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The meditative mind : the varieties of meditative experience

The meditative mind : the varieties of meditative experience

Author: Goleman, Daniel.

Publisher: J.P. Tarcher, Inc. ; New York c1988

ISBN: 0874774632 (pbk.)

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Goleman has already demonstrated his flair for popularizing psychological and philosophical insights in Vital Lies, Simple Truths ( LJ 6/1/85). This present book is a bit more esoteric. Expanded from the author's Varieties of the Meditative Experience , now out of print, it supplements his earlier descriptions of assorted meditative states with several new chapters (more than a third of the book) that compare East-West psychologies and discuss meditation's practical effects. Part overview, part commentary, and nicely accessible. EC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.This is an expanded, updated version of Goleman's The Varieties of the Meditative Experience, published in the mid-1970s, and it is a sign of changing times that the bulk of the book, a recounting of the meditative traditions in Eastern and Western religions, seems dated. Yet, Goleman's wide-ranging meditative experience imbues the volume with an authority and authenticity that transcend the details and continue to make his writings some of the liveliest available on meditation. There are new chapters on the multiple ways in which the benefits of meditation are being incorporated into American medicine and psychology. For example, Goleman provides evidence that meditation reduces blood pressure, speeds the body's ability to recover from stress, decreases the pain of angina and arrhythmia, and increases blood flow to the heart. In addition, the National Institutes of Health recommends meditation more highly than prescription drugs as a first-line treatment for mild hypertension. To a casual reader, Goleman's study is too full of arcane words and multilingual jargon about states of enlightenment. But to a serious student of meditation, this book, like its predecessor, is an excellent resource. (April) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Psychologist Daniel Goleman was born on March 7, 1946 in Stockton, California. He earned a Ph.D. from Harvard. Goleman wrote his first book, "The Meditative Mind" after studying ancient psychology systems and meditation practices in India and Sri Lanka. Goleman wrote about psychology and related fields for the New York Times for 12 years beginning in 1984. In 1993 he co-founded the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning. He is also a co-chairman of The Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations and a member of the Mind and Life Institute's board of directors. Goleman has written several popular books, including "Emotional Intelligence," "Social Intelligence," "Ecological Intelligence" and "Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence." He received a Career Achievement award for journalism from the American Psychological Association and was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science to recognize his efforts to communicate the behavioral sciences to the public. (Bowker Author Biography)