Yoga Mediation: The Guide for Yoga for Beginners

Yoga Mediation Guide for Beginners

 

 

 

Publisher’s Summary

Yoga and meditation have been used for centuries to get the body back in balance, to get rid of built up stress and rid the mind of clutter. To learn exactly what benefits can be had from practicing these two disciplines Yoga Mediation: The Guide for Yoga for Beginners is the perfect tool. It was created from the perspective of an author that had a positive journey into the world of yoga. Yoga is not hard to do and it is in fact recommended for persons that cannot do high-impact workout routines. It is a gentle art that is extremely effective. This audiobook teaches all of that and more.

©2014 David Smith (P)2014 Speedy Publishing LLC

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My Review ~ ★★★★★~ 5 Stars

Yoga Mediation: The Guide for Yoga for Beginners

This is an excellent audiobook on yoga AND meditation. The best, most informative that I’ve listened to so far. It covers everything you need to know about getting started. I meditate regularly and I found this to be extremely helpful. I am always looking for more ways to improve my lifestyle and health overall at a complete mind, body, and spiritual level.  I love all things yoga and meditation and this one really covers all the bases.

Yoga is the most diversified spiritual practice in the world.  It brings us inner peace and wellness and connects us to a higher consciousness.  Through the practice of yoga, one may realize spiritual enlightenment and the union of mind and body including balance and alignment.   This book goes over the different types of yoga and gives detailed instructions on the most effective yoga poses.  Yoga is also good for children, the disabled, and the elderly under a physician’s approval.   Yoga can be done at the office as well as at home.  It also helps to alleviate headaches and menstrual cramps among other things.

Why practice yoga?  Because It creates wellness and facilitates healing by bringing the practitioner peace of mind, strength, and endurance.  The unity of mind, body, and spirit = a state of total bliss.   This audiobook discusses several types of yoga including Hatha, Raja, Karma, Bhakti, Ashtanga, and Tantra.  It also explains the meaning and origin of each one.  Yoga is a process.  And practice is the key.

This audiobook also explains the purpose of meditation with several different examples including universal mantra meditation, relaxation meditation, energy healing meditation, and color healing meditation.  Concentration on breathing is essential while doing yoga and meditating.  Centering is meditation in action by remaining in your calm center and not being overshadowed by stress.  Yoga and meditation are proven effective ways of relieving stress.  I like this statement in the book and it’s the truth that “The peace and joy felt by those who meditate enters the world for all of us as a positive energy.  From it the world is a better place.”  I could not agree more!

This is a great, informative audiobook by David Smith.  Jullian Kline is a very uplifting positive narrator.  I really enjoyed listening to her.

I received this audiobook free of charge in exchange for an unbiased review.

© 2014 crystalzen

 

The Adjustment Team

The Adjustment Team

 

 

 

Publisher’s Summary

Philip K. Dick’s classic paranoid story, “The Adjustment Team”, which asks the question: Do we control our destiny, or do unseen forces manipulate us? Ed Fletcher is a real estate agent with a normal life, until one day he leaves the house for work a few minutes later than he should have. He arrives at a terrifying, grey, ash world. Ed rushes home and tells his wife, Ruth, who goes back to the office with him. When they return, everything is normal. But he soon realizes people and objects have subtly changed. Panic-stricken, he runs to a public phone to warn the police, only to have the phone booth ascend heavenward with Fletcher inside. The Adjustment Bureau, the 2011 Universal Pictures movie based on this classic Dick story, starred Matt Damon and Emily Blunt.

Public Domain (P)2014 Al Kessel

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My Review ~ ★★★★★~ 5 Stars

The Adjustment Team

“Great Things Come In Small Packages”

The Adjustment Team was an uber cool short story about a man named Ed Fletcher whose regular schedule was thrown off by a life insurance salesman who dropped by one day while Ed was getting ready for work.  This causes him to leave for work later than usual.  On his way in to the office he notices everything changing and wonders what is happening. He sees several men running around with white cases and can’t figure out what they’re doing.  He gets to work and everyone is odd-looking and the secretary has even turned to ash.  He begins to think he’s just dead.

He finds his wife and takes her to his office to show her what has happened and everyone has changed again only this time they’re all younger looking and acting as if nothing has happened.  She assures him that things are fine and she leaves.  He’s freaked out so he goes to phone the police and the phone booth suddenly ascends upward to an even stranger place.

He then finds himself sitting in front of the powers that be, ( the adjustment bureau) and is told that an adjustment had been made and because he was running late, he’d missed it.  There is only one way he can go back and that’s if he doesn’t tell anyone.  Not even his wife.  He had already told his wife but assured the bureau that he could make her believe something else.  He would just tell her he’d had a momentary lapse of sanity or something.

This is the story that the movie “The Adjustment Bureau” was adapted from. This little story is like number ten on the coolness chart.  I really liked it.  I’m really impressed that a little story like this was turned into a major motion picture.

Al Kessel delivers yet again in his wonderful narration. Great job with excellent character distinction and good voice inflections.  I look forward to more from Al and now I’m interested in looking into more of the late Philip K. Dick’s work.

I received this audiobook free of charge in exchange for an unbiased review.

© 2014 crystalzen

 

 

Casino Royale: The James Bond Series, book 1

Casino Royale

 

 

Summary

For James Bond and the British Secret Service, the stakes couldn’t be higher. 007’s mission is to neutralize the Russian operative Le Chiffre by ruining him at the baccarat table, forcing his Soviet masters to “retire” him. When Le Chiffre hits a losing streak, Bond discovers his luck is in—that is, until he meets Vesper Lynd, a glamorous agent who might yet prove to be his downfall.

This audiobook includes an exclusive bonus interview with Dan Stevens.

Author Biography

Ian Fleming was born in London in 1908. He was educated at Eton and worked as a journalist in Moscow and a banker and stockbroker in London before becoming personal assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence during the Second World War. He wrote his first Bond novel, Casino Royale, at Goldeneye, his home in Jamaica, in 1952. Since then James Bond has gone on to become a global phenomenon.

Reader Biography

Dan Stevens is internationally known for his role as Matthew Crawley in the hit television drama Downton Abbey, and more recently he has starred in films including Summer in February, The Fifth Estate, A Walk among the Tombstones, The Guest, The Cobbler, and Night at the Museum 3. Dan’s other screen work includes Vamps, Hilde, Sense & Sensibility, Maxwell, and The Line of Beauty, and his theater work includes The Heiress on Broadway and Arcadia, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, The Vortex, and Hay Fever in London.

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My Review ~ ★★★★★~ 5 Stars

Casino Royale: The James Bond Series, book 1

Casino Royale is the first in the new celebrity performed James Bond series.  I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this audiobook.  It begins with some back story on the covert operation, where Bond is given his job description and phony credentials from M who is the Head of the Secret Intelligence Service and Bond’s boss.  Miss Moneypenny is also introduced here.

Bond arrives at the casino and begins preparing for the “soul erosion” of high stakes gambling in baccarat to try to take down Le Chiffre by wiping him out at the table.  René Mathis is appointed to assist Bond in the operation and poses as a radio salesman to gain access to Bond’s room and while adjusting the radio frequency informs him that the upstairs guests have learned who he is and are spying on him.  Mathis also brings in another operative, Vespa Lynd whose cover is Mathis’ assistant.  She’s attractive and intelligent but Bond doesn’t want to work with a woman and is somewhat angered until he meets her and is taken aback by her seeming class and beauty.  He decides that once the operation is complete he’ll have his way with her and make some excuse to leave as to avoid the drama but winds up falling for her.

Tensions rise as the game begins and Bond has placed himself at the table making sure that he is directly across from LeChiffre.  When Le Chiffre wins and cleans Bond out, an American CIA agent Felix Leiter, who is there to run interference, slips him an envelope with a stack of money in it so he can have one last chance at wiping Le Chiffre out.   It was all Bond needed and he was able to successfully complete his mission ~ Almost.

There are much bigger things going on than just Le Chiffre and baccarat here that Bond is completely unaware of until it’s too late.  Vespa is missing and he goes outside the casino just in time to see her being abducted.

In the end Bond decides that he will take on Smersh, the very powerful Russian Counterintelligence Agency and take them down.   He isn’t going after the spies, he’s going after the one who made them spies.   He utters to himself,  “Be faithful, spy well or you will die”.

I really enjoyed this version of Casino Royale, narrated by Dan Stevens.  He did an excellent job portraying James Bond.  He became Bond.  His accent was spot on for this.  He had tremendous control and perfect voice inflections.  This is a must listen to because it never gets old and Dan Stevens brings this new series in with a great performance.

I received a review copy of this audiobook from http://audiobookjukebox.squarespace.com/solid-gold-reviewer/

© 2014 crystalzen

 

Deadmistress: Susan Lombardi Mystery, Book 1

Deadmistress

 

 

Publisher’s Summary

The headmistress of an exclusive private school for girls has been found murdered in her office. When professor Susan Lombardi learns that her friend John is the prime suspect, she sets out to clear his name, but her research uncovers some troubling secrets about the school’s faculty and students. And soon it becomes clear that John is not the only one with a motive for murder.

©2004, 2011 Carole B. Shmurak (P)2014 Carole B. Shmurak

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My Review ~ ★★★★~ 4 Stars

Deadmistress: Susan Lombardi Mystery, Book 1

Susan Lombardi is a former teacher at the Wintonbury Academy for Girls who has continued on to seek tenure at Metropolitan University.  She learns that Sabina Lazlo, the headmistress at Wintonbury is murdered.  She has a weekly girls night out with her best friend Elaine who teaches drama at Wintonbury and together they decide to try to learn as much as possible about Sabina and find the murderer on their own.  Almost all the faculty has had some type of run in with her which makes them all suspects.  Her husband Swash even gets involved to try to get her some leads to start on.  What she discovers about Sabina is that she wasn’t the person who everyone thought she was.  She was hiding secrets from her past that eventually from Susan’s own sleuthing and with the help of her friends are brought into the light.  That still doesn’t explain who murdered Sabina though but she decides to get with some of the students and have an old-fashioned tribunal to draw out the real killer.

I really enjoyed this semi-short campus mystery and the series as well. I listened to Book 2 first so I was already familiar and comfortable with the main characters.  Susan is a very likeable, fun character and it made it all the more enjoyable to listen to with fresh ears. This was a light story, not too heavy which was relaxing. It delves into campus politics a little and leads up Book 2 in the series with a neat twist.

Overall this is shaping up to be a great series and I look forward to Book 3.  Great work by Carole Shmurak.  And again wonderfully narrated by Barbara Benjamin-Creel. She’s a very delightful voice actor and has nice control and makes the story flow nicely.

I received this audiobook free of charge in exchange for an unbiased review.

© 2014 crystalzen

The Edge Of The Sky

The Edge of the Sky

  • By: Roberto Trotta
  • Read by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Duration: 1.5 hrs
  • Format: Unabridged
  • Release date: 09.23.2014
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Non-Fiction/Science

 

Summary

From the big bang to black holes, from dark matter to dark energy, from the origins of the universe to its ultimate destiny, The Edge of the Sky tells the story of the most important discoveries and mysteries in modern cosmology—with a twist. The book’s lexicon is limited to the thousand most common words in the English language, even excluding physics, energy, galaxy, and universe. Through the eyes of a fictional scientist (Student-People) hunting for dark matter with one of the biggest telescopes (Big-Seers) on Earth (Home-World), cosmologist Roberto Trotta explores the most important ideas about our universe (All-There-Is) in language simple enough for anyone to understand.

A unique blend of literary experimentation and science popularization, this delightful book is a perfect gift for any aspiring astronomer. The Edge of the Sky tells the story of the universe on a human scale, and the result is out of this world.

Author Bio:

Roberto Trotta is a theoretical cosmologist in the astrophysics group of Imperial College London. He has held research positions at the University of Geneva and the University of Oxford, as well as visiting positions at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Cape Town, the Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris, and the University of California at Santa Barbara. One of the world’s leading figures in “astrostatistics,” a new discipline focusing on the use of statistical methods to solve problems in cosmology and astrophysics, he has published more than fifty scientific papers, contributed to two books, and received numerous awards for his research, including the Michelson Prize of Case Western Reserve University, the Lord Kelvin Award of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, and a Public Engagement Fellowship by the Science and Technology Facilities Council, UK.

Reader Bio:

Bronson Pinchot, an Audie Award–winning narrator, received his education at Yale University, which filled out what he had already received at his mother’s knee in the all-important areas of Shakespeare, Greek art and architecture, and the Italian Renaissance. He restores Greek Revival buildings and appears in television, film, and on stage whenever the pilasters and entablatures overwhelm him.

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My Review ~ ★★★★★~ 5 Stars

The Edge Of The Sky

This is an easy to understand explanation of the big bang theory and the universe or the ALL THERE IS.  One of the biggest questions that people ask is “WHY?”  This audiobook explains the ‘why’ in terms that are fun.  It talks about very hard things and makes them easy to understand by using the most used ten hundred words in our tongue, as stated at the beginning of the book.  This was a very interesting approach and it worked.   ALL THERE IS = THE UNIVERSE which can be studied by THE BIG SEER = LARGE TELESCOPE.  CRAZY STARS = PLANETS while FAR AWAY CRAZY STARS = EXO PLANETS.   The big bang occurred approximately 13.798 billion years ago.  Wow!

Roberto Trotta discusses light speed and space/time and how these occur in simple and somewhat metaphorical terms which would make this short program a great learning tool for people who don’t quite understand cosmology or physics or for students who want to know more about astronomy and find answers to the question of ‘why’.  The ALL THERE IS started from a single point.  He also explains dark matter and the occurence and death of stars.   The sections are divided up into 1) The First Night, 2) The Crazy Stars, 3) A Bigger Place, 4) The Big Flash, 5) Dark Rain, 6) Whispers From The Dark, 7) Death By Fire, 8) The Dark Push, and 9) Is The All There Is All There Is?

This audiobook was great, great, great!  I really enjoyed listening to this one and I now have a better understanding of ALL THERE IS but as many other people in the world, I still have the lingering question of “why”.  This is good though because as long as we are asking why, then we will continue to learn more and seek out answers to the question of “Is The All There Is All There Is”?.

Bronson Pinchot.  What can I say?  He is fabulous!  Everything he does is superb.  He’s a terrific voice actor as well as actor.  This was no exception.  I would definitely recommend this audiobook.  A must listen to.

I received a review copy of this audiobook from http://audiobookjukebox.squarespace.com/solid-gold-reviewer/

© 2014 crystalzen

 

741 hz Solfeggio Meditation: Express Yourself Freely and Communicate Effectively

741 hz Solfeggio Meditation

 

 

 

Publisher’s Summary

This is one of a series of meditation recordings by Glenn Harrold and Ali Calderwood, which are based upon the ancient solfeggio musical scale. Each note in this scale has specific healing properties, and this recording resonates to a frequency of 741hz which is associated with the colour blue and the element of ether. Glenn Harrold’s acclaimed vocal delivery and guided meditation combined with Ali Calderwood’s deep and moving soundscapes tuned to 741hz combine to create an amazingly powerful meditation recording. By combining these sounds with a guided meditation, you have the potential to release deep-rooted blockages and negative patterns of behaviour. This frequency will help you to express yourself freely, communicate effectively, clear creative blocks and can help you to feel more determined and focussed. It can also help with weight control issues, a sluggish metabolism, hearing, throat and thyroid problems and even colds.

This recording contains two inspiring guided meditation tracks. The first track can be used in the daytime as it will guide you back to full waking consciousness at the end. The second track will guide you into a deep sleep state at the end, which makes it ideal for using before you go to sleep at night. The music includes an array of sacred instruments and sounds such as crystal bowls and didgeridoo and sacred chants, which work to further enhance the effects of the solfeggio tones. When you are instructed to repeat affirmations on the meditation tracks, connect with positive feelings (e.g. happiness, joy, love), as this will help you absorb the suggestions on a deeper level. You don’t have to repeat the affirmations out loud but do make a strong connection with them.

©2012 Diviniti Publishing Ltd (P)2012 Diviniti Publishing Ltd

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My Review ~ ★★★★★~ 5 Stars

741 hz Solfeggio Meditation: Express Yourself Freely and Communicate Effectively

The Solfeggio Meditations are such an amazing way to ground yourself.  They’re based on the ancient Solfeggio Harmonics.  I use these myself when I want to use guided meditations.  I was originally drawn to these several years ago and had purchased the original mp3’s and was happy to have stumbled upon these guided sessions by Glenn Harrold and Ali Calderwood.  There are dueling opinions out there on how and why these work but as someone who uses them myself, I believe they work.  I use other forms of meditation as well  but these are my favorite.  There are six different Solfeggio Meditations in the series.

There are two parts.  One you can use during the day and one for night or you can do them both at night.  They offer a deep state of relaxation and are even said to have healing properties which I don’t doubt.  I always feel refreshed after doing these meditations and if I do them at night I wake up feeling more rested.  The publisher’s summary covers everything you need to know.  The properties of the SOL 741 hz is for consciousness expansion.  In my understanding they are nodes which cause energy to travel and when you are meditating on where you want the energy to go then it adds to the healing properties.  I use both the tones or nodes AND the meditations.  Consult your physician before trying anything new.  I just thought I’d share and if you try these please don’t meditate and drive.

 Glenn Harrold has an amazingly soothing voice and really makes these meditations easy and relaxing along with Ali Calderwood’s crystal bowls and didgeridoo.

Audiobook from my personal library through http://www.audible.com/

© 2014 crystalzen

 

 

Meditation for Pain Relief: Guided Practices for Reclaiming Your Body and Your Life

Meditation for Pain Relief

Publisher’s Summary

If you’re reading this, chances are your life, or the life of someone you know, is shaped by pain – and the physical and emotional suffering that usually accompany it. The good news: Jon Kabat-Zinn and his colleagues have helped thousands of people learn to use the power of mindfulness to transform their relationship to pain and suffering, and discover new degrees of freedom for living with greater ease and quality of life.

Now, with Mindfulness Meditation for Pain Relief, the man who brought mindfulness into mainstream medicine presents these approaches for working gently and effectively with even the most trying of circumstances.

©2009 Sounds True (P)2009 Sounds True

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My Review ~ ★★★★★~ 5 Stars

Meditation for Pain Relief

“Anyone Living With Chronic Pain”

 I listen to this often. I would recommend this meditation to anyone with chronic pain due to arthritis, back injuries, surgeries or any pain issues. Why? Because it helps me.  In some cases it comes down to meditation or medication.  I used to practice Korean Buddhism meditation with a group twice a week at the hospital but found that I can do this in the privacy of my own home.  This meditation is very relaxing and does actually alleviate pain.

Almost any meditation or relaxation books are good. You may find them to be somewhat pricy for the length of the book but when you factor in the benefits they are very much worth the money. If this isn’t in your budget there are plenty of free sources out there if you look but this is convenient and it works.

 The insight that I apply to this audiobook is that there are multiple relaxation methods out there and I like Jon Kabat-Zinn’s approach.  It allows me to focus on my pain so that I can take my focus off my pain. It is very interesting how this meditation works. Everyone is different therefore I would recommend consulting with your physician before doing something new.  Just thought I’d share.  Again, please don’t meditate and drive.

 Audiobook from my personal library through http://www.audible.com/

© 2014 crystalzen