How to Meditate and Why


Non-Fiction - Self Help
138 Pages
Reviewed on 01/07/2018
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Author Biography

With a lifelong meditation practice, I have learned that there are benefits for anyone and everyone of all walks of life. Learning to take pause an can help us to better connect with our individual wants and needs. Discover meditative moments and stepping stones toward techniques that help relieve stress, problem solve, be focused and balanced, become more mindful, find inner peace and reach success on a daily basis.
Meditation is active calmness and is accessible to all and only a breath away.
Meditation looks different wherever you go, but it can help you wherever you are.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

How to Meditate and Why by Mara M. Zimmerman is a book on meditation and how it can help you fulfill your needs. This self-help book is the perfect companion guide for anyone who is finding it hard to concentrate while meditating or is thinking about including meditation in their life. Mara shares techniques, guides, and even inspirational stories with the reader so that they can understand meditation better and allow their soul and mind to bond together. The author tells the reader how meditation can benefit them in whatever way or form they want. I had no idea there were different approaches to meditation and it was up to us to apply these however we want in our life.

How to Meditate and Why by Mara M. Zimmerman is a useful book for people at this time. With the way the world is brought to its knees in the pandemic, meditation is a great way to keep ourselves calm and relaxed. Mara’s recommended 1-minute meditation is a wonderful thing to begin with. It is simple, easy, and very quick to adopt, especially for people who are just exploring meditation. The narrative is soothing and calming; it was very easy to read and that just made the whole experience so much better. I found Mara’s words to be impactful; it is very clear that she chose her words very carefully. She makes sure you understand the basics of meditation and will be able to apply it to your life, however and whenever you want. This is a really helpful and encouraging book, one that will make it easier for you to get on with your day with more motivation than before.

Melinda Hills

There is no denying the fact that more and more people are having trouble coping in today’s world, but there is help. How to Meditate and Why by Mara M. Zimmerman is a direct, easy to read and follow guideline for anyone interested in learning how to take a step back from the chaos of everyday life and find some peace of mind and physical healing. How to Meditate and Why walks you through the history of meditation, which may be an important addition for many people. Often considered an “Eastern” philosophy or some kind of gimmick, Zimmerman explains clearly how meditation has been practiced by many different groups of people around the world in some form or another for centuries and even longer.

Another important aspect that sets this book apart from others is the description of the deep connection between the mind, body and even the universe as a whole, and how meditation benefits many aspects of our well-being. With this easy to follow approach that is quite flexible to suit anyone’s needs, it is possible to begin the practice of meditation right this moment and move on to whatever level of dedication will serve you best for your optimum health and mental welfare. If practical advice is what you need to get started, then How to Meditate and Why is the perfect solution. It all begins with just one breath or one mindful thought and a new way of life is ready for you to enjoy. Mara M. Zimmerman offers many different options on how to meditate – from getting started to sticking with it and to practicing more advanced techniques.

Vernita Naylor

In today's culture, all over the world, some people are living confused, frustrated, and uncertain lives while others are not. Not only is COVID-19 to blame but this pandemic is placing a magnifying glass on how we deal with and face troubled times. Why aren't others having the same issues? Have you ever thought that the key to life is to create a place of balance first before these occurrences happen? No, balance can't stop it but it can assist you in how you deal with it and its effect on your life and well-being. This is the secret that others have discovered - how to create balance. In the self-help book, How to Meditate and Why by Mara M. Zimmerman, you will learn about the benefits of meditation and how it can create your life's balance through merely being still and quiet. Mara really breaks down what meditation is and isn't.

I enjoyed How to Meditate and Why by Mara M. Zimmerman immensely, not only because I too practice the essence of quieting myself through the practice of meditation, but because these words of wisdom spoken by the author to the reader sum it up: "By focusing and exercising your mind and gaining better concentration and awareness, you become more in tune and therefore more able to prevent things from escalating by better using your voice of reason." What people don't realize is that most of the time the energy we emit into the universe, both good and bad, causes us to attract those good and bad elements into our lives. Meditation is great because it allows you to check in with yourself by quieting yourself. This book is highly recommended and should be added to your library.

Lesley Jones

In How to Meditate and Why by Mara M. Zimmerman, everyone has their own unique and personal reasons to consider meditation. Whether it be for inner peace, relieving stress, health issues or just to recharge your batteries. Meditation comes in many contrasting forms and each is discussed and explained in an easy to understand manner. You will discover how to clear and quieten your mind successfully and, by taking baby steps, achieve an inner calm that is always accessible, and 'just a breath away'. By taking a few moments each day, you will discover a new and fresh outlook on your life and be able to deal with any troubling situation with rationality and optimism. Meditation has been practiced globally for centuries. Learn how people across the world have found inner sanctuary in meditation and the simple techniques that you can adapt in your daily routine too. By following the techniques, you will realize what your true calling, aspirations, and life goals are and be able to have the inner peace and mindfulness to reach for them.

How to Meditate and Why by Mara M. Zimmerman is a very informative and impeccably researched guide on meditation. If you have ever tried meditation in the past and lacked the concentration to get any benefit from it, then this is the perfect guide on the subject. The author highlights numerous different techniques on meditation, each tailored to your current circumstances. I loved the parables throughout as they were very powerful and insightful. The author is an exceptional teacher, who inspires you to take small steps and not to panic if you do not get it right the first time. I have tried the Vipassana and Toaist meditation but I will definitely try the others too. I didn't realize the importance of the chakras but the author has explained the benefits of each one extremely well. The one-minute section of the book was compelling and effective too. I also found the section on intuition, ego, and Mind-Brain Connection absolutely fascinating. I am truly on my way to rewiring my brain and improving my negative thought processes.