FROM GOODREADS: Ram Dass is an American psychologist and spiritual teacher who has studied and practiced meditation for many years. Here he shares his understanding and explores the many paths of meditation — from mantra, prayer, singing, visualizations, and “just sitting” to movement meditations such as tai chi — and suggests how you can find methods suitable for you. He illuminates the stages and benefits of meditative practice, and provides wise and often humorous advice on overcoming difficulties along the way.
MY REVIEW: I suspect my first pass at Ram Dass’ Journey of Awakening was like my first pass at meditation—fidgety, distracted, determined. Learning new things does not come easily for me, most especially things requiring me to sit still, but I found Dass’ book to be interesting, encouraging, and supportive of my efforts to learn how to meditate. While some of the writing and anecdotes are a little dated, overall I thought this was an easy-to-read, easy-to-digest “meditator’s guidebook.” Its sense of humor adds to its likeability.
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