Meditation is an ancient practice that has brought peace and clarity to people from every time, culture, and place. Its benefits —a sense of calm, greater knowledge of self, better health—are as appealing to the modern world as they were to the ancient. In this beginner’s guide to meditation, author Patrick Harbula provides readers with everything they need to know in order to experience deep meditation.
Readers will learn:
- The history of meditation, both Eastern and Western
- The benefits of meditation for the mind, body, and spirit
- Different forms of meditation practice
- Supportive practices to enhance the benefits of meditation in daily living.
- Simple ways to begin meditation immediately, and more...
In addition, readers will also find simple techniques to deepen the meditation path for more experienced meditators. Meditation demystifies the often times intimidating world of meditation, providing the perfect starting point for anyone looking to cultivate a sense of peace in their life.
Reviews and Endordsements:
"Encyclopedic in scope, this useful compendium is not just for newcomers on the spiritual path. Author Patrick Harbula covers every aspect of meditation from its history to its benefits to the how-tos of more than two dozen practices. A lifetime of experience with Eastern and Western contemplative traditions informs these pages, packed with useful tips on choosing a method, what to expect, and establishing a daily practice. Meditation fundamentals like breathwork, mindfulness, and visualization are explained in clear, accessible terms." —Joan Duncan Oliver, author of Buddhism: An Introduction to the Buddha's Life, Teachings, and Practices.
"Meditation is a very simple process which can be done in many ways. Patrick Harbula provides a guide which can be read as a basic primer or as a deep dive into all things meditation. This is a book that should be on every meditator's bookshelf and be dogeared, marked up, and well-read." —Dr. Jim Lockard, author of Creating The Beloved Community: A Handbook for Spiritual Leadership
In Meditation Patrick Harbula offers perhaps the most inclusive explanation and application of meditation I have ever read. He has taken what is generally perceived as an Eastern practice and made it “user-friendly” for the western mind. This is an exquisite and transparent handbook for anyone who seeks to explore the countless benefits found in a life grounded in meditation. I encourage you to allow Patrick to be your personal guide on the journey to the place you never really left—your oneness with Life. He knows—in real time—from whence he speaks.
—Dr. Dennis Merritt Jones, bestselling author of, The Art of Abundance :Ten rules for a Prosperous Life, and The Art of Uncertainty: How to Live in the Mystery of Life and Love It
"Patrick Harbula’s presentation of a wide variety of meditation styles and techniques makes this book a unique presentation on the subject. Particularly insightful is the Helpful Hints section, which offers practical and cutting edge strategies for effortlessly stilling the mind. The Chapter on Supportive Spiritual Practices also makes this book a seminal and complete treatment for spiritual growth as well as user friendly tool for beginners and seasoned meditators alike." —Dr. Ken Gordon, Spiritual Director of Centers for Spiritual Living
About the Author:
Reverend Dr. Patrick J. Harbula has been a leader and teacher in the human potential movement, New Thought minister, shaman, meditation trainer, and life coach for over 30 years and life coach trainer for 20 years. He is the author of the best-selling book, The Magic of the Soul: Applying Spiritual Power to Daily Living. He regularly leads shamanic ceremonies including ceremonial sweat lodges and has trained hundreds of successful life coaches through the Living Purpose Institute Life Coach Certification Program and trained thousands in the practices of deep meditation.
Patrick has presented at New Thought centers internationally and continues to be a key-note speaker at annual New Thought conferences and health and spiritual expos. Patrick is founder of the Living Purpose Institute, past president of the Spiritual Unity Movement, founding Executive Editor and Publisher of Meditation Magazine, and formerly a director for Sage Publications, a world-renowned social science publisher. He was ordained by the late Dr. Earl Barnum (an early pioneer in the New Thought Movement) and trained in Spiritual Psychology under the late Dr. Vivian King. Patrick continues to reach hundreds of thousands through his writing and media appearances including Dateline, ABC, NBC, and UPN News, to name a few. The message of his writing, speaking, workshops, and coaching services is to live from an inner experience of love, freedom, and joy; love oneself unconditionally; and dive deep into the wellspring of universal peace, light, and love through meditative practice.