Meditation ? The Complete Guide Techniques from East and West to Calm the Mind, Heal the Body, and Enrich the Spirit

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  • Edition: Revised
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  • Copyright: 2011-11-01
  • Publisher: New World Library
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Revised with 10 new chapters and updates throughout, this book provides detailed, comprehensive information on a world-encompassing range of meditation practices. Helpful for novices and longtime practitioners alike, including a self-test that indicates which techniques may be best for particular goals and lifestyles.

Author Biography

Patricia Monaghan lectures frequently on connections between mythology, spirituality, women’s studies, and science. She lives in Chicago. Eleanor G. Viereck is the author of Alaska’s Wilderness Medicine and Yoga: Skillful Means. She lives in Fairbanks, AK.

Table of Contents

Introduction: What Is Meditation?
Why Practice Meditation?p. 2
What Meditation Is Notp. 3
How Can I Choose the Best Meditation Technique for Me?p. 4
Frequently Asked Questionsp. 4
What Kind of Meditator Are You?p. 6
Prerequisites and Obstaclesp. 11
What to Do in an Emergencyp. 12
Resourcesp. 14
Indigenous Traditions
Introductionp. 17
Trance Dancingp. 25
Drummingp. 31
Ritual Body Posturesp. 39
Introductionp. 47
Yoga Asanasp. 49
Yoga Breathingp. 61
Yoga Meditationp. 69
Mantrap. 75
Yantra, or Mandalap. 81
Introductionp. 87
Vipassana, or Insight Meditationp. 93
Loving-Kindnessp. 97
Zazenp. 103
Zen in Actionp. 111
Haiku and Other Meditative Poetryp. 117
Brush Paintingp. 125
Introductionp. 131
Tai Chip. 137
Qigongp. 143
Introductionp. 153
The Mussar Movement, or Ethical Introspectionp. 159
Hitbodedut, or Conversations with Godp. 163
Introductionp. 169
Contemplative Prayerp. 173
Hesychasm, or the Jesus Prayerp. 179
Taize Singingp. 183
Quaker Worshipp. 187
Introductionp. 197
Sufi Breathingp. 203
Sufi Dancingp. 209
Mixed and Modern Forms
Introductionp. 217
Candle Meditationp. 219
Inspirational Readingp. 225
Free-Form Meditation Groupsp. 231
Labyrinth Walkingp. 237
Prayer Beadsp. 243
Biofeedbackp. 247
The Body Scanp. 251
Creative Meditations
Introductionp. 261
Sketching from Naturep. 269
Needle Craftsp. 275
Journalingp. 283
Dialogues with Selfp. 289
Visualizationp. 295
Active Meditations
Introductionp. 305
Sports as Meditationp. 307
Gardeningp. 313
Pilgrimagep. 319
Naturep. 327
Meditations for Pain and Griefp. 335
Listeningp. 343
Kinesthetic Meditationsp. 347
Conclusion: A Meditation on Meditationp. 353
Indexp. 355
About the Authorsp. 371
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