Learn to Meditate A Practical Guide to Self-Discovery and Fulfillment

ISBN-10: 0811822508
ISBN-13: 9780811822503
Edition: 1999
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Book details

List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date: 2/1/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Meditation paves the road to a calmer, more focused mind; improved concentration; greater creativity; and a more energized mental and physical state of being. But finding an approach that works amid all the mumbo-jumbo can be a mind-altering experience in itself. Finally, here is a practical guide, beautifully illustrated, that reveals how to develop a personal program for inner peace. Learn to Meditate presents 23 step-by-step exercises and more than 130 exquisite illustrations that make visualization and meditation wonderfully accessible. David Fontana draws on the world s diverse traditions including Taoism, Zen, and Tibetan Buddhism for an ideal companion to a lifelong practice.

Introduction
How to Use This Book
The Gateway
A Path Without End
What is Meditation?
The Meditative Custom
The First Steps
Stilling the Body
Physical Benefits
Preparing the Body
Mind Benefits
Watching the Thoughts
Who Am I?
Mindfulness
Watching the Emotions
Pitfalls in Meditation
Eliminating Discomforts
Entrances
The Setting
Improvised Meditation
Time and Duration
Awareness of Time
Rituals and Objects
Clothes and Symbols
Postures
Learning to Sit
Essentials
Concentration and Breath
Focusing the Wayward Mind
Abolishing Distractions
Prana, Chi and Life Energy
The Undistorted View
Dealing with Illusions
Resolving Aches and Pains
Harmony of the Self
Stillness and Silence
In Search of the Self
Developing Positive Emotions
Working with Others
Spiritual Awareness
Positive Affirmations
Teachers and Retreats
Creating a Personal Retreat
Beyond the Gateway
The Great Traditions
Buddhism
Taoism
Sufism
Hinduism
Hindu Meditations
The Western Traditions
Vision and Sound
The Power of Imagination
Visualization
The Palace of the Gods
Using a Yantra
The Martial Arts
Kinhin
The Kabbalah
The Tree of Life
The Five Yogas
Letting Go
The Four Elements
Finding the Elements
Mantras
Using a Mantra
Creativity and Problem-solving
The Way of Paradox
Zen and the Koan
Working with a Koan
Zen in the Art of Everything
Zen and the Meaning of Self
The Outer Limits
Healing
Altered States
Balancing the Self
Meditation and Dreaming
On the Shores of Sleep
In and Out of the Body
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index
Picture Credits

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