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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Como Meditar. Other editions. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Como Meditar by Lawrence LeShan. This bestselling guide offers a realistic and straightforward approach to achieving inner peace, stress relief and increased self-knowledge.
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More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Como Meditar. 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 approach by quoting many different people from many different religions. 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. The real self discovery will be learning how many days can I actually remember to meditate. My bet is three. Review to come! 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 with using meditation in psychotherapy. He tells the reader of the mental and physical benefits of meditation 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 and sub-classes of meditation. The book is logically arranged for the most part. It begins with a chapter on why one should meditate. This first chapter sets up two chapters that deal with the psychological and physiological effects of meditation. There is one oddity of organization. It would seem these two chapters should go together as they both deal with things that detract 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.
Jackson i. Christians with an interest in mystical approaches to their religion. I've been meditating on somewhat of a regular basis for a few years now so when I first came upon the book I was skeptical about if it could give me very much new info on the subject. The way in which the author wrote the book was rather unique as well which in-turn was an easy way to keep me intrigued.
I'd definitely recommend it to anyone interested in meditation from those brand new to it to people who have been doing it their whole lives. 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. Why do we meditate? LeShan suggests on the opening page of the book that "We meditate to find, to recover, to come back to something of ourselves we once dimly and unknowingly had and have lost without knowing what it was If you are looking for a short introduction to meditation without a 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 we 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 process 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 and 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. 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 a 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.
Another rubbishy self-help book. This time by Lawrence LeShan Ph. Why diverge from the subject of meditation in order to attack "Hinyana" sic Buddhism, especially since Buddha was himself a "Hinayana" Buddhist? And declaring that, though couched in the third person: "Nothing can be characterized as "good" or "evil" since this would mean so characterizing the total cosmos. The "great mystic" who said "The kingdom of heaven lies Another rubbishy self-help book. The "great mystic" who said "The kingdom of heaven lies within you.
Overall a sound and straightforward introduction to meditation for 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.
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