Best Books on Meditation

How to Select the Best Meditation Books

Whenever we think about meditation, our mind is carried right away into recalling sweet memories of our best vacation on a hill station. For some people, meditation is a serious concern and they look for complete reading material about it. Some people prefer to have books to get all the information they need about meditation while others prefer searching it over the Internet and look for some good articles on meditation.

You can find ample resource on meditation and related topics on Internet but it is hard to extract every bit of information about the meditation technique you want to learn. Books on the other hand come with a price but if you are serious about meditation, nothing else in this world can explain meditation better than a book.

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Tips Before Buying Meditation Books

Before buying meditation books, there are few things to keep in mind. The book you buy will be your personal guide teaching you to learn to meditate. Therefore, it is important to choose a book which contains everything you need. Consider the following points before buying a meditation book:

  1. Type of Meditation: If you have decided on the best meditation for yourself, you must also learn about the basic information and history underlying the meditation you have chosen. Basic information includes history of meditation, where and when was it originated etc. A good foundation supports the strongest of buildings. Similarly, knowing the meditation from its roots can be really helpful for you in learning about the meditation.
  2. Information in the Book: The book should contain complete information about the meditation. Now, that you know about the origin and basic information about the meditation, you must be having a clearer view of the topics you want to cover in the book you’re choosing. Different books contain different ways of explicating the various techniques of meditation.
  3. Readability: Choose a book which is easy to understand and has text of your taste. Do not go after hype but buy the one you can easily understand. Of course, no one wants to refer another book to understand what’s written in the middle of your meditation.
  4. Proceed Step-wise: Meditation cannot be explained in just one paragraph. Most of the books explain meditation in a step-by-step process so that you can slowly and easily grasp your hold over it. Honing skills and developing senses to improve your perception; that is what it means to do meditation which normally cannot be learnt overnight.
  5. Benefits of Meditation: “Reach for the fruit ” Concentrate on the benefits of meditation. It encourages and motivates the soul.
  6. Learn from Meditation Practitioners: Personal experiences from other meditation practitioners prove really helpful. If you can’t get around some of the steps mentioned in the book, you can heed to what other practitioners have to say and how they overcame those steps.

Few Good Books You Can Consider

Bridges to the Wonder
Bridges to the Wonder

The Bridges to the Wonder are also bridges towards the flowering of love, bridges to joyous living. Bridges to the Wonder are bridges towards experiencing and rejoicing consciously the wonder that you are, the miraculous that you are, the miraculous which surrounds you all the time… They are bridges to the deeper reality, bridges to the truth, bridges to the divine…

Amazon Price: $12.51
List Price: $12.90

The Source of Joy Within
The Source of Joy Within

The Source of Joy Within by Bhashkar Perinchery contains twelve sets of meaningful reminders, practical methods that can be applied in everyday life situations. It is a gentle, joyful, and easygoing approach to self-growth and awareness. The reminders can be practiced without additional time and will help you attune to the silence and joy within yourself…

Amazon Price: $12.33

VIHAP - The Secret of Ecstatic Living
VIHAP – The Secret of Ecstatic Living

This book by Bhashkar Perinchery is a great support for your inner journey towards life, love and laughter. It brings to consciousness the subtle and mysterious process of nature which plays a deeply significant role in our lives in generating a quality of well-being, of harmony and inner clarity…

Amazon Price: $7.00
List Price: $9.80

Meditation Books Never Goes Unused

A book fulfilling the above mentioned things will be helpful for readers to quickly and better understand meditation. If you put in enough efforts, you will surely harvest its benefits. Meditation books provide immaculate assistance if you are really trying to learn the meditation discipline. However, choosing a book which offers complete reference on the type of meditation is equally important. Once you’re done with it, you can also pass it on or encourage other people to buy the same.

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How to Meditate Instructions

If you don’t know yet, this is your chance!

So, to start with, let us enlighten ourselves a little bit on principles of meditation as a whole.

So, to start with, let us enlighten ourselves a little bit on principles of meditation as a whole.

Meditation, to a lot of people can mean a lot of different things, based on a lot of different perspectives, based on a lot of different habits and lifestyle. To someone it can be miserable, while some refer it to as a blessing, a spiritual lesson or perhaps a religious act.

Basically the meditation practice is to learn to be present to yourself in the moment without any judgment and without losing yourself in your mind-stories.

Meditation is very simple; however you have to be ready to experience yourself including all the aspects, those which you like, and those which you don’t like about yourself. Everything will become visible. Your breath; that’s a great way to start there. Start focusing on your breath now. When you think you’re ready for the next steps (don’t worry, there’s hardly few basic steps to meditation) read the easy tips below while you continue paying attention to your breath.

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Instructions on How to Meditate – Easy Tips for Beginners

  • It’s OK in the beginning – To be frank, everybody goes through this stage. Our minds are bound to wander. When you first start to try to meditate, you will experience total chaos in your mind and you’ll feel as if all the forces on earth are have gathered to try to prevent you from keeping calm and silent. Don’t be too carried away with it. Speak to your mind, know your heart and come back to the present. Present you’re all ready to meditate.
  • Pass your thoughts – In the beginning, your thoughts will be all over the place. You might also notice that knowing or unknowingly, you will get swept away by them. Don’t be worried. This is just a part of your meditation. Everybody faces such hurdles in the beginning stages of meditation. It is very simple. Whenever you notice you wandered away, got lost in thinking, that very moment of noticing is presence. So just remain present again, notice your breath.
  • Good Posture – Maintaining a good posture for your meditation is very important. When you’re sitting, keep your spine as straight as possible so that you can realize the energy in your body flowing.
  • Slow & Steady progress – You must have heard of the Rabbit and Tortoise race. That’s right! Everybody’s heard it. But that’s what it is with meditation as well. Learning to meditate is not a race, not at all. Still doubtful? OK tell me who you’re racing against? Exactly! Nobody. Meditation is all about enjoying the process, not worrying about the outcome, whether you will be able to learn or not and how fast. Practice patience towards yourself and be as free and open as possible when you’re meditating.
  • Meditation Books – Meditation books and various meditation guidance materials are also available in the market. Being a general person and providing a general point of view, meditation books are quite helpful. Reading them always takes you way back into the meditation state of mind. Getting guidance from the following meditation books can be really helpful especially for beginners.

Where to Meditate

The Inner Metamorphosis University Chicago is a Meditation Center that offers an inspiring, encouraging and supportive framework for inner inquiry

Best Meditaion Books I have Come Across so far……!!!

The Source of Joy Within
The Source of Joy Within

The Source of Joy Within by Bhashkar Perinchery contains twelve sets of meaningful reminders, practical methods that can be applied in everyday life situations. It is a gentle, joyful, and easygoing approach to self-growth and awareness. The reminders can be practiced without additional time and will help you attune to the silence and joy within yourself.

Amazon Price: $12.33

VIHAP - The Secret of Ecstatic Living
VIHAP – The Secret of Ecstatic Living

This book by Bhashkar Perinchery is a great support for your inner journey towards life, love and laughter. It brings to consciousness the subtle and mysterious process of nature which plays a deeply significant role in our lives in generating a quality of well-being, of harmony and inner clarity.

Amazon Price: $7.00
List Price: $9.80

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Ten Reminders for Individual Development and Life Fulfillment

What does it do?

This practice will be very beneficial for individual development and fulfillment as well as for the development and fulfillment of the world.

These ten reminders practiced during your waking hours can be used as an appeal to the higher self or as a universal prayer. Thus this is appropriate for people of all religions as well as for non-religious or atheistic oriented individuals.

Whether it is an appeal to your higher self or in the form of a prayer, it is important that you take the time and space for this practice. Regardless of where you are, whether you are at work or somewhere else, allow space every hour for few minutes as much as possible.

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Various Paths of Life

Let us have a look at few of the most prestigious paths through various walks of our lives…..

The path of discipline – A good example is the Yoga practice.

Lots of guidelines of what is right and what is wrong, how one is supposed to live, to eat, to breathe, and to be in the yoga posture and so on.

Good sides: The instructions given are based on generations of experience and they will have a positive effect on a person’s being if followed strictly

Danger: One is following someone else’s knowledge, which one may confuse with one’s own understanding. The body becomes very healthy and strong, a good prerequisite for meditation, but also the “ego” the phenomenon of feeling good about oneself, the feeling of “I am doing it the right way” (which always includes the thought someone else is doing it the wrong way) may easily happen.

The “ultimate” step/happening in meditation of just letting go, just being without any doing may never be experienced by many people who are intensely involved in practices such as yoga.

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Breath awareness meditation exercises and stress relief

You may be able to survive without food and water for several days but imagine surviving few minutes without oxygen. That’s right! Many of us can’t even imagine surviving without oxygen even for few minutes. If air is so important for us, why don’t we think about it even for a little while! Breathing is also synonymous to life itself. Even when we talk about a person taking its last breath, it signified death and the departure of the soul from the body.

When you start getting conscious about your breathing activity, you will start feeling deeper layers within yourself, your body, your thoughts and feelings. Getting stressful make us hold our breathing activity for some time. Some of us during stress breathe very shallow. We are already stressed and we are stopping our own life force that keeps us alive. Breathing consciously (purposefully) enhances our concentration and helps us get more focused and relaxed.

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The Lifesurfing Program offered at the I.M.U. includes a variety of approaches to discover and enhance a state of a vibrant, wakeful inner quietness, which is the basis for inner freedom, joy and celebration.

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Breath Awareness Meditation Exercises By Lifesurfing Gives Enormous Benefits

Breath awareness exercises instruct one to find the breath at first level of the nostrils. It subsequently reaches your chest and then finally deep inside your abdomen. Having been able to identify all the components of breath, the next thing you can do is finding where you find your breath naturally the most. Continue reading

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