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Dean Sluyter offers a skilled meditation guide in Natural Meditation

 

Dean Sluyter is in the grand tradition of authors who interpret traditional enlightenment teachings and apply them to modern Western life. In his latest book, Natural Meditation, he certainly accomplishes that task with a rare combination of insight, clarity, wit, and pragmatic common sense.

Can you learn to meditate effectively from a book? That’s an open question. But if any book can do the job of a skilled meditation guide, it’s this one. Sluyter knows as much about clear, concise, captivating prose as he does about the nuances of meditation. That rare combination makes Natural Meditation as enjoyable as it is useful.

We’ve come a long way from the days when meditating marked you as weird. Now, physicians recommend it, and no one blinks if you’re late for dinner because you were meditating. But misconceptions remain. One is that all meditation practices are the same. Another is that it’s difficult; as in, “I tried to meditate, but it’s so hard” and, “I’m not good at it.” Sluyter is here to tell you it was hard because you tried, and there’s no such thing as being good at it. The key words in his title are “natural” and “effortless.”

Meditation, he asserts, can be as natural and effortless as a leaf floating to the ground. The mind wants to settle down. Sluyter shows you how to allow it.

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Philip Goldberg has been studying India’s spiritual traditions for more than 45 years, as a practitioner, teacher and author. He is the author or coauthor of more than 20 books, including Roadsigns on the Spiritual Path and American Veda: From Emerson and the Beatles to Yoga and Meditation, How Indian Spirituality Changed the West, which was named one of the top ten religion books of the year by both Huffington Post and American Library Association’s Booklist, and received the Award for Special Distinction by the Uberoi Foundation for Religious Studies. His latest book, The Life of Yogananda: The Story of the Yogi Who Became the First Modern Guru is the first full-scale biography of Paramahansa Yogananda. An Interfaith Minister, spiritual counselor and meditation teacher, he is an entertaining public speaker who has presented at venues throughout the U.S. and India. He blogs on Elephant Journal and Spirituality & Health magazine and conducts tours of India with American Veda Tours. He also cohosts the popular Spirit Matters podcast, which features interviews with spiritual teachers and leaders. His website is www.PhilipGoldberg.com.