Instant Meditation

How to Meditate Instantly!

Non-Fiction - Self Help
87 Pages
Reviewed on 09/01/2015
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Reviewed by Roy T. James for Readers' Favorite

Instant Meditation: How to Meditate Instantly! by The Instant Series, after briefly extolling the virtues of meditation, describes the techniques that are available for practicing this. As a prelude, the book mentions the need to prepare oneself to accept little changes in the way we perceive things. Indoor and outdoor meditation, visualizations, in-the-moment meditation techniques, stationary meditation, and chanting meditation are some of the other topics discussed. Certain salient features like flying away from negativity, cleansing the mind and achieving positivity, and techniques seen among Buddhist monks also feature in this book. Sets of questions are provided in many places and at the end to enable self-assessment.

As the name implies, Instant Meditation: How to Meditate Instantly! makes meditating very easy and even for those who are always on the move. This book is a practical guide and many methods, mostly of simple convenient steps, are described to achieve the desired state of mind. Planting meditation is a modified version of the traditional sitting meditation. It is called ‘planting meditation’ because you are planting your feet into the ground like a plant. It can be done in any public place — at the office, at school, or on the train. This is thus a nice little instruction manual containing practical and usable techniques, specially suited for those with time constraints.

Jessica

There are a number of useful techniques in this book, but be aware that the text is not without flaws. There are some grammatical errors and odd sentence structures. Don't let that put you off from the information it can provide. I tried each meditative technique since many can be done right where I am. Very few require actually finding a quiet space.

There are 10 easy to read chapters and some comprehension or thought questions at the end of each. The first two chapters give you a good introduction to the basic benefits of meditation, what you can expect meditation to do for you, two simple, starter breathing/visualization exercises, what meditation really is, and advising daily meditation practice to achieve your coping goal. Chapter two has you writing down your reactions to stressors and I found this particularly helpful.

The next chapters introduce the techniques in detail: walking meditation, visualization, discreet meditation, stationary meditation (not necessarily quiet), chanting, music as a meditative device, and Buddhist meditation. The back has some additional exercises as a follow up. The variety of techniques allows the reader to approach meditation from a new viewpoint - that is, finding awareness and peace is not dependent on quiet and isolation. You'll learn to do it anywhere. Also, throughout the chapters, there are situational scenarios I found helpful - such as what to do when you find yourself in a heated disagreement with your significant other. I imagine that most readers will find a scenario that speaks to their particular situation.

Overall, I'd say Instant Meditation is a good value for the dollar and time it takes to read. It'll take about 30 mins to an hour to work your way from the first to final page, but you'll want to bookmark the exercises for practice. By the end, you will have good little repertoire of techniques to keep you from punching a hole in the wall or yelling into your pillow.

DCM

I wasn't really aware of what meditation was until I read this book. To be honest my only impression of it was something like sitting under a waterfall in yoga clothes or something like that.

After reading this book I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it can be to meditate anywhere. It really threw my misconceptions out the door and made me want to try it out. I was also surprised to learn that a majority of the meditation techniques are mostly just breathing techniques which really helps to calm me down in any situation.

I like how the book has various real life examples where meditation may come in handy. This is probably one of my favorite aspects in the structure of the book. By seeing how you can effectively use meditation in real life it actually made me want to give it a try and I think it will make any reader want to try it out. It also helped that the book had just enough information to keep the reader engaged and interested, it wasn't one of those super long self-help books with overly dramatic stories.

If you're considering trying out meditation as a way to cope with stress (or are just curious, but don't want to read a lot about it...) this book is a great start considering the content and price. Also, considering the great price, I would highly recommend it!

Kelly

I have never been the type of person that could sit still for 30 minutes straights to meditate. But I have always wanted to enjoy the benefits that meditation could give to you. After reading this book, I learned a great deal of techniques that I can do in short periods of time throughout the day.

The visualization technique is really helping me with my work. I am a children's author and I sometimes get into a slump trying to write a cheerful kids story. The visualization techniques have really helped me with getting out of my slump and also with coming up with detailed descriptions for when I write.

The newest technique I am working on is the slight conflict getaway techniques. Relationships can be hard and whenever we are tired or hungry, we can get upset over the littlest things. So I have been trying to master this technique. I have been getting really good at it and it has saved me a lot of time in unnecessary fights. I highly recommend this book. It has helped me out with everyday stressful situations.