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Aligned, Relaxed, Resilient

The Physical Foundations of Mindfulness
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Shambhala
 | 
July, 2000
ISBN:
9781570625183
Quantity: 
2
$23.00 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

The emphasis on the mind in meditation can be somewhat misleading: if we pay attention only to mental processes and overlook the experience of the body, we can remain stuck in our heads and not be able to break free of the involuntary thinking that we find so claustrophobic and toxic. This short, practical guide will help meditators of all traditions—as well as therapists, bodyworkers, and anyone interested in body-centered psychology and other natural modes of healing—to truly feel the sensations, movements, and gestures that form the bedrock of our embodiment in the world. The natural result of fully experiencing our feeling presence, Johnson shows, is mindfulness.

Johnson takes us through the three primary principles of the posture of meditation: alignment, relaxation, and resilience. He devotes a large part of each chapter to specific practices to help the reader experience different aspects of physical presence.

There are really only two choices available to us in any given moment. Either we become sleepy, withdraw our awareness from the sounds, sights, and sensations in which we swim, forfeit our alignment, relaxation, and resilience, and retreat into the dark cave of our involuntary thoughts, or we embody the posture of meditation, awaken our senses, and open up to whatever we can experience right now. Either we move through life like sleepwalkers, or we work to bring awareness to every step we take as we move forward along our path. Which choice will the tightrope walker make as she inches her way across Niagara Falls?

“I am delighted with this in-depth inquiry into the development and application of mindfulness. Will Johnson explores with exquisite accuracy and thoroughness the body/mind breathing process. Required reading for both the beginning and experienced meditator.” —Ruth Denison, Desert Vipassana Center, Joshua Tree, California

Also by Will Johnson, a resident of Vancouver Island, is The Posture of Meditation.

Publisher’s Description: 

The emphasis on the mind in meditation can be somewhat misleading: If we pay attention only to mental processes and overlook the experience of the body, we can remain stuck in our heads and not be able to break free of the involuntary thinking that we find so claustrophobic and toxic. This short, practical guide helps us embrace the fact of our embodimentthe experience of the sensations, movements, and gestures of the bodyand to realize that mindfulness is the natural state of awareness of a body that has learned how to experience its feeling presence. Johnson takes us through the three primary principles of the posture of meditation: alignment, relaxation, and resilience. He devotes a large part of each chapter to specific practices to help the reader experience different aspects of physical presence. This book is of interest to meditators of all traditionsBuddhists, Hindus, Christians, Jews, and othersas well as therapists, bodyworkers, and anyone interested in body-centered psychology and other natural modes of healing.

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