Everyone has heard something about meditation. You might have even tried it at some point in your life because of all the benefits that you have heard about it. Some people find it to be a life changing experience, while there are those who are disappointed with the experience when they fail to get what they were expecting from meditation.
What is Meditation? – I think that the first thing that people must do when they want to learn meditation is to study first what it is all about so there can be no chance of misunderstanding its meaning and potential.
The meaning of meditation would vary depending on the person that you are asking. To some it is a means of relieving stress. To others it is a way of unlocking the inner realms of one’s thoughts. Then there are those who do meditation in order to attain spiritual enlightenment. Just as the Buddha was able to attain enlightenment when he meditated for a long time under a tree.
Modern Meditation– These days however meditation is used for other purposes and that is a good thing because they can really get a great amount of benefit from the practice. The ideal situation for learning meditation is when you have a teacher who can teach it to you in a quiet and secluded setting that is ideal for learning the different techniques. But since that situation is hard to achieve especially for today’s busy people we just have to settle with what we can get.
Learning meditation from a book is possible although it can be very difficult. It would require a great amount of discipline and self control. If you think that you have what it takes then you can try using books instead of having your own teacher to deal with. To help you on your journey, here are best books for meditation that you can get:
Om Chanting and Meditation by Amit Ray- In Hinduism and other religions the sound Om or Aum is considered to be sacred and transcendental. That is why it is often used as a mantra for meditation. This book give a detailed but clear instructions on how you can perform meditation using the sacred sound. This can be used both by beginners and by long time practitioners of meditation.
Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind: Informal talks on Zen Meditation and Practice by Shunruyi Suzuki– Suzuki is one of those who have paved the path of Buddhism in America. This book offers great insights into Buddhist meditation.
Wherever You Go There You Are by Jon Kabat Zin- This provides a clear insight on practicing mindfulness which is an ancient practice of Buddhism. It helps you to live for each moment and live fully in it.
Meditation: Creative Visualization and Meditation Exercises to Enrich Your Life by Shakti Gawain- This book allows to tap into your inner self and lets you use creativity in order to change your life.
These are just some of the best meditation books that are currently available.