What exercises and practices will help us to live a life free of stress? Ngakma Nor’dzin, a Western Buddhist Lama, guides us through relaxation and breathing exercises that lead into meditation. The meditation methods are described in friendly and accessible language, and will enhance the lives of those who practise them. Ngakma Nor’dzin regards meditation as a life skill that creates happier and more fulfilling relationships, and increases well-being and psychological health. Relaxing into Meditation draws on her experience teaching in community education. Ngakma Nor'dzin teaches internationally and is also the author of Spacious Passion, an introduction to Buddhist practice.
If everyone meditated for a few minutes every day, the world would be a more peaceful and friendly place.
This is a wonderful introduction to relaxation and meditation - its message offers peace and tranquillity in this stressful world.
[...] it's the best book on meditation I've ever read, and I've been browsing them since the mid-70's. I say this because of the distinction made between relaxation and meditation, and the explanation ...of why relaxation must happen before meditation can begin. I have never seen it spelled out so clearly before, and in such a gentle, non-didactic manner. The writing draws you in and you come to love the teacher as if you were also a member of one of her meditation groups.
This read was not only an easy one, but a very compassionate, economical one: I was able to read it, stop for a moment to practice what was suggested, then go back to reading without some word, term or complicated passage tripping me up. [...] The patience and accessibility of the information is one of the highlights of the book throughout.
Although she writes about a subject that others have been prone to mystify and deliberately, it often seems, obscure, she writes in such an accessible and approachable way that you are drawn to listen avidly to what she has to say. She is, in fact, overwhelmingly kind and gentle in her approach, so that, no matter your age or background, you are likely to be comforted and inspired by her work.
Ngakma Nor’dzin takes you gently by the hand and with her you embark on a journey towards Openness, Kindness and Awareness. I found the warmth and ‘human-ness’ of her writing both refreshing and inspirational.
If you’re anything like me, you'll find instruction manuals on how to assemble flat-pack furniture, 99% of all legal documents and those software agreements that pop up on your screen when you've just installed a new programme damn difficult to understand. Thankfully Ngakma Nor’dzin’s wonderful book, Relaxing into Meditation is concise, to the point, easy to read, and most importantly (for me) easy to understand. Many different relaxation and meditation techniques are explained via short digestible chapters and encouragingly, not once did I feel, ‘this is beyond me’, If anything, I found myself spontaneously experimenting with the exercises and suggestions and taking heart from their accessibility and the feelings of well-being they induced. Excuse me now, I've got some relaxing to do.
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