Meditation For Dummies, w/Audio CD

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-08-28
  • Publisher: For Dummies
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This 3rd edition of Meditation For Dummies includes 20 percent new and revised content, including: Don't Worry, Be Happy-with Meditation: New material investigating the recent research on the causes of happiness and how meditation can improve mood. This edition also features a set of suggested meditations for becoming happier. Your Brain on Meditation-and Other Recent Findings: Meditation For Dummies, 3rd Edition examines new research on brain changes in people practicing meditation. It also looks at the scientifically documented benefits of meditation, and the implications of these studies. New, revised and refreshed content throughout, including insight into the best meditation apps, electronic content, and websites. The pros and cons of such alternative forms of meditation is presented. A brand new CD.

Author Biography

Stephan Bodian, a licensed psychotherapist and former editor-in-chief of Yoga Journal, has practiced and taught meditation for over 40 years and has written extensively on meditation, stress management, and spirituality. His articles have appeared in Fitness, Cooking Light, Natural Solutions, and other national magazines.

Table of Contents

Foreword xxi

Introduction  1

Part I: Getting Acquainted with Meditation  7

Chapter 1: Embarking on Your Meditation Journey 9

Chapter 2: Why Meditate? 25

Chapter 3: Zen and Now: Where Meditation Comes From 41

Chapter 4: Your Brain on Meditation and How it Impacts Your Life 57

Part II: Getting Started  69

Chapter 5: Laying the Foundation: Motivation, Attitude, and Beginner’s Mind 71

Chapter 6: How Your Mind Stresses You Out and What You Can Do about It 81

Chapter 7: Mindfulness Meditation: Awareness of the Here and Now 101

Chapter 8: Preparing Your Body for Meditation 113

Chapter 9: Where to Sit, What to Wear, and Other Practical Stuff 129

Chapter 10: Just Doing It: Discipline, Effort, and Letting Go 141

Chapter 11: Opening Your Heart with Love and Compassion 153

Part III: Troubleshooting and Fine-Tuning Your Practice  171

Chapter 12: Meditating with Challenging Emotions and Habitual Patterns 173

Chapter 13: Troubleshooting Common Roadblocks and Side Effects 193

Chapter 14: Developing a Practice That Works for You 211

Part IV: Meditation in Action  223

Chapter 15: Cultivating Spirituality 225

Chapter 16: Don’t Worry, Be Happy — with Meditation 251

Chapter 17: Meditating in Everyday Life 271

Chapter 18: Using Meditation for Healing and Performance Enhancement 287

Part V: The Part of Tens  307

Chapter 19: Ten Commonly Asked Questions about Meditation 309

Chapter 20: Ten Favorite All-Purpose Meditations 315

Part VI: Appendixes  325

Appendix A: Meditation Resources 327

Appendix B: About the CD 339

Index  341

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