Unplug: A simple guide to meditation
Unplug: A simple guide to meditation Unplug: A simple guide to meditation

Unplug is a perfect introduction to meditation. Subtitled “A Simple Guide to Meditation for Busy Skeptics and Modern Soul Seekers”, it is a nice guide to understanding the benefits of meditation and to getting started.

The author, Suze Yalof Schwartz starts with her personal story of how she came to practice meditation. Ms. Schwartz was a non-stop, hard-charging executive in New York working for fashion magazines and network television. She admits to being “…a very competitive person”. She found herself unbalanced after she and her husband moved their family to LA in pursuit of his career. She didn’t adjust well to the stay-at-home-mom lifestyle. She discovered meditation.

She writes in a casual, first-person style. Despite her casual style, the reader has no difficulty accepting her assertion that she was indeed working at a stressful, fast pace during her New York career.

Ms. Schwartz walks us through her exploration of meditation, and, in doing so, gives a quick but quite thorough review of the various categories of meditation. She couples that with summaries of scientific research that catalog the range of health benefits of meditation (tip: there are a lot). (Second tip: many have to do with brain health, which is why we offer books on meditation).

After her personal story of how she came to meditate and her positive- even life changing-experience with it; she provides a survey of variety of meditation styles and the science – all delivered in a way to convince the reader that meditation is easy to learn, has great benefits and isn’t some occult activity. The text is generously peppered with first person quotations from individuals who use meditation as a tool in their lives. Many have used meditation to make important positive change. She follows that with discreet lessons on individual meditation sessions and trips and techniques to get the most benefit.

As someone who is trying to get back into regular sessions, her advice on creating and using one’s own mantras is new and intriguing information.

Sue Yalof Schwartz is sufficiently impressed with meditation that she created a meditation studio in LA. (https://www.unplugmeditation.com/ if you are interested.) Given that, the reader should be cautioned that this book is obviously also a valuable marketing tool for that endeavor, particularly if the author is interested in opening additional locations.

This is an easy read, but nevertheless a good introduction to meditation and a useful how-to guide to get novices, the curious, and, as the subtitle suggests, the skeptics, started into meditation.