Testimonials about the book
An inspiration to keep going deeper
"You have successfully brought a clarity to the tools of meditation into such a user friendly experience not only for long time practitioners, but for beginning students longing to understand how to begin such a path.
I’m confident this is perhaps the best book I’ve ever seen as a teaching manual for my students. I recommend it also for yoga therapists to remind us how powerful meditation can be and as a tool to use it appropriately.
I so appreciate you including the personal stories of the effects that a practice offers. That meditation is not necessarily a “ feel good” experience. That it’s the willingness to sit at times in the awkwardness of experiencing what is being presented. Sometimes it can reveal more than we realize as the unconscious moves into the consciousness.
I was so moved by the honesty of the meditators stories. I admire your courageous journey. You and the stories in the book are an inspiration to keep growing deeper.
I am reminded of and appreciate the wisdom of the yoga teachings and the consistent effort of a commitment to the meditation."
Laura Jane Mellencamp-Murphy, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, MA
Founder and Director
Yoga Among Friends
Downers Grove, Illinois
Approachable meditative experiences
"I have recommended this book to all my meditation students.
Carrie brings basic concepts and descriptions of meditative experiences closer to our everyday life than any other text I have found.
The approach, language and graphics are conducive to deeper understanding and reflections, while keeping the reading light, whimsical and fun."
Yoga, meditation, and yoga philosophy teacher
Very clear and filled with excellent, accessible information about meditation
"Dr. Heeter has written the perfect book for every person who has ever wanted to begin a meditation practice but didn't know where too start. She describes the process with the clarity of someone who has real, lived experience of the methods and techniques she shares. She also brings in other people's stories so the reader will find a point of view that meets them wherever they are in their own practice.
Experienced meditators will love her explanations of how meditation works and find a wealth of information designed to deepen their practice.The book is practical, easy to use, a pleasure to look at, and fun.
Carrie has a delightful and playful sense of humour and she brings a lightness to a serious topic. Highly recommend!"
Robyn Ikyo Love, C-IAYT, E-RYT500
Atha Yoga School
It speaks to and from personal experience
"This book elegantly combines a knowledge of the way meditation affects and reflects mind, body, and emotions with personal descriptions of different meditations having a variety of purposes and results.
It is thoughtful, charming, and sincere in its approach to the subject and in its obvious respect for and desire to connect with the reader.
The author genuinely seems to delight in her meditation experiences both as student and teacher, mentee and mentor. She vividly portrays both the individual enchantment meditation can offer and the connectedness among people and generations involved in this kind of study and experience.
There's nothing like doing, but learning and reading about such creative approaches to meditation both invites the newcomer and deepens the experience of the already-practiced."
Fred Goldsmith, MA
Philosopher and photographer
A friendly, fresh introduction to meditation
"This book is an easy way to discover meditation as a useful health practice. It recognizes the deep roots of meditation (in Eastern philosophy and yoga) but focuses on specific, simple exercises and their benefits.
There are many personal stories of intentional visualizations and imaginations that have served to improve mood, relieve pain, and change harmful habits. The science on effectiveness is covered, but lightly.
The author’s professional career as a DESIGNER of games (an “experience” with a purpose) shows here in the DESIGN of specific meditations.
For me, the book changed my view of meditation as an esoteric, abstract cognitive/philosophical/spiritual activity (and awkward). I now see it as a form of guided self-reflection that serves as therapy and self-help, and generally as a way to improve your health and quality of life."
Ruta Sevo, PhD
Author of fiction and spirituality books
Want meditation to be playful & offer deep insights instead of just patrolling wandering thoughts?
"Finally, a book on meditation that is fun and welcoming and playful, while also being soundly based on many years of practice and on science. I'm not big into meditation, but this bares no resemblance to the 'notice your thoughts, gently guide them back' stuff. This is fun, no shame, no mental monitoring. Just breathing, moving, and going on journeys. I love it and highly recommend it, especially for people who want to experience the playful, deeply insightful side of meditation."
The Wild Institute
Beginner or expert - this book is for you!
"If you're looking for an in-depth, engaging, relatable, and best of all, easy to dive into experience of meditation you owe it yourself to check out this book. What's so special about this approach to meditation is that it truly shines as both a starting block and something to keep coming back to even if you've been around the meditation scene for years.
The book has lots of meditation experiences to play with. There are professional and personal stories along with excerpts/quotes to help you connect with the material presented and, if I'm being honest, even your inner self. Carrie Heeter does an amazing job of sprinkling in research that doesn't take a PhD to understand.
Also, the layout of the book is fun - and it's cool because you don't have to read the content in order, you can jump around to the topics that interest you in the moment."
Tom Day, PhD
Media and Information Instructor
A must-read for anyone interested in meditation
"This book does an amazing job of explaining what is viniyoga meditation and how it works. It is written from a perspective of kindness and compassion, and debunks any idea that if you cannot do a deep meditation every day then why bother.
From play, to healing, to deep inner transformation - this book explains how meditation can benefit anyone who takes up a practice. The book offers a great balance of yoga theory, science and personal stories written in plain, easy to understand language.
Highly recommend also for mental health workers and medical workers who are interested in the mind/body relationship and how meditation can support physical, mental and emotional healing. Highly recommend."
Great Addition To Self Care Bookshelf
"No matter your experience level with meditation, there is something for you in this book. I'm enjoying learning more about the science behind how meditation works and hearing personal stories on the impact meditation has had for others. There are also several ideas for meditation prompts. Buy the book!"
Clear insights and support on yoga and meditation
"This book helped me to deepen my meditation practice and my imagination. It was also fun! That is different from the overly dense style of many books I read. The author suggests ways of thinking that were new to me despite practicing yoga for the past 30 years. I liked the organization of the material -- easy to find and to re-read when I wanted to. The color coding is fun and helpful too."
Jane Baker, MBA