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Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation Lecture

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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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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    Bead lover Linda 02-01-15
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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


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stardog77 TX 11-02-14
    Stardog77 TX 11-02-14 Member Since 2014

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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).

    4 of 6 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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    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 13 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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Jackson, TN, USA 04-22-16
    Mike Jackson, TN, USA 04-22-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Succinct"

    I have listened to countless mindfulness and zen talks, so finding this succinct one, was refreshing.

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    GZarou 04-17-16
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    This was not what I expected. Thought there would be more on minddulness meditation. okay

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    "His accent was so distracting"

    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

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    Vassilis 04-14-16
    Vassilis 04-14-16

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    "Thank you!"

    Maybe the best course in mindfulness not only for the content and structure but also due to a great teacher that except his deep knowledge is a source of inspiration.

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    Truly loved listening to this program. I think it is one of the best Great Courses I have heard.

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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.

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