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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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    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.

    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).

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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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.


    3 of 4 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.

    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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    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 13 people found this review helpful
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    Troy 10-01-14
    Troy 10-01-14

    I grew up on Golden Age Radio, I love to learn about a great many things, and I enjoy a wide variety of genres. Me, bored? Never!

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    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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    Jillian Altson 08-17-16 Member Since 2011
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    A time well spent over the many weeks it has taken me to wander through this course

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    Tiago 08-09-16
    Tiago 08-09-16 Member Since 2014
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    "A Great Beginning"

    If you at looking for advice on how to start a mindful life, this book is for you. Accessible and exciting, in a good way, this book has great tip not only on to start, but also on how to construct the habit and incorporate it in your daily life. All of this without imposing any religious believe while respecting those who have it, whatever religion it might be.

    A great book to start your mindful training and open yourself to a great skill that will change your life.

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    Amazon Customer 08-08-16 Member Since 2015

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    Some good information and insights. This book is a bit much for me, at least for now.

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