Meditation - the technique of mental focusing for enhanced awareness and self-mastery - offers deep and lasting benefits for mental functioning and emotional health, as well as for physical health and well-being.
This practice is closely related to "mindfulness," which Professor Muesse defines as "a deliberate way of paying attention to what is occurring within oneself as it is happening. It is the process of attentively observing your experience as it unfolds, without judgment or evaluation."
"Meditation," he adds, "refers to certain exercises that can be used to enlarge and refine mindfulness." Meditation cultivates mindfulness by training you to develop deep attention to the present moment, allowing the mind to become settled and centered. These 24 detailed lectures teach you the principles and techniques of sitting meditation, the related practice of walking meditation, and the highly beneficial use of meditative awareness in many important activities, including eating and driving. You will also learn how to use the skills of meditation in working with thoughts and emotional states, in deepening sensory awareness of the body, and in becoming deeply attentive to the operation of your mind.
You'll come away with a solid basis for your own meditation practice and for bringing meditation's remarkable and empowering benefits to every aspect of your life.
Disclaimer: Please note that this recording may include references to supplemental texts or print references that are not essential to the program and not supplied with your purchase.
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because I kept daydreaming while listening to this. Suddenly the day's To Do list became more important, or remembering something that happened, ANYTHING but having to listen to the speaker go on and on . . .
Because this audio book cost so much, I thought "it must be me . . . keep at it". But, I've bought so many other audio books by now that are interesting and informative and delightful ways to spend my time. This was set aside in favor of other books, many other books.
I've been trying to get through this for a few months now, tried again today to continue on, and simply gave up and skipped to the end to listen to the last segment in case there was a conclusion.
The speaker speaks too slowly, and speaks with a tone that I associate with "pompous" (although, strangely, there is a similar speech pattern in author Eben Alexander, MD, but I didn't get the same feeling)
There were some interesting bits of information, but it was a long wait between, with a lot of words to listen to. The essential information could have been presented in about 2 hours.
I recently bought The Genie Within, and recommend that for people like me, who just want a teacher or informer of information to just GET TO THE POINT.
Also, I'm going to avoid any further meditation-related audio books that refer to Budda or anything in the Buddhist tradition. It's starting to bring out the worst in me when I hear one more strange Buddhist short story that's supposed to make me have a light bulb moment - but it's too strange to make out any point. Suddenly my hand shoots up in the air and makes a mouth puppet and I blurt out "Blah, Blah, Blah" and I remember that Indiana Jones scene where some guy was spinning and swirling a sword and Indiana Jones pulled out a pistol and just got the fight over with. Maybe I'm not at a point in "this life" where talking in circles is useful to me.
This was a waste of money and time. I wonder if it's too late to return this.
I'm listening to a bunch of different stuff to get over this experience during which I was treated horribly by a very bad man. I listened to this as an introduction to mindfulness with the aim of having more control over my mind so I can stop thinking about this dastardly character. I am finding the techniques really helpful. Moreover, the idea that I can practice mindfulness and control distressing emotions in the future is extremely empowering. I recommend this lecture series particularly if you are suffering from repetitive thoughts that are affecting your enjoyment of life.
The only thing wrong with this book is that, when the professor puts on his "quiet and relaxing" voice for guided meditation stuff, he sounds exactly like Hank Hill, and it gives me the giggles pretty bad (I don't know how familiar y'all are with meditation, but giggling is supposedly counterproductive).
Dr. Muesse seems to be knowledgeable about the topic, but his cadence and voice was very annoying. He had very little enthusiasm and read in almost a monotone. I could only do a very short session because I kept getting rapped up in the voice and delivery.
I was interested in the topic, but had a hard time getting into the book because of the delivery by the reader.
Loved the Book! It's a book that you will read over & over. Keeps you thinking about the NOW and also that anyone can Meditate. Each lesson was practical and easy to understand, also at times with a bit of humor. Professor Muesse was wonderful. A book everyone should read.
It gets better as you reach the middle of the book
least interesting was mindfulness while eating and walking--way too lengthy
Would have had him move along a little faster to get to the point.
I don't regret reading it, but I would not place it high on my list of "to reads."
If you have no problem listening to a professor whose delivery is more pedantic than spontaneous, this is a fair medium to learn from. Otherwise, I'd recommend that it be read from a book. Tweezing out the jewels while listening to someone speak in the fashion Tim Conway used to drive his audience nuts by doing his slow talk routine is a tough job. I did manage to finish the course but I had to deliberately choose when to listen such as days I was particularly patient. As mentioned in the title, the suggestions are good. Getting to them is not.
You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take. —Wayne Gretzky
this is an incredible book about meditation in general and a new way of seeing the world as it is not as a construction of your self. I recommend this listen to everyone who is like me always anxious for no reason, like the world is about to end at any instant.
I'm planning to listen to it many times, probably two or three times a year.
No. I learned a good deal from the series of lectures, but I don't feel the need to listen a second time.
One "complaint" . Professor Muesse obviously knows this topic very well, he is well versed and brings personal experience to the course BUT he speaks VERY slowly throughout. Luckily the Audible app allows the listener to speed up the narration, which I listened to comfortably at 1.5x throughout.
This is not a story, it's a lecture series.
This is a series of recorded classroom lectures, so it can be a bit dry but the average individual 45-60 min lecture time makes it easy to plan your listening and take the inform piece by piece.
I grew up on Golden Age Radio, and while I love to read, I typically consume more books via audio thanks to a job that lets me listen while I work. As an aspiring writer, I try to read a great deal of non-fiction in addition to a variety of fictional genres. I especially love history, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and old-style gothic horror.
Meditation is easy to learn and easy to begin... in theory. It's quite possibly the most difficult thing I've ever done in my life, which is why I was eager to have a longer course like this one. I've done this sort of thing off and on for years, and I've seen the benefits of it for myself. But my physical restlessness and my "monkey mind" have always been my worst enemies. This course breaks everything down slowly and thoroughly. Everything you need is here, and there is plenty of advice concerning props or environments to go along with it for those who wish for that that.
The hard part is still actually meditating. It's just not as daunting as it used to be.
My headline says it all, unless you want to hear a religious angle to Mindfulness, complete with Budha quotes.
A bit too preachy sounding, although I am not questioning the lectures sincerity.
It did get me back to meditating again.
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