Through meditation you can dramatically improve your well-being. Yet, the way it is commonly taught can be very off-putting if you are an analytical or even skeptical person. Instead of clear instructions, you get exposed to fantasy constructs such as chakras or the third eye. Instead of precise technical instruction, people distract you with gongs and incense sticks. Consequently, the core of meditation often has to be carefully extracted by each student. What is worse, some get misguided and meditate in a highly inefficient manner for years. Others dismiss meditation altogether as a consequence.
As an antidote, Aaron S. Elias presents Meditation Without Bullshit. This book distills more than twenty years of personal practice, including years of teaching meditation. It focuses on principles and methods. It furthermore gives practical guidance, justifies recommended methods, and provides you with a detailed roadmap for your own meditative practice. In addition, Meditation Without Bullshit highlights misguided approaches to meditation.
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Paperback: 134 pages
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Feedback from Readers
Even with most of the secular approaches to meditation, the techniques are over complicated. Over the last few years, the popularization of mindfulness has introduced many people to meditation. This book teaches a far more direct method of meditation than mindfulness. Aaron’s method forces you to confront your restless mind. This sounds simple in theory but is far more difficult in practice. I very much liked the ‘no bullshit’ approach that this book takes. Aaron eliminates most, if not all, of the unnecessary rituals involved with meditation. He provides you with detailed and direct instruction for your own meditative practice. The inclusion of the author’s personal anecdotes also gives you an idea of what to expect from meditation. For the more ambitious meditators, there is an appendix which will provide you with information on how to make more progress. Overall, I very much enjoyed this book because of it’s very direct and no-nonsense approach.
-James (Amazon.co.uk review)
This was an entertaining read. If you are interested in meditation or have been meditating, but don’t know what you are trying to get out of it, then this is your book. This is a great tool for those looking to act with more purpose, be more engaged in conversations, and be more productive in their daily lives. I meditated with a different technique, and switched to Aaron’s as his arguments are so compelling.
-Christoper (Amazon.com review)
I like Aaron a lot. I read his blog regularly and have read his other book written under the different name of Aaron Sleazy (Minimal Game) and I definitely think he speaks the truth on whatever subject he writes about. This book is no different. It eliminates the more ridiculous aspects of meditation and takes it from spiritualism to a serious tool that can aid in improving your mental health and personality. My only complaint is that sometimes Aaron rambles a bit too much and it takes a while to get back on track which isn’t a huge concern for me since I’m interested in his perceptions but to new readers unfamiliar with his work it may be a bit of a turn off. All in all though I greatly appreciate what this book set out to do and for the most part Aaron is successful in giving you the title of the book.
– Whiskey Tango (Amazon.com review)
[Aaron S. Elias] is an advanced meditator who has been cultivating the higher jhanas for 20 years. We did not know this about him until he wrote this book. He achieved this by himself with apparently little or no training, just working with his own natural meditative faculties which I believe we all have. This is an inspiring story for those asking themselves whether they should start meditating, especially if they are put off by the religious or spiritual connotations of most meditation systems.
– Illuminatus (review on PersonalPowerMeditation.com)