Meditation

Zentemple   The Meditation blogs on this site include items for people who are curious about what meditation is and what its effects are,  items for beginners, and items for advanced meditators. It draws from diverse traditions and teachers.

Recently “mindfulness” has become popular in the west. The term refers both to a form of formal sitting meditation that involves noticing whatever is occurring within you and around you at each moment, and also at maintaining such an attitude during important everyday activities. Mindfulness is best known as part of Buddhist practice, but  was taught and practiced even before Buddha’s time as “witness” consciousness in the Raja Yoga tradition.

Actually, in both Buddhist and Yogic traditions, mindfulness is just one of a number aspects of enlightenment.  To see that for yourself, you can click on the “Buddha’s Original Teachings,”  “The Psychology of Yoga,” and “The Psychospiritual Teachings of Jesus Christ” pdf links below. Blogs on this site address the following four meditative forms:

Mindfulness meditation,
Concentrative meditation
Contemplative meditation
Everyday awareness practices

Why are all these important?  Concentrative practices help you calm and focus your mind. Mindfulness is not so easy. Some people find that the just can’t seem to keep their thoughts from darting everywhere. Concentrative practices give you a handle for doing that. Mindfulness meditation as a formal practice has its own unique value. Taking it into daily life is more easily and effectively done through everyday awareness practices. And contemplative meditation moves from the starting-points of concentration and mindfulness to exploring the depths of your psyche and your life.

The blogs are subtitled “A beginning meditation blog” for people who have never meditated or are new to meditation, or “An advanced meditation blog” for people interested in expanding their repertoire of meditative methods or exploring specific dimensions of their lives.  These are appropriate for people of any religious outlook or none.

For an in-depth description of what meditation can do for you and a systematic presentation of meditative practices, see Matrix Meditations: A 16-Week Program For Developing the Mind-Heart Connection by Yours Truly and Kooch N. Daniels. (Actually, it could turn out to be 16 months or 16 years.) Your local bookstore can order it or you can get either the paperback or e-version at any online bookseller. It is divided into ten short introductory chapters and 65 cells that are analogous to the I. Ching’s 64 hexagrams. It contains both a step-by-step structured program for beginning meditators and numerous practices that advanced meditators are apt to find useful. To my knowledge, it is the best integration of traditional  meditative practices with knowledge of modern psychology now in print.

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Here are the free pdf downloads mentioned above:
(for unknown reasons, they open and download fine with Chrome and Safari. Firefox just tries to save them somewhere on your desktop, and I don’t know whether Explorer handles them properly.) 

 

       Buddha’s Original Teachings

The Psychology of Yoga

Psychospiritual Teachings of Jesus Christ

 


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