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Learn to meditate : a practical guide to self-discovery and fulfillment

Author: David Fontana
Publisher: San Francisco, Calif. : Chronicle Books, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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Learn to Meditate is a uniquely illustrated, practical and accessible guide to meditation. It describes how meditation can relieve stress and anxiety, encourage deep mental and physical relaxation, enhance creativity and release our true spiritual and emotional selves. Explaining that there is no single "right way" to practice meditation, author David Fontana draws on more than twenty-five years of personal
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Fontana
ISBN: 0811822508 9780811822503
OCLC Number: 39677746
Description: 159 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The Gateway --
A Path Without End --
What is Meditation? --
The Meditative Custom --
The First Steps --
Stilling the Body --
Physical Benefits --
Preparing the Body --
Mind Benefits --
Watching the Thoughts --
Who Am I? --
Mindfulness --
Watching the Emotions --
Pitfalls in Meditation --
Eliminating Discomforts --
Entrances --
The Setting --
Improvised Meditation --
Time and Duration --
Awareness of Time --
Rituals and Objects --
Clothes and Symbols --
Postures --
Learning to Sit --
Essentials --
Concentration and Breath --
Focusing the Wayward Mind --
Abolishing Distractions --
Prana, Chi and Life Energy --
The Undistorted View --
Dealing with Illusions --
Resolving Aches and Pains --
Harmony of the Self --
Stillness and Silence --
In Search of the Self --
Developing Positive Emotions --
Working with Others --
Spiritual Awareness --
Positive Affirmations --
Teachers and Retreats --
Creating a Personal Retreat --
Beyond the Gateway --
The Great Traditions --
Buddhism --
Taoism --
Sufism --
Hinduism --
Hindu Meditations --
The Western Traditions --
Vision and Sound --
The Power of Imagination --
Visualization --
The Palace of the Gods --
Using a Yantra --
The Martial Arts --
Kinhin --
The Kabbalah --
The Tree of Life --
The Five Yogas --
Letting Go --
The Four Elements --
Finding the Elements --
Mantras --
Using a Mantra --
Creativity and Problem-solving --
The Way of Paradox --
Zen and the Koan --
Working with a Koan --
Zen in the Art of Everything --
Zen and the Meaning of Self --
The Outer Limits --
Healing --
Altered States --
Balancing the Self --
Meditation and Dreaming --
On the Shores of Sleep --
In and Out of the Body.
Responsibility: David Fontana.
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