Author: Swami TadatmanandaPublisher: New Age BooksYear: 2014Language: EnglishPages: 259ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788178224244
To ask, "What is meditation?" is like asking, "What is music?" No simple answer can even hope to convey the breadth and richness of this subject. Meditation is a contemplative art, a mental discipline, and a sacred journey. Meditation is a reflective practice, a tranquil retreat, and a joyous excursion. Meditation is simultaneously an aesthetic pursuit, a scientific investigation, and a spiritual path. You could say that meditation is a rainbow of many hues. But to describe meditation with fancy words and elegant expressions is like trying to describe the flavor of a ripe peach. Meditation, like the peach, must be experienced to be understood. Words can never suffice. Yet words of description and explanation are not useless. Words can tell you how to select the ripest fruit from a bushel of peaches. And words can tell you how to meditate, leading you to develop a powerful, rewarding practice. This book provides practical, methodical guidance for all who want to develop a powerful and rewarding practice of meditation. It begins with basic principles and proceeds step by step to more advanced topics while exploring a wide range of meditation techniques.
ContentsIndex to Meditation ExercisesPrefaceIntroductionBuilding A Strong FoundationTurning Within: Finding Inner PeaceConcentration: Focusing Your MindMantra JapaWitnessing Your MindThe Psychology of MeditationMeditation for Emotional GrowthDevotional Meditation: UpasanaGoing Deeper: Advanced TechniquesDeveloping Your PracticeAppendicesA. Mantras For MeditationB. Online ResourcesINDEX TO MEDITATION EXERCISESBasic Steps of PreparationObserving Your Breath -- Prana VikshanaLearning Nadi ShodhanaNadi ShodhanaSlow Deep BreathingUjjayi Pranayama So'ham PranayamaTrataka-Yogic GazingBhramari PranayamaConcentration on Breath SoundsOm with PranayamaContemplative Nature WalkThree-Level Mantra JapaSilent Mantra JapaHow to Use a Japa MalaWalking JapaWitnessing Body SensationsWitnessing Your BreathSakshi Bhava - Witnessing Your MindMindfulnessReleasing Inner PressureMeditation for Resolving ProblemsMeditation for ForgivenessUjjayi Pranayama for Letting GoMaitri Upasana -- Meditation on CompassionMeditation on GratitudeEnd of Life MeditationBeing in the Presence of IshvaraJapa with VisualizationIshvara's Presence in Your HeartWalking through IshvaraMantra Japa without Wilful EffortMeditation on the MeditatorSilence between MantrasMeditation on Brahma- Brahmopasana