Still the Mind

An Introduction to Meditation
Narrated by: Alan Watts
Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Mark Watts compiled this work from his father's extensive journals and audiotapes of famous lectures he delivered, in his later years, across the country. In three parts Alan Watts explains the basic philosophy of meditation, how individuals can practice a variety of meditations, and how inner wisdom grows naturally.
©2000 Alan Watts (P)2003 New World Library

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Alan Watts Forever.

Yet again, Mr. Watts brings an accessible and engaging method to his teachings, allowing them to be earth-shatteringly profound and at the same time, fun. Anyone looking to dip their toes into fundamental, introductory meditation teachings would do well to start here.

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Essential instruction for new meditators

These are clips from lectures where Alan Watts discusses the philosophy and practice of object-less meditation. He makes it easy to grasp what meditating does and does not entail. Highly recommend for beginners looking to explore a practice.

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Awake

Through riddles and self realization Alan Watts gets rid of your desire to worry. This new age way of showing the zen mindset through different sounds and new koan.

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Alan Watts is a loveable, accessible genius

Would you listen to Still the Mind again? Why?

The value of this audio title rests in the fact that Watts himself is recorded. Charming, revealing and empathetic, Watts is a brilliant speaker and his approach to understanding meditation is singular.

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Classic Alan Watts.

I am an avid Alan Watts reader and listener. Most of this I had never heard. I will listen again.

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Insightful.

Nothing can quite beat the subtle reminder that we are capable of relieving our minds when we let go. Much like muddy waters, most of our thoughts are clouded until we allow it to settle.

Alan W. Watts provides a unique way of explaining this kind of process. With a captivating voice and wise choosing of vocabulary he can show you much of what you've been missing this whole time.

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Enchanting

I can’t get enough of Alan Watts his voice is smooth gentle yet masculine. Alan Watts is the most real I’ve ever read or listen too

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great read

very entertaining and very moving Alan Watts delivered as usual and keep its the facts and Truth and also spiritual and open your eyes two different perspective.

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Another Gem by Alan Watts

An excellent introduction to meditation! Funny, calming and only an hour long. A lot of wisdom

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awesome

Alan Watts is awesome! I wish I come across his stuff years ago! try it!

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  • 08-13-16

Interesting take on meditation and reality.

Interesting take on meditation and reality. Worth a listen if you like Alan Watts and are interested in meditation.

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  • 06-18-17

Short but Sweet!

This was VERY entertaining to listen to, Alan Watts is such a fun guy! Very informative too! Glad I found this

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  • Dean P
  • 03-07-19

Interesting and useful compilation

This collect of AW talks started off perfectly. It went into the general ideas around meditation and also some very important ideas about the self, mind, and the aims of spirituality. Unfortunately towards the last 20 minutes, it descended into some bizarre talk on sound meditation. Why he chose a humming sound meditation to demonstrate what meditation is, is totally lost on me. From there it went into mostly irrelevant chatter about music, sound tones, and very by the way topics that only few would find vaguely useful. The first part of the audio is highly worthwhile to hear, and is well delivery by AW.

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