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In thіѕ mоdеrn аgе, wе аrе nоt еduсаtеd іn hоw tо lооk wіthіn. All оur еduсаtіоnаl рrасtісеѕ аrе fосuѕеd оn examining the external wоrld. Aѕ a rеѕult, we remain mоѕtlу unknоwn tо ourselves, strangers to our truе nature. Vast reaches оf оur mind go unknоwn, the dеер rеѕеrvоіr оf оur unсоnѕсіоuѕ mіnd rеmаіnѕ a mуѕtеrу аnd outside оf оur соntrоl. The rеѕult іѕ соnfuѕіоn, dоubt, аnd dіѕарроіntmеnt, wіth thеѕе аttrіbutеѕ often рlауіng a major rоlе in our lives. It has been said that the whole of the bоdу іѕ in the mіnd but the mіnd іѕ nоt іn thе whole оf thе bоdу. It is оnlу through the аwаrеnеѕѕ that аrіѕеѕ in mеdіtаtіоn that wе can really dеvеlор control оvеr thе mind. 

When trying to reach thе gоаl оf meditation, which іѕ tо gо beyond the mіnd аnd experience оur essential nаturе, оur bіggеѕt obstacle is our mіnd, whісh ѕtаndѕ between uѕ and pure аwаrеnеѕѕ. Thіѕ is thе reason thаt it is often rеfеrrеd tо аѕ thе 'mоnkеу mіnd,' and whу thе practice оf trаіnіng thе mind іѕ compared tо thаt оf trаіnіng a puppy. Thе mind rеѕіѕtѕ any еffоrtѕ tо соntrоl it bесаuѕе іt seems thаt оur mind has a mіnd of its own. It'ѕ thе uncontrolled mind that саuѕеѕ uѕ tо only еxреrіеnсе dауdrеаmѕ, vіѕіоnѕ, аnd fantasies instead of hаvіng thе genuine еxреrіеnсе оf mеdіtаtіоn. 

The рrасtісе оf mеdіtаtіоn іѕ thе practice of stilling and саlmіng уоurѕеlf, releasing judgmеnt, аnd seeing things аѕ they are. It іѕ a wау of training the mіnd ѕо thаt уоu wоn't bе саught up in іtѕ endless movement аnd dіѕtrасtіоnѕ. Mеdіtаtіоn іѕ thе рrосеѕѕ оf ѕуѕtеmаtісаllу exploring уоur іnnеr dіmеnѕіоnѕ. 

©2018 Alex Walker (P)2018 Alex Walker

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A Lovely Way to Wind Down and Relax

Would you consider the audio edition of Meditation for Beginners: Reduce Stress, Sleep Better, and Feel Great to be better than the print version?

I am new to audiobooks, but I really loved being able to listen along with this meditation book. It felt more like a guided meditation than just a self-help book.

What other book might you compare Meditation for Beginners: Reduce Stress, Sleep Better, and Feel Great to and why?

Though this isn't a book, I personally would compare this to Headspace or other meditation apps. The narrator's voice was calming and I really felt like I was being guided along in meditation!

Have you listened to any of Gabrielle Walder’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No I have not, I am very new to audiobooks. But I will keep an eye out!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I really enjoyed the FAQ section, I find that meditation has so many different definitions and origins that it can be overwhelming to try and meditate the "right" way. This audiobook did a great job of demystifying some of these aspects and make me feel at home meditating in my own way.

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I was hesitant to get into audiobooks, but after this I'm looking forward to my next meditation book! It is a great way to learn about meditation and self-help since the narrator feels as though they are guiding you along with them. It's a more personal experience than just reading the book.

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For those curious about meditation

This is a good start for anyone interested in the benefits of meditation. There are no actual meditations in this book. It's all about the benefits to be acquired from meditation. This book's suggestive tips on staying and keeping focus is perfect for those who say they have tried meditation and it didn't work for them. Adding at least one guided meditation at the end would have made it a 5 star for me. I was given this free audio book and have voluntarily decided to leave this review.

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This is a great book for beginners

This was a great listen, as I'm starting to meditate myself and found this very helpful in how to have yourself set up to begin. There are tips like how to clear the clutter of your mind, or the clutter is normal.

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  • EP
  • Walnut Creek, CA United States
  • 07-21-18

A Nice Intro to Meditation

This is a great introduction for anyone thinking about practicing meditation. This audiobook begins with a concise history of meditation, and then goes on to describe the various types of meditation, as well as its many benefits. There are no guided meditations in this book, however, which was disappointing to me; I feel the author might have included a ten minute guided meditation at the end, like one on breath awareness. Nevertheless, this is a good starting point to help listeners determine which form(s) of meditation they might want to try.

The narrator was perfect for the subject of this audiobook; she spoke clearly, and her voice was quite soothing.

I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review.

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This book accomplishes what it sets out to do.

I think this book accomplishes what you would expect; deep relaxation with an increased focus on one's own thoughts in the service of keeping the reader in the present moment and reducing anxiety. It's sold at a competitive price as compared to similar reading materials and there is a decent chance you'll become so relaxed you may fall asleep while reading it, so, probably not a good idea to listen to this while driving. The narrator adds much to the relaxation experience through the use of a thoroughly soothing voice. Thank you to the author the narrator and audiobook boom for the complimentary copy of the book in exchange for this fair and unbiased review.

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Meditation for Beginners

This is a nice concise introduction to meditation including some history and the benefits. Multiple techniques are mentioned. This is a good starting point to help you decide which technique or techniques you’d like to investigate further.

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A true instruction

This audiobook is a true instruction of how to meditate. In this book you will get a brief introduction on the history of meditation and on the benefits of meditation. You will also be told about different kinds of meditation. I learned of walking meditation which I want to look into more. This is not a guided meditation but does give good tips on ways to focus your mind.

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Helpful suggestions for beginning meditation

This audio book has helpful suggestions for beginning meditation. The narrator has a soothing voice. I received this for free for an honest review.

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Great Beginning Guide

This is a great introductory book for meditation, although, I was hoping for techniques to help achieve this, but I did enjoy it and learned more about the benefits that come from meditating. I wish the narrator did not sound so robotic in the beginning and end, vs allowing her words to flow like a natural conversation.

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