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Practical meditation / Giovanni Dienstmann.
First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York, New York : DK, 2018.

Physical Description:
192 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
"A simple step-by-step guide"--Cover.
Understanding meditation -- Meet the meditating mind -- Starting your pratice -- The many types of meditation -- Integrating and deepening.
Offers instructions for several practical meditation techniques that can be used anywhere, at any time, as well as information on the benefits of meditation and the scientific evidence in support of it.
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Learn on-the-go meditation techniques to improve your concentration and memory and enhance your self-esteem, using this unique visual guide.

Follow the clear, step-by-step instructions anytime, anywhere--at home, on the beach, or on a business trip. Practice meditations sitting on a simple, upright chair; there's no need to fold yourself into uncomfortable positions. Explore a variety of meditation techniques, from mindfulness meditation to tai chi, to find the practices that suit you. Use the short "mini-meditations" to sample a variety of different styles. Find out the benefits of meditation on your mind and brain, examining how it works and the scientific evidence behind its effects.

Whether you are new to meditation or looking to expand your existing knowledge, this practical guide on how to meditate provides everything you need to start (or continue) your meditative journey.

Author Notes

Giovanni Dienstmann is a meditation teacher, writer, and coach based in Sydney, Australia. He has meditated daily for over 17 years, totaling more than 7,000 hours. Drawing on his experience, Dienstmann aims to translate and update the tools and teachings of worldwide wisdom traditions so that they are easily digestible for the 21st-century person. He shares his work in his podcasts and on his website, LiveAndDare, which has been ranked among the top three meditation blogs in the world based on traffic.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 6
Understanding Meditation
What is meditation?p. 10
Meditation myth bustingp. 12
Meditation traditionsp. 16
Taking a closer lookp. 20
Sharpening your powersp. 22
The key to emotional well-beingp. 24
The Zen your body needsp. 26
Practical spiritualityp. 28
A quiet mindp. 30
You have a choice!p. 32
A house without a master is chaosp. 34
Living in the moment is only half the storyp. 36
Meet the Meditating Mind
Starting your journeyp. 40
Take a breathp. 42
Grounded as a Mountainp. 44
Steady Gazingp. 46
In and Outp. 48
Clouds in the Skyp. 50
The Sound of Nowp. 52
How did that feel?p. 54
Starting Your Practice
Setting up a daily practicep. 58
Never zerop. 62
Enjoy the processp. 64
An empowered posturep. 66
A breath of fresh airp. 70
Hand signalsp. 72
The art of concentrationp. 74
Anxiety and meditationp. 76
The Many Types of Meditation
Your own pathp. 80
Mindfulness Meditationp. 82
Zazenp. 84
Vipassanap. 86
Humming Bee Pranayamap. 88
Kinhinp. 90
Yoga Nidrap. 92
Yoga Asanasp. 94
Tai Chip. 96
Neiguanp. 98
Kundalinip. 100
Tratakap. 102
Visualizationp. 104
Mandala Meditationp. 106
Third Eye Meditationsp. 108
Mantrap. 110
Labelingp. 112
Inner Silencep. 114
Neti Netip. 116
Expand Your Consciousnessp. 118
Headless Mep. 120
Abstract Meditationp. 122
Self-Inquiryp. 124
Zuowangp. 126
Meditations from the Tantrasp. 128
Loving-Kindness Meditationp. 134
Sufi Heartbeat Meditationp. 136
Integrating and Deepening
Meditative momentsp. 140
Digital distractionp. 142
Pause, breathe, proceedp. 144
To conquer, visualizep. 146
Power your problem-solving mindp. 148
Grow and flourishp. 150
Meditation for the workplace and performancep. 152
Meditation for athletesp. 156
Meditation for public speakersp. 158
Meditation for creativityp. 160
A new levelp. 162
Respecting the sessionp. 164
Overcoming the hindrances to meditationp. 166
Supercharge your practicep. 168
Preparing for longer sessionsp. 170
To advance, retreat!p. 174
More to lifep. 176
Connecting with the Divinep. 178
Samadhip. 180
Resourcesp. 182
Bibliographyp. 185
Indexp. 186
Acknowledgmentsp. 192