Meditation: How to Meditate: A Practical Guide to Making Friends with Your Mind - Pema Chödrön

Meditation: How to Meditate: A Practical Guide to Making Friends with Your Mind

By Pema Chödrön

  • Release Date: 2019-04-22
  • Genre: Self-Improvement


***How to Meditate Has Been Named One of Library Journal’s Best Books of 2013*** Pema Chodron is treasured around the world for her unique ability to transmit teachings and practices that bring peace, understanding, and compassion into our lives. With How to Meditate, the American-born Tibetan nun presents her first book exploring in depth what she considers the essentials for a lifelong practice. When we look for a meditation teacher, we want someone who has an intimate knowledge of the path. That's why so many have turned to Pema Chödrön, whose gentle yet straightforward guidance has been a lifesaver for both first-time and experienced meditators. With How to Meditate, the American-born Tibetan Buddhist nun presents her first book that explores in-depth what she considers the essentials for an evolving practice that helps you live in a wholehearted way. More and more people are beginning to recognize a profound inner longing for authenticity, connection, compassion, and aliveness. Meditation, Pema explains, gives us a golden key to address this yearning. This comprehensive guide shows readers how to honestly meet and openly relate with the mind to embrace the fullness of our experience as we discover: The basics of meditation, from getting settled and the six points of posture to working with your breath and cultivating an attitude of unconditional friendliness The Seven Delights-how moments of diffi culty can become doorways to awakening and love Shamatha (or calm abiding), the art of stabilizing the mind to remain present with whatever arises Thoughts and emotions as "sheer delight"-instead of obstacles-in meditation Here is in indispensable book from the meditation teacher who remains a first choice for students the world over. Part One: The Technique of Meditation 1. Preparing for Practice and Making the Commitment 2. Stabilizing the Mind 3. The Six Points of Posture 4. Breath: The Practice of Letting Go 5. Attitude: Keep Coming Back 6. Unconditional Friendliness 7. You Are Your Own Meditation Instructor Part Two: Working With Thoughts 8. The Monkey Mind 9. The Three Levels of Discursive Thought 10. Thoughts as the Object of Meditation 11. Regard All Dharmas as Dreams Part Three: Working With Emotions 12. Becoming Intimate with Our Emotions 13. The Space within the Emotion 14. Emotions as the Object of Meditation 15. Getting Our Hands Dirty 16. Hold the Experience 17. Breaking with the Emotion 18. Drop the Story and Find the Feeling Part Four: Working with Sense Perception 19. The Sense Perceptions 20. The Interconnection of All Perceptions Part Five: Opening Your Heart to Include Everything 21. Giving Up the Struggle 22. The Seven Delights 23. The Bearable Lightness of Being 24. Beliefs 25. Relaxing with Groundlessness 26. Create a Circle of Practitioners 27. Cultivate a Sense of Wonder 28. The Way of the Bodhisattva