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A Jewel of a Book!May 04, 2000
How to Meditate by John Novak was the one of the first meditation books that I ever bought. Nearly 10 years later, thanks to this great introductory volume, I am still meditating and feeling the lasting benefits! Although the title is somewhat basic sounding (there are lots of books called "How to Meditate" out there) this is THE ONE that is the most focused, practical and profound and one of the few of its kind that I could really recomend. I've also bought a couple of the other "How to Meditate" books and was disappointed that they were really just surveys or smorgasbords of a bunch of different techniques. In this one, Novak is careful to present one coherent, well-thought out system that you can really feel his enthusiasm for. I really couldn't recomend a better introductory guide to meditation (and its even one of the least expensive!).
42 of 42 found the following review helpful:
Best Introduction I Have Found!Jan 29, 2006
By H. DEHAVEN
This is one of several "How to Meditate" books I have purchased and read. Frankly, I wish this had been the first one I read. It is very brief, to the point, and well written. It does not scare the reader away with a lot of discussion of the paranormal as do some other meditation books. This sticks to the simple introduction into meditation and what the author feels that it can do for you. It also provides essentially one simple method that you can use to "get your feet wet."
If you are just beginning to research meditation and just want to decide if it is worth your time to investigate further, THIS IS THE BOOK TO BUY. Should you decide it interests you (as I did), you may find yourself investing in quite a few more books to learn more about this fascinating subject. As you probably already know, meditation is a life-long journey of learning.
43 of 44 found the following review helpful:
I'm a cheeseball, but I like it.Nov 17, 2000
I want to review this book because it kind of had a rather big impact on my life, now that I look back on it. I figured I ought to do something and perhaps the author will at some point know that I appreciated his work. I picked up this book on how to meditate sort of randomly one day because I was trying to find items to take home for some item I was exchanging at a bookstore. I didn't expect it to be much but it was. It was a simple step by step guide to help beginners focus and learn to concentrate, learn to control our bodies and minds, and to be aware of and to control the energy that exists in the universe. Now it's more than a decade later and I still remember this book because without it I wouldn't have had the first clue about how to raise energy in my current magickal studies, unless I'd somehow stumbled across it some other way. The book shows how natural and easy and wonderful meditation and its related arts can be, and I'm eternally grateful.
18 of 18 found the following review helpful:
A Clear and Simple Meditation GuidebookMay 11, 2006
By Richard Salva
"Host: 'LincolnReincarnation.com, author: 'Soul Journey from Lincoln to Lindbergh''"
This is a great little meditation book. It contains everything you need to know to begin a meditation practice. As a meditation teacher, I have often recommended How to Meditate to those first taking it up. Another benefit is its small size. You can slip it into your back pocket, go for a hike in nature, find a quiet spot and pull it out. Meditation can seem mysterious to those who have never done it before, and it helps to have it clearly and simply explained, for the Western mind, as Mr. Novak does in this book. I highly recommend it.
Richard Salva--author of Soul Journey from Lincoln to Lindbergh [UNABRIDGED]
2 of 2 found the following review helpful:
Meditation scientifically taught and explainedNov 29, 2011
By Lucinda Lawrence
Beautifully written and presented, the author's voice is clear,and he offers excellent instruction on learning to meditate, with good scientific information to back up 'why' these techniques work. I like the book because it really rounds out the whole subject of meditation, touching upon all the relevant reasons that lifestyle, personal choices, devotion, and commitment contribute to a successful spiritual experience. I found this book to be a personalized mini-version of the classic 'The Art and Science of Raja Yoga', by Mr. Novak's own teacher, Swami Kriyananda, a direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda and inspiration for the 43-years old intentional spiritual community, Ananda Village in Northern California.
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