- Reading level: 18+ years
- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: TarcherPerigee; Reprint edition (2 June 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1585428612
- ISBN-13: 978-1585428618
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.6 x 22.9 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,58,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Meditation: An In-Depth Guide Paperback – 2 Jun 2011
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About the Author
Dr. Ian Gawler, founder of the Gawler Foundation, has appeared widely in the media, and is sought after as a presenter and speaker at conferences around the world. As the conductor of many workshops and retreats in his native Australia as well as internationally, he has drawn large crowds for more than thirty years.
Bedson is a qualified cousnellor who has studied natural medicine in India, South-East Asia, the Philippines and the United States. He has university qualifications in philosophy and counselling.
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TRUE STORY. I never could duplicate that. And YOU explain it to me.
Since then I've read various books on meditation. In terms of content, writing and ORGANIZATION -- this the best I've seen. It's laid out very well, with a ton of information on meditation, mindfulness and , its huge potential as a way to cope with modern day life, stress, anxieties -- and even help physical healing. I can't stress enough how important the WRITING and ORGANIZATION are in books like this. This is really the basic book I would now recommended to someone since it is so crammed with information both on how to do meditation, how to do meditation i ways that fit the modern lifestyle, the the spiritual, mental and physical benefits of it -- and it makes you want to read more on it.
The benefits of mediation have been well documented by researches, universities and those who've practiced it throughout the years. It's not just sitting in an imposed-from-outside, difficult posture and reciting a mantra. In fact, there is a lot of flexibility in how you do it.
Another benefit of this book: it really gets you excited about doing it and will give you the discipline to keep doing it.
It'll also get you all fired up to read books on mediation -- but I suggest you start with this well organized, content heavy, and exceedingly well written book first.
The instructional discussion of techniques is well and thoroughly explained with a sensible acknowledgment there is "no one size fits all" approach to entering a meditative state. There are also very good suggested exercises and meditations. I had a sense the benefits were being overstated but as a novice to meditation I am hardly in a position to decide if that is true, and I will reserve judgement. Certainly, Gawler and Bedson are keen practitioners and passionate advocates who are armed with ever-more studies and research weighing in to support meditation's value and the mind-body link.
My rationalist side was irritated by a "moon is in the 7th House" tone that occasionally creeps in (or is perhaps one author's writing style). It's a small quibble though and the writers would correctly point out their book was not written to speak to my rationalist side. The best recommendation I can give the book is it peeked my interest to learn more.
Very well done.
What I liked best about the book was that the authors presented several different approaches to reaching the meditative state, rather than a "one size fits all" direction like some books. The authors have different backgrounds and personalities which also added to the many ways of approaching the subject. There were parts of the book that were a little redundant, but overall it was very helpful.