The Meditator's Workbook A Journey to the Center

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-06-30
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications

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Through hands-on exercises, journal entries, guided meditations, and lively vignettes, The Meditator's Workbook will help you:

Author Biography

Matthew Flickstein is a psychotherapist, meditation teacher, and the founder of The Forest Way Insight Meditation Center in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. In more than twenty years of leading personal development workshops, he has trained almost 15,000 people across the US, including other teachers.

Bhante Gunaratana was ordained at the age of twelve as a Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka, earned his PhD in philosophy from The American University, and has led meditation retreats, taught Buddhism, and lectured widely throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia. Bhante Henepola Gunaratana is the president of the Bhavana Society in High View, West Virginia, where he lives.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. XI
Acknowledgmentsp. XIII
The Goal of the Journeyp. 2
Stages of the Journeyp. 4
Navigating Obstaclesp. 6
Meditation: Calming the Mindp. 12
Searching for the OX
Insights: Happiness Versus Inner Peacep. 15
Obstacles: Gratification and Resistancep. 16
Path: Reviewing Our Livesp. 16
Exercise: Tracing a Path Through Lifep. 17
Exercise: Identifying Symptoms of Stressp. 20
Discovering the Footprints
Insights: True Power Comes from Withinp. 25
Obstacles: Missing the Obviousp. 27
Path: The Power of Imagesp. 28
Exercise: Recognizing Unachieved Goalsp. 31
Perceiving the OX
Insights: We Can Reprogram Our Mindsp. 33
Obstacles: Self-Blamep. 34
Path: Uncovering Our Shadow Selfp. 34
Exercise: Illuminating Shadowsp. 40
Exercise: Attaining Goalsp. 48
Catching the OX
Insights: The Unresolved Pastp. 55
Obstacles: The Temporary Relief of Bypassingp. 57
Path: Resolving Our Open Issuesp. 59
Meditation: Working with Distractionsp. 61
Exercise: Expressing Forgivenessp. 68
Exercise: Resolving Griefp. 80
Exercise: Settling Conflictsp. 90
Exercise: Confronting Fearsp. 97
Taming the OX
Insights: Becoming Awarep. 103
Obstacles: Perceptual Distortionsp. 104
Path: Gaining Perspectivep. 105
Exercise: Discovering the Source of all Stressp. 107
Exercise: Encountering Perceptionsp. 112
Meditation: Developing Awareness of Habitsp. 121
Meditation: Walking Meditation Instructionsp. 130
Exercise: Cultivating Clear Comprehensionp. 146
Riding the OX Home
Insights: Here and Nowp. 151
Obstacles: Knowledge Versus Knowingp. 151
Path: Living in the Momentp. 152
Exercise: Exposing Illusions About Timep. 153
Exercise: Exposing Illusions About Spacep. 156
Exercise: Expanding Mindfulnessp. 159
The OX Transcended
Insights: Cause and Effectp. 163
Obstacles: Slow Progressp. 164
Path: Right Effortp. 165
Exercise: Developing Lovingkindnessp. 169
Both OX and Self Transcended
Insights: Selflessnessp. 179
Obstacles: Dualistic Thinkingp. 179
Path: Moving Beyond Mind Trapsp. 181
Exercise: Examining Problemsp. 185
Exercise: Exploring Self-Definitionsp. 188
Reaching the Source
Insights: Freedomp. 195
Obstacles: Subtler Identificationsp. 196
Path: Advanced Instructionsp. 198
Meditation: Removing Subtle Obstaclesp. 199
In the World
Insights: Living an Enlightened Lifep. 205
Obstacles: Teaching Through Wordsp. 206
Path: Living Life as a Teachingp. 207
Exercise: Living Life as a Teachingp. 209
Conclusionp. 213
Suggested Readingsp. 215
Indexp. 217
About the Authorp. 227
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