These two audio CDs of four guided meditations produced by Dennis K. Chernin, M.D., M.P.H. accompany the book How to Meditate Using Chakras, Mantras, and Breath. They may also be used separately without reference to the book. These meditations have been handed down from teacher to student for thousands of years and systematically lead the student to more relaxed and deeper states of awareness.
Both beginning and more experienced students can use the four meditations presented in these CDs. Until a person feels comfortable meditating and establishes a steady and consistent practice, he or she should progress slowly through the following phases. Each of the four meditations follows the same sequence before they progress to the next complexity level. A person may decide to stop at any phase or may want to work with the more detailed practice. It is recommended to spend at least two to four weeks on each meditation before progressing to the next meditation practice. The mantra used in this meditation is the universal mantra OM. One should feel free, however, to substitute his or her own personal mantra, if one has been give to them by their meditation teacher. It is important to become familiar with the geometric form of the chakras or energy centers described in this meditation before adding color to them. To help with the visual images of the chakras, one can refer to the front cover of this CD.
For those listening to the CDs and who are also reading the book, the seven phases of the meditation of the book have been integrated into the four meditations on the CDs. On the first CD, meditation I incorporates phases one, two, and three of the book and meditation II summarizes phases four and five. On the second CD, meditation III corresponds to phase six and meditation IV presents the completed meditation found in phase seven.
At the beginning of the first CD, there is a short introduction. Before each of the four meditations, there is a prolonged presentation of the mantra OM that lasts about two and one half minutes. The world famous drummer, Muruga Booker plays the background drums and cymbals for this part. While this is not part of the actual meditation, it is meant to create a meditative mood and a sense of relaxation.
These meditation practices can help the listener experience deeper inner personal calmness and joy, to feel and experience greater compassion and love for others, and ultimately leading to a sense of expanded consciousness.
Selling Points of CDs
* Can be used by anyone interested in stress reduction, relaxation, breathing techniques, or meditation including both beginning and more experienced students
* Systematically and clearly leads the practitioner through the energy centers of the body to help them experience the physical, emotional, and spiritual qualities associated with each center.
* Offers guided meditations (in both the book and through accompanying audio CDs) that closely follow the theory presented in the book How to Meditate Using Chakras, Mantras, and Breath
* Leads the student into deeper states of awareness by using the universal mantra OM as a focus of concentration
* Written and by a physician who has practiced and taught meditation for thirty years and who has had long experience in using the techniques of meditation and breathing in his medical practice to treat and help people
Biography of Dennis K. Chernin, M.D., M.P.H.
Dennis K. Chernin, M.D., M.P.H. has actively practiced and taught meditation and breathing techniques for thirty years. His teachers were trained in the Himalayan Moun- tains in India, Nepal, and Tibet. Currently, he practices holistic and family medicine in Ann Arbor, Michigan where he offers patients and students individualized instruction on meditation using chakras, mantras, and the breath. He is also the medical director of two county health departments and is a lecturer at the University of Michigan Medical School in the Complementary and Alternative Medicine program.
Dr. Chernin received his B.A. and the Phi Beta Kappa honorary from Northwestern University where he graduated with honors in cultural anthropology. He received his M.D. and M.P.H. from the University of Michigan. He did residencies in psychiatry and preventive medicine and is board certified in preventive medicine. He has taught many medical students, residents, and physicians over the years and has lectured at several prestigious medical schools and hospitals, including the University of Michigan, the University of Wisconsin, Michigan State University, Northwestern University, the Medical College of Ohio, Henry Ford Hospital, and Oakwood Hospital. He has appeared on television and radio shows over the years, including the Phil Donohue Show and the Sonya Friedman Show.
He is a noted author and has been writing books for many years. His most current book, which is published by Think Publishing and to be released in December 2001, is How to Meditate Using Chakras, Mantras, and Breath. The Himalayan Publishers, a branch of the Himalayan International Institute, first published his book Homeopathic Remedies for Health Professionals and Laypeople in 1979. This book, which has sold over 31,000 copies, is still in publication and is considered a classic in the field of homeopathy. He also wrote the book Health: A Holistic Approach, which was first published in 1984 by Quest Books, a subsidiary of the Theosophical Publishing House. This was one of the first books integrating the philosophy and practice of Eastern and Western forms of medicine. He has also written an interactive CD ROM called Homeopathic Resource, published by Think Publishing. This integrated medical guide has over 3000 pages of highly useful information and was the winner of the 1997 Health Information Awards and the 1997 Communicator Awards.
How to Meditate Using Chakras, Mantras, and Breath
Double CD set $18.99
Paperback with CDs $28.99 (CDs are inserted into the inside of the book's back cover)
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1. Introduction to Meditation
2. Om with Drum and Cymbal
3. Meditation One - Focusing on the Sixth Chakra
4. Om with Drum and Cymbal
5. Meditation Two - Raising Kundalini
6. Om with Drum and Cymbal
7. Meditation Three - Visualizing all the Chakras
8. Om with Drum and Cymbal
9. Meditation Four - The Complete Meditationn