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I was waiting eagerly for this book to arrive. I came across the author, Giovanni Dienstmann when I was searching for some information on meditation techniques via the internet. From then, I was always reading his articles, etc.
Just like quite a number of people might say, I wish there was such a book when I was embarking on my own meditation journey during my teenage years...This book basically covers the most well-known techniques. The most important thing for me is that every single "famous" system or technique is in one book - it is more like a textbook or reference book. It is simple to understand, short and straight to the point. The colours add to the vibrant of the book too. Not too wordy and too plain either - to me, it is in balance - just like what I wanted.
I purchased this book for my family members too. Just as I am benefitting, I am 100% sure my family members will benefit from this book and strengthen their daily meditation and/or contemplation practices. Furthermore, I like the list of the resources at the end of the book...it makes it easier for me to refer or to go deeper on some authors or systems should I wish to.
Thank you to all those who made this book possible and also to Amazon for sending it to me in Singapore!
Finally, a book on meditation that's non-partisan and factual. The author explains all types of meditation, how they work, and who might be most attracted to a particular type. Whatever form you decide to use, he urges you to just do it! There are sections where he addresses people's fears and skepticism.
This book is beautifully illustrated and thoughtfully produced. Highly recommended.
I am a meditation and yoga teacher, leading people in their practices. This book has proven to be be exactly what the title states a "Practical Simple Step-By-Step Meditation Guide". All of us can get into patterns preferring one practice to another. Thank you Giovanni Dienstmann for bringing such a straightforward guide to the world! I go to this book for fresh ideas for a new approach and then bring it into the room for my students. I am recommending the book to my students for their own practices as well. Why should you buy this book? Open this book to any page and there will be a gem of insight to enhance your practice. I tell people from the beginner to the advanced practitioner there is growth for everyone in this easy to read book. What a lovely gift to the world.
Giovanni did a wonderful job breaking down the scientific benefits of meditation in his book. Even if you have read his published articles from his blog, you will still find his book not only useful, but also pleasing to read as the illustrations are easy on the eyes. With the existence of so many meditation techniques and styles, Giovanni breaks them all down so the methods are easily digestible for practical use. I enjoyed the book and will continue to refer back to it often in my own meditation journey. Thank you Giovanni.
This book far exceeded my expectations! Every page contains beautiful illustrations that make the information extremely accessible and easy to understand.
The book covers the many different types of meditation, as well as their history, commonly asked questions and the various benefits of each style.
My favorite quote is: “The best technique is the one that works for you at this moment in your life.” I love this non-dogmatic approach and its invitation to discover the many ways to explore your mind. Thank you Giovanni for writing such a beautiful, informative, well-researched book.
As a mindfulness meditation teacher myself, I have appreciated Giovanni's offerings through his blog for some time and was excited to read his first book. "Practical" is exactly what it is; with offerings of different types of meditation and for different needs, it is concise, readable, and highly impactful. It is full of "pearls of wisdom" for everyone at every level of practice.
Not only is this book beautiful to look through but it is beautiful in spirit. The information and secular style that Giovanni uses is simple and informative. Anyone who has ever listened to one of Giovanni's meditations or read his blog can literally hear his caring way shine through the pages of this book. A definite must for people new to meditation and a great resource for anyone interested in meditation.
This book is an extensive offering of meditation techniques from many traditions around the world. There is something for everyone in this book. Try a technique and see if you like it. If not, move on and try another one. I recommend this to all beginning meditators looking for some direction.
Practical Meditation is well organized, informative, easy-to-read, and beautifully illustrated. The thoroughly researched content is carved into bite-sized, digestible pieces. It’s a great resource for new and experienced meditators. The introduction is excellent with chapters on "Meditation Myth Busting" and "Practical Spirituality." For those new to meditation, it can be difficult to know how to start or maintain a regular practice. And with all the conflicting and inaccurate information out there, it is easy to become overwhelmed and discouraged. Practical Meditation is a step-by-step, easy-to-follow guide. And for those already meditating, there is supportive info in Practical Meditation as well as potentially new knowledge that may help enhance their practice.
I took this book from the library to learn a little bit more about meditation because my knowledge is very basic. But I have decided to buy the book since I have enjoyed it and I think it helped me a lot to learn and to improve. With such an excellent guide and explanation, for now, it is my favorite book for beginners.