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Meditation for Dummies, 4th Edition


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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

About the Author

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.

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