Ask people who meditate why they do it, and their answers may surprise. They say it keeps them healthy, increases mental acuity, decreases stress, and even improves creativity. Of course these claims will be met with skepticism from those who don’t meditate or believe in the value of meditation. But at least four major scientific studies in the last year have shown that all the above claims can be supported with conclusive data; people who meditate are physically healthier, better equipped to multitask and process information, and think creatively.*
But, for those who have never tried it before, meditation seems an impossible task. “What is it?,” “How do I start?,” and even, “Am I doing it right?” are all common questions beginners ask. THE POWER OF MEDITATION: An Ancient Technique to Access Your Inner Power by Edward Viljoen has the answers to these and many other concerns.
In this accessible guide, Viljoen—who is a meditation instructor—not only details the benefits of meditation, but also dispels rumors and misconceptions of what meditation is and what beginners can expect from it, such as:
- “Meditation will make me less anxious.” – In actuality, meditation does not make you less anxious, but makes you more accepting of the things that once caused your anxiety.
- “Meditation is just sitting and breathing.” – True, a lot of people practice meditation this way, but you can also practice meditation creatively. This book has a whole chapter on using writing techniques to meditation (Chapter 7), as well as other unconventional practices that are tailored to the individual.
- “I have to be religious to meditate.” – You can be of any or no spiritual background to meditate, and Viljoen adapts meditative mantras throughout the book to reinforce that idea.
- “Meditation will change me in the blink of an eye.” – In fact, quite the opposite is true. Meditation is a slow and sometimes laborious process. As Viljoen says, “So much in our culture is geared toward instant results…that I find it slinks in to influence my expectations of what I should be achieving in meditation and how quickly I should expect results.”
Filled with practical tools as well as the author’s own personal experiences learning and teaching meditation, THE POWER OF MEDITATION provides beginners with the foundation of one of the most ancient and widely used spiritual practices in existence. More importantly, it shows readers how the power they seek is not found in external sources, but within themselves.
Read an excerpt HERE
Other recommended reads…
BUDDHA’S BOOK OF SLEEP: Sleep Better in Seven Weeks with Mindful Meditation by Joseph Emet
BUDDHA’S BOOK OF SLEEP, the recent recipient of the COVR Best Book of the Year award, is the first book to treat sleep disorders from the perspective of mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness meditation has already proven effective for other psychological issues like stress, depression and anxiety–the very issues that cause sleep difficulties. Read more here.
Wishing you could relax more? Well now you have to – it’s a national holiday! Celebrate Relaxation Day this Thursday with these Tarcher titles:
Drawing on his years as a teacher, spiritual leader, and avid meditator, Edward Viljoen offers an insightful and accessible guide to the benefits of meditation practices in THE POWER OF MEDITATION. Peppered throughout with personal anecdotes and stories from the author’s spiritual teachings, this book is not just a simple how-to book; rather, it is an enjoyable reading experience that assists readers in cultivating a calm, peaceful, and enlightened lifestyle.
BUDDHA’S BOOK OF SLEEP is the first book to address sleep disturbances with techniques from mindfulness meditation. Divided into two sections, the book approaches sleep deprivation with a combination of wisdom and practical meditation exercises. The first section explains why mindfulness meditation, with its basis in self-awareness, is appropriate for dealing with sleeping problems, and details the practices of this increasingly popular form of meditation. The second section features seven specific exercises to do at bedtime or in the wee hours of the morning, or whenever your sleeping trouble occurs. Providing a new perspective on why you cannot fall asleep even when you feel exhausted, and arming you with easy-to-use mindfulness meditation exercises, BUDDHA’S BOOK OF SLEEP will help you calm your hurried thoughts, and go from feeling always sleepy to getting the rest you need. Stay tuned for Emet’s latest book, BUDDHA’S BOOK OF STRESS REDUCTION, out 12/26/13.
Penelope Quest’s latest book on the Reiki, LIVING THE REIKI WAY, employs a variety of Reiki techniques , as well as other healing methods to guide readers in achieving Reiki founder Dr. Mikao Usi’s core principles. Geared towards anyone interested in personal growth and spiritual development, LIVING THE REIKI WAY teaches readers how to live with Reiki Principles in today’s chaotic society, and how these principles can help them on their personal journey to long-term happiness and contentment.
Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), also known as Tapping, has become a popular tool for realizing goals, as evidenced by the recent New York Times bestseller The Tapping Solution by Nick Ortner. For many of us, one of our main aspirations is to flourish in our careers and, by extension, in our finances. Yet limiting beliefs and fears keep people stuck in their current financial states. EFT uses the fingertips to tap on acupuncture points while emotionally tuning in to negative attitudes and past experiences, allowing people to transform their thoughts and feelings. Margaret M. Lynch teaches people how to harness the power of Tapping to identify and clear the blocks to prosperity.
Bikram Choudhury is an yoga guru, best known as the the founder of Bikram Yoga, a form of hot yoga performed in a series of 26 hatha yoga postures performed in an environment upwards of 105 degrees Fahrenheit. BIKRAM’S BEGINNING YOGA CLASS contains suggestions for maintaining proper yoga practice, a section on the medical benefits of yoga, notes from Bikram’s students, and a good dose of Bikram humor and philosophy.
Other recommended reads…
THE LITTLE BOOK OF ENERGY MEDICINE is a simple, easy-to-use “pocket guide” to one of the most powerful alternative health practices in existence today. The book features a “Five Minute Daily Energy Routine” to restore the body’s natural energy flow, in addition to information on specific energy medicine exercises that can help combat a host of health conditions from headaches and nausea to insomnia and the common cold. THE LITTLE BOOK OF ENERGY MEDICINE is essential reading for anyone looking to improve general health and well-being. Read more here!
Here at Tarcher we are proud to publish authors writing from all corners of the globe. This post is dedicated to the celebration of these international writers, and the incredible books they have brought us.
David C.M. Carter (@davidcmcarter) – United Kingdom
Currently residing in London, David C.M. Carter is the author of BREAKTHROUGH, where you can learn the secrets of the world’s leading mentor and become the best you can be. After mentoring numerous CEOs, entrepreneurs, celebrities and philanthropists, Carter has distilled his knowledge and advice into this new title, which provides practical advice on how to become a more successful and happier you. With simple, easy-to-action tips in every chapter, BREAKTHROUGH helps you envision goals, achieve them, and ultimately realize your best self.
Derek Lin – Taiwan
Derek Lin was born in Taiwan, and uses his background of fluency in both Chinese and English to bring Eastern teachings to a Western audience. In THE TAO OF JOY EVERYDAY: 365 Days of Tao Living, Derek Lin provides a simple, manageable way to practice the teachings of the Tao on a daily basis. With a Taoist lesson on each page, The Tao of Joy Every Day makes it easy to open yourself to spiritual enlightenment.
Bikram Choudhury (@BikramC_LAHQ) – India
Bikram Choudhury is an Indian yoga guru, best known as the the founder of Bikram Yoga, a form of hot yoga performed in a series of 26 hatha yoga postures performed in an environment upwards of 105 degrees Fahrenheit. He is the author of BIKRAM’S BEGINNING YOGA CLASS, which contains suggestions for maintaining proper yoga practice, a section on the medical benefits of yoga, notes from Bikram’s students, and a good dose of Bikram humor and philosophy.
Barry Eaton – Australia
Most widely known as an Australian TV and radio personality, Barry Eaton discovered that the universe had different plans for him. While studying astrology, Eaton was led to develop his psychic and clairvoyant skills. In his new book, AFTERLIFE: Uncovering the Secrets of Life After Death Eaton discusses his own contact with the spirit world, his many interviews with people who have had Near Death Experiences (NDEs) as well as what he has learned through his experience as a medium.
Joseph Emet, heralding from Canada, is the author of BUDDHA’S BOOK OF SLEEP: Sleep Better in Seven Weeks with Mindful Meditation, recent recipient of the COVR Best Book of the Year award. This new title is the first book to treat sleep disorders from the perspective of mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness meditation has already proven effective for other psychological issues like stress, depression and anxiety–the very issues that cause sleep difficulties.
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Gary Lachman – United Kingdom
Gary Lachman of the United Kingdom is one of the most respected authors on occult themes and a founding member of the legendary rock group Blondie!). In Jung the Mystic: The Esoteric Dimensions of Carl Jung’s Life and Teachings, Lachman assesses renowned Swiss psychologist Carl Jung’s life and work from the viewpoint of the Western esoteric tradition, classifying him with figures like Emmanuel Swedenborg and G.I. Gurdjieff, and examining his life-long fascination with the supernatural, otherworldly aspects of human experience.
Penelope Quest from the United Kingdom and is a highly respected Reiki author and trainer. She has published a multitude of books on the subject, most recently LIVING THE REIKI WAY: Step-by-Step Guide to Healing with Reiki teaches readers how to live with Reiki Principles in today’s chaotic society, and how these principles can help them on their personal journey to long-term happiness and contentment.
Dr. Norman Rosenthal (@DoctorNorman) – South Africa
Dr. Norman Rosenthal was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and went on to become one of America’s top psychiatrists and pioneered the study and treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder. His New York Times best seller TRANSCENDENCE offers a definitive case for why Transcendental Meditation (TM) works, complete with a review of the recent scientific research showing its wide-ranging health benefits. His latest book, THE GIFT OF ADVERSITY: The Unexpected Benefits of Life’s Difficulties, Setbacks, and Imperfections explores how life’s disappointments and difficulties provide us with the lessons we need to become better, bigger, and more resilient human beings.
@RMSmithAuthorRebecca Smith () – United Kingdom
Raised in rural Surrey, Rebecca Smith is the author of MISS JANE AUSTEN’S GUIDE TO MODERN LIFE’S DILEMMAS: Answers to Your Most Burning Questions About Life, Love, Happiness (and What to Wear) from the Great Novelist Herself, and also the great-great-great-great grand niece of Jane Austen herself. This collection of advice is derived with meticulous detail from Austen’s letters, novels, and unpublished writings, and covers a wide range of pressing concerns.
Serdar Özkan (@TheMissingRose) – Turkey
Turkist novelist Serdar Özkan brings the international bestseller THE MISSING ROSE, which has been translated into 44 languages in more than 65 countries. This book tells a profound modern-day parable about love, self-discovery, and the importance of following one’s dreams.
Born in France, Jacques Vallee is venture capitalist, computer scientist, author, ufologist and former astronomer. His book, WONDERS IN THE SKY: Unexplained Aerial Objects from Antiquity to Modern Time, Vallee and co-author Chris Aubeck follow the stories of real-life encounters with alien life and weave together connections that can send shivers down the spines of die-hard alien fans.
Check out all the great books the folks here at Tarcher are personally reading (and get a sneak peek at upcoming books and projects)! What are you picking up next? Tell us in our comments or tweet to us at: @TarcherBooks.
Joel Fotinos, Vice President / Publisher:
“Another week, another Sookie Stackhouse book… This week I’m reading book 10 in the Sookie Stackhouse series, which is called Dead in the Family.”
Editor’s Note: Your co-workers Brianna & Kevin must agree! They’ve already hit the end of the series (as they told us previously) – will you guys have a book club after you’ve finished?
Mitch Horowitz, Editor-in-Chief (@mitchhorowitz):
“The Book of the Law — This classic from the pen of Aleister Crowley deserves a wholly new sounding and second look today. It is brilliant.”
**Editor’s Note: Gary Lachman has a biography on him coming out this spring – check it out!
“Shogun by James Clavell is one of the best books I’ve ever read. It’s meaty, full of intrigue and more than a thousand pages long. But the storytelling is so compelling that you whip through it quickly – too quickly, as I was loathe to have it end.”
**Editor’s Note: Perfect book for the holiday weekend!
Kevin Howell, Marketing Manager:
“I wish when I was younger someone had given me the piece of advice I’m about to give you: Hold on to every book you enjoyed. I started working in a bookstore when I was 16 and by the time I moved from Michigan to NYC, I had so many books that when I changed apartments, I often never unpacked about a dozen boxes of books that sat in my apartment’s storage unit until it was time to move again. Knowing that there would be less room in NYC than in Michigan, I had a yard sale and sold most of my books before I moved. This was before ebay—so signed copies of Stephen King, Clive Barker and Robert Heinlein went for less than $5 each. But, that’s not the reason you should hold onto books you love. The reason you need to hold onto them is because…sooner than you think, you’re going to start re-buying the books you sold. Now that I’ve passed 50, I’m suddenly realizing that beloved books I read decades ago can now be re-read as if I were reading them for the first time! So, right now, I’m re-reading Donald Spoto’s The Art of Alfred Hitchcock, a gigantic (500+ pages), opinionated and deeply-insightful overview of his 53 films that I originally read when I was 15. It was the most expensive book I ever purchased at that time. Re-reading it makes me glad that I own most of his films on DVD.”
**Editor’s Note: What’s your favorite Hitchcock movie?
Gina Rizzo, Publicist (@GinaRizzo1):
“I’m ashamed to say that I barely read on my vacation. I spent more time exploring and getting a tan and only finished ONE book, The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen (@sarahdessen). BUT it was 384 pages (that’s lengthy, right?), and looks thoroughly beach worn (I may or may not have had it in my bag that was beaten back by a wave…). I’m now weighing my choices for the long weekend…”
**Editor’s Note: No shame in that game. A book is a book is a book. We encourage reading in all (especially when it happens to be from our @PenguinTeen friends).
Andrew Yackira, Assistant Editor (@acyackira):
“I’m reading the manuscript for Joseph Emet’s new book, Buddha’s Book of Stress Reduction, which will be out in winter of this year!”
**Editor’s Note: We’ll need some elaboration on that.
Joanna Ng, Editorial Assistant:
Tess Thomas, Publicity Intern:
“I am currently rereading for the umpteenth time, Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. Hitchcock made the novel into a film in 1940, and is one of my favorite book to movie adaptations.”
**Editor’s Note: Sounds like a sinister beach read…
Each year, The Coalition of Visionary Resources (COVR) recognizes the best new products in the New Age industry. For this year’s 2013 COVR Visionary Awards, we are happy to announce that Tarcher has been honored with six nominations!
Cat Daddy by Jackson Galaxy for Auto/Biographical Books.
Buddha’s Book of Sleep by Joseph Emet for Conscious Living/Self Help.
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards for General Interest/How to.
The Missing Rose by Serdar Ozkan for Visionary Fiction.
The Artists Way Creativity Cards by Julia Cameron for Inspirational Sidelines.
COVR is a non-profit organization that exists to support independent retailers, manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, and publishers of visionary products.
The winners of the 2013 COVR Visionary Awards will be announced at the 16th consecutive INATS Banquet on Saturday, June 22 in Denver, Colorado. Judges include retailers and seasoned professionals who evaluate each product based upon content, presentation, and their own knowledge of the industry.
Congratulations and good luck to all our Tarcher nominees!
Other recommended reads…
Check out our entire Fall Catalog here!
Check out these great books that teach you new ways to battle stress and its side effects!
BUDDHA’S BOOK OF SLEEP by Joseph Emet – is the first book to address sleep disturbances with techniques from mindfulness meditation. Divided into two sections, the book approaches sleep deprivation with a combination of wisdom and practical meditation exercises. The first section explains why mindfulness meditation, with its basis in self-awareness, is appropriate for dealing with sleeping problems, and details the practices of this increasingly popular form of meditation. The second section features seven specific exercises to do at bedtime or in the wee hours of the morning, or whenever your sleeping trouble occurs. Providing a new perspective on why you cannot fall asleep even when you feel exhausted, and arming you with easy-to-use mindfulness meditation exercises, BUDDHA’S BOOK OF SLEEP will help you calm your hurried thoughts, and go from feeling always sleepy to getting the rest you need.
THE REIKI MANUAL by Penelope Quest – is the definitive text on Reiki-for students, practitioners, and Masters alike-from one of the most respected Reiki teachers today. For those not familiar, Reiki is a holistic system for balancing, healing, and harmonizing all aspects of the person-body, mind, emotions, and spirit-encouraging deep relaxation and the release of stress and tension, and promoting awareness and spiritual growth. This comprehensive manual provides much-needed support for students and teachers who want to follow the best practices.
PATIENCE by Allan Lokos – To survive the roller-coaster ride of life, with its ever-changing shifts from pleasure to pain, gain to loss, and praise to blame, requires a substantial depth of patience. In PATIENCE, Buddhist teacher and practitioner Allan Lokos sheds new light on this much-sought-after state of mind, and provides a road map for cultivating greater patience in one’s life. According to Lokos, to develop a depth of patience we must first acknowledge the unhappiness caused by our impatience and anger in its many manifestations-from mild annoyance to rage. Lokos draws on his many years as a Buddhist practitioner and spiritual teacher, as well as interviews with a wide range of individuals who have had their patience tested-often dramatically so-and lays out a compelling path to the heart of patience.
BUDDHA’S BOOK OF SLEEP is the first book to treat sleep disorders from the perspective of mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness meditation has already proven effective for other psychological issues like stress, depression and anxiety–the very issues that cause sleep difficulties.
Packed with meditation exercises and useful information on why meditation works, BUDDHA’S BOOK OF SLEEP gives us a new perspective on why we can’t fall asleep (even when we’re exhausted). It arms us with easy to use tools from meditation practices that help us calm our hurried thoughts and rest easy.
We have some great titles coming up this winter at Tarcher! Check out our full catalog here.
It features new authors like Moses Gates, who regales readers with tales of risky urban exploration in HIDDEN CITIES, and beloved returning authors like Jim Steinmeyer, who turns his keen investigative eye on Bram Stoker’s legendary character in WHO WAS DRACULA?
Julia Cameron also makes an appearance in our catalog with a highly anticipated paperback reprint of her most recent book THE PROSPEROUS HEART, as well as an exciting new card deck called BLESSINGS Gratitude Cards, based on her cherished prayer book of the same name.
In addition to BLESSINGS, we’re also happy to present TALK TO ME LIKE I’M SOMEONE YOU LOVE: Flashcards for Real Life, which offer the practical advice found in Nancy Dreyfus’ prized relationship book in an easy-to-use format. They make a perfect companion to the all-new revised and updated edition of TALK TO ME LIKE I’M SOMEONE YOU LOVE, also out this winter!
And, of course, no Tarcher catalog would be complete without a helpful parenting guide. This winter, we’re adding Caitlin and Andrew Friedman’s FAMILY INC: Office-Inspired Solutions for Reducing the Chaos in Your Home—and Saving Your Sanity to our list of revolutionary parenting titles. Inspired by office management, the Friedman’s teach parents how to apply business principles to help them organize and run their households as smoothly as a Fortune 500 company.