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.
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It gives a great overview and provides practical steps of the how and why to meditate properly. Rich in history and the true reason and meaning of meditation it incorporates the philosophy and benefits in a easy to follow and enlightening manor.
The "why of meditation" combined with the physical "how to" layered with the reason it really works. I love that it references God and or the higher power of all religions meaning you get connected to the higher power of the universe no matter what your earthly religion or spiritual philosophy is.
That mindfulness in the present moment is the only way to truly connect to God, yourself, erase fears, master your mind, sharpen your senses and be open to all of life in a fearless, peaceful, confident way. It can help us find answers and solutions and improve our overall quality of life. Which is important in this tech savvy world where we rarely lay in the grass stare at the clouds anymore which can be a form of mindful meditation new generations have not mastered.
I liked the narrator's tone and voice, reminded me of my college days, but I liked that professor student voice, it was not at all patronizing or unquestioning.
Why must you add recorded applause between each segment. So annoying. Please consider stopping that faux practice.
Reflective. Compassionate. Encouraging.
Learning in the company of a wise teacher. Perhaps a book by a less predictable one like Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse or Anam Thubten?
His own gradual encounter with Buddhism from his teens on, HIs Texas accent and down-home approach add to the story he tells, for Westerners like himself, rather than as if a guru transported from the Himalayas to Berkeley or Brooklyn.
That meditation can be flexible, rather than rigid, to meet one's own needs best.
His meditation on death is powerful and recommended for anyone to contemplate and learn from.
Yes. This was just like a good college lecture/course.
This took a long time to finish because (1) Not well suited to driving because you can't do some of the exercises and (2) not well suited for night time listening because you might fall asleep. That being said, if you are interested in meditation and mindfulness (definitely more of the latter) then this is a good primer.
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.
Practicing Idealist, Dabbling Realist ;)
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.
Great courses yes. Prof. Muesse? Nope.
If you listen for it, here's a good deal of hidden hostility under his voice. The guy is more than a little "catty" when speaking about women and condescending when speaking about anything but his own approach. Plus a lot of his anecdotes are apocryphal stories we've all heard before--and it's kind of insulting to be expected to pretend to ourselves we're not being lied to.
Boredom. Irritation. That feeling when you walk across someone's neglected front yard.
I really wanted to like the guy--and this course--but I've seen too many of his clones in new-age book shops. Guys you with a calm, quasi divine affectation with nothing rational to say. Coming in under the Great Courses banner, the course gives the impression that the sound principles of an ancient practice have been extracted and condensed into something usable in modern time.
what I was looking for. I wanted lessons of beginning ways to meditate. tried two ways to return the book & no help, or response back from Amazon. Even nook and book stores have a return policy.
Don't buy, it's a terrible book of wasted time & use of the mind.
Say something about yourself!
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.
The professor knows his subject and tells his stories in a beautiful, soothing voice. I listen every night. Some of what I hear is in real-time and some is subliminal because he puts me into a satisfying, deep sleep every time. Glad I don't have to go to class because I would have my head on the desk. But during sleep is how I learn best.
I already said it above. He is an amazing speaker.
Laugh,, cry, sleep - you name it!
Are than any more from him? I would be all over any course he teaches.
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