An in-depth guide

Ian Gawler and Paul Bedson
AUD $35.00

A comprehensive introduction to meditation practice, written by two leading Western teachers.

'A rich and skilfully nuanced introduction to the varied landscape of meditation practice and its healing and transformative potential.' - Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Arriving at Your Own Door and Letting Everything Become Your Teacher

'An engaging journey into the benefits of developing a practice of focusing your mind to promote both mental and physical well-being.' - Daniel J. Siegel M.D., author of The Mindful Brain and Mindsight

'In an inclusive way Ian Gawler and Paul Bedson introduce people to the basic ideas of meditation which prepare the reader for the choice of practice that suits them best.' - Father Laurence Freeman OSB, Director of the World Community for Christian Meditation

Meditation is increasingly recommended for relaxation and stress management, to enhance relationships and wellbeing, to increase performance in sport and business, for personal growth, to transform pain and to assist healing. From two leading Western meditation teachers comes this inspiring and comprehensive guide for anyone who wants to know how to meditate well.

Introducing Mindfulness-Based Stillness Meditation, Ian Gawler and Paul Bedson explain how to build a satisfying meditation practice using four easy to learn steps. They also show how meditation can be used to deepen spiritual practice, whether we have a commitment to a particular religious tradition, or a more secular view of our spirituality.

Drawing on modern science as well as ancient Eastern traditions and the authors' own extensive personal experience as practitioners and teachers, this guide offers the techniques and understanding needed to explore meditation practice deeply. It is also an invaluable resource for meditation teachers from all backgrounds.

Author bio:

Dr Ian Gawler, OAM, is a pioneer in the therapeutic application of meditation. He is author of the bestselling books Meditation Pure and Simple, Peace of Mind, and You Can Conquer Cancer.

Paul Bedson is a counsellor, psychotherapist, meditation instructor and natural therapist. He has been working in the field of mind/body medicine for over 20 years.

Category: Mind Body Spirit
ISBN: 9781742370934
Table Of Contents: IN THE BEGINNING

Chapter 1 Introduction

Chapter 2 Ian's story

Chapter 3 Paul's story


Chapter 4 Introduction

STEP 1 Preparation

Chapter 5 Establishing comfort and ease

STEP 2 Relaxation

Chapter 6 Learning to Relax

Chapter 7 Deep Relaxation

STEP 3 Mindfulness

Chapter 8 Mindfulness of Breath - technique

Chapter 9 Mindfulness of Breath - commentary

Chapter 10 Mindfulness of Body - technique

Chapter 11 Mindfulness of Body - commentary

Chapter 12 Mindfulness of Emotions - technique

Chapter 13 Mindfulness of Emotion - commentary

STEP 4 Stillness

Chapter 14 Mindfulness of Thoughts and Stillness

Chapter 15 Stillness and the Nature of Mind


Chapter 16 The Complete Practice

Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Pub Date: June 2010
Page Extent: 400
Format: Paperback
Subject: Mind, body, spirit: meditation & visualisation