Meditation-The Complete Guide

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Specially geared to the needs of the beginning meditator, this book explains more than 50 meditation practices. Readers can take a self-test to acquire information about which types of meditations are most appropriate for them. Traditions involving Shamanism, Yoga, Taoism, Buddhism, Islam, Western Traditions, Biofeedback, Meditation in Life (such as nature, gardening, and sports), Creative Meditations, and Active Imagination (including Kinesthetic meditations and visualizations) are each described in separate chapters. Each chapter also covers historical background, contemporary use, a description of the practice, and resource list. Even an advanced meditator will find new information in this book to enhance the inner life.

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There is no doubt that meditation is good for us. In fact, for Westerners who live in the midst of stress and information and sensory overload, meditation is probably crucial to mental and physical health. Yet for many people it is still a mysterious, esoteric practice. Confusion abounds. Do I need to follow a certain religion in order to meditate? Must I believe in God? Do I have to close my eyes and meditate every day for half an hour in order for it to be effective?

Authors Patricia Monaghan and Eleanor Viereck have done a great service in helping readers understand the many forms and effects of meditation. By dividing the book into nine sections--Shamanism, Yoga, Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Western Traditions, Creative Meditations, Meditations in Life, and Active Imagination--readers can see the ideology behind the many forms of meditation. Each brief chapter then describes a specific meditation, such as sketching from nature, walking a labyrinth, needlecraft, trance dancing, taking a pilgrimage, and practicing breath awareness. Within every chapter the authors offer specific instructions and suggestions as well as a comprehensive list of resources. Meditation: The Complete Guide is a well-written book that blends comfortable narration with extensive research--a valuable resource for beginners and even old pros. --Gail Hudson

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Patricia Monaghan, PhD, is the author of several books on contemporary spirituality, including The Red-Haired Girl from the Bog, The Goddess Path, and The Encyclopedia of Celtic Mythology and Folklore. She is a faculty member of the School for New Learning at DePaul University in Chicago.

Eleanor G. Viereck, PhD, is the author of Yoga: Skillful Means and Alaska’s Wilderness Medicine. Dr. Viereck frequently contributes articles on science, women, sports, and ecopsychology for popular magazines. She lives in Fairbanks, Alaska.

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