A practical guide to meditation by a parapsychologist. Dr Le Shan explains simply and clearly why we should meditate, and what meditation does psychologically and physiologically. Drawing on the meditational practices of Zen, Sufism, Yoga and Jewish and Christian mysticism, the author describes specific exercises and programmes, structured and unstructured, ranging from breath-counting and simple mantras to group movement and sensory awareness. He also explores such fields as the role of meditation in psychotherapy and the relation of meditation to the paranormal. Through the use of meditation, Le Shan seeks to show that it is possible to achieve a focusing of energies and increased concentration and confidence that can lead to efficiency in everyday life, and eventually to a higher peace.
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This simple, straightforward yet powerful guide has ready helped hundreds of thousands of people reap the greatest rewards of meditation. Lawrence LeShan's easy-to-follow and realistic approach allows you to bring meditation effortlessly into your life, no matter how busy you are, or how great the demands on your time are. His specific programs and exercises provide proven, practical tools for you to begin your journey and explore the many revealing paths of meditationReview:
Here is one of the most practical guides to meditation. As a psychotherapist and researcher, Lawrence LeShan is more interested in the process and effects of meditation than the spiritual motivations. To LeShan, meditation means training the mind, and he likens it to physical exercise. Like a good trainer, he breaks down the different kinds of meditation into easy-to-learn steps and offers counsel about the best ways to go about it and the pitfalls you are likely to encounter. LeShan isn't pure vanilla, however. He wrote at a time (the early '70s) when meditation was still considered esoteric and strongly associated with the paranormal. Still, he keeps his feet on the ground and suggests that you do, too. Meditation, he says, helps get a new perspective on the world and to attain "an increased serenity and competence in being." If you are a beginning meditator, this perennial favorite is a good place to start. --Brian Bruya
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