While Transcendental Meditation practice will definitely bust the stress of holiday shopping, we lend you a helping hand in avoiding the unnecessary head scratching and anxiety in the first place!
Here’s how to inspire your close ones with a beautiful gift – a book on Transcendental Meditation, perfectly suited for their unique character.
The Skeptical Scientist
Know someone who refuses to believe anything not published in a peer-reviewed journal? Well, for those people, the best book to give on Transcendental Meditation is Transcendence by Dr. Norman Rosenthal – a great overview of all the amazing (and peer-reviewed!) scientific findings on the technique.
Do you need a present for someone who cannot part from his or her sporting equipment, even when taking a nap? The story of John Leslie Fultz – a pro basketball player who was able to put sex, drugs and rock ‘n‘ roll aside and rise to the top of the European basketball scene with the help of Transcendental Meditation – is the perfect gift for them! Note: this honest book contains language that might not be appropriate for younger readers.
The Modern gal
Valerie Gangas speaks to her contemporaries in their language and writes about their lives.
Her experiences – in relationships, at school, at work – are something any modern gal can relate to and thus she can find out what a difference Transcendental Meditation practice can make in her life too. As the book’s intro says: “Because nothing short of a truly magical life is your birthright….and Enlightenment Is Sexy is your guide to living it!”
The Goofy friend
A great sense of humor is a good vehicle to get a message across to anyone, but some people just can’t take seriously anything that isn’t funny.
For those blessed souls, The TM book is the ideal introduction to Transcendental Meditation where even the science is presented through the prism of humor.
The Passionate Poet
Those whose hearts are stirred into song by words lined up in celestial perfection like pearls on a string – in short, all true lovers of poetry – will appreciate the way Ann Purcell uses both prose and poetry to express how Transcendental Meditation can turn happiness and bliss from unreachable goals into your everyday reality.
Alternatively, Lyric Benson Fergusson’s French Kissing God: A Journey to Enlightenment is a Rumi-esque mystic poetry book which has received the equivalent of a standing ovation from everyone who has come across it. That is, once they can stand again after being blown away by Lyric’s bold and passionate verses.
A perfect option for those who love a good read tinged with metaphysical concepts is B. Steven Verney’s The Best of All Possible Worlds – a work of fiction about a philosophy teacher practicing and teaching Transcendental Meditation. As the beautiful and gripping story unwinds, the main character re-discovers the principles of Eastern philosophy in the works of the Western transcendentalists such as Walt Whitman and Henry David Thoreau.
The Yoga Enthusiast
’Tis the season of giving. So why not give someone interested in improving his/her mind and body a book which explains the deeper aspects of Yoga?
William F. Sands’ brilliant book, Maharishi’s Yoga is based on the teachings of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. It outlines both the physical and the mental practice of the ancient way of a Yogi(ni).
Even though George A. Ellis’ book A Symphony of Silence covers it all (arts and music, science and philosophy), it also contains lovely discussions on Transcendental Meditation by Protestant ministers, Catholic nuns, and a Jewish theologian. For those desiring a perspective on how the tenants of their religion resonate with the practice of Transcendental Meditation, this is the book to give!
The “Cool” Dude
Need a present for someone whose headphones are constantly blasting out latest street anthems?
Check out this amazingly inspiring book by the Godfather of hip hop. Russell Simmons’s Super Rich will appeal to both the young and the old, teaching them how meditation leads to being really and irrevocably super-cool!
The Health Buff
If you need a meaniful gift for someone positively obsessed with healthy lifestyle, then Mark Bunn’s Ancient Wisdom for Modern Health is the book you’re looking for.
Bunn’s investigation of the longest living people on earth leads to his seven easily graspable nuggets of wisdom. Written with great compassion and humor, this book delivers good health by both its wise content and delightful form.
The Artist, Musician, and Film-maker
No matter which creative expression the recipient of your gift is into, David Lynch’s Catching the Big Fish is the book that will keep on giving. Lynch is a living proof of how the Transcendental Meditation practice opens up an awe-inspiring fountain of creativity. In this book, Lynch spells this out in concise images, memorable anecdotes, and without much further ado.
Well, depends how busy your gift recipient really is.
For the ultimate quick intro to Transcendental Meditation, get him/her a copy of Bob Roth’s Transcendental Meditation, and bookmark Chapter 5 with appropriate sections from Chapter 1.
For someone with a tiny bit more time to spear, go with the appropriately titled Work Zone Madness! by Nancy Slomowitz, which – on top of explaining the benefits of Transcendental Meditation practice for those with high-fly busy lifestyles – introduces an enlightened outlook on doing business.
WE WISH YOU ALL HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
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