Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Meditation: A Comprehensive Guide to Effective Techniques for Calming Your Mind and Spirit by Shai Tubali Review

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own.

Author Shai Tubali adds to the ever-growing collection of books under the Llewellyn’s Complete Book series with a look at how meditation can be used to live a happier and healthier life while reducing stress, decreasing pain and so much more in the book “Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Meditation: A Comprehensive Guide to Effective Techniques for Calming Your Mind and Spirit”.

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The Synopsis

Free Your Awareness and Awaken Your Energies with 35 Worldwide Meditation Techniques

Enjoy a healthier and happier life with reduced stress, decreased pain, improved sleep, lengthened attention span, and fewer age-related memory problems. The key to these and other benefits? Meditation.

Appropriate for practitioners of all skill levels, this new addition to Llewellyn’s Complete Book Series features thirty-five fundamental meditation techniques from traditions around the globe, including one unique method of author Shai Tubali’s own creation. These include:

– Zazen (Classical Zen Meditation)

– Qigong Standing Meditation

– Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Body Scan

– Taoist Inner Smile

– Osho’s Mystic Rose

– Japanese Forest Bathing

– Sufi Whirling

– Gurdjieff ‘s “I Am” Meditation

– Christian Prayer of the Heart

– Islamic Dhikr

– Hindu Aum Meditation

– Sikh Kirtan Kriya

– Jewish Hitbodedut

– Ramana Maharshi’s Self-Inquiry

– Tantric Hindu Kriya Yoga

– Tibetan Buddhist Dzogchen

Shai presents each technique with its historical background, cultural context, potential benefits, and clear instructions for practicing it at home in a non-appropriative way. You will explore the fifteen purposes of meditation and the role of chakras. You will also learn how to align your mind and body, open your heart to love and compassion, use the hidden powers of sound, and more. This comprehensive, easy-to-understand guide introduces the magic of meditation in a way that is experiential, practical, and deeply researched. Every page encourages you to take your journey into the world of meditation further than ever before.

The Review

This was quite a comprehensive and engaging read. The author did an incredible job of capturing a cohesive and easy-to-understand book that spoke to both beginners and advanced meditation students alike. The way the author was able to find the right balance between writing in a more authoritative and knowledgeable voice and the voice of someone who is able to relate to the reader’s history and interest in meditation as a whole kept me engaged with this book.

The heart of this book for me had to be the emphasis the author put on showcasing a wide range of meditation techniques from different cultures and backgrounds, as well as the focus on identifying trauma and the troubles in life that give us a purpose towards meditation as a whole. While not only used in trauma, the spiritual and mental effect that meditation can have on a person has always fascinated me, and the detailed way the author brings this to life on the page was great to read. This, combined with the different backgrounds and cultures surrounding the different meditation techniques the author explores made this a well-rounded and insightful read.

The Verdict

Captivating, engaging, and thoughtful, author Shai Tubali’s “Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Meditation: A Comprehensive Guide to Effective Techniques for Calming Your Mind and Spirit” is a must-read nonfiction book and guide on meditation. The thought-provoking and spiritual nature of the book will keep readers invested in the subject matter, and the approachability of the author’s writing style will have readers eager to absorb and utilize the knowledge the author is imparting. If you haven’t yet, be sure to grab your copy today!

Rating: 10/10

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About the Author

Shai Tubali is an international speaker, author, and spiritual teacher. He is one of Europe’s leading authorities in the field of chakras and the subtle body and has published twelve books. Shai also serves as an academic researcher at the University of Leeds and has developed several meditation-based therapeutic methods. Visit him online at ShaiTubali.com.

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