Journey of Awakening: A Meditator's Guidebook (Revised by Ram Dass

By Ram Dass

EPUB (AZW3/MOBI besides) ISBN: 9780307812483
Original book: 1978
Revised book: 1990
E-publication: 2012

Ram Dass is an American psychologist and religious instructor who has studied and practiced meditation for a few years. the following he stocks his realizing and explores the various paths of meditation—from mantra, prayer, making a song, visualizations, and "just sitting" to circulation meditations corresponding to tai chi—and indicates how one can locate tools compatible for you. He illuminates the levels and advantages of meditative perform, and gives clever and infrequently funny suggestion on overcoming problems alongside the way.

About the Author
Born Richard Alpert, Ram Dass was once given his Hindu identify (meaning "Servant of God") via his Indian guru, Neem Karoli Baba. His own look for achievement spans a wide spectrum, from psychedelic learn at Harvard college to a variety of religious practices, together with a number of kinds of yoga, Zen meditation, Buddhist Theraveda and Sufism.

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It’s best to wear soft flat shoes. At the Shaolin Temple we wear Feiyue shoes; these are perfect for training as they have flexible soles. SPACE The best place to practise is in a place that is free from distractions. In China many people practise in a park but this isn’t a necessity. If you don’t have access to outside space then turn your mobile off and switch your answer phone on. Stand up and stretch your arms straight out to the side, then straight out in front of you and finally stretch them above your head.

At the Shaolin Temple we wear Feiyue shoes; these are perfect for training as they have flexible soles. SPACE The best place to practise is in a place that is free from distractions. In China many people practise in a park but this isn’t a necessity. If you don’t have access to outside space then turn your mobile off and switch your answer phone on. Stand up and stretch your arms straight out to the side, then straight out in front of you and finally stretch them above your head. This is how much space you need for your practice.

In this way a more concentrated energy develops. SIMPLE Keep the practice simple and set attainable goals for yourself. To get the maximum benefit it is beneficial to train at least three times a week. Write it in your diary so that it is the same time each week. If you are pushed for time, a good trick is to tell yourself you’ll do ten minutes. By the time you get to the end of ten minutes you’ll probably find that you are enjoying yourself so much that you want to carry on. If you are unable to commit to so much time then take small steps.

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