Just as exercise improves the body, meditation improves the mind. It restores memory, enhances creativity, and leads to clearer thinking. And, much like exercise, most people have a hard time getting motivated to do it, much less stick with it - until now. Real Meditation in Minutes a Day teaches anyone, anywhere, to make meditation's countless benefits part of everyday life. Authors Joseph Arpaia and Lobsang Rapgay, both experienced practitioners, have developed an innovative new way of teaching meditation. They explain it here using plain, non-religious language that encourages and affirms all readers. Throughout the book, episodic tales starring everypersons "Brian" and "Maria" illustrate the program. Brian and Maria's recounting of theirefforts reinforces each step, answers common questions, and helps prevent potential pitfalls or obstacles. Real Meditation in Minutes a Day represents a new approach to an ancient practice: that of an easygoing, always-encouraging mental workout buddy.
Joseph Arpaia, MD, is a psychiatrist in private practice and the medical director of RainRock, a residential facility specializing in the treatment of eating disorders in Eugene, Oregon.
Lobssang Rapgay, PhD, is Director of UCLA's Classical Mindfulness-based Integrative Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety and Anxiety-related Psychosomatic Disorders program.
Tenzin Gyatso, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, is the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. Born in northeastern Tibet in 1935, he was as a toddler recognized as the incarnation of the Thirteenth Dalai Lama and brought to Tibet's capital, Lhasa. In 1950, Mao Zedong's Communist forces made their first incursions into eastern Tibet, shortly after which the young Dalai Lama assumed the political leadership of his country. In 1959, Chinese forces occupied the city, forcing His Holiness to escape to India. There he set up the Tibetan government-in-exile in Dharamsala, working to secure the welfare of the more than 100,000 Tibetan exiles and prevent the destruction of Tibetan culture. In his capacity as a spiritual and political leader, he has traveled to more than sixty-two countries on six continents and met with presidents, popes, and leading scientists to foster dialogue and create a better world. In recognition of his tireless work for the nonviolent liberation of Tibet, the Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. In 2012, he relinquished political authority in his exile government and turned it over to democratically elected representatives. He is the author of numerous books, including The Good Heart, The Meaning of Life, The World of Tibetan Buddhism, and The Compassionate Life.