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Meditation: An in-depth guide


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Table of Contents


Chapter 1 Introduction

Chapter 2 Ian's story

Chapter 3 Paul's story


Chapter 4 Introduction

STEP 1 Preparation

Chapter 5 Establishing comfort and ease

STEP 2 Relaxation

Chapter 6 Learning to Relax

Chapter 7 Deep Relaxation

STEP 3 Mindfulness

Chapter 8 Mindfulness of Breath - technique

Chapter 9 Mindfulness of Breath - commentary

Chapter 10 Mindfulness of Body - technique

Chapter 11 Mindfulness of Body - commentary

Chapter 12 Mindfulness of Emotions - technique

Chapter 13 Mindfulness of Emotion - commentary

STEP 4 Stillness

Chapter 14 Mindfulness of Thoughts and Stillness

Chapter 15 Stillness and the Nature of Mind


Chapter 16 The Complete Practice


About the Author

Dr Ian Gawler, OAM, is a pioneer in the therapeutic application of meditation. He is author of the bestselling books Meditation Pure and Simple, Peace of Mind, and You Can Conquer Cancer.

Paul Bedson is a counsellor, psychotherapist, meditation instructor and natural therapist. He has been working in the field of mind/body medicine for over 20 years.


Meditation can relax the body and focus the mind, improving both the physical and the spiritual health of practitioners. Veterinarian and counselor Gawler and psychotherapist Bedson have written an encyclopedic manual to guide anyone interested in learning to meditate. Both authors have studied with a number of eminent teachers, including Sogyal Rinpoche and Osho, and Gawler explains that meditation helped him survive cancer. An introduction covers the meaning and history of meditation, and the following chapters explore the steps involved: preparation, relaxation of the muscles, mindfulness, and stillness. These chapters are followed by a section that discusses applying the techniques to mind-body medicine, pain management, affirmation, intention, contemplation, and spirituality. An appendix provides working definitions of meditation, and an extensive bibliography offers resources for those who wish to deepen their studies. VERDICT The techniques covered here are described so clearly that anyone who reads the book will be able to learn them. This is an outstanding meditation primer that belongs in all library collections.-Barbara M. Bibel, Oakland P.L. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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