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Meditation for Beginners

Narrated by: Jack Kornfield
Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
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Mindfulness meditation is the time-honored practice of calming the spirit and clearing the mind for higher understanding. In this guide, designed specifically for beginners, meditation teacher, author, and psychotherapist Jack Kornfield offers a straightforward, step-by-step method for bringing meditation effortlessly into your daily routine. You'll discover how easy it is to use your breath, physical sensations, and difficult emotions to create tranquility and kindness in your life. Kornfield lived in Asia as a Buddhist monk for 5 years and later cofounded the Insight Mediation Society in Barre, MA, and obtained a doctorate in clinical psychology.
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  • Cassi
  • 30-08-2007

just as it says

If you are beginning to explore sitting meditation, this is an excellent audio guide and introduction. The guided practice is succinct and well-done, and I appreciated the commentary before and after. It is a nice progression - from breathing meditation and slightly beyond - easy to listen to and nicely explained. A friend had recommended the printed version of this book, but I found that having the audio guided practice much more appropriate than trying to read/remember/practice. Initially, the audio helps me to re-direct/return to focus. Highly recommended.

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  • Theodore
  • 08-02-2007

Great, compact, effective

This is what a meditation audio should be. It's brief and includes four or five guided meditations of around ten minutes each, along with brief discussions by the author before and after each meditation.

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  • John Gorsline
  • 16-01-2006

Meditation fro beginners

Excelent introduction to starting to meditate. Great teacher.

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  • Jodie
  • 03-02-2015

Down to earth and useful

Practical guidance in the first half with useful, grounding 5-10 minute meditation practices punctuating each progression. I'm enjoying learning to meditate this way. He's clearly realistic about this practice and it's difficult points and funny at times.

The second half describes Buddhism's 4 noble truths, with short meditations on each - personally a bit less useful to me, but I think I may be too inexperienced to really get something out of meditations about particular philosophies. I'll probably pick those up again later to see if I feel differently.

Either way, this does well as an audiobook and is a great intro to meditation. Narrator is easy to listen to.

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  • BRobinson
  • 16-01-2015

Great way to learn

I am new to meditating and trying to do it on my own was difficult. This audio book made it easy and enjoyable.

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  • Rich B
  • 01-06-2014

He Was So Good I Went To Sleep(;>

If you could sum up Meditation for Beginners in three words, what would they be?

Excellent book to listen to for beginners of meditation.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jack Kornfield.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me chill for the first time trying meditation.

Any additional comments?

I highly recommend this book for anyone that wants to try meditating to change their lives!

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  • Douglas
  • 24-03-2014

Nice Introduction to Meditation

This was a good intro for novices like myself. The author tries hard to make the listener comfortable. I haven't tried any of the tips yet so I can't really say for sure how helpful it was. To be honest, after listening to this I really don't think I'm spiritual enough for meditation. I think when I was younger I would have loved this, but at this point I'm not sure I can do it.

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  • Kelly
  • 08-03-2017

Relaxing

This book is so calming and is great when at the beginning stage of meditation

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