Learn to Meditate: A Practical Guide to Self-Discovery and Fulfillment

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Chronicle Books, 1999 - Religion - 160 pages
Meditation paves the road to a calmer, more focused mind; improved concentration; greater creativity; and a more energized mental and physical state of being. But finding an approach that works amid all the mumbo-jumbo can be a mind-altering experience in itself. Finally, here is a practical guide, beautifully illustrated, that reveals how to develop a personal program for inner peace. Learn to Meditate presents 23 step-by-step exercises and more than 130 exquisite illustrations that make visualization and meditation wonderfully accessible. David Fontana draws on the worlds diverse traditionsincluding Taoism, Zen, and Tibetan Buddhismfor an ideal companion to a lifelong practice.
 

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Contents

Introduction
9
Part II
11
The Great Traditions
19
Stilling the Body
23
Pitfalls in Meditation
37
Essentials
57
Resolving Aches and Pains
71
Teachers and Retreats
85
Vision and Sound
104
The Martial Arts III
111
The Five Yogas
117
Mantras
123
The Way of Paradox
130
Zen and the Meaning of Self
137
Balancing the Self
144
Conclusion
150

Buddhism
90
Hinduism
96

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About the author (1999)

David Fontana, PhD is a meditation teacher and psychologist, whose many books include Teach Yourself to Dream (0-8118-1628-1). He lives in Cardiff, Wales.

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