The New York Times Meditation Guide – A Review

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The New York Times meditation guide is a wonderful reference for anyone who is interested in finding an exercise or relaxation technique that will relieve stress. In particular, the guide provides tips and exercises for improving your concentration, clarity of thought, and overall well-being. This publication is a great tool for meditation teachers and students. If you are a teacher, this book will prove extremely useful.

I have read other books that have recommended doing breathing exercises before every meditation session. That sounds like a good idea, but I do not think it is as effective as the meditation guide recommends. When you breathe, you are actually vacuuming your body, which is similar to when you clear your mind of thoughts and let go of stress. Of course, you need to be doing something other than breathing in order to really vacuum your body and let go of tension.

An Overview

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I found that the New York Times meditation guide was easy to read, provided a variety of interesting insights, and gave me new ideas about the techniques I was using. It is not a cheap book, so I would definitely recommend it. In fact, I would recommend it to anybody who needs to learn more about meditation and how to use meditation techniques. If you want to get more out of your practice, the book is definitely a good place to start.

However, there are some things I noticed about the book that bugged me. For one thing, it was a little too generic. Sure, the descriptions of various techniques are helpful, but sometimes it could have been a little more specific. It could have been helpful to mention, for instance, the benefits of aromatherapy and the power of pranayama (breathing). Or even briefly mention kundalini yoga, which has amazing benefits for the mind and the body. Or mention kriyasanidras, which has the benefit of helping people reduce their stress levels by tapping into certain energies.

NY Times Meditation Guide Review

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What I found a bit off-putting about the New York Times meditation guide is that it seems to leave out certain things that I find critical to effective meditation. And, worse still, it seems to imply that some meditation techniques are not particularly useful. It seems to suggest that you shouldn’t bother learning how to meditate, because the New York Times has it covered. It is very easy to read a few words on a website and become totally confused, as many people have been when trying to learn more about Eastern philosophy and practices.

The next time you are at your computer, do yourself a favor and download the New York Times meditation guide and read it cover to cover. Make sure that you understand what the author is saying, and that you are comfortable with the way he/she phrases things. I’m sure that most people will be, given the fact that the author did not hold any training in meditation before creating this book. Still, I found that some of the information is useful and that it can make you a better person when it comes to using meditation to help you live a better life.

It is certainly true that, like any book, a meditation guide will present information objectively. Still, some of the information in the New York Times meditation guide makes me wonder whether or not the author (or publisher, I should say) felt some personal responsibility in creating such a book. If they didn’t feel that they had done their due diligence, then I would question why they would have published such a book and questioned their ethics.

Final Words

At any rate, the New York Times meditation guide is a fine addition to any library and it certainly will help you become a more relaxed person. Just make sure that you don’t fall into the trap of taking everything that you read in the meditation guide literally. After all, reading is supposed to be fun, not serious.

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