by Salle Merrill Redfield Time Warner Audio Books, 1995 Review by Christian Perring, Ph.D. on Jul 22nd 2003
This is a one-hour meditation tape with four guided
meditations. They are meant to help the listener relax. Redfield first tells the listener to relax
his or her body and then she takes the listener on a journey that is designed
to help the listener feel more at peace.
Other meditations are meant to help listeners get a deeper connection
with the divine. Her slow and monotone
voice is accompanied by a musical backing of new age sounds -- a wind
instrument and a harp. On the path
Redfield takes the listener on, one can hear the sounds of birds and gates
opening and closing as one goes through them.
Obviously, one has to be open to this sort of
meditation for it to be effective. If,
like myself, your reaction on being told to "relax your intestinal
area" is to snort with laughter, this tape will probably not be helpful to
you. Similarly, if you have difficulty
imagining sending your love out to someone in the form of light which is then
absorbed by the person you are loving, then you will probably want to try a
different form of relaxation. You might
also prefer other meditation tapes that do not use so much guided imagery --
such as imagining you are going on a walk with a setting sun. However, if none of this puts you off, then
you may well find The Joy of Meditating a useful resource.
Christian Perring, Ph.D., is Chair of the Philosophy
Department at Dowling College, Long Island, and editor of Metapsychology
Online Review. His main research is on philosophical issues in
medicine, psychiatry and psychology.