SELF-HELP

A Course in Meditation: A 21-Day Workout for Your Consciousness

Harmony: Crown. Sept. 2019. 224p. ISBN 9781984825964. pap. $17ebk. ISBN 9781984825971. SELF-HELP
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According to mystic Osho (1931–90), a person must change as an individual before they can change societal and cultural beliefs. To that end, the author (e.g., Joy: The Happiness That Comes from Within) here provides a step-by-step guide to meditation—the state of pure consciousness with no content—whereby a practitioner can know oneself better and discover the meaning of existence. Osho then sets forth daily lessons complete with insights, techniques, and pertinent quotes. Subjects range from “slowing down” and “living in joy” to “dropping the judgment of people” and “accepting every part of oneself.” While Osho explains this ancient practice, he demonstrates examples and situations based in contemporary life, which aid readers in applying these methods.
VERDICT Simultaneously a great primer for readers wanting to try meditation and a guide for experienced meditators who wish to take their practice to the next level.

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