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A meditation is a voluntary exercise intended to increase awareness, sustained over some time. The main purpose of the present Meditations is to inspire and assist readers to practice meditation of some sort, and in particular ‘sitting meditation’.

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A meditation is a voluntary exercise intended to increase awareness, sustained over some time.

The main purpose of the present Meditations is to inspire and assist readers to practice meditation of some sort, and in particular ‘sitting meditation’.
This includes practices such as: observing the mechanisms of one’s thinking, stopping unnecessary thought, forgetting things about one’s self and one’s life that are irrelevant to the current effort of meditation, dealing with distractions, becoming aware of one’s breath, being here and now.

After such practice for some time, one gets to realize the value of meditation, and one’s commitment to it grows. The need for behavioral improvement becomes more and more obvious, and one finds it easy and natural to put more discipline into one’s life. Various recommendations are given in this regard.

Prior to such practical guidance, so as to prepare the reader for it, the book reviews the theoretical teachings relating to meditation in the main traditions of mankind. The ultimate goals of meditation, the various methods or techniques used to achieve them, the experiential results of meditation, and the interpretations given to them, are topics treated here.
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Meditations
A Spiritual Logbook

Published 2006 by Author through Lulu.com in Geneva, Switzerland .
Written in English.

Table of Contents

PART 1: SOME THEORETICAL CONSIDERATIONS 7
1. What is meditation? 8
2. Thought and meditation 15
3. The goals of meditation 24
4. Theory and practice 31
5. Interpretations 37
6. The coexistence of the One and the many 45
7. Methods and experiences 51
PART 2: UNDERSTANDING THE SELF 57
8. The individual self in Monism 58
9. The impression of self 66
10. Impermanence: concept and principle 74
11. Not an essence, but an entity 82
12. Distinguishing the ego 92
13. Dismissing the ego 97
14. Relief from suffering 103
PART 3: SOME BEHAVIORAL DISCIPLINES 111
15. Taking up the challenge 112
16. Face facts with equanimity 116
17. Stop substance addictions 120
18. Don’t stuff yourself silly 123
19. Limit input from the media 126
20. Forget your face 129
21. Give up sensuality 132
22. On “sexual liberation” 136
23. Practice non-attachment 141
PART 4: SOME SITTING MEDITATIONS 147
24. Time, place and posture 148
25. Observe the mechanisms of thought 155
26. Stop unnecessary thinking 164
27. Dealing with distractions 169
28. Sitting forgetting 176
29. Breath awareness 181
30. Being here and now 189
31. With or without a self 197
32. Whether mind or matter 203
33. Already there 210

The Physical Object

Format
Paperback
Number of pages
218
Dimensions
8.3 x 5.8 x inches

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Open Library
OL24376548M
ISBN 13
978-2-9700091-8-4

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