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Your Present: A Half-Hour of Peace: A Guided Imagery Meditation for Physical & Spiritual Wellness Audio CD – Audiobook, CD
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Highly recommended. Mantell has produced an excellent program that effectively uses her voice, pacing, music to help the audience achieve a state of relaxation. Further, she takes the listeners deeper into the process to show them how they can achieve a more positive and healthy life as they move out of meditation and into the world.” Library Journal
Mantell takes listeners on a gentle journey . . . effortlessly floating worries and stress away.” The Los Angeles Times
Soothing voice and blissful music!” Ladies Home Journal
Soft, lovely music, warm, soothing voice helps the listener achieve a peaceful, relaxed state and feel refreshed and rested afterward.” Billboard
Peaceful imagery gently guides listeners into a calm, meditative state.” Weight Watchers Magazine
Superb relaxation narration . . . well-made, and can facilitate any comprehensive pain program.” John D. Loeser, MD, The American Pain Society
Excellent . . . relaxed, peaceful, energizing! The perfect half-hour each day we all need.” Stephen G. Rothstein, MD, surgeon, NYU Medical Center
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First, this was originally recorded as a tape in 1994 (you will hear things such as "as you're listening to this tape" during the introduction), and then it was simply burnt on a CD. As a result the introduction is included together with the meditation in one track, and it lasts five long minutes. I'm sure that at first it might be helpful to hear that you shouldn't drive a car while listenning to this "tape" or that this meditation is meant to support but not to replace medical care, but it does get old after a couple of days. My days are busy, and when I have few minutes to myself to meditate, I find that I get quite annoyed to have to go through five mintues of legal disclaimers and other introductory information every single time before starting the meditation. Really I should only need to hear this once before the first use of this meditation. This introduction should be included as a separate track on the CD.
Second, at the beginning of this meditation Susie Matell asks you to listen to the waives and imagine that you're writing things in the sand. This would be such a nice, soothing mental excercise, but unfortunately the "waves" that you hear in the background sound a lot more like rustling paper or leaves than actual waves, which I find very distracting and again, slightly annoying.
Third, and most important, is the fact that this meditation focuses around you imagining that you are receiving what you've been wanting (a gift) and achieving the goals you want to achieve (there is a bridge you need to choose to cross to get there). You are asked to imagine what you want/desire the most more than once, and I find that upsetting. I'm actually using this meditation to help me stop ruminating about something I really want but have trouble getting, and this excercise is actually making it worse for me. It brings up unmet desires and it stirrs up the feeling of deprivation and frustration.
All in all, this might be a good CD if you are not dealing with a loss or not ruminating about something you can't/don't have yet, assuming that you can get over poor sound effects and listenning to the extra five minutes of legal disclaimers and intro each time you want to meditate.
Used it to stress reduce during the day and it worked well for that. Pleasant to listen to.