Unplug: A simple guide to meditation
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Research shows that a bigger, healthy brain is encouraged by mental focus - not just on cognitive tasks but on actively trying to relax and calm the mind. Meditating is a simple relaxation technique that has been practiced for years, and Suze Yalof Schwartz’s ‘Unplug: A Simple Guide to Meditation for Busy Skeptics and Modern Soul Seekers’ is a highly relevant take on meditation for beginning adults.
Meditating can help you reduce your blood pressure, reduce your pain sensitivity, reduce overeating, decrease stress and anxiety, lower your risk of heart attack and stroke, increase awareness, sleep better, improve your memory, improve your productivity, improve your mood, stimulate brain growth, encourage happiness, and even help overcome loneliness for older adults.
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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, and that’s when she discovered meditation.
She writes in a casual, first-person style that 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 (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.
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.