The Awakening Body

Somatic Meditation for Discovering Our Deepest Life

Author: Reginald A. Ray

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 0834840413

Category: Religion

Page: 176

View: 9012

Many of us experience life through so many conceptual filters that we never recognize the freedom and joy that are inherent in us—and are in fact the essence of who we are. We can grow old not realizing that one of the most powerful tools to escape the painful knots we tie ourselves in is, literally, at our fingertips: our body. Here, Reggie Ray cracks open the shell of the mind-body dichotomy and presents six fundamental body-based practices that connect us back to who we really are. These practices cut through the mental fabrications through which we experience our world and lead us directly to the richness of living a fully present, embodied human life. Includes a link to free downloads of recorded guided practices.
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The Awakening Body

Somatic Meditation for Discovering Our Deepest Life

Author: Reginald Ray

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 1611803713

Category: Human body

Page: 176

View: 8360

What would it be like to experience our life directly, truly and completely, and to live it as it actually is? Before we die, wouldn't it be worth knowing this human existence of ours in its fullest possible measure and extent? For many of us, life consists almost entirely of what we know conceptually through the mediation of the linear, conceptualizing mentality of our left brain. The mainstream Western world view privileges thinking over direct experience; and this fuels the increasingly disembodied, disconnected lives of so many of us today. Reggie Ray offers six fundamental body-based meditation practices that connect us back to the literal reality of our body and our most elemental experience of being human. The true richness of our life is in the raw and rugged reality of a fully present and embodied human life. The practices can be done seated or lying down. Reggie includes modified practices that can be done when falling asleep at night, or in the midst of insomnia. The book will also include links to online audio recordings of the guided meditations.
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Awakening Somatic Intelligence

The Art and Practice of Embodied Mindfulness

Author: Risa F. Kaparo, Ph.D.

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

ISBN: 1583945067

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 408

View: 4179

Awakening Somatic Intelligence: The Art and Practice of Embodied Mindfulness—Transform Pain, Stress, Trauma, and Aging offers a guide to Somatic Learning, an innovative body-oriented approach that incorporates mindfulness, visualization, breathing exercises, postures, and stretches. Developed by author, psychotherapist, and award-winning songwriter and poet Risa Kaparo, PhD, Somatic Learning is based on leading-edge research demonstrating the power of the mind to activate physiological, mental, and emotional healing. Kaparo has successfully used her approach with patients suffering from chronic pain, high blood pressure, and mood disorders including depression and anxiety. Recounting her own struggle with chronic pain, Kaparo begins with a moving description of her journey from crippling pain to renewed health and aliveness. Kaparo introduces the concepts and characteristics of Somatic Learning, a method that grew out of her personal healing experience. Incorporating the latest brain research in mindfulness and neuroplasticity, the book presents breathing exercises; postures and stretches for morning and bedtime; instructions for integrating mindfulness practice into one's daily life; and ways of deepening the practice through touch and caring interaction with others. Enhanced with over 100 detailed instructional photos and illustrations, the book includes inspiring case stories and the author's own expressive poetry that illuminate the healing power of this practice.
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Dancing with Dharma

Essays on Movement and Dance in Western Buddhism

Author: Harrison Blum

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476623503

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 284

View: 1053

Both Buddhism and dance invite the practitioner into present-moment embodiment. The rise of Western Buddhism, sacred dance and dance/movement therapy, along with the mindfulness meditation boom, has created opportunities for Buddhism to inform dance aesthetics and for Buddhist practice to be shaped by dance. This collection of new essays documents the innovative work being done at the intersection of Buddhism and dance. The contributors—scholars, choreographers and Buddhist masters—discuss movement, performance, ritual and theory, among other topics. The final section provides a variety of guided practices.
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Indestructible Truth

The Living Spirituality of Tibetan Buddhism

Author: Reginald A. Ray

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 0834824388

Category: Religion

Page: 512

View: 9489

Indestructible Truth is one of the most thorough introductions to the Tibetan Buddhist world view ever published; at the same time it is also one of the most accessible. The author presents complex and sophisticated teachings and practices in nontechnical language, using engaging stories and personal anecdotes to illustrate his points. Indestructible Truth presents Tibetan Buddhism in its traditional form but also shows how the Tibetan traditions are applicable to the problems and challenges of modern life in the West. In Indestructible Truth, Tibetan Buddhism is introduced not as an exotic religion, but rather as an expression of human spirituality that is having a profound impact on the modern world. In addition, it presents the point of view of meditation and the practice of the spiritual life, paying special attention to contemplative practice and meditation as taught in the Kagyu and Nyingma schools.
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Never Turn Away

The Buddhist Path Beyond Hope and Fear

Author: Rigdzin Shikpo,Francesca Fremantle,David Hutchens

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0861714881

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 192

View: 3333

"Trungpa Rinpoche's great saying was, Turn toward everything.' There's something very wholesome about turning toward things completely and openly. It is sharp and uncontrived and feels genuine in a way that our ordinary projections and ways of handling things never do." Book jacket.
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Your Body Knows the Answer

Using Your Felt Sense to Solve Problems, Effect Change, and Liberate Creativity

Author: David I. Rome

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 0834829975

Category: Religion

Page: 128

View: 9406

A manual for Mindful Focusing, a new integration of Eastern and Western techniques for accessing your inherent wisdom.Ever come up against one of those moments when life requires a response—and you feel clueless? We all have. But there’s good news: you have all the wisdom you need to respond to any situation, even the "impossible" ones. It’s a matter of tuning in to your felt sense: that subtle physical sensation that lives somewhere between your conscious and subconscious mind and that can be accessed through Focusing, the well-known method developed by the psychologist Eugene Gendlin. David Rome’s technique of Mindful Focusing unites Gendlin’s method with Buddhist mindfulness practices to provide a wonderfully effective method for accessing your inherent answer to any question—and for responding honestly and creatively to the world around you.
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The Tibetan Buddhism Reader

Author: Reginald A. Ray

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 9780834823075

Category: Religion

Page: 192

View: 661

Here is a portable collection of inspiring readings from the revered masters of Tibetan Buddhism. The Tibetan Buddhism Reader includes quotations from major lineage figures from the past such as Padmasambhava, Atisha, Sakya Pandita, Marpa, Milarepa, and Tsongkhapa. Also featured are the writings of masters from contemporary times including the Dalai Lama, Dudjom Rinpoche, Khyentse Rinpoche, Sakya Tridzin, Chögyam Trungpa, and others. Topics include cultivating compassion, letting go of ego, learning to become more alert and present in our lives, and developing a clear perception of our own true nature.
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Breathing through the Whole Body

The Buddha’s Instructions on Integrating Mind, Body, and Breath

Author: Will Johnson

Publisher: Inner Traditions

ISBN: 9781594774348

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 96

View: 1293

Explores the Buddha’s own words on breathing meditation for healing, wholeness, and a deeper understanding of his teachings • Explains the complete series of steps in the Buddha’s Satipatthana Sutta for refining awareness of the breath, from posture and center of gravity to extending breath awareness beyond the nostrils, lungs, and abdomen to the entire body • Shows that stillness in meditation refers only to the mind, not to the body • Reveals breath to be a direct agent of healing for chronic tensions and an agitated mind Explaining how stillness in meditation refers not to a rigid and frozen body but to a quality of mind, Will Johnson examines the Buddha’s own words at the core of the Satipatthana Sutta: “As you breathe in, breathe in through the whole body; as you breathe out, breathe out through the whole body”--an instruction often overlooked in the majority of Buddhist schools. Exploring the Buddha’s complete series of steps for deepening awareness of the breath, he shows how to invite natural, responsive movement back into the posture of meditation by extending breath awareness beyond the nostrils, lungs, and abdomen to the entire body--a practice that unifies the breath, body, and mind into a single shared phenomenon. Showing how the flow of breath is directly affected by chronic tensions in the body and in the mind, Johnson explains that when breath starts flowing through more and more of the body, it becomes a direct agent of healing, massaging and melting any areas of tension it touches and moves through, whether physical or emotional. By breathing through the whole body in accordance with the Buddha’s instructions on breath, the body becomes much more comfortable, the mind starts resolving its addiction to thinking, and meditative practice deepens much more rapidly, allowing the teachings of the Buddha to be directly glimpsed and revealed.
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Buddhist Saints in India

A Study in Buddhist Values and Orientations

Author: Reginald A. Ray

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195350616

Category: Religion

Page: 508

View: 4241

The issue of saints is a difficult and complicated problem in Buddhology. In this magisterial work, Ray offers the first comprehensive examination of the figure of the Buddhist saint in a wide range of Indian Buddhist evidence. Drawing on an extensive variety of sources, Ray seeks to identify the "classical type" of the Buddhist saint, as it provides the presupposition for, and informs, the different major Buddhist saintly types and subtypes. Discussing the nature, dynamics, and history of Buddhist hagiography, he surveys the ascetic codes, conventions and traditions of Buddhist saints, and the cults both of living saints and of those who have "passed beyond." Ray traces the role of the saints in Indian Buddhist history, examining the beginnings of Buddhism and the origin of Mahayana Buddhism.
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In Touch

How to Tune In to the Inner Guidance of Your Body and Trust Yourself

Author: John J. Prendergast

Publisher: Sounds True

ISBN: 162203449X

Category: Self-Help

Page: 240

View: 4939

Your body has a natural sense of truth. We can feel authenticity in ourselves and in others. However, this innate wisdom is obscured by our conditioning—the core limiting beliefs, reactive feelings, and somatic contractions that fuel our sense of struggle and veil who we really are. In Touch is a groundbreaking, experiential guide to the felt-sense of our “inner knowing”—the deep intelligence available through our bodies. Each chapter presents moving stories, helpful insights from spirituality, psychology, and science, and simple yet potent experiments for integrating the gifts of inner knowing into every aspect of daily life. Join pioneering psychotherapist and teacher Dr. John J. Prendergast to explore: • The phenomenon of “attunement”—how we accurately sense and resonate with ourselves and others—including an introduction to attachment theory, mirror neurons, and interoception (the ability to sense into the interior of your body) • Felt-sensing and the subtle body—our ability to have a whole-body sense of reality and how the seven major energy centers relate to common psychospiritual issues • “Shadows as portals”—how our dark and painful feelings and sensations can point us toward an essential radiance within • The art of identifying and undoing our core limiting beliefs • The four somatic qualities of inner knowing—relaxed groundedness, inner alignment, open-heartedness, and spaciousness—and how these subtle signals, once recognized, can guide our choices and help us to navigate life’s challenges • The fruits of inner knowing—the realization of who we are in our depths and the great intimacy with life we can all enjoy “As we tune into our deepest nature, our body relaxes, grounds, lines up, opens up, and lights up,” writes Prendergast. “So far this extraordinarily useful subtle feedback has been largely overlooked; almost nothing has been written about it. We need to both sense and decode these signals if we are to benefit from them. These bodily markers are here to be seen and used as guides to enable us to more gracefully navigate life and to awaken. They are part of our birthright, available to anyone.”
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Touching Enlightenment

Finding Realization in the Body

Author: Reginald A. Ray

Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com

ISBN: 144296331X

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 480

View: 1574

What does it mean to ''meditate with the body''? Until you answer this question, explains Reggie Ray, meditation may be no more than ''a mental gymnastic'' - something you can practice for years without fruitful results. In Touching Enlightenment, the esteemed author of five books on Buddhist history and practice guides you back to the original practice of the Buddha: a systematic process that results in a profound awareness ''in your body rather than in your head.'' Combining the scholarship that has earned him international renown with original insights from nearly four decades practicing and teaching meditation, Reggie Ray invites you to explore: How to enter fully into communion with your embodied nature? The insights of Tibetan yoga, from guidance on breathing and working with discomfort to its challenge to modern practitioners on the path to realization....Why ''rejected'' experience becomes imprinted in the body-and how to receive it anew to ''reconstitute your human way of being''? Karma of cause and karma of result-taking full responsibility for your life....Your three bodies-the physical, the interpersonal, and the cosmic
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Detox Your Heart

Meditations for Healing Emotional Trauma

Author: Valerie Mason-John

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1614293872

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 232

View: 7559

Drawing on her own experiences with abuse and addiction, Valerie Mason-John presents a well-grounded series of meditations that transform anger, hatred, and fear to heal emotional trauma. Valerie Mason-John knows what it is like to be filled with toxic emotions—and how to release them. After years of abuse and struggles with addiction, she was mired in anger, resentment, and fear. But through meditation and willingness to forge a new path, she learned how to disarm such toxins and find peace. In Detox Your Heart Mason-John helps us recognize our emotions, good and bad, and to develop the self-care to heal ourselves. Chapters that explore and clearly define negative emotions are paired with chapters on how to transform them. Meditation exercises based on the Buddhist principles of mindfulness, loving-kindness, and compassion provide tools to help us heal our own hurts and to close the gap that toxic emotions create between heart and mind.
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Finding Freedom in Illness

A Guide to Cultivating Deep Well-Being through Mindfulness and Self-Compassion

Author: Peter Fernando

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 0834840073

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 240

View: 9430

"Let your illness be your spiritual teacher!" Make a statement like that to someone who's struggled for years with, say, rheumatoid arthritis, and be prepared for an eye roll (at best). To Peter Fernando's credit, he makes that statement, and no such impulse arises. We believe him because he's been there himself and because he backs up the statements with his own real experiences and with real wisdom from the Buddhist teachings. Fernando starts by defusing the pernicious belief that anyone is somehow responsible for their illness: you're not "wrong" for being sick. Then, having gotten past self-blame, one can begin to learn self-kindness. From there, one moves to mindfulness practices and cultivating body awareness—even if body awareness is distasteful when the body isn't behaving the way you like. Further topics include getting intimate with dark emotions (fear, despair, the scary future, frustration, grief, etc.), learning equanimity (rejoicing in the good fortune of those who don't share your suffering), cultivating healthy relationships in the midst of everything, and practical advice for living with pain. Each chapter comes with one or more practices or guided meditations for putting the teachings into practice.
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Secret of the Vajra World

The Tantric Buddhism of Tibet

Author: Reginald A. Ray

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 0834825236

Category: Religion

Page: 544

View: 2838

This book provides an entrée into the Tantric (or Vajrayana) Buddhism of Tibet, as conveyed by Tibetan masters teaching in the West, and as received by their Western students. The Tantric tradition is a unique collection of lesser-known texts, concepts, and meditation practices that are usually made available only to experienced and specially initiated practitioners. The "Vajra World" (vajradhatu in Sanskrit) is a realm of indestructibility, the level of reality beyond all thought and imagination, all impermanence and change, which a fully realized person knows and inhabits. Used metaphorically, "Vajra World" refers to the traditional culture of Tibet and the unique spirituality that is its secret strength. Topics include: The tantric view of human nature and the external world The special role of the guru, or tantric mentor The preliminary practices that prepare the student for full initiation The major dimensions of Vajrayana practice, including visualizations, liturgies, and inner yogas The tradition of the tulku, or incarnate lama The lore surrounding the death of ordinary people and of saints The practice of solitary retreat, the epitome of traditional Tibetan Buddhism Secret of the Vajra World is the companion volume to the author's earlier book, Indestructible Truth: The Living Spirituality of Tibetan Buddhism. While that book focuses on the history, cosmology, philosophy, and practice of the more public, exoteric side of Tibetan Buddhism, this work treats its more hidden and esoteric aspects as they take shape in Vajrayana. Together, the two volumes provide a broad introduction to the major traditions of Tibetan Buddhism.
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Writing and the Body in Motion

Awakening Voice through Somatic Practice

Author: Cheryl Pallant

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476631719

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 188

View: 6593

 Based upon the author’s lifetime practices as a dancer, poet and teacher, this innovative approach to developing body awareness focuses on achieving self-discovery and well-being through movement, mindfulness and writing. Written from a holistic (rather than dualistic) view of the mind-body duality, discussion and exercises draw on dance, psychology, neuroscience and meditation to guide personal exploration and creative expression.
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Hara

The Vital Center of Man

Author: Karlfried Graf Dürckheim

Publisher: Inner Traditions

ISBN: 9781594770241

Category: Philosophy

Page: 216

View: 2832

The classic text on balance, inner calm, and the cultivation of tranquillity using the age-old techniques of Zen masters • Reveals the psychosomatic underpinnings of Zen, Taoism, and other Eastern traditions • Provides an alternative to the “chest out-belly in” postural attitude of the West • Includes translations of the wisdom teachings of three Japanese masters • Shows how the theory and practice of Hara helps us find our essential self When we speak of an individual’s state, we are actually referring to something that transcends the duality of body and soul, something that reflects the entirety of a person’s being. Because each of us is a unity of body and soul, there is no psychic structure or inner tension that is not reflected outwardly in the form and order of the body. When we find the physical center of the body we also find the psychological center of the soul. According to Zen masters, by correcting posture and breathing to balance this center, one can cultivate inner tranquillity and balance: the state called Hara. In Hara, Karlfried Graf Dürckheim shows the Western world how to overcome the physical and spiritual decay of modern life by adopting the age-old techniques of Japanese Zen masters. By leaving behind the “chest out–belly in” posture and attitude of the West and adopting the belly-centered posture and attitude of Hara, individuals can live a calm, grounded, and more balanced life. Included in this classic text are vital life force practices and translations of the wisdom teachings of three Japanese Zen masters. This book also explores how the practice of Hara emphasizes empirical learning and the cultivation of self-knowledge through the perfection of arts such as painting and archery.
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The Posture of Meditation

Author: Will Johnson

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 0834825104

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 112

View: 6810

When it comes to meditation practices, the body is as important as the mind—a fact that may come as a surprise to the many people who regard meditation as a strictly mental activity. But, as Will Johnson shows, the physical aspect of the practice is far too often underemphasized. The alert-yet-relaxed sitting posture that is the common denominator of so many meditative techniques is a wonderful aid for clearing the mind and opening the heart, but it also works to activate the natural healing energies of both body and mind. The author offers guidance and exercises for working with the posture of meditation and advice on how to carry its benefits on into all the rest of life.
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The Art of Somatic Coaching

Embodying Skillful Action, Wisdom, and Compassion

Author: Richard Strozzi-Heckler

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 158394673X

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 182

View: 4530

Discussing the roots of Somatic Coaching, this empowering book shows readers how to implement body-oriented somatic practices in order to dissolve habits, behaviors and interpretations of the world that are no longer relevant. Original.
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You Are the Beloved

Daily Meditations for Spiritual Living

Author: Henri J. M. Nouwen

Publisher: Convergent Books

ISBN: 1101906375

Category: Religion

Page: 416

View: 2019

"This daily devotional offers deep spiritual insight into human experience, intimacy, brokenness, and mercy. Featuring the best of Nouwen,s writing from previously published works. It will appeal to readers already familiar with Nouwen's work as well as new readers looking for a devotional.--Publisher's promotional description.
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