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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Fantastic, thought provoking, life changing.
the author was great.
This is my first book from Prof. Musse.
I rate as follows: 5-Best of the best, 4-LOVED it, 3-LIKED it, 2-Meh, 1-Didn't like it. Fav genres: sci-fi/fantasy, fiction, science
This course was excellent. I've listened to it twice, and have started my own mindfulness practice. The course is well-planned and a thorough introduction to meditation. Professor Muesse is a wonderful speaker, and infuses the course with personal anecdotes to illustrate concepts. I highly recommend this course, along with another Great Course, The Science of Mindfulness with Professor Ronald Siegel. Both are inspiring to listen to, and both are excellent introductions to meditation.
This is a really good book to learn about meditation and teachings of Buddha.
Chapters are divided into discrete lessons so that you can refer back to anything without muddling through unwanted content. People familiar with mindfulness meditation may find some material basic; however, a review is always a good thing. This is the type of audiobook that someone can listen to whenever they need a boost in their practice.
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."
Although I've studied the principles of meditation and mindfulness on and off for many years, I never heard it so clearly explained as Prof Muesse does in this lecture series.
I found Practicing Mindfulness similar to the value I found in The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz. I believe I have been permanently changed after listening to this -- provided lots of food for thought in every day moments when your mind wanders into self-defeating territory.
Prof Muesse tells stories from his own life that anyone can relate to.
I especially enjoyed the story about how Prof Muesse believed achieving his PhD would propel him into permanent happiness.
I am recommending this lecture to many of my friends. I believe it will help anyone (everyone!) who struggles with dukkha.
YES!! I found it very helpful.
The lecture on death. Also guided meditation
Himself, I found he was very pleasant to listen to.
It made me feel more peaceful
I plan on coming back to these lectures over & over. Thank you
The chapters in which Professor Muesse discusses application
I've done enough voice over work to understand the difficulty of saying everything just right on a recording. So this is impressive to me.
Meditation is so undefined for many of us. This just gave the practice more definition and substance. It "beefed up" my meditation practice and gave more concrete benefits.
This is a valuable course; it’s thorough and covers a lot of information, guiding the listener through varying stages of meditation, highlighting the purpose of each technique and clarifying how letting go is really about connecting. The reader does a good job with pace, tone, and with using a “just right” level of attachment as he reads, which is important for this genre. If you are interested in this subject matter, this audio book is a worthwhile addition to your library.
"Great Information with a little Cheese!"
Good for Beginners
The information is well written and very informative, taking the listener into the world of meditation without any heavy religious overtones but enough reference to spirituality to make the exercise relevant. The guided exercises are very good and prove useful in demonstrating the concepts described.
Heartfelt but scripted
Take a voyage into inner space
The book is good but the format can be an annoying distraction. The speaker "pretends" to be performing a lecture to a live audience BUT it is very soon apparent that there is no audience reaction to the humour or any other background noise and the applause at the start and finish of each "lecture" or section is canned and exactly the same on every occasion. It would be much easier to the ear if the "lectures" were referred to as Chapters or Sections (as with any other book, audible or otherwise) and the distracting applause was binned as a result. Sincerity and honesty are a large part of being mindful so why pretend? The desire to be novel in approach has spoiled what is otherwise a great source of information. Having said that, don't be put off. Take it for what it is, a great start into mindful meditation.
As I listened to the lecture series, restarted it a couple of times, and reviewed the lectures several times each, I have been able to apply several of his techniques to my own life and incorporate them ... they have been very beneficial.
I enjoyed his talks on The Buddha and on Buddhism, and he leaves me with an appetite for more understanding.
I like the way, after the introduction and basics he leads us through several directed meditations, building my confidence in my ability to continue this practice.
This is the first of his lecture series that I have listened to.At first, I found Professor Muesse's voice and manner of delivery difficult to enjoy ... but after a short while the delivery became part of his character and did enjoy his lectures, and listening to him.
"I loved this course"
Potentially life changing
No characters as such this is course on mindfulness but I did enjoy when the professor talked about the Buddha.
This professors delivery was excellent he was able to bring the topics to life and make it interesting and enjoyable as well as educational.
I enjoyed it all and am looking forward to listing to it again soon
I have been trying to get into meditation and mindfulness meditation in particular but I don't think I had actually grasped what mindfulness really was and why it helps us and how to bring it into my life . These lectures addressed all that. Initially I wasn't sure I would like this but I am so glad I got it.
"Practical, informative and charming"
As someone wanting to start mindfulness meditation I found this to be a clear and informative guide. Prof Muesse is from the southern states of the USA; which seems to present a previous reviewer with some problems but for me wasn't an issue. His narration is clear and paced in a way that's well suited to meditation exercises. He provides interesting context on buddhism but also translates concepts such as karma in a way that's useful for those of us who aren't buddhists and don't believe in reincarnation. There are plenty of exercises to offer the beginner a range of options for meditating and since buying this lecture meditation has become part of my daily routine.
The "Great Lectures" series all involve a bit of kidology; we're supposed to think it's a live lecture but the applause sounds dubbed-in between chapters and one assumes they're recorded in a studio somewhere. That's irrelevant though. Where they come up trumps is in hiring great university lecturers with solid academic credentials in the field and letting them do their thing. I wasn't sure whether that would work in this instance because I was after a practical guide but this really hit the spot for me in delivering both practical exercises as well as interesting background material.
"Irritating accent and delivery"
An American ?
If the Narrator was British or a better reader
If narrated by a better reader
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