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Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation Lecture

Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation

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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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2011 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2011 The Great Courses

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    Would you try another book from The Great Courses and/or Professor Mark W. Muesse?

    No I would not try another of Professor Muesse's lectures/courses. Although I am very interested in the topic, the overall performance & delivery style was not something I could listen to and absorb information from.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Professor Mark W. Muesse’s performances?

    NO


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Krista Smith 04-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    His voice and accent made me want to shove an ice pick in my ear drums. Wish this was not an audio book or they would have chosen someone with a soothing voice

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    augustine 09-17-14
    augustine 09-17-14
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    "Close your eyes, breathe and stay focused"

    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.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Pauline Colorado Springs, CO, United States 02-02-14
    Pauline Colorado Springs, CO, United States 02-02-14 Member Since 2005
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    "The information is good but delivery is pedantic"

    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.

    20 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick 07-14-14
    Patrick 07-14-14

    Et tu, Brute?

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    "Might Require Multiple Listens"

    I very much enjoyed learning about mindfulness and the concepts that entail with the practice. In this lecture, you'll learn how to practice simple basic meditation and how to do so while eating, walking, and sitting as well.

    I've studied various types of meditation throughout the years and this was still a learning lesson. The professor was great, as he had an almost "gentle" approach. When I practiced applying some of the methods he lectured on, I could hear his voice in my mind instructing what to look for and how to observe your thoughts while experiencing simple everyday life tasks such as taking a walk. He mentions several Buddhist concepts along the way, but doesn't emphasize that it's mandatory to embrace them. No pressure.

    I highly recommend if you're interested in learning more about meditation and mindfulness (living in the present moment)

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Guilherme 10-19-13
    Guilherme 10-19-13 Member Since 2013

    You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take. —Wayne Gretzky

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    "Best book on meditation I've read"

    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.

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    steven 08-23-13
    steven 08-23-13

    I like skiing, golf, gardening, and fitness.

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    "Excellent narrator who speaks from experience."
    What made the experience of listening to Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation the most enjoyable?

    I learned so much about Buddhist meditation.


    Which character – as performed by Professor Mark W. Muesse – was your favorite?

    The Buddha


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book made me want to learn more.


    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Stardog77 TX 11-02-14
    Stardog77 TX 11-02-14

    Stardog77

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    "This is great!"

    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).

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Diana 02-08-14
    Diana 02-08-14 Member Since 2013

    Practicing Idealist, Dabbling Realist ;)

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    "Whew! Hard to pay attention to the speaker"

    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.

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    Tina Novato, CA, United States 07-25-16
    Tina Novato, CA, United States 07-25-16 Member Since 2004
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    "Applause-Music-Applause WHY"

    It is fine to have music which you usually, do for most programming but who
    thought up the applause? It is disruptive and loud and hence annoying
    ESPECIALLY when talking about meditation. Please rethink this. You give a
    complete description of the narrator, so we know how educated, talented, etc.,
    he/she is. We don't need to listen to FAKE applause throughout the entire
    program. I really enjoy Great Courses but not THE TEACHING CO.'s
    need for applause.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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