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Start Here Now : An Open-Hearted Guide to the Path and Practice of Meditation
by Susan Piver


Overview - A concise, jargon-free guide to learning what Buddhist meditation is--and isn't--with advice on how to start a meditation practice.

If you want to meditate but have no idea where to begin, this book by best-selling author and Buddhist teacher Susan Piver will help you: it contains everything you need to know to start a meditation practice and, even more important, to continue one.  Read more...


 
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Overview
A concise, jargon-free guide to learning what Buddhist meditation is--and isn't--with advice on how to start a meditation practice.

If you want to meditate but have no idea where to begin, this book by best-selling author and Buddhist teacher Susan Piver will help you: it contains everything you need to know to start a meditation practice and, even more important, to continue one. It defines what meditation is (and what it is not); dispels the three most common misconceptions about it; advises ways around obstacles; addresses the most frequently asked questions; and shows how meditation can have positive impact on relationships, creativity, and difficult emotions. However, Piver presents meditation as something more than the self-help technique du jour--it is a path to love, joy, and courage. This book contains two self-paced programs to help you start here--now

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781611802672
  • ISBN-10: 1611802679
  • Publisher: Shambhala
  • Publish Date: September 2015
  • Page Count: 192
  • Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 pounds


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Books > Body, Mind & Spirit > Mindfulness & Meditation
Books > Religion > Buddhism - General

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-09-07
  • Reviewer: Staff

This succinct addition to the "how to meditate" genre provides step-by-step instructions for the beginner. With clarity, humor, and reassurance, Piver covers basic topics (what meditation is, its benefits, setting up a practice) and teaches shamatha ("peacefully abiding") meditation with focus on the breath. Piver (The Wisdom of a Broken Heart), the founder of an online mindfulness community, perceptively addresses the needs and concerns of new students. Especially valuable is her sharp analysis of different styles of meditation with suggestions on how to choose, emphasizing they aren't just a "variety of roads to arrive at a single destination." She deftly dissects the now-common term "mindfulness." Piver distills meditation to its essentials without being reductionist, grounding it in the profundity of Buddhist spiritual traditions; she urges students to follow traditional, time-proven wisdom teachings. "Meditation is more than a practice," she writes, "it is a way of being in the world. It is a path." Included are a seven-day meditation "challenge" and guidelines for a weekend retreat. While Piver's mix of self-promotion, self-deprecation, and personal disclosure may not appeal to some readers, she succeeds in making a meditation practice sound both life-changing and achievable. (Sept.)

 
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