Why I’m into meditation | Bill GatesMindfulness has exploded in popularity over the last couple decades, aided by the growing number of Fortune companies, celebrities, and authors lauding its everyday benefits. Joe Rogan frequently has guests on his podcast who swear by mindfulness having changed their lives. Then, there are people like Sam Harris, who as a leader in the mindfulness sector, continues to influence others on the benefits of mindfulness, even for non-spiritual practitioners. I first fell into mindfulness as a reprieve from anxiety several years ago. It damn near saved my life. All that said, I fear many people still never allow mindfulness a fair chance to become a part of their lives.
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Whether it be yoga, meditation retreats, podcasts, or books, people today are eager to learn more about mindfulness and how to center themselves in the midst of a fast-paced life and busy schedule. To help you start your own journey, here are a few of our favorite books on meditation and mindfulness for beginners. An excellent guide for beginners, this book encourages techniques to help readers be mindful in every area of life—such as in relationships, at work, and while eating. While mindfulness can seem like an ancient practice not fit for the modern world, Puddicombe debunks this myth and shows everyone how daily meditation can lead to a more fulfilling and peaceful life. Andy Puddicombe demystifies what is commonly an esoteric practice and brings it right into your living room, your office and your heart. I Am Here Now is a wonderful book to begin your journey towards daily mindfulness. It is also one of the most widely accessible as it is available in 19 languages.
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Most of us understand the abstract benefits of mindfulness and meditation. But how do we actually do it? From patronising zealots to dogmatic control freaks, the people often dishing it out are frustratingly difficult to relate to. For those of us out there and there are a lot whose cynicism only sharpens the more ethereal and wishy-washy advice on meditation we are exposed to, this book will be a beacon of hope. Dan Harris speaks as one sceptic to another, giving no-nonsense advise and hilarious anecdotal evidence on all things meditation. He explains how he went from being a steadfast doubter to a full-blown believer after suffering a panic attack live on air on Good Morning America. As Jenny Odell explains, nothing is harder than doing nothing - especially nowadays when everything and anything seems to be designed to distract us from sitting alone with our thoughts.
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The book, written by leading meditation teacher and spiritual author Sharon Salzberg, features 12 meditation practices, including mindfulness meditation and walking meditation. People who have read the book say that Salzberg does a great job of explaining the benefits and the science behind meditation. They also agree that she offers practical advice that eliminates the frustration many people can experience when learning to meditate for the first time. Transcendental meditation is one of the most widely-practiced forms. It involves sitting comfortably with your eyes closed and repeating a silent mantra in your mind. Experts recommend that people practice transcendental meditation for 20 minutes twice a day. In "Strength in Stillness," Bob Roth—who has taught the practice to thousands of people including CEOs, celebrities, and inner-city youth—helps explain the benefits.