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Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation Lecture

Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Brett A.Thompson 10-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "If You Can't Get to India Read This Book!"
    What made the experience of listening to Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation the most enjoyable?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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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    John L Murphy Los Angeles 04-03-16
    John L Murphy Los Angeles 04-03-16 Member Since 2013

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    "A guided course in looking within for wisdom"
    If you could sum up Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation in three words, what would they be?

    Reflective. Compassionate. Encouraging.


    What other book might you compare Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation to and why?

    Learning in the company of a wise teacher. Perhaps a book by a less predictable one like Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse or Anam Thubten?


    What does Professor Mark W. Muesse bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    That meditation can be flexible, rather than rigid, to meet one's own needs best.


    Any additional comments?

    His meditation on death is powerful and recommended for anyone to contemplate and learn from.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M.W. 03-19-15
    M.W. 03-19-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Good for Educational Purposes"
    Would you be willing to try another book from The Great Courses? Why or why not?

    Yes. This was just like a good college lecture/course.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Wendy Coquitlam, BC, Canada 08-08-14
    Wendy Coquitlam, BC, Canada 08-08-14
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    "A Must Read!"
    Where does Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


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    Ed Ronin 07-06-15
    Ed Ronin 07-06-15
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    "Four lectures of nothing leading up to Mumbo Jumbo"
    Would you try another book from The Great Courses and/or Professor Mark W. Muesse?

    Great courses yes. Prof. Muesse? Nope.


    What could The Great Courses have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    A refund.


    How could the performance have been better?

    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.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom. Irritation. That feeling when you walk across someone's neglected front yard.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    Not so.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    cheryl 03-01-15
    cheryl 03-01-15
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    "terrible book. I listened to 25 mins and it's not"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Troy 10-01-14
    Troy 10-01-14

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    "A Welcome, Thorough Course"

    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.

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    Dana Glenwood Springs, CO, United States 01-24-14
    Dana Glenwood Springs, CO, United States 01-24-14 Member Since 2014
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    What did you love best about Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation?

    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.


    What about Professor Mark W. Muesse’s performance did you like?

    I already said it above. He is an amazing speaker.


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

    Laugh,, cry, sleep - you name it!


    Any additional comments?

    Are than any more from him? I would be all over any course he teaches.

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    D. Duke Burlington, Iowa 01-18-17
    D. Duke Burlington, Iowa 01-18-17 Member Since 2013

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    excellent presentations and great information included in this course well worth the time to listen to the course highly recommended

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