I've always viewed meditation as something I would like to do, but thus far have struggled to get motivated to do it. It's odd, and difficult to rationalise, but for some reason it doesn't come easy wanting to learn to relax. Perhaps this is a hangup of western culture in general, and the need to always be 'switched on'.
Delving into the world of meditation can be daunting. There's mindfullness, transcendental, vibrational, zen etc and within that further deviations in technique and style. Involvement can range from a quick 4 point 5 minute breathing exercise to lifelong practise and teachings of all aspects of the meditation and culture.
Naturally I didn't want to delve too deep into anything, particularly as my foggy brain would struggle with anything moderately weighty. After browsing amazon for all of 15 minutes, I settled on 'The Relaxation Response'.
The book is slim, akin to myself, at around 150 pages, and is written by Herbert Benson, M.D, associate professor of medicine at Harvard medical school. His credentials and experience are certainly not to be sniffed at.
The book is mainly split into 4 sections
If you were extremely impatient, you could skip to the later part of the book and find the few pages containing the instructions on how to bring forth the relaxation response, as it really is very simple. However the background research is very interesting and in my opinion more than just filler.
Despite the equal number of pro's and con's, I would thoroughly recommend it as a good starting book for those interested in meditation.