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By Joseph Goldstein

In looking the guts of knowledge Goldstein and Kornfield current the significant teachings and practices of perception meditation in a transparent and private language. the trail of perception meditation is a trip of figuring out bodies, our minds, and our lives, of seeing essentially the real nature of expertise. The authors consultant the reader in constructing the openness and compassion which are on the middle of this non secular perform. For these already treading the trail, in addition to these simply beginning out, this e-book should be a welcome better half alongside the way in which. one of the issues lined are:

   •  The obstacles to meditation—ranging from doubt and worry to painful knees—and skillful technique of overcoming them
   •  How compassion can come up in accordance with the agony we see in our personal lives and on the planet
   •  easy methods to combine a lifetime of accountable motion and repair with a meditative existence in response to nonattachment

Useful routines are offered along the lessons to aid readers deepen their realizing of the topics.

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In th e b e g in n in g th e m in d is s c a tte re d , so w e h av e to m ak e an e ffo rt to c o n ta in a n d focus it. B u t as w e d o th is, m o m e n t a fte r m o m e n t, a t tim e s e v e ry th in g w ill click a n d w e fin d th e b ala n ce. I t ’s like le a rn in g to rid e a bicycle; w e g e t o n a n d p e d a l a n d a t first a re c o n tin u a lly fa llin g o ff o n e sid e o r th e o th e r, u n til in o n e m o m e n t, th e sen se o f b a la n c e is e s ta b ­ lish ed , a n d th e n i t ’s easy.

W h a t d o y o u ex p erien ce? ” T h e r e m ig h t b e a m e n ta l im ag e o r p ic tu re o f h a n d s as th e y re s t o n y o u r lap. T h e r e m a y also b e th e aw are n ess o f d iffe re n t sen sa tio n s su c h as p re ssu re , w a rm th , a n d tin g lin g . I f y o u can feel q u ite p re c ise ly a n d a c c u ra te ly th e se n sa tio n s th a t are p re s e n t in th is m o m e n t o f aw aren ess, w h a t h a p p e n s to th e th o u g h t o r im ag e o f “ h a n d ” ? Y ou m ig h t try d o in g th is exercise w ith clo sed eyes.

T h e th ir d m o rn in g I c a m e d o w n , th e sam e b re ak fa st, a n d I to o k th e p o rrid g e , tw o pieces o f to a st, fru it, a n d tea. I t to o k a b o u t a w e e k u n til I c o u ld s to p ta k in g th a t Why M editate? • 21 se c o n d p iec e o f to a st, ev en w h e n it w as v e ry c le a r th a t I w a sn ’t g o in g to e a t it. ” T h e “ ju s t in case” s y n d ro m e arises o fte n in th e m in d . ” T h is k in d o f fe a r fu n c tio n s as a b a r r ie r to b e in g w ith w h a t is a c tu a lly th e re , o u t o f fe ar o f w h a t w e th in k m ig h t b e th e r e if w e p ersist: i t is th e u n w illin g n e ss to b e u n ­ c o m fo rta b le a n d feel p ain .

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