3 out of 4 stars
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Meditation – Basics: Understanding, Experiencing and Enjoying Meditation is a non-fiction book written by Dr. Ilango Sivaraman. This book is about the journey of the author through his experience with meditation. He delves into the reasons why he started doing meditation and his struggles with making a habit of meditation. Dr. Sivaraman explains to the reader what different forms of meditation are and how he had been instructed to perform these types of meditation. The range of types of meditation techniques range from prayer and yoga to transcendental and heartfulness meditation.
Along with discussing specific types of meditation, Dr. Sivaraman also discusses how meditation on a more general level is supposed to work. He does this through explaining chakras and koshas. As many people know, these are metaphorical places on the body where we have centers of energy. This book not only lays out the ideas, but also gives evidence for meditation in the form of scientific studies that have been conducted about the benefits and reaction of meditations. Many studies are highlighted and even linked in this book for easy access for the readers to learn more about it.
Dr. Sivaraman starts to wrap up his book by bringing out the idea of mindfulness. He wants to ensure that his readers understand the differences and similarities between mindfulness and meditation. In the last chapter of the book, there is a step-by-step instructional guide of how to begin the practice of meditation.
I enjoyed reading this book. I liked how instead of being a simple instruction manual on one type of meditation, it branched out and explained several different kinds of meditation techniques. I thought it brought a good element to the book that the author told his personal experience with meditation. That allowed me to see a steady progression in the author as he was learning more about the discipline. I also liked that the author found resources and added these inside the book. If you are interested in a specific study mentioned in the book, then you just have to click on the link and you can read more about it.
There wasn’t much that I would want to change about this book. I thought that for the type of book it is, the length is great. It is such an easy read, and makes the practice of meditation seem more manageable. There were some spelling and grammatical errors (such as “[t]his process is same”), but not enough to make it a huge issue.
I give this book 3 out of 4 stars. I do not give it the full 4 stars, because while the book itself I thought was wonderful, it still needs to be fully edited. Besides that, I thought it was a great book. Anyone who wants to learn the basics of meditation and who might want to try a couple different techniques would learn a lot from this book.
******“Meditation together with mindfulness if practiced over a life long period – Is a guarantee for positive spiritual transformation in one’s life – free of the daily stress, strains, and the twists and turns of life will have the least impact – making this life’s journey a worthwhile and harmonious one.”
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