9781935127444

Bowing : A Moving Meditation for Personal Transformation

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    9781935127444

  • ISBN10:

    1935127446

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-06-26
  • Publisher: Scb Distributors
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Summary

Bowing is the most beautiful of human activities, representing all of life in its most poetic form. It is also one of the best exercises. The simple, repetitive motion uses every major joint and muscle in your body, pumps your heart, and makes you sweat. Used by Asian cultures for centuries, this moving meditation strengthens your body, mind, and spirit. Bowing: A Moving Meditation for Personal Transformation brings this ancient meditative practice into modern times with step-by-step instructions and illustrations. Let this inspiring book show you how to build strength, cultivate humility, and embrace oneness through the simple act of bowing. After only a few weeks of practice, you will enjoy greater vitality, profound centeredness, and an uplifted spirit. Like other forms of meditation, bowing helps you develop discipline and a focused, centered mind. It is more grounding than traditional forms of sitting meditation, because it also requires flowing movement and physical strength. This movement gets the body's energy flowing and naturally brings up joy and gratitude for your physical being. Bowing is also a great way to start and end your day, because it helps you more easily process your goals and tasks, as well as the daily events you encounter. This guide takes you through the entire process of bowing, step-by-step, with many illustrations. It will help you understand this ancient discipline and how practicing it can have profound impacts on your life. Whether you are looking for an integrated body mind spirit workout or a deep spiritual discipline, this book is all that you need to start bowing today.

Excerpts

You are about to embark on an amazing journey of personal growth and self-discovery. This book is about the art of bowing, a practice thousands of years old, yet undiscovered by most people in the West. As you embark on this journey of self-development, you may view yourself as a kind of pioneer, but what you pioneer has a history as deep and rich as any of the mind-body practices that you might pursue.While you may not be familiar with the use of bowing as a discipline, in reality it is a universal activity. Most cultures around the world use bowing in some form or another. All of the world's major religions use some form of bowing, during prayer or other devotional activities. As an everyday part of life, it is especially associated with Eastern cultures, where people commonly bow to each other as a mutual sign of respect.Bowing as a mind-body development technique is something different. In this case, you are not bowing to some person or god. Rather, bowing as we speak of it is about cultivation of self. When you bow, you are doing it only for yourself. You bow to make your mind calmer, your body fitter, and your whole being focused toward creating a better life for yourself.Keep in mind that bowing can be whatever you choose to make it. It can potentially benefit all three aspects of a human being: body, mind, and spirit. A key principle of energy training is "energy goes where the mind goes.” The same is true here. If you focus on achieving physical benefits, that is likely the result you will get. If you focus on more spiritual concerns, you will see change in that area. The important thing is to focus on something. Have a clear goal in mind, and use bowing to open yourself to success in that area.Ultimately, bowing is about developing internal and external grace. It exists only for your own self-reflection and self-reverence. However you choose to practice it, whether occasionally or consistently, always remember that each bow is nothing but a conversation with your own true nature. You are the sacred element within the bow; you will not find it in the physical form of the bow, in your instructor's recommendations, or in a particular number of bows that you perform.By keeping your True Self, above all other things, at the center of your bowing practice, you will undoubtedly develop a deep, abiding acceptance of yourself and your humble, yet magnificent place within the universe.

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