Recent studies have shown that practicing meditation, even after a few short weeks, can help boost one’s immune system, increase positive emotions, reduce stress, fight depression, increase memory and learning, boost self-compassion, enhance relationships, decrease anxiety, increase attention, fight obesity and even reduce PTSD symptoms.
These studies have sparked discussion in business and lifestyle media. The extensive benefits have been proven, many people have incorporated meditation into their lives with great success, so why aren’t more people embracing meditation?
“There are still many misconceptions about meditation,” says author and meditation expert Andrew Holecek. “I wrote Meditation in the iGeneration: How to Meditate in a World of Speed and Stress to address the obstacles to meditation, and to provide an easy-to-follow guide to bring meditation into your life.”
Andrew Holecek is a leading expert in meditation and teaches it worldwide. He has been meditating for forty years, and is a sanctioned instructor with over twenty years experience. Drawing on his own experience and exhaustive research, Holecek joins the timeless wisdom of the East with modern knowledge of the West to provide a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the power of meditation. Meditation in the iGeneration offers everything you need to know to start meditating.
Here a few common obstacles to learning mediation, and how this book helps to overcome them:
“I’m a horrible meditator, I just can’t stop thinking.”
Many beginners feel that thoughts are bad, and must be eliminated in order to have good meditation. Meditation is not about getting rid of thoughts. It’s about becoming familiar with them, and then establishing a healthy relationship to them.
“I can’t concentrate that long!”
From a meditative perspective, pure concentration is too tight. Meditation is about relaxation. It’s not forcing one’s mind into the present moment. It’s about inviting it there.
“I’m not a Buddhist, I’m not even religious.”
While there are many religious and spiritual traditions that use meditation, meditation itself is not religious, or even spiritual. Meditation is about taming and then training the mind, and nobody has a patent on that. The meditative mind is free of any cultural, religious, spiritual, or even scientific trappings. It’s just the mind, and everybody has one.
“I’m too busy, I don’t have time to meditate.”
Meditation is new and different. It can feel awkward until one gets the hang of it. Have a sense of humor and be patient. Start small. Meditate ten minutes a day at first. Ease into it and see how it feels. Don’t set the bar too high. Build on small success.
Any discipline requires effort, especially if it’s new and unfamiliar. It’s going against a tidal wave of distraction and speed, so be patient. It could also be hard because one feels it can’t be done. Anything is hard if the person is hard on his/her self.
With warmth and gentle humor, Meditation in the iGenerationprovides instruction that anyone can do. Loaded with personal stories and backed up by scientific studies, this book offers dozens of tips, including:
- How to get started and how to keep going
- Making meditation part of one’s life
- Avoiding common traps and challenges
- How to teach it to children
Learn how meditation can literally save a life.
Meditation in the iGeneration: How to Meditate in a World of Speed and Stress.
(Maitri Publications, 2014, ISBN: 978-0-9897480-2-5, $14.95)
To purchase this book and to view the table of contents and excerpt from this book, visit http://www.meditationintheigeneration.com.