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Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation | [The Great Courses]

Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation

Meditation offers deep and lasting benefits for mental functioning and emotional health, as well as for physical health and well-being. 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.
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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.

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.

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

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    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 06-03-14
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    "Great job!!"
    Would you listen to Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation again? Why?

    YES!! I found it very helpful.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation?

    The lecture on death. Also guided meditation


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

    Himself, I found he was very pleasant to listen to.


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

    It made me feel more peaceful


    Any additional comments?

    I plan on coming back to these lectures over & over. Thank you

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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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    "Life-altering"
    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.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Wynnewood, PA, United States 09-20-14
    Steve Wynnewood, PA, United States 09-20-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Informative and Inspiring"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Nacogdoches, TX, United States 09-28-14
    Matthew Nacogdoches, TX, United States 09-28-14 Member Since 2014
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    "The title is misleading"

    This is NOT a guide to meditation. It is a guide to "MINDFULLNESS." Mindfullness, in this context, is a mystical spirituality. It draws most heavily on buddhism. It is about meditation only in so far as it helps the listener to understand what mindfulness is. If you are looking for a secular non-mystical guide to meditation keep looking. This will only leave you more confused.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Taran Rampersad Beloit, Wisconsin 09-26-14
    Taran Rampersad Beloit, Wisconsin 09-26-14 Member Since 2014

    Read, Write, Repeat As Necessary.

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    "A Good Agnostic Introduction."
    Where does Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Well, it's the first audiobook I've listened to, so I'd say it's #1 right now.


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

    Having explored meditation in different religious traditions - both willingly as an adult and unwillingly as a child - I've disdained how the meditation aspect is sometimes 'sold' with dingleberries of the specific religion. I suspect his background in teaching Comparative Religion allowed him to allow the mindfullness and meditation to seep through.

    That has great value to me since he's done much of the footwork that I tired of.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Julian A. Eberhardt venice, italy 07-16-15
    Julian A. Eberhardt venice, italy 07-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good book"

    Very informative and it helped me get started with meditation.
    Gies very in depth and i sort of skipped some parts like mindful eating or the different examples of meditation like death or compassion one.
    I will listen to it again and revisit those sections once im more experienced and comfortable with meditation

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Yogi Trout Bear Dallas, TX, United States 07-12-15
    Yogi Trout Bear Dallas, TX, United States 07-12-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Very Impressive, New Perspectives and Insights"
    Where does Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    this is one of the best.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation?

    He adds new perspectives i have not previously heard.


    Have you listened to any of Professor Mark W. Muesse’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


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

    metta meditation


    Any additional comments?

    very well thought out book, and very understandable . it is also probably easier for some to hear, due to his traditional training

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chad Young 06-26-15
    Chad Young 06-26-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent"

    I thought the lectures were very clear and accessible. I listened to the entire series over a few days and now plan to go back and practice the principles of the individual lectures for a week or so each. I highly recommend this lecture series to anyone interested in the topic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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