The Meditative Path: A Gentle Way to Awareness, Concentration, and Serenity
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Once, the Mula Nasruden was searching the ground under a street lamp. "Can I help?" asked a friend. "I lost my key in the house," said Nasruden. "But then why look out here?" "Because the light is better in the street," came the reply. Nasruden is a great fool in Middle Eastern folklore. Only by turning on the light inside his house -- his inner psyche --will he find the key. John Cianciosi shows us how to do just that. Directly from the heart, this practical, nonreligious book guides the reader of any faith to reduce stress, increase health, and achieve inner peace. It clearly explains the meditative process and offers very simple exercises to balance theory and practice. Each chapter includes Q&A sections based on the average reader's experience and crafted from the author's twenty-four years of teaching, first as a Buddhist monk and now in lay life. Of all primers on meditation, this one excels in showing how to slow down life in the fast lane.
attentive to the breath, they unintentionally interfere with its flow. The breathing becomes somewhat unnatural and may feel uncomfortable, possibly causing tightness around the chest. This common experience should not be a cause for undue concern. However, it is necessary to understand what is happening so that you can deal with it appropriately. It is difficult for most of us to simply observe something without interfering with it. But we can, and need to, develop this ability. So, during the
concentration by using the natural breath as the primary object of attention. A book of meditation instructions can suggest various helpful guidelines for this process and point out some common obstacles. However, you will never know the taste of honey by reading descriptions of how wonderful it is or by analyzing its chemical composition. Only by actually tasting the honey will you know its sweetness. Similarly, only by practicing meditation yourself can you realize its fruits. Continue to
valid and even desirable for those with religious inclinations, this book will demonstrate that meditation is relevant and accessible to everyone. Meditation is a systematic, introspective practice to facilitate growth in three main areas: • Getting to Know the Mind: carefully studying our inner world of feelings, thoughts, emotions, and various mental states. • Training the Mind: intentionally cultivating three essential qualities for mental well-being—awareness, concentration, and serenity.
arrived forty minutes later, he was fuming. He could barely restrain himself from venting his anger at the conductor. However, before the man could speak, he overheard someone say that there had been an accident at the previous station during which a little girl had been killed. The feelings of sympathy and sorrow the man felt at this news caused his anger to vanish immediately. Many times we generate anger or irritation about some situation based on assumptions and speculation because we do not
Mindfulness of Breathing is simply knowing whether the breath is coming in or going out. It is as if we stop at a railway crossing and notice whether the passing train is coming from the west going east, or coming from the east going west. During the meditation, we establish our attention on the in and out breath and encourage the mind to relax with the breath. However, we do not expect the mind to remain focused on the breath. It will want to think about this and that, jumping about as usual.