Relaxing into Meditation

Exercises and practices to help us to live a life free from stress

29 JULY 2010
What exercises and practices will help us to live a life free of stress? Ngakma Nor’dzin, a Western Buddhist Lama, guides us through relaxation and breathing exercises that lead into meditation. The methods are described in friendly and accessible language, and will enhance the lives of those who practise them.
Described by one reviewer as "the best book on meditation I've ever read", Relaxing into Meditation is an accessible guide to relaxation and meditation.

Relaxing into Meditation begins with relaxation and breathing techniques specifically aimed at creating relaxation of the body and calmness of mind before embarking on meditation practices which may be more demanding.  In this way it provides a place where anyone can begin, without any prior experience.

Relaxation techniques and breathing exercises enable us to be calmer human beings. Through learning to quieten the breath and relax the body, we can approach the circumstances of our lives in a calmer and more relaxed manner. Discovering relaxation offers the opportunity to begin to practise meditation

Meditation enables us to unravel unhelpful emotional fixations. Our intellect can become clearer and more focused through allowing the chatter of our minds to subside. We can discover the nature of who we are at a deep and profound level through meditative practice.

As well as explaining relaxation and meditation, Relaxing Into Meditation also describes how to make aids to practice including various styles of cushion and a Tibetan sitting strap.

Relaxing into Meditation is illustrated throughout, showing the postures that are used in each of the practices.

Relaxing into Meditation has been indexed by Rossinna Ippolito.

Relaxing into Meditation
Published Friday 13th August 2010
ISBN 978-1-898185-17-8

About Ngakma Nor'dzin

Ngakma Nor’dzin is known for the natural down-to-earth realism of her presentation – and her wealth of experience in helping people with everyday problems.  She is loved particularly for her warmth and friendliness, her sense of humour and her down-to-earth answers to students’ questions.  Ngakma Nor'dzin is the author of Spacious Passion which explains the fundamental Buddhist teachings as relevant to our everyday lives.

About Rossina Ippolito

Rossinna Ippolito is a freelance back-of-the book indexer whose speciality is spiritual and religious texts

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"If everyone meditated for a few minutes every day, the world would be a more peaceful and friendly place." Ngakma Nor'dzin
"[...] it's the best book on meditation I've ever read, and I've been browsing them since the mid-70's. I say this because of the distinction made between relaxation and meditation, and the explanation ...of why relaxation must happen before meditation can begin. I have never seen it spelled out so clearly before, and in such a gentle, non-didactic manner. The writing draws you in and you come to love the teacher as if you were also a member of one of her meditation groups." Rossinna Ippolito
"Ngakma Nor’dzin takes you gently by the hand and with her you embark on a journey towards Openness, Kindness and Awareness. I found the warmth and ‘human-ness’ of her writing both refreshing and inspirational." Yé-tsal Khandro
"If you’re anything like me, you'll find instruction manuals on how to assemble flat-pack furniture, 99% of all legal documents and those software agreements that pop up on your screen when you've just installed a new programme damn difficult to understand. Thankfully Ngakma Nor’dzin’s wonderful book, Relaxing into Meditation is concise, to the point, easy to read, and most importantly (for me) easy to understand. Many different relaxation and meditation techniques are explained via short digestible chapters and encouragingly, not once did I feel, ‘this is beyond me’, If anything, I found myself spontaneously experimenting with the exercises and suggestions and taking heart from their accessibility and the feelings of well-being they induced. Excuse me now, I've got some relaxing to do." Maynard O’Byrne
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