Into Your Meditation Metaphors On Essential Elements of a Meditation Practice

Author: Noëlle Vignola, LCSW
Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc
ISBN: 1483443027
Format: PDF, ePub
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he key pillars of a meditation practice can daunt even the most practiced spiritual traveler. In Into Your Meditation, author Noëlle Vignola explores these pillars through the playful use of metaphor and storytelling. A life coach and social worker, Vignola breaks down a series of daily, bite-sized meditations. Arranged in thematic sections of seed, root, stem, branch, leaf, bloom, and fruit, each piece is designed to be brief and read before or after a sit. The selections can be read in any sequence and each stands alone as a practice piece. Lovingly prepared for any spiritual traveler, the meditations offer food for thought to carry with you, not only in your sit, but throughout the day. Some will immediately resonate with you, while others may not. Take what serves you and feel free to leave the rest.

Wild Chickens and Petty Tyrants

Author: Arnold Kozak
Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com
ISBN: 1458784169
Format: PDF, ePub
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This engaging and accessible little book is filled with both humor and profound teaching. It presents 108 metaphors for mindfulness, meditation practice, the nature of the self, change, deep acceptance, and other related concepts that Dr. Kozak has cultivated over twenty-five years of meditating, practicing yoga, and working as a clinical psychologist. Metaphors are indispensable to understanding mindfulness, and to help deeply internalize it and make it a part of everyday life. These mentally catchy images can motivate us to practice, show us how and where to bring mindfulness to life in our personal experience, and help us employ powerful methods for transformation.

Running with the Mind of Meditation

Author: Sakyong Mipham
Publisher: Harmony Books
ISBN: 0307888177
Format: PDF
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A Tibetan lama and leader of a global meditation network explains how the sport of running can be turned into a spiritual practice. By the author of Ruling Your World. 30,000 first printing.

Contemplative Qualitative Inquiry

Author: Valerie J Janesick
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1315431688
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Qualitative researchers incorporate the principles of holism, storytelling, ethics, body and mind links, relational focus, and creativity as key features of their practice. So do practitioners of Zen Buddhism. Leading qualitative researcher Valerie J. Janesick describes how qualitative inquiry can be informed and improved through an understanding of Zen principles. She calls for a contemplative qualitative inquiry that draws on the understandings of both East and West. In the book, she-explains how key Zen principles of impermanence, non-self, and nirvana apply to qualitative research projects;-advocates important Zen-based practices of meditation, journaling, and poetic thinking;-presents Zen stories, meditation techniques, and writing exercises to improve research practice.

Taoism For Dummies

Author: Jonathan R. Herman
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118423968
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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An introduction to Taoism provides in-depth information on its origins, its underlying quietist principles, and its emergence as a major religion, and features both Eastern and Western interpretations.

The Body Divine

Author: Anne Hunt Overzee
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521385169
Format: PDF
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The book makes an significant contribution to comparative theology, and explores the wide-ranging implications of a religious symbol whose potency is perennial, cross-cultural, and of continuing contemporary importance.

Meditation from Buddhist Hindu and Taoist Perspectives

Author: Robert Altobello
Publisher: Peter Lang
ISBN: 9781433106927
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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"Meditation from Buddhist, Hindu, and Taoist Perspectives" engages readers with its original philosophical and pragmatic analysis of traditional Asian religions, philosophy, meditation practice, and the supreme spiritual ideals associated with the Hindu, Buddhist, and Taoist traditions. The text boldly bridges the theory/practice distinction. A central underpinning of "Meditation from Buddhist, Hindu, and Taoist Perspectives" rests on the assumption that meditation practice without theory is groundless and that theory without practice is useless. Robert Altobello identifies and analyzes common elements found across traditions in which the practice of meditation plays a central role in human development, and readers will find a wealth of detailed reflection on the relationship between spiritual growth and meditation practice from the Hindu, Buddhist, and Taoist perspectives. In the spirit of these traditions, the exploration of meditation practice requires examination of the principal elements that sustain the core worldviews as well as the metaphysical, epistemological, and ethical presumptions that animate these traditions. Throughout the text, the author demonstrates why these philosophies are all best understood as psychologies of happiness and/or contentment and that by viewing them as such, practitioners can reap the great promises of all these traditions without the need to accept any compromising metaphysical assumptions.

The Issue at Hand

Author: Gil Fronsdal
Publisher: Insight Meditation Center
ISBN: 061516286X
Format: PDF, ePub
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Essays on Buddhist Mindfulness Practice. An inspiring and very accessible compilation of essays and edited talks on the Buddhist practice of mindfulness. As Gil Fronsdal states, "the search for the issue at hand is the search for what is closest at hand, for what is directly seen, heard, smelt, tasted, felt, and cognized in the present." Gil brings the practice of mindfulness not only to formal meditation but to all the varying aspects of every day life.

Mindfulness A to Z

Author: Arnie Kozak
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1614290695
Format: PDF, Docs
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A sweeping field guide to the practice of mindfulness. From Acceptance to Zafu, Mindfulness A to Z offers a wealth of inspirational advice and practical instruction on how to bring mindfulness fully into your life. In each entry, Dr. Kozak combines his personal insights and expert guidance on all aspects of mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness A to Z presents a multifaceted look at living mindfully in our hectic world, whether dealing with internal conflict, such as fear of missing out, technical problems, such as how to meditate comfortably, or everyday joys such as finding your smile. Whether you devour the whole book in one sitting, or read an entry a day, Mindfulness A to Z will be a great resource for building better practices in your daily life.