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The meditative path : a gentle way to awareness, concentration, and serenity

Author: John Cianciosi
Publisher: New York : Quest Books, 2013.
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Cianciosi, John.
Meditative Path : A Gentle Way to Awareness, Concentration, and Serenity.
New York : Quest Books, ©2013
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: John Cianciosi
ISBN: 9780835630665 0835630668
OCLC Number: 855969827
Description: 1 online resource (291 pages)
Contents: The Meditative Path: A Gentle Way to Awareness, Concentration, and Serenity; Half Title Page; Title Page; Copyright; Dedication; CONTENTS; FOREWORD; PREFACE; CHAPTER ONE: TURNING ON THE LIGHT; HUMAN BEINGS CAN BE TRAINED; GETTING TO KNOW THE MIND; THREE ESSENTIAL QUALITIES; EXERCISE: RELAXING THE BODY; QUESTION TIME; CHAPTER TWO: TAMING THE WILD STALLION; THE ANALOGY OF THE WILD STALLION; MINDFULNESS OF BREATHING I; KNOWING THE IN BREATH AND OUT BREATH; COUNTING THE BREATH; RIGHT EFFORT; PREPARING FOR MEDITATION; EXERCISE: SITTING MEDITATION; QUESTION TIME. Chapter three: like a baby learning to walkthe behavior of the mind during meditation; helpful attitudes in meditation; mindfulness of breathing ii; deepening your experience in meditation; a word of caution regarding progress; question time; chapter four: life in the fast lane and other hindrances; life in the fast lane; the five hindrances; learning from experience; the analogy of a pool of water; exercise: dealing with the hindrances; question time; chapter five: awareness leads the way; sharpening your awareness; mindfulness of breathing iii; joy in meditation. ""Bumps"" on the path to deep concentrationmindfulness of breathing iv; coming back to earth; tasting the honey; question time; chapter six: the walking path; benefits of walking meditation; the walking path; general instructions for walking meditation; walking at different speeds; a final word; exercise: walking meditation; question time; chapter seven: meditation in action; a meditative state suitable for daily life; the difference between light and dark; the miracle of being awake; cultivating awareness in daily life; some suggestions for practicing meditation in action. The relationship between formal and informal meditationquestion time; chapter eight: exploring the fields of consciousness; you are the center of your universe; how we experience the world; being a good student; exercise: exploring the six fields of consciousness; question time; chapter nine: working with pain; the body is like an open door; the negative reaction to pain causes misery; positive ways of responding to pain; understanding our options; exercise: standing like a mountain; question time; chapter ten: changing anger into loving kindness; what is anger?; how does anger arise? Anger: friend or foe?freeing the mind from the affliction of anger; loving kindness meditation; exercise: loving kindness meditation; question time; chapter eleven: self-awareness; knowing yourself; basic requirements for self knowledge; cultivating self-knowledge; unresolved emotions; the process of self-discovery; exercise: who am i?; question time; chapter twelve: following the path of least resistance; what is truly important in life?; a turtle with a mustache; flow like a river; a final word; exercise: a day for meditation; question time; works cited.
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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.

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