Meditation for Dummies [With CDROM] (英语) 平装 – 2006年1月1日
"An easy-to-follow yet comprehensive introduction to the practice of meditation." --John Gray, author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus Research has proven that meditation relaxes the body, calms the mind, reduces stress, and enhances overall health and well-being. Whether you're new to meditation or a seasoned practitioner coming back for a refresher course, this comprehensive book-and-CD package provides a wealth of useful tips and techniques. Discover how to Explore effective meditation techniques Develop your own meditation practice Meditate for stress reduction, spiritual growth, healing, or performance enhancement Understand the history of meditation and the latest research
Stephan Bodian (Fairfax, CA & Sedona, AZ) is a licensed psychotherapist and former editor-in-chief of the Yoga Journal who has written extensively on spiritual themes. His articles have appeared in numerous national magazines, including Fitness, Alternative Medicine, Cooking Light, Tricycle, and, of course, Yoga Journal. Stephan is the author of Meditation For Dummies (02-99; Wiley; net units LTD: 83,099), which is available in English, Dutch, German, Italian, and French editions, and is co-author of Buddhism for Dummies.
In Part 1 Bodian clariifes what meditation is (and isn't) and offers a number of compelling reasons to adopt this "advanced technology for the mind and heart." He also traces the historical roots of meditation and describes the important foundations of motivation, attitude, and beginner's mind, which ensure a fruitful practice. "Ultimately, the great meditation teachers advise that the best attitude to take toward meditation is an open mind, completely free from all preconceptions and expectations," Bodian explains. "One of my first meditation teachers, Zen master Shunryu Suzuki, calls this beginner's mind -- and he counsels that the goal of meditation is not to accumulate knowledge, learn something new, or achieve some special state of mind, but simply to maintain this fresh, uncluttered perspective."
In Part 2, the author covers the basics of meditation practice, including pointers on posture and preparing for meditation, as well as a chapter on opening the heart and cultivating compassion. In Part 3, entitled "Trouble-shooting and Fine-tuning," he offer sage advice on developing the right relationship with troubling thoughts, feelings and sensations. The highlight of this section is a chapter on cultivating spirituality that explores the nature of self (or no-self), traditional paths of awakening, and the sensitive subject of finding a teacher (inner and outer), which the author recommends if one wishes to go more deeply into the practice. The book concludes with chapters on how to nurture self-awareness while engaged in daily life and on how to use meditation for healing and performance enhancement, followed by answers to ten commonly asked questions about meditation.
Despite its one-size-fits-all title, Meditation For Dummies is the best book on meditation I've read -- at once subtle and comprehensive, spiritually sensitive yet pragmatic. Be prepared for an easy-to-read, good-humored, and discerning guide on the journey of discovering your true nature through the ancient but timely art of meditation.
This book is so thorough and well thought out that it is hard to imagine anyone who is interested in learning more about meditation not discovering something of value regardless of what sparked that interest in the first place. In fact, should someone with NO interest in meditation happen to pick it up, I think they would "discover" an interest in it. It's that well done.
The reader will find information on "how-to", applications in everyday life, the history of meditation, references to other resources and much more. All that is missing is someone to do the meditation for you!