Breathing Love by Jennie Lee

Breathing Love: Meditation in Action by Jennie Lee

Description Where is the love? With that opening call to the World certified yoga therapist Jennie Lee introduces Breathing Love – a spiritual guide to living love as an embodied meditation practice. Within its pages the author calls upon her readership to embrace the challenge of shifting their core consciousness from one based upon fear and negativity to that of faith and trust. Her message is simple but unequivocal, “…open your heart beyond the constrictions of lack and defensiveness in order to become truly peaceful and powerful.” Infinite Love The power of which Lee speaks is identified as residing within us all; except that for the most part it remains… Read More

Meditation Saved my Life by Phakyab Rinpoche

Meditation Saved my Life by Phakyab Rinpoche

On July 6, 1980 Phakyab Rinpoche under went ordination as a Buddhist monk. The event, which took place in a large cave in Tibet, featured the taking of vows and was attended by Lamas from far and wide. Starting on the Full Moon the festivities and celebrations then lasted for a whole week. On January 28, 1999, the Chinese Army who now had a stranglehold on every part of the country began a countrywide crackdown on Buddhism. They arrested and imprisoned Rinpoche during a raid on temples which had the specific intention of removing those from Tibetan communities who associated closely with, or who supported, the Dalai Lama. Declining Health… Read More

The Meditators’ Dilemma by Bill Morgan

The Meditators’ Dilemma by Bill Morgan

If, like me, you are one of those people sold on the benefits of regular meditation but who really struggle either to commit wholeheartedly to the practice; or who are confused by a lack of ability to attain the expected results that many meditation teachers suggest we should have, may be interested in The Meditators’s Dilemma by Bill Morgan. Morgan is a clinical psychologist with forty years of experience practicing and teaching meditation. He is also a founding board member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. Here, quite evidently, is someone who knows a little about the art of meditation along with some of its attendent issues and problems!… Read More

Integral Meditation by Ken Wilber

Integral Meditation by Ken Wilber

Research suggests that human beings experience two quite different types of growth and development. These are defined as the processes of “Growing Up” and that of “Waking Up”. From a psychospiritual perspective it is quite common to come across individuals who are seen as being grown up – that is to say that they have matured as people, but who have yet to become spiritually awakened or enlightened. Conversely it is also possible for a person to be aware of their spiritual essence but who are relatively immature in nature. In his book Integral Meditation Ken Wilbur, the author of over twenty-five books on philosophical and spiritual traditions, shares with… Read More

Free Your Mind: A Meditation Guide to Freedom and Happiness by Ajay Kapoor

Free Your Mind: A Meditation Guide to Freedom and Happiness by Ajay Kapoor

In 1995, Ajaay Kapoor founded the Z Meditation Center in Dharamsala, India. In Free Your Mind: A Meditation Guide to Freedom and Happiness, he explains how he coined the term ‘Z Meditation’ as a way of describing the process when an individual embarks on a journey with the intention of returning to a more natural state of calmness, balance and happiness which is often lacking in our daily lives. In defining this process, the author explains that The vision of Z Meditation is to bring those who are sincere and willing back home. The methodology that Ajay employs throughout his book in order to attain these goals is somewhat different… Read More

Opening to Meditation by Diana Lang

Opening to Meditation by Diana Lang

Can you imagine feeling good and natural and full of life? Imagine what it would feel like to feel calm and centered no matter what your circumstances might be. Imagine having high energy while engaging in everything you do, and feeling ever more connected in your life, day by day, breath by breath. With these opening words, spiritual counsellor and radio personality Diana Lang begins her introductory guide to the practice of meditation—a subject about which she knows a great deal, having been a teacher and active participant for over thirty-five years. She is of the opinion that meditation is not the complicated practice that many would have you believe… Read More

Make Me One with Everything by Lama Surya Das

Make Me One with Everything by Lama Surya Das

Meditation is a spiritual practice that is increasingly touted as a panacea for most psycho-spiritual ills. Amongst other things it is said to change brain rhythms, enhance the mental faculties, connect us to the higher mind and stabilize our emotions. However, there are others who question this assertion and who who suggest that meditation does not offer these wide-ranging benefits to everyone. In his book, Make Me One with Everything, Lama Surya Das—an American-born lamas in the Tibetan Dzogchen tradition—makes the following challenging statement: Over the years, I have observed that closed-eye solitary meditation might not be best for everyone. He continues: In fact, in some cases closed-eye introspective meditation… Read More

The Calm Center by Steve Taylor

The Calm Center by Steve Taylor

What is the one thing that we carry around with us all day long but which we never seem able to find when we need it most? Our calm center — that place that exists within our inner psyches but which, mainly as a consequence of the busy lives we lead, we struggle to access and to regain a sense of balance and equilibrium. What exactly is the calm center? It is a place of mental and emotional stillness or inner spaciousness that the Buddha called ‘sunyata’ or empiness. Coincidently, the calm center also happens to be the title of a book by lecturer and acclaimed spiritual author Steve Taylor.… Read More

Moving into Meditation by Anne Cushman

Moving into Meditation by Anne Cushman

In recent years the spiritual practice of “mindfulness” has appeared in mainstream culture—much as yoga did two decades ago.http://spirituality.today/reviews/books/meditation-books/moving-into-meditation-by-anne-cushman But how does mindful yoga evolve from a buzz-worthy concept to a lived experience? How do yoga asanas and pranayama support and express the practice of meditation? How do you explore the teachings of the Buddha through the vehicle of your own living, breathing, human body? As we quickly learn, the practices are inherently entwined. Experienced yoga and meditation teacher Anne Cushman answers all these questions and more in Moving into Meditation, teaching us to deepen our asana practices with mindfulness meditation and enhance our meditation practice with asana. With compassion,… Read More