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The Posture of Meditation

A Practical Manual for Meditators of All Traditions
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Shambhala
 | 
August, 2020
ISBN:
9781611808001
Quantity: 
2
$21.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

When it comes to meditation practices, the body is as important as the mind—a fact that may come as a surprise to the many people who regard meditation as a strictly mental activity. But, as Will Johnson shows, the physical aspect of the practice is far too often underemphasized. The alert-yet-relaxed sitting posture that is the common denominator of so many meditative techniques is a wonderful aid for clearing the mind and opening the heart, but it also works to activate the natural healing energies of both body and mind. In part one of this book, Johnson offers clear guidance and accessible exercises for working with the posture of meditation. In part two, he shows how continuous exploration of the posture of meditation leads to an ever-unfolding path of awakening.

The posture of meditation depends on three primary attributes: alignment, relaxation, and resilience… Appearing together in harmonious relationship to one another, they generate a powerfully catalytic effect on the process of meditation.

“Will Johnson’s much-welcomed second edition to his classic book, The Posture of Meditation, is a poetic and powerful declaration of the centrality of bodily experience in our task of waking up. Going thoroughly through and then beyond the important physicalities of sitting practice, Johnson deftly shows us how sensation and movement can be our primary delivery systems of resilience, quiescence, and profound presence. He calls this somatic dharma, and it is indeed a powerful teaching. He simply and clearly reveals the ways in which our physical aliveness—our being with our ongoing shimmering sensations and amoeba-like movements—carries us into awakened states of mind. This in turn helps us to experience a ‘felt union with all.’ Once again, a classic is born.” —Christine Caldwell, author of Bodyfulness

Publisher’s Description: 

When it comes to meditation practices, the body is as important as the mind—a fact that may come as a surprise to the many people who regard meditation as a strictly mental activity. But, as Will Johnson shows, the physical aspect of the practice is far too often underemphasized. The alert-yet-relaxed sitting posture that is the common denominator of so many meditative techniques is a wonderful aid for clearing the mind and opening the heart, but it also works to activate the natural healing energies of both body and mind. In part one of this book, Johnson offers clear guidance and accessible exercises for working with the posture of meditation. In part two, he shows how continuous exploration of the posture of meditation leads to an ever-unfolding path of awakening.

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