The 2012 MindShift
Meditations for Times of Accelerating Change
by Peter Russell
Peter Russell presents a 2-CD set of five meditations, The 2012 MindShift: Meditations for Times of Accelerating
Change, that can help us cope with stress in our lives. Though the audiobook's description tags these CDs as a
way to deal with the coming changes of 2012, these meditations are ideal for anyone at any time. Russell's pleasant
British-accented voice guides readers through each of the meditations, but they are not necessarily guided meditations.
What I mean by that is that once the techniques are learned, the practitioner doesn't need someone to lead the
meditation; the person can just do the exercise.
For the most part, these meditations allow the listener to be at peace within his or her own body. The Presence
Meditation is the first that Russell offers. He helps the listener to be aware of sitting in a specific
place—listening to what is happening there, feeling any sensations, like the chair or a breeze—and then
being aware of the person's own body. That is continued in the Befriending Discomfort Meditation. Here, the listener
fully experiences the aches and pains, the jumpy sensations, and the tensions within the body (things that often
distract people from meditation) and just lets them be. Often these aches and pains will lessen or fade away.
Other meditations are also very helpful. The Inner Wisdom Meditation helps listeners tap into their own inner
wisdom (or the guidance of spirit helpers or the Divine) by allowing them to look at different ways of seeing the
situation. The Loving Kindness Meditation helps listeners develop community by encouraging compassion and having an
open heart. Finally, the Clarifying Purpose Meditation is good for trying to find your own personal mission or
purpose. These last three meditations, according to Russell, provide critical skills to help us during the coming
changes. Personally, I see them as great tools to help us navigate our own transitions through life stages.
Peter Russell is to be commended for offering these great skills for personal development and for stress
management. Highly recommended.
October 1, 2008|
Audiobook 2 CDs / 1.75 HRs|
1591796687 / 978-1591796688|
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NOTE: Reviewer Janie
Franz is the author of Freelance Writing: Itís a Business, Stupid!and co-author of
The Ultimate Wedding Reception Book and The Ultimate Wedding Ceremony Book.