"This answer to the question “Why meditate?” runs all through the literature written by those who practice this discipline. We meditate to find, to recover, to come back to something of ourselves we once dimly and unknowingly had and have lost without knowing what it was or where or when we lost it.
We may call it access to more of our human potential or being closer to ourselves and to reality, or to more of our capacity for love and zest and enthusiasm, or our knowledge that we are a part of the universe and can never be alienated or separated from it, or our ability to see and function in reality more effectively.
As we work at meditation, we find that each of these statements of the goal has the same meaning. It is this loss, whose recovery we search for, that led the psychologist Max Wertheimer to define an adult as “a deteriorated child....
It is our fullest “humanhood,” the fullest use of what it means to be human, that is the goal of meditation..."
— Excerpt from How to Mediate: A Guide to Self Discovery
It's never too late to start!
Lawrence LeShan’s classic guide to meditation introduced mindfulness to an entire generation. Now it’s back in a special hardcover edition.
Since its initial publication nearly 50 years ago, How to Meditate: A Guide to Self Discovery, has helped more than a million readers reap the profound and limitless rewards of meditation. Now, in a special new edition, this powerful guide sings the virtues of a quiet mind in the overstimulating bustle of the modern world.
Outlining a realistic and no-nonsense approach that will enable you to bring meditation effortlessly into your life, no matter how thinly stretched you are, How to Meditate is unrivaled as a source of inspiration and practical instruction for anyone seeking inner peace, relief from stress, and increased self-knowledge.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lawrence LeShan is a psychotherapist, educator, and best-selling author whose groundbreaking research into the therapeutic and ethical implications of meditation helped bring about a mindfulness revolution in the West.
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