How to Meditate has ratings and 64 reviews. Mark said: Meditation can get a bad rap. Often times, the strong opinion of religious folks can deter oth. How to Meditate. BY Lawrence LeShan. A few years ago, I was at a small conference of scientists all of whom practiced meditation on a daily basis. Toward the. Bring the gift and peace of meditation into your life with this easy-to-follow instructional program. No matter how great the demands on your time, here are.

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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. This bestselling guide offers lfshan realistic and straightforward approach to achieving inner peace, stress relief and increased self-knowledge.

Paperbackpages. Elshan September 14th by Little, Brown and Company first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about How to Meditateplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Nov 18, Mark rated it it was amazing. Meditation can get a bad rap. Often times, the strong opinion of religious folks can deter other folks from walking the meditative path.

New age religion folk have their twist, yogis have their twist, Christians have their twist, etc. This book is written in the twist of a learned psychologist who seems to have his head on completely straight. I like how he discusses the many different paths one could take for meditation. He also keeps things nice and simple. He has a diverse approach by quoting Meditation can get a bad rap.

He has a diverse medltate by quoting many different people from many different mditate. It seems that he has mastered the subject, and helps to connect the dots in areas that were vague to me. If you are interested in meditation, this is a great short book to pick up. Nov 04, Bernie Gourley rated it liked it Shelves: On the contrary, How to Meditate delves into a wide variety of meditation styles that have roots in religion, and it quotes from spiritual teachers across a range of religions–including the mystic branches of Christianity and Islam.

How to Meditate is readable to the general reader, except perhaps for chapter 11, which deals leahan using meditation in psychotherapy. He tells the reader of the mental and physical benefits of lesuan as they are discussed in the scientific literature. In other words, if you think that meditation is only for hippie-types who believe in auras and astral planes, this book may convince you otherwise.

There are a couple chapters devoted to ideas that people believe that both have little evidence of grounding in reality and which detract from meditation.

This includes ESP, auras, strange maps of reality, and guru-worship. The core of the book is chapter 8, which explains how to do meditations of eleven different kinds. The first ten are all types of structured meditation, and an earlier chapter is devoted to distinguishing structured from unstructured approaches to meditation. There is also an earlier chapter that discusses a broad taxonomy of meditation medittate sub-classes of meditation.

The book is logically arranged for the most part. Medihate begins with a chapter on why one should meditate.

How to Meditate

This first chapter sets up two chapters that deal with the psychological and physiological effects of meditation. There leshab one oddity of organization. It would seem these two chapters should go together as they both deal with things that meditatte from meditative practice, and not with the central chapter wedged between them. One of those chapters is the aforementioned chapter for psychotherapists and the other deals with the social significance of meditation.


The last chapter before those that I found superfluous, however, is one addressing the question of whether one needs a teacher to learn meditation. This pro and con discussion seems like a good way to end this book. There is a long afterword by Edgar N. I suspect that if page count were not a concern the book would have ended on the chapter that talks about decisions about a teacher. The last two chapters and the Afterword seem to have been added for the twin-fold purpose of hitting a target page count and to add a couple niche audiences—namely students of psychology and fans of Edgar N.

Christians with an interest in mystical approaches to their religion. Very good I don’t think I have ever read a better introduction to the general practice of meditation. Seriously, two thumbs up. A good basic guide to meditation.

Does not really go very much in depth but is very clear and easy to follow for the beginner. If you are looking for a short introduction to meditation without a particular religious bias this is the book for you. Organized into twelve chapters each of which discuss a basic issue regarding meditation, the book is as practical as one can be when discussing this concept.

How to meditate: a guide to self-discovery – Lawrence Leshan – Google Books

Why do we meditate? LeShan suggests on the opening page of the book leshqn “We meditate to find, to recover, to come back to something of ourselves we once dimly and mefitate had and have lost without knowing what it was If you are looking for a short introduction to meditation without meitate particular religious bias this is the book for you.

LeShan suggests on the opening page of the book that “We meditate to find, to recover, to come back to something of ourselves jeditate once dimly and unknowingly had and have lost without knowing what it was or where or when we lost it.

I found the sections on how to and what the effects of meditation are to be especially informative. While suggesting that paranormal feelings and events should be excluded from the hoa of meditation he does not deny that they exist.

He follows up with a chapter on the “traps” of mysticism that is convincingly effective. While he encourages those interested in meditation to seek out others who share that interest he definitely believes that this is a practice that may be done alone mditate he provides suggestions for those who choose this approach.

Finally, the afterword by Edgar N. Jackson provides a summing up and places LeShan’s book in the context of the history of spiritual thought. With the inclusion of referential footnotes this text is an impressive short presentation of meditation for the the thoughtful reader.

Jul 03, Una rated it really liked it Shelves: I gave this book such a high review because it’s not only well-written but a welcome departure from magical crystal guru bs. It includes a respectful summary of different approaches and instructions regarding different types of meditation, but also includes such chapter headings as “alluring traps in meditation and mysticism” and ” ‘vibrations,’ ‘energy,’ and other cheap explanations of things.

It also explained the pros and cons of seeking a teacher, what to avoid anyone who claims to have ‘the right way’ or acts like a ‘leader’ and how to do without medotate teacher or group at all what I’m interested in. The only part I would skip are the last 2 chapters. One is specifically for psychologists you’d think it would be totally fascinating but it’s pretty dull, though helpful for a shrink who wants to integrate meditation into their treatment and I found the last chapter to be a rambling and unhelpful wrap-up.


Jan 20, Cody Weston rated it really liked it Shelves: Overall a sound meditxte straightforward introduction to meditation mesitate personal growth. My only complaint is that it veers into the hokey from time to time, discussing such topics as ESP.

In my opinion, these discussions detract from the credibility of the text, but I found enough to like that I still recommend the book as a first look into the topic. This was an excellent how-to book and introduction into what meditation is, it’s difficulty and very interesting comparisons to religions. I recommend it, if you are interested in finding out more on meditating or have an interest in learning: Nov 28, Rose Smigell rated it really liked it.

It gave tips and explanations of the different forms of meditation. It also touched on how people of different religious backgrounds used meditation in their lives, so it did not single out any religion or talk down about any religions. The only part I did not like about the book was the parts on ESP. I find that to be a bit unrealistic, but if you are looking for a book that will direct you on which path to start your meditation journey, this book is well worth the read.

Apr 03, David Doel rated it liked it. This book was a disappointment. A lot of ‘s buzz-speak.

How to Meditate: A Guide to Self-Discovery

Perhaps, had I been willing to spend several months trying the plethora of recommended meditation approaches, I had gotten benefit, but I’m not willing to make that gamble. However, 1 good Haiku that could have come from St. I said to leshaan almond tree, “Sister, speak to me of God,” And the almond tree blossomed.

Aug 30, Ali Ko rated it liked it. Nov 02, Hamad rated it it was amazing. Feb 10, John Nelson rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book is beautiful and mandatory to those who want to take meditation as a serious discipline. Meditation has been cheapened meditzte modern society in the same way Yoga has, as well as nutrition. By that, I mean: And with nutrition, the fixation has been to “lose weight”, where as nutrition should be treated to gi This book is beautiful and mandatory to those who want to take meditation as a serious discipline.

And with nutrition, the fixation has been to “lose weight”, where as nutrition should hiw treated to give better health physically and metally, having weight lose just being a part of a bigger picture. So, in this comparison, the cheapening of meditation meditatf been in the assumption that it’s something you do to “relax, clear leshna mind, make you feel good and get over your problems”. And while feeling better is an eventual side effect from meditation practice, this isn’t why you do it.

You do it for a multitude of reasons such as strengthening your mind, making your self understand what and why you feel things, lesjan a deepening of understanding as to who you really are.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. And I can say I wouldn’t have been able to articulate this prior to reading this book.

Jack Kornfield said it best “the mind is like a baby puppy.