new book on inner peace and personal transformation is Secrets of Meditation.
To join the davidji SweetSpot Meditation Community, visit davidji.com.
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Davidji had his off and on times with meditation, too, as he writes about in the book. "I worked for many years in the world of finance and business amid the wild corporate swirl of New York City," he recalls. "I had stopped meditating. I had replaced my 5 a.m. meditation ritual with an early morning train ride into the bowels of the World Trade Center, and I had replaced my evening meditation with a double scotch. And like that ... poof ... my practice had disappeared."
Thankfully for us Davidji returned to his practice, and in Secrets of Meditation he provides a very thorough treatment of the subject. I liked how he gives an overview of different types of meditation styles (bodymind, visual, sound, energy, sensory, Buddhist, mantra, and chanting in separate chapters devoted to each). After reviewing these styles the reader can decide which one is most appealing and explore that particular method in more depth. Including in many of the chapters are sample exercises to try out different meditation techniques.
"There are thousands of schools and philosophies of meditation. And every school of meditation has its unique technique or way of helping you experience present-moment awareness. I celebrate them all," Davidji writes. I appreciated how he honors these many varied meditation styles in Secrets, while at the same time saying why he himself practices Primordial Sound Meditation - a technique taught by Chopra Center instructors world wide.
I have come across some conservative Christians who think meditation is dangerous and unbiblical, such as Christian writer Martha West. "Followers of Jesus Christ are not to sit in the lotus pose in an altered state of consciousness seeking the "God within" like pagans do," West says. Davidji addresses these concerns, too, in his book. "Thousands of my students who are religious - some of them Orthodox Jews, fundamentalist Christians, and devout Muslims - have found that meditating with a mantra has helped them quiet their minds so they can feel even closer to their God," he writes. "Meditation is simply a tool to help you connect more fully with your most expansive self - the better to feel God or the Universe's love, open yourself to it, and then pour it back into the world." What can be wrong with that?
I do think the best way to start a meditation practice is to go to a qualified teacher with lessons in person. "Secrets of Meditation" does its best to teach you meditation, but it is only a book. Davidji does offer suggestions for meditation teachers in your area (encouraging readers to contact him).
I found the concluding chapters of "Secrets" to be the best, where Davidji covers topics like "Experiences in Meditation" (what if I fall asleep? That's OK, he says), the Five Myths of Meditation ("Something special or transcendent is supposed to happen in meditation" is one myth addressed), and Cultivating a Daily Practice (meditating twice a day - first thing in the morning and before your evening meal is one suggestion).
Reading "Secrets of Meditation" gave me many tips to rejuvenate my daily meditation sessions. I recommend it to those who want to start meditating, or who want to enhance their current practice.
This is another book review in my partnership with Hay House. I was not financially compensated for this post. I received the book from Hay House for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.
With his classic humor and wisdom, davidji guides you through the meditation process. He discusses many forms of meditation for you to "try on" and see what works for you - and he gives you specific tips on how to deal with a wide range of challenges and experiences that will most likely happen when you first get started.
It's a great book for everyone - beginners because it's packed with the best (and most current) scientific evidence out there on meditation, but I also found that it digs pretty deep to help support someone that has been practicing meditation for years.
As the subtitle suggest, it will definitely appeal to those already on a path to personal transformation. But I've also shared the teachings in this book with everyone from business owners to elementary school students - and even a few of my brothers. That's the true power of this book; davidji makes meditation accessible to everyone and inspires you to make meditation a part of your way of life.
What makes davidji's new book stand out - is that he understands WHY a meditation practice is so vital to your own happiness and health. I think it's also because, while some books and retreats may focus on personal growth for personal success, davidji explains HOW meditation not only changes your personal life - but it also changes the lives of people around you.
I recommend SECRETS OF MEDITATION to everyone, you will not regret it and it could change your life as mine has changed when I started to listen to his guided meditations.
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