Meditation ? The Complete Guide: Techniques from East and West to Calm the Mind, Heal the Body, and Enrich the Spirit

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More than ever, people of all ages, backgrounds, and traditions are becoming aware of the benefits of meditation. Broad-based yet addressing the specific needs of individuals, the completely revised and updated Meditation — The Complete Guide offers information on forty-three meditation practices. An easy-to-use self-test on personal habits and preferences directs readers to choose a practice to fit their tastes and circumstances. The authors describe all the major forms of Eastern and Western religious practice — from Christianity, Judaism, and Islam to the traditions of India, Japan, China, and Tibet. Readers can explore techniques derived from Asian and African customs or meditations simply found in life practices such as sports, gardening, and creative arts. Meditation — The Complete Guide is designed for all readers, from the beginning meditator to the healing professional, with chapters on practices to heal physically, emotionally, and mentally.

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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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