Bend Without Breaking: Meditation for Health and Stress Relief

Naomi Ozaniec
[This book] [p]rovides a practical, step-by-step introduction to meditating with guide and progressive exercises throughout, and is suitable even if you have never meditated before. –Catalog summary
Paul Wilson
From the man known as the guru of calm comes a powerful book to help readers move from chaos into tranquillity, from stress into joy. This work also includes "A Piece of the Quiet," which provides fast and easy highlights for when a quick moment of calm is in order. –Catalog summary
Eric Harrison
Combining Eastern wisdom with Western medical and scientific evidence, How Meditation Heals explains how and why meditation improves the functioning of all systems of the body. More than a guide to understanding the power of the practice, the book offers specific applications of meditation for healing both physical and emotional problems. –Catalog summary
Pema Chodron
An introductory audio course on meditation presented by a Tibetan Buddhist nun, emphasizing: the practice of mindfulness; the importance of gentleness, patience, and humor; Shamantha (or calm abiding), the art of stabilizing the mind to remain present under any conditions; thoughts and emotions as "sheer delight" in meditation. –Catalog summary
Rajinder Singh
Whether you are already meditating or a complete beginner, young or old, Rajinder Singh’s easy-to-read manual will help you achieve personal transformation. –From the book description.
Dada Jyotirupananda
This book will provide you with tools that can help you to meditate and will help you gain a stronger commitment to regular meditation practice. Learn about how to meditate, about yoga exercises and related practices. Learn how to be healthy through your own efforts and how to adopt a code of conduct that will see you through life's difficulties, and will help guide you to the deepest [fulfillment.] –Catalog summary
B. Alan Wallace
By establishing a dialogue in which the meditative practices of Buddhism and Christianity speak to the theories of modern philosophy and science, B. Alan Wallace reveals the theoretical similarities underlying these disparate disciplines and their unified approach to making sense of the objective world. –Catalog Summary
Susan Piver
This unique book-and-audio program brings together some of the country's most beloved meditation teachers. Each contributor presents a short written teaching along with an audio recording of a guided practice. –Catalog summary
Lynne Lauren
In this hectic world, we all need a moment to calm and re-center our minds and bodies. Meditation provides a natural way to do just that, and to open ourselves to the positive influences that surround us each day. This [book] takes beginners through the various steps of meditation, from choosing a location and focusing your mind to the various mediation methods, symbols, and psychic and religious connections. Many of the meditations are quick and easy, and some can even be done on the go. Beautiful illustrations and tip boxes throughout guide readers down the serene path as they de-stress and balance the flow of the mind. –Catalog summary
Thich Nhat Hanh
Based in the practices of conscious breathing and mindfulness, the thirty-four guided exercises in this new meditation manual bring beginning and experienced practitioners alike into closer touch with the state of our physical bodies, our inner selves, and the elements of the world around us. –Catalog summary
Thich Nhat Hanh
In this beautiful and lucid guide, Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh offers gentle anecdotes and practical exercise as a means of learning the skills of mindfulness--being awake and fully aware. From washing the dishes to answering the phone to peeling an orange, he reminds us that each moment holds within it an opportunity to work toward greater self-understanding and peacefulness. –Catalog summary
Jon Kabat-Zinn
Re-released on its tenth anniversary of publication, this book presents meditation as a natural activity that can be practiced anytime and anywhere, without props or trappings. –Catalog summary
Clint Willis
Editor Clint Willis has gathered twenty-five pieces, each of which answers the question "Why meditate?" from a different perspective. These include work (with a selection by Lewis Richmond), children (Jon Kabat Zinn), service (Ram Dass), death (Sogyal Rinpoche), fear (Pema Chodron), compassion (Thich Nat Hanh), and kindness (Sharon Salzberg). Other authors explore themes of happiness, success, failure, romance, marriage, illness, worry, fun, and therapy. Also included are writers such as Annie Dillard, Thomas Merton, and Rainer Maria Rilke whose work, although not explicitly about meditation, teach lessons about mindfulness and other related themes. This book is written for those who have only heard of meditation and want to know more, as well as beginning and experienced meditators who wish to deepen and broaden their practice. –Catalog summary