This is a hands-on look at meditation, what is does, and how to do it. It doesn't have to be complicated or follow a specific protocol — the most important part is to "just sit."
The Bottom Line
The title says it all: For anyone who’s been curious about but reluctant to try meditating, just sit. Start there. It’s that simple — and the benefits are profound.
The findings are in: As of 2017, more than 3,000 medical and scientific papers have been published on the positive effects of meditation. It’s good for reducing stress, losing weight, slowing biological aging, getting better sleep and more. So now that we know meditation can have such a remarkable impact on physical and mental well-being, why don’t more people do it?
Authors Sukey and Elizabeth Novogratz, co-founders of The Well Daily newsletter, are fully aware that meditation is good for body, mind and soul, but when their readers started asking more specific questions about the practice, they realized they weren’t really walking the talk. They espoused the life-changing possibilities of integrating meditation into your daily life, but their own practices were erratic at best. That’s when they started to explore what it really takes for people to just sit. The result is this book, a beginner’s guide that demystifies the process so any would-be meditator can get started.
II. Meeting Resistance and Managing Expectations
III. So, What Exactly Is Meditation?
IV. Staying Motivated
V. Meditation Misconceptions
VI. Mindfulness vs. Meditation
VII. Ready, Set, Sit
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