Can you imagine feeling good and natural and full of life? Imagine what it would feel like to feel calm and centered no matter what your circumstances might be. Imagine having high energy while engaging in everything you do, and feeling ever more connected in your life, day by day, breath by breath.
With these opening words, spiritual counsellor and radio personality Diana Lang begins her introductory guide to the practice of meditation—a subject about which she knows a great deal, having been a teacher and active participant for over thirty-five years.
She is of the opinion that meditation is not the complicated practice that many would have you believe it is. Instead, she suggests that it is actually quite simple to perform and yet, at the same time, it is powerful in its ability to improve every aspect of our daily life experience.
In ‘Opening to Meditation’, Diana Lang begins with a explanation of what meditation is and how it is effectively
a discipline of mind blended with spirit that teaches concentration and focus.
Or, put another way, it is
settling of the mind into stillness.
This is the language of simplicity with which the author continues her journey of discovery into a form of spiritual practice that she promises to be easy to learn and that is guaranteed to bring about a deeper sense of harmony through a closer connection to the Soul.
Lang describes this reunification with the inner source of who we are as ’Coming Home’—a personal journey that engages with love and its channel of expression: the human heart.
Having dealt with the concept and principle that exists behind meditation, in part two of her book, she moves on to consider the practicalities of learning to meditate.
This, the author suggests, should begin with the creation of a ‘sacred space’. This can be either a specific place in the home or simply a state of mind conducive to relaxing and quieting the mind.
The author explains that certain prerequisites are needed for good meditation practice to begin. These are correct sitting, open and regular breathing focused or concentrated attention.
In order to feel comfortable in opening up to the meditative state, Lang draws your attention to becoming acclimatized with the sense of being totally alone.
Through her experiences teaching others how to meditate, Diana Lang is aware of questions that arise in the mind of a beginner. So,with this in mind, she has included some of the more common concerns and difficulties that students often present her with.
Part three of the book includes a series of meditations which have been formulated to help you to deepen your meditative experience.
This is a reprint of her 2004 book that originally contained a CD of guided meditations. The CD is not included in this edition. Instead, the book includes them in transcript form. The original audio files are available on the authors website. QR codes have been included in the book, giving you a direct link to the audio version.
The book concludes with a closing statement summarizing the art of meditation and a comment on breathing.
Meditation is a rather odd practice that, whilst simple in its concept, does require hard work and dedication to perfect. This is made even more difficult when trying to practice it in a world that rarely offers us the opportunity to remain at rest for very long.
If you are put off by these and many other issues that tend to surround meditation practice, ‘Opening to Meditation’ by Diana Lang may well be a book that helps you.
It is not a long, rambling treatise on Eastern mysticism. Instead, it is a publication that is acutely tuned to the needs of the sort of Western man or woman who intuitively knows that they need to meditate but who requires some clear and authoritative guidance on its practice.
Whilst this is not a book that is meant to satisfy the demands of advanced meditation practitioners, it rather successfully offers an excellent beginner’s guide to those looking to get started quickly and easily in the art of meditation.
I found the meditations to be an additional and welcomed bonus to the book and its writing style is friendly and encouraging.
There is now no excuse not to spend a little time each day tuning into the real you and to enjoy the benefits that doing so brings.
Opening to Meditation offers helpful and practical guidance to those seeking peace and harmony in a hectic world.