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Guided Meditations: For Calmness,Awareness & Love [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

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Feb. 12 2004

These three meditations from the Buddhist tradition will help you develop greater depths of calmness and self-awareness, and will help you to cultivate greater appreciation for yourself and lovingkindness for others.

As is traditional in Buddhism, these guided meditations do not contain musical accompaniment.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and Straightforward June 17 2004
By Henry
Format:Audio CD
Bodhipaksa presents foundational meditations in a clear, straighforward, and unhurried manner. I have used this CD many times and will continue to revisit these guided meditations to refresh my own practice. Having witnessed Bodhipaksa teaching meditation both in person and through this medium I do not hesitate to state that this is the real thing. There are no gimmicks here. He presents material that has worked for centuries and does so as clearly as I have found in my 12 years of meditation. The guided meditations contained on this CD may seem simple. They are, that is part of their beauty and effectiveness, but one must practice them. Practice, stick with it, be patient, practice some more, and gradually calmness, awareness, and love will arise within and spread.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars guided meditations June 3 2004
Format:Audio CD
Excellent. Although a little disapponited when i first heard no music, the authors calm voice makes up for it. The cd is arranged perfectly not to much or to little speaking. The whole cd is great, but the first track would be worth it alone. It is one of the best relaxation cd's i have heard.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best gift you can give yourself. June 7 2004
Format:Audio CD
I bought this CD as a gift for myself. I had never meditated before. Could I do it? Would it be worth my time?
After the first few minutes of listening, that nervousness went away. Bodhipaksa's voice is very easy on the ears and leads you carefully through the three meditations. His tone is welcoming, respectful and reassuring, and there's no secret vocabulary you have to know. Just push play and you're on your way! I was learning to meditate! It was exciting! And it still is. I meditate every day and take the CD with me when I travel.
Each meditation is a lovely 1/2 hour respite from daily stresses. It is very enjoyable and relaxing. Bodhipaksa provides the right balance between guidance and silence so that the experience is yours. I don't even notice that time has gone by. And what you learn and do spills over into the rest of your day. For example: in the Mindfulness of Breathing, you are taught methods to focus on your breathing to relax. I find myself focusing the same way while waiting endlessly in a doctor's office or when falling asleep is difficult. I am more calm. The other practices work just as effectively.
It delivers what it the title promises: calmness, love and awareness. The best gift you can give yourself.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I was surprised that someone in the review said s/he fell asleep while listening to this CD, as I cannot fall asleep even if I try to sleep listening to any of the three sessions contained in this CD. The first two meditations (focusing on breathing and cultivating empathy) actually make me so aware of both my inner-self and outer-world in a fantastically soothing way that I alwasy feel more awake and often even more energetic after each session. I became kind of addicted and looking forward to listening to the first breathing meditation session each morning after waking up!! Really amazing, I used to hate to wake up. As others have already mentioned, Bodhipaksa has a wonderful calm voice and a beautiful (sophisticated) Scotsman's accent which is VERY CLEAR even to a person like me whose mother tongue is not English.
Every time I commute to my office walking for 20 minutes, I listen to the third session ("walking meditation") recorded to my MP3 player. The meditation is just 20 minutes long and it nicely fits my commuting distance. It really makes me easy to work in my office, because I definitely think I can focus on my works more easily and also I can cope much better with some not-so-nice colleagues of mine. I feel sharper and I am not feeling stressed so much any more in my office, thanks to the 'not clinging to anything but just notice' attitude which I can now enjoy because of these session.
This CD is genuinely incredible. It's the best thing since sliced bread!! NO hypnotic audio records or how-to-meditate books (yes, I got loads of this kind of things) gave me such a brilliant result. Its clear recording quality and there not being any Muzak also help. I have been using this CD for just 5 weeks, which is also amazing as I am a person who tends to get very easily bored!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a wonderful, simple CD Jan. 5 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
When I purchased this CD for myself in a desperate attempt to learn how to relax, I don't know what I expected - funky new age music, perhaps an East-Asian accent, and possibly an uncomfortable experience while I learned how this all works. I was pleasantly surprised to find an elegant, simple CD with just the teacher's voice. A lovely, soothing, melodic Scottish voice, to be precise. A voice that guides you, slowly and simply, into a very relaxed and wonderful state. This CD is so wonderful, I've purchased about 5 copies and am ordering 3 more today.. all gifts to stressed-out friends.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compassionate and Inspiring April 11 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This meditation gently leads the meditator from tender concern for self to the picture of a golden light eminating from his heart to the heart of all sentient beings. Peaceful and loving.
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