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Maureen Murdock’s first book, Spinning Inward: Using Guided Imagery with Children for Learning, Creativity and Relaxation came out of her own meditation practice and subsequent work with guided imagery in elementary, middle school, and high school classrooms. Spinning Inward, published by Shambhala Publications in 1987 has been published in Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch and German and is widely used along with the playing of Tibetan singing bowls to enhance concentration, relaxation, and creativity in German classrooms.
If you have ever wished you could show children and teenagers how to enrich their lives with meditation and visualization, this book will delight you. It presents simple exercises in guided imagery designed to help young people aged three through eighteen to:
• Relax into learning
• Focus attention and increase concentration
• Develop good listening skills
• Stimulate creativity
• Build a strong self-image
• Improve academic, artistic, and athletic skills
• Cultivate inner peace and group harmony
The use of guided imagery has been internationally recognized as an effective method of "whole brain" learning. The author's approach will have special appeal to parents and teachers who are frustrated by an educational system that seems to reward only those children who excel at verbal, linear learning. With the exercises in this book, young people can discover the learning styles that are effective and enjoyable for them. These techniques of guided imagery offer adults as well as children a unique way to tap the wealth of creativity and wisdom within.
"Murdock's work should be fundamental to education, not stuck in the 'enrichment' category. Our brain thinks in imagery; imagery is part and parcel of symbolic-metaphoric thinking, on which all higher intelligence is based. This book will surely be on my recommended list to parents, teachers, and everyone interested in development."
—Joseph Chilton Pearce