Summary of Meditation for Dummies

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Meditation for Dummies book summary
From the outside it looks like you’re just sitting around, but meditation can keep you calm, healthy and purposeful.


7 Overall

8 Applicability

5 Innovation

6 Style


Given the array of complex and confusing advice out there on meditation, Stephan Bodian’s clarity and reassuring tone are welcome. Many meditation texts are partisan and seek to advance one school or method of meditation over another. In contrast, Bodian is scrupulously fair and inclusive: He introduces multiple perspectives and approaches, all the while sharing his own experience. Offered in combination with an audio CD that guides listeners through 12 different types of meditation, this is an extremely approachable introduction to meditation. getAbstract recommends it to both meditation novices and advanced practitioners, all of whom will be able to dip into it for useful suggestions and information. If you like the user-friendly “Dummies” format, you'll find the sidebars, graphics, headers and short segments handy. If you seek only serenity, the pages might be a little too busy for your meditative frame of mind. So, absorb the information, close the book and close your eyes, which you're going to do anyway. Now, ommmm.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What meditation is;
  • How you can benefit from meditation;
  • How to meditate; and
  • What some meditation practices and traditions are.


Why Meditate?
Meditation is not an esoteric practice. It’s really pretty simple. When you meditate, you focus your attention on one thing, such as your breathing, or a word or phrase called a mantra. You do it regularly and, ideally, for the long term. That’s what makes meditation a practice...
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About the Author

Stephan Bodian has been practicing meditation for more than 30 years. A licensed psychotherapist, Bodian was editor-in-chief of Yoga Journal for 10 years.

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