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Meditation

Traditional meditation as taught by most Eastern religions involves communication with the inner self by shutting down sensory input (as much as possible) from the five senses. There are many ways to meditate and the results of meditation is usually personal or unique to each individual. Furthermore, every meditation session that a particular individual does may differ, just as dreams differ from night to night.

One of the latest modern developments or improvements for meditation is "meditation music". Meditation music may be helpful, especially when it is not possible to block out disturbing background noises.

The keys to meditation is to keep a journal (writing down every experience with as much detail as possible), try to interpret the symbolic messages as best as you can, follow any advice given and to meditate on a regular basis.

The following books provide instruction on how to meditate. You can use any one of them, a combination of some of them or even, all of them. None of these books are identical. Each of these books contains some unique instructions or tips, that may help enhance your meditation experiences.

The Art of Inner Listening
by Jessie K. Crum
1975 Re-Quest Book, Pyramid Publishing for Theosophical Publishing House

Concentration - An Approach to Meditation
by Ernest Wood
1949 The Theosophical Publishing House, Seventh Printing 1985
ISBN 0-8356-0176-5

Handbook to Higher Consciousness - The Science of Happiness
by Ken Keyes, Jr.
First Edition June 1972
Fifth Edition, Fifth Printing August 1979
Devorss & Company

How to do it Meditation
by Alan Watts
1974 Celestial Arts, Jove Publications, Inc.

Meditation: The Inward Art
by Bradford Smith
1962 I.B. Lippincott Company
ISBN 0-397-10062-0

Meditation and the Mind of Man
by Herbert B. Puryear, Ph.D. and Mark A. Thurston, Ph.D.
1975, 1978 by Edgar Cayce Foundation
ISBN 87604-105-5

Meditation for Wimps
by Miriam Austin
2003 Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.
ISBN 0-8069-6917-2

Nirvana Tao - the Secret Meditation Techniques of the Taoist and Buddhist Masters
by Daniel Odier
1974 Editions Robert Laffont
First English Translation Copyright 1986 by Inner Tradition Information, Ltd.

OM - a Guide to Meditation and Inner Tranquility
Frank J. MacHovec
1973 The Peter Pauper Press

The Secret of the Golden Flower - a Chinese Book of Life
Translated and explained by Richard Wilhelm with a commentary by C.G. Jung
1931, new revised 1962
ISBN 0-15-679980-4

The Secret Path
by Dr. Paul Brunton
1935 by Rider & Company, London, England
1985 by Samuel Weiser, Inc.
ISBN 687728-652-3

Seeing with the Mind's Eye - The History, Techniques and Uses of Visualization
by Mike Samuels, M.D. and Nancy Samuels
1975 Random House
6th Printing October 1980
ISBN 0-394-73113-1

The Silva Mind Control
by Jose Silva and Philip Miele
1977 Pocket Books, Simon & Schuster, Inc.
ISBN 0-671-45284-3

Sure Ways to Self-Realization
by Swami Satyananda Saraswati
1980 Yoga Publications Trust, Ganga Darshan, Munger, Bihar, India
Reprinted 1973, 2000, 2002, 2004
ISBN 81-85787-41-7

Also, see Yoga Nidra   meditation.


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