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Monday 27 December 2010

Relaxing into Meditation : Inspiring Reviews

Relaxing into Meditation has received many reviews, all positive.  These provide and insight — from many different viewpoints — into what the book has to offer.

For some people, the reviews themselves have proved sufficiently inspiring for them to begin and sustain a meditation practice without ever having read the book.

Here are some excerpts from the reviews, with links to the full text. We hope that you find them interesting and inspiring.

"Relaxing into Meditation is 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."

Rossinna Ippolitto

"The patience and accessibility of the information is one of the highlights of the book throughout."

Kamili Feelings

"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."

Lois Henderson

"Ngakma Nor’dzin’s goal isn’t to get us meditating for an hour in both the morning and evening. It’s to help us develop a greater sense of awareness and compassion, fostered through meditative practices that are as diverse as we are as individuals."

Lori Deschene

"This is the kind of book I wish I had when I first started meditating."

Dan Hersam

"This book got me meditating again, after a long period of only occasionally finding time for it"

—  Esther Wieringa

"It is accessible and not plagued with off-putting esoterica like so many others on this subject. Although understandable for a novice, it also has value for the more practiced."

Phyllis Proctor

"Nordzin gives excellent explanations of some basic, commonly used relaxation and meditation techniques that can be used effectively no matter what your level of experience is."

Frank Martin

"The author presents the art of meditation in terms that anyone can understand."

Michael Gibb

"Wherever you are on your meditation journey you will find this book a constant companion allowing you to discover many enjoyable and informative methods.  An easy to digest guide to meditative practices for calming the mind, nurturing creativity, rejuvenating the spirit, and nourishing the soul."

Gary Stone

"I wish this book would have been there when I started to try meditation. It's written in a very accessible way and explains the basics and more in a very down-to-earth manner."


"It’s excellent for beginners, and I’d highly recommend it as one of the best books I have read for anyone who’s got an interest in starting to meditate."

Noreen Blanluet

"So the book starts with relaxation practices and then phases gently on to meditation practices. The meditation practices have their roots in the traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. There isn’t any kind of philosophy or religious dogma. It focuses completely on meditation as a skill, a practical skill than enhances life and promotes well being."

Mark McHugh

"As someone who does not meditate, but would like to, I found this book very useful in getting me started and giving me concrete steps to follow. "

Booklorn Reviews

"Those who are just beginning their meditative journeys will find the plain language and illustrations particularly helpful. From sitting, to breathing, to walking, stretching, and even singing, Lama Nor'dzin covers it all in this very practical, very inspiring guide."

John DiGilio

"This book provides a step-by-step guide to the various methods that can help relieve stress and leave you feeling more calm. [...]  It is easy to follow, with illustrations that help you understand the techniques suggested - it will leave you feeling at peace in no time."

Healthy magazine

Relaxing into Meditation by Ngakma Nor'dzin
Aro Books worldwide  ISBN 978-1-898185-17-8

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