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Meditation - the technique of mental focusing for enhanced awareness and self-mastery - offers deep and lasting benefits for mental functioning and emotional health, as well as for physical health and well-being.

This practice is closely related to "mindfulness," which Professor Muesse defines as "a deliberate way of paying attention to what is occurring within oneself as it is happening. It is the process of attentively observing your experience as it unfolds, without judgment or evaluation."

"Meditation," he adds, "refers to certain exercises that can be used to enlarge and refine mindfulness." Meditation cultivates mindfulness by training you to develop deep attention to the present moment, allowing the mind to become settled and centered. These 24 detailed lectures teach you the principles and techniques of sitting meditation, the related practice of walking meditation, and the highly beneficial use of meditative awareness in many important activities, including eating and driving. You will also learn how to use the skills of meditation in working with thoughts and emotional states, in deepening sensory awareness of the body, and in becoming deeply attentive to the operation of your mind.

You'll come away with a solid basis for your own meditation practice and for bringing meditation's remarkable and empowering benefits to every aspect of your life.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2011 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2011 The Great Courses

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  • Mike
  • 19/09/2013

Very good lectures on mindfulness!

I found Dr. Muesse did good work researching and explaining mindfulness. Each lecture was well presented with good use of vocals to keep the listener's attention.

I found the best part to be the first lecture of this series. The example given is unquestionably THE best example I've ever read or heard of the differences between an untrained (or distracted) mind, and a mind which routinely goes through mindfulness meditation and exercises. I can't say enough good about the first chapter. The following lectures buildup from there, I found myself hooked right from the start.

Also, of particular note is the acknowledgement that this course is Dr. Muesse's interpretation on the subject matter. I could see the great lengths the author went through to present the subject material in as an objective way as possible. For me this is a huge difference between one-sided self help books, and academic learning.

I would recommend this to people curious about what meditation is, and what in particular mindfulness meditation is. Then it's effect on a person's outlook and quality of life.


All in all this is one of the best introduction coarse on mindfulness I have had the opportunity to listen/read. Recommended!

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  • David
  • 29/12/2013

Intermittently thought-provoking

I learned a lot from this course, although parts of it are more valuable than others. The best sections are those which give advice on meditation practice and how to overcome the difficulties that challenge the beginner. The lecturer has lots of useful, practical ideas that are very helpful. I found the later sections where he spends a great deal of time moralizing in a rather banal way to be less interesting, although here and there I found nuggets of thought-provoking ideas about how mindfulness can help us live our lives better - the chapter on accepting mortality is particularly good.

The lecturer speaks WAY too slowly and has a slightly condescending tone, as if he is explaining the subject to a small kitten. However, I found that if I played him at 2x speed he sounded like a normal human being and was perfectly listenable.

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  • Nothing really matters
  • 27/12/2013

It sounds like a cliché, but it changed my life.

I bought this lecture series for help with learning to meditate. I did not find it too helpful on that front as I am a complete beginner and the lecturer did not take the sort of hand-holding approach to meditation that I feel I need.

BUT, the lectures that dealt with topics related to meditation and not meditation itself were amazing. I think they've helped me unlock the key mysteries about myself and my interactions with others and things that I've been struggling with for a great many years. I'm very, very glad I bought and listened to these lectures.

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  • gramma0511
  • 02/10/2013

This course changed my life!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. It is lengthy, but well worth the time invested.

Any additional comments?

This lecture has changed my life! It has taught me to practice paying more attention to those around me, how to practice compassion for others and myself, and how to exercise peacefulness.

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  • Anoop
  • 30/07/2013

Best Course on Meditation

What made the experience of listening to Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation the most enjoyable?

This course is not a simple listening experience but can be practice simultaneously.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation?

The whole course is rooted in one concept "Awareness" and all worldly problems could be overcome through it. This is also a fundamental principle of "Whole to Part". If one is "Aware" all the time then one is also aware of transience nature of everything, physical or non physical.

Which character – as performed by Professor Mark W. Muesse – was your favorite?

Buddha

What insight do you think you’ll apply from Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation?

Practice awareness through various exercises mentioned in the course.

Any additional comments?

This is the best Audible I have come across. I have listened to many other on similar subject but this particular one is invaluable due to following:- It encourages you to do simple exercises.- Insights mentioned are non religious but universal truth.- short stories (gathas) generate clarity.- simplicity.I wish there would be a concise form of these 24 lectures.

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  • SAMA
  • 30/12/2013

Stop Going on Autopilot, Listen to This

I listen to a lot of audiobooks, usually in the background. This book gives you techniques to keep you mentally present whatever you're doing. It demystifies meditation and sophisticated techniques, giving it to you in easy-to-use guidelines.

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  • Idaho Trojan
  • 14/01/2015

College Lecture Format

Would you listen to Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation again? Why?

No. I learned a good deal from the series of lectures, but I don't feel the need to listen a second time.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation?

One "complaint" . Professor Muesse obviously knows this topic very well, he is well versed and brings personal experience to the course BUT he speaks VERY slowly throughout. Luckily the Audible app allows the listener to speed up the narration, which I listened to comfortably at 1.5x throughout.

Which character – as performed by Professor Mark W. Muesse – was your favorite?

This is not a story, it's a lecture series.

Any additional comments?

This is a series of recorded classroom lectures, so it can be a bit dry but the average individual 45-60 min lecture time makes it easy to plan your listening and take the inform piece by piece.

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  • J and M
  • 06/09/2017

Best I've heard on clinical psychology and mindful

I first listened to one of the lectures in channels on the audible app. I enjoyed it so much, I searched for the book. I've always seen a lot of treatment options as hit or miss as each person or client is different. And, in the absence of really assessing or being good at assessment by so many therapists, one size fit's all therapy is often uselessly applied. Seeing this has always bugged me, and I doubt that it will change. But, for those that can assess where a client truly is, and realize more conventional treatment doesn't apply, how to help them is more of an issue. Meditation is a great alternative. And, this book talks about so many different types and approaches to do more than just tell someone to do breathing meditation. I love how he talks about comfort meditation vs trying to get the person to confront or stay with the uncomfortable sensations and knowing when the person is in a place to do either. It's creating that safe mental space that so many seem not to understand, regardless of what therapy is used. And, not pushing a patient to face things until they are ready, and feel safe enough in that mental space to do so. You don't tell someone in a free fall to face their demons. Choosing the right type of meditation for the situation is critical. And, I rarely hear people talking about that.
This is just a great course that should be required for all going into the field. I would have loved to have a course like this that really connected clinical psychology with meditation methods. Hopefully things have changed and it is part of the regular curriculum. And, I love Muesse's style. He keeps you engaged, is very relatable when he talks. Just one I know I will listen to over and over again. I almost never bookmark, but have done so repeatedly to revisit parts I wanted to revisit or explore further.

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  • John L Murphy
  • 03/04/2016

A guided course in looking within for wisdom

If you could sum up Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation in three words, what would they be?

Reflective. Compassionate. Encouraging.

What other book might you compare Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation to and why?

Learning in the company of a wise teacher. Perhaps a book by a less predictable one like Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse or Anam Thubten?

What does Professor Mark W. Muesse bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His own gradual encounter with Buddhism from his teens on, HIs Texas accent and down-home approach add to the story he tells, for Westerners like himself, rather than as if a guru transported from the Himalayas to Berkeley or Brooklyn.

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

That meditation can be flexible, rather than rigid, to meet one's own needs best.

Any additional comments?

His meditation on death is powerful and recommended for anyone to contemplate and learn from.

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  • Nancy
  • 25/10/2013

Be well and happy!

This was an excellent introductory course on meditation. The lectures covered the basics, like principles of Buddhism and connecting to the breath during meditation. It also explained some more challenging topics such as compassionate meditation and meditation on grief and death. These lectures have taught me how to bring mindfulness into my day-to-day life. I'm looking forward to practicing the concepts further!

The professor was an excellent speaker. The pace was a little bit slow, but I think that is appropriate for this topic. The 30 minute lectures are the perfect length for listening without getting bored.

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  • 15/12/2016

Prof. Muesse changed my life!

Würden Sie Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation noch mal anhören? Warum?

Ja definitiv. Es gibt so viel von diesem "Great Course" zu lernen, dass nur bei mehrfachem Hören wirklich verinnerlicht werden kann.

Welcher Moment von Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation ist Ihnen besonders im Gedächtnis geblieben?

Die Kapitle "Insight" und "Wishing" haben mich emotional sehr berührt.

Wie hat Ihnen Professor Mark W. Muesse als Sprecher gefallen? Warum?

Der Sprecher ist grandiose Spitze. Sehr gut anzuhören, auch für mehrere Stunden.

Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

Für alle die ihre Gedanken einmal überdenken wollen und sich durch das Loslassen einiger festgefahrener destruktiver Gedanken ein glücklicheres Leben erhoffen sollten sich dieses Hörbuch zulegen.

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  • Marek Venený
  • 30/06/2016

Introduction to mindfulness-recommended

I always liked the concept of mindfulness, but never got around to actually practising it. This changed with this audio book, as it provided me with a much needed "kick". The lectures in the book are about half an hour long and each bespeaks one subject. The author, lecturer, speaks clearly and succinctly. The subject itself is presented well, the Buddhist and zen teachings are intertwined with stories from real life and it is very enjoyable to listen to. Recommended listening speed is 1.25, otherwise it might be a tad slow.

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  • W Pfluger
  • 18/11/2017

mindful speaker, great lessons

what might be University lectures, are in reality an authentic story of a mindful person

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  • jinshan
  • 16/07/2016

Well explained

Easy to follow
Plain language
For who find other courses and religious teaching not egitible