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Meditation is everywhere: your mobile phone, clothing stores and even in colouring books. But where does it come from and what even is it? With the help of neuroscientist Ash Ranpura, comedian Alice Fraser explores the science, history and culture behind meditation. On the way we will meet the tiny part of the brain that triggers most of our fear and anxiety, the NBA coach who taught Michael Jordan how to meditate, and the writer who says the best way to cope with our polarised politics is to practice mindfulness.

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A lot of fact, not much technics

A lot of info about meditation not much about to really practise.

Clear and energetic narrators

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great listening!!

another great podcast by you guys. loved everything I learnt about meditation and the brain! you two work so well together please do more!!

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Clapping, white noise, busy and rushed.

When you sit down to listen to a book on meditation/mindfulness the last thing you expect is a rushed book full of busy background noise. I'm sorry but I found this anexiety forming.
It was just horrible, I have been meditating for years and this is the worst I have ever come across. Learning mindfulness should. be a calming and life changing experience not speed read, background sounds and that constant clapping

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  • Mj
  • 10-04-2021

Light but inspiring

All guests & hosts spoke about very interesting aspects of meditation. Like the way they spoke of 'just startubg' an old habit again & again if u have to.. (like exercise) Timely after getting back to my laps this morning after 6wks prioritising uni study, feel great after btw)

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Learnt something new

Having unsuccessfully tried meditation a number of times - and a few doctors try to explain (badly) how to do mindful meditation - the biggest revelation was that the losing concentration and bringing awareness back to meditation IS beneficial. That actual - and inevitable - act of noticing IS exercising your grey matter. This had never been clarified before. I also enjoyed learning more of the science and history of meditation. I did find however, a number of occasions where background sound effects were added to set a "scene" during the narration, which simply didn't translate when listening as they might have visually - e.g. crowd noises. They just were a distraction, and sometimes too loud, and I missed parts of the narration. There was also a couple of times where people mumbled, or what seemed like "inside" jokes were told - added to the lower performance rating.

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Great but missing " how to "

Very informative. Well presented. Learned a lot. Was just missing some exact techniques of meditation.

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Thank you so much!

Thank you so much for clarifying what meditation is. A lot of people misunderstand meditation and quickly rejected the idea of it. I think it is an essential activity that everyone should do, especially in this busy modern life.

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  • DDD
  • 01-07-2020

surprisingly amazing

This surprisingly turned a topic that has the potential to be very boring into something fun, exciting and original. I felt compelled to listen to the next installment after each episode. In short, amazing!

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good start

Easy listening. Genuinely nice presenters. Probably should have discussed a bit more of the data if they had a 'scientist' on to help the sceptics. Could have added how to get started and a few tips or resources.

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Love the set up

I have ADHD and I find the frequent clapping sound effect really jarring, otherwise awesome.

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  • Rihards D
  • 20-11-2018

Best introduction on why we should meditate

As title says - these shorts are the best material I've found so far on why we should meditate.

Performance were great, guests were great, though not a fan of Dan Harris, listened to his book 10% happier, so much ego, and it feels like he does everything just to promote his books and his app, a salesman, at least he admits that he can be an ass. Listened for some 3h and still he did not get to the point in his book.

In contrast - this podcast, it was very nicely explained why meditation is great for us in just 2 hours, with lots of scientific research backing and entertaining presenters. I think that this podcast could be great for everybody, good chance that there could be learnt something new, even for seasoned meditators and it's free for members! Very well done!

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  • P M Lockett
  • 05-01-2019

Great introduction

Very engaging, and gives a great balanced view of why you should meditate even from a secular viewpoint.

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  • chan
  • 08-05-2019

Inspiring and logical

For someone that knew little about the subject matter I felt myself really drawn in. inspired me to make changes to my life. I liked how it was science based and they introduced quite a few different speakers .
definitely a 'made you think' kinda podcast.

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  • William
  • 29-03-2019

I found this very relaxing, a very pleasant and professional presentation

This is fed to you in the most acceptable and relaxing manner, good on you Audible

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  • Olivialuna
  • 26-03-2019

This listening is a must

I have been meditating for over 10 years. I confirm what is shared here - very focused and calm when you do it regularly, even for a few minutes. Being a physician, learning more about the science is very reassuring.

I cannot recommend Meditation enough, and these short reads are very reassuring and informative.

Thanks Audible.

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  • Peter L. Clarke
  • 23-06-2019

Avoid: superficial twaddle

I tried very hard to like this, struggling through five of the six individual chapters or episodes (each 20 minutes or so) or whatever they are (and you have to download and start each one individually, which is annoying in itself). But there's an awful lot of inane chitchat between the two presenters which overwhelms the stated attempt to present some solid introductory information about meditation. For example, I'm not particularly interested to know that one of presenters doesn't like having a hair washed before she has an EEG… Also there is a clear attempt to try and bridge both sides of the Atlantic with examples drawn from America (generally, sporting of course) and the UK that often falls flat. Then, there's annoying background "music/sound effects" one of which sounds like somebody clapping or castanets or whatever.

I appreciate that this may be aimed at an age group way below mine (sixth decade) but nevertheless it's massively overpriced for what it is. Potential purchasers should be aware that it's not a recording of a book but produced by a specialist "content provider" that produces all sorts of stuff for BBC radio, advertisers et cetera and my guess is that this is reflected in the "podcasty" nature of the production. Avoid

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  • naydine
  • 21-07-2019

basic and lightweight but good enough

If you already have experience in the area of meditation and mindfulness, this series may seem a bit lightweight, but, it's still worth a try if you have the time.

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  • Trudi
  • 22-11-2018

Really enjoyable listen

I have recently become very interested in meditation and Buddhism and this is a great listen. The presenters are warm and funny and the subject of meditation is discussed in a way which will appeal to many from the people who want more calm in their life to the more spiritual practitioner. I loved hearing about the research into meditation benefits for the brain and hearing the presenters experiences. My only criticism is that I really wanted to hear the results of Alices tests!

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  • The Gentleman
  • 09-07-2019

I love the presenters!

Loving these mini series'. Theyre to the point, but theyre also fun and engaging. Both presenters are enthusiastic, warm, open and they seem to be pretty good friends to boot. Great presentation, very well edited and produced and overall wholesome!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-07-2019

Calm

I really enjoyed this . It is very entertaining and educational. Love the narrator's interactions and comments.

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