Take an inward journey for a happier, healthier life Meditation has been used for centuries to reduce stress, increase energy, and enhance overall health and well-being—so it's no wonder more and more people in today's fast-paced and stress-centric world are adopting this age-old practice. If you want to achieve a greater state of calmness, physical relaxation, and psychological balance, Meditation For Dummies is your life raft. Covering the latest research on the health benefits of meditation, this new edition explains in plain English how you can put meditation into practice today and start reaping the benefits of living a more mindful life. Whether you're new to meditation or a seasoned practitioner coming back for a refresher course, this plain-English guide provides a wealth of tips and techniques for sitting (or lying) down with your mind to meditate successfully. From preparing your body for meditation to focusing your awareness and being open to the present moment, it covers everything you need to put distractions to rest and open yourself up to a meditation practice that works for you. Provides the latest research on the causes of happiness and how meditation can improve your mood Includes a new chapter on the growing trend of meditation in the workplace Explains how meditation and other mindfulness practices have made their way into hospitals, schools, prison, and military groups Illustrates the benefits of taking time to consciously cultivate mindfulness through meditation If you're ready to find some zen and benefit from all meditation has to offer, this friendly guide sets you up for success.
Foreword xvii Introduction 1 Part 1: Getting Started with Meditation 5 CHAPTER 1: Embarking on Your Meditation Journey 7 CHAPTER 2: Why Meditate? 23 CHAPTER 3: Zen and Now: Where Meditation Comes From 39 CHAPTER 4: Your Brain on Meditation and How It Impacts Your Life 57 Part 2: Beginning Your Meditation Practice 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 83 CHAPTER 7: Mindfulness Meditation: Awareness of the Here and Now 105 CHAPTER 8: Preparing Your Body for Meditation 119 CHAPTER 9: Where to Sit, What to Wear, and Other Practical Stuff 137 CHAPTER 10: Just Doing It: Discipline, Effort, and Letting Go 149 CHAPTER 11: Opening Your Heart with Love and Compassion 161 Part 3: Troubleshooting and Fine-Tuning Your Practice 179 CHAPTER 12: Meditating with Challenging Emotions and Habitual Patterns 181 CHAPTER 13: Troubleshooting Common Roadblocks and Side Effects 203 CHAPTER 14: Developing a Practice That Works for You 221 Part 4: Meditation in Action 233 CHAPTER 15: Cultivating Spirituality 235 CHAPTER 16: Don’t Worry, Be Happy — with Meditation 263 CHAPTER 17: Meditating in Everyday Life 281 CHAPTER 18: Using Meditation for Healing and Performance Enhancement 297 Part 5: The Part of Tens 319 CHAPTER 19: Ten Commonly Asked Questions about Meditation 321 CHAPTER 20: Ten Favorite All-Purpose Meditations 329 Part 6: Appendixes 339 APPENDIX A: Meditation Resources 341 APPENDIX B: About the Audio Tracks 353 INDEX 355
Stephan Bodian is an internationally known author, psychotherapist, and teacher. He leads regular intensives and retreats and offers spiritual counseling and mentoring to people throughout the world. His bestselling app Mindfulness Meditation (with Mental Workout) has been praised in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.
Make meditation the most important activity in your day Reduce stress, increase energy, and enjoy better health Listen to over one hour of guided meditations online Journey inward for a happier life If you want to achieve a greater state of calmness, physical relaxation, and mental well being, this book is your life raft. From preparing your body for meditation to focusing your awareness and being open to the present moment, it helps you put distractions to rest and use meditation to enjoy a happier, healthier, and more balanced life. Inside… Prepare your body for meditation Grasp the many benefits of meditation Transform your brain Foster positive emotions Navigate roadblocks Meditate at work Meditate in groups Heal your body and mind Welcome spiritual growth
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