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The Wakeful Body

Somatic Mindfulness as a Path to Freedom
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Shambhala
 | 
November, 2021
ISBN:
9781611808742
Quantity: 
5
$24.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

From a Tibetan Buddhist teacher—an expert in somatic meditation—here's a highly practical and approachable guide to somatic meditation with easy practices for accessing the body's inherent mindfulness.

In The Wakeful Body, author Willa Blythe Baker offers down-to-earth practices such as "Surrendering to the Breath" and "Befriending Feelings" to help readers tap into the wisdom of the body, where the body becomes the source of mindfulness. The Wakeful Body introduces meditation practice as the cultivation of a way of being, rather than a way of doing. It is a way of being that is self-aware, self-compassionate, and embodied. This way of being is not limited to practice on the cushion or on the yoga mat—somatic mindfulness is available at any moment, activated by attention to the body's wisdom and its teachings.

As I came home to the body, the teachings of Buddhism helped me discern between the body of concepts and the body of feeling, and they woul show me how to work with both. This book is an expression of where I have landed, and it reflects how I currently teach meditation and mindfulness. I have come to believe that an authentic human path of spirituality inevitably winds back to the body. There, and only there, will awakening occur.

Discover the three layers of embodiment, from the earth body of flesh and blood, the subtle body of sensory experience and emotion, and the awareness body of consciousness. The three parts of this book explore these layers through turning attention to the physical, energetic, and mental dimensions of human experience. By diving deep into the body, readers will find that they already have what they need. Concentration, wisdom, compassion, kindness, and joy are waiting there.

The Wakeful Body is a wisdom treasure bringing forth the insights, life stories, hidden teachings, and practice pathways on how to tend the ‘agriculture of the soul,’ including knots, entanglements, and uprooting embodied suffering toward liberation and integration. Lama Willa’s experience and collection of teachings on the power of flow, dance, and movement practices in Tibetan Buddhist traditions is a rare treasure offered by a pioneering teacher with great benefit to all. Emaho! A classic is born for future generations.” —Shiva Rea, founder of Samudra Global School of Living Yoga and author of Tending the Heart Fire

Publisher’s Description: 

A highly practical and approachable guide to somatic meditation with easy practices for accessing the body's inherent mindfulness, from an expert in somatic meditation.

In The Wakeful Body, author Willa Blythe Baker offers down-to-earth practices such as "Surrendering to the Breath" and "Befriending Feelings" to help readers tap into the wisdom of the body, where the body becomes the source of mindfulness. The Wakeful Body introduces meditation practice as the cultivation of a way of being, rather than a way of doing. It is a way of being that is self-aware, self-compassionate, and embodied. This way of being is not limited to practice on the cushion or on the yoga mat--somatic mindfulness is available at any moment, activated by attention to the body's wisdom and its teachings.

Discover the three layers of embodiment, from the earth body of flesh and blood, the subtle body of sensory experience and emotion, and the awareness body of consciousness. The three parts of this book explore these layers through turning attention to the physical, energetic, and mental dimensions of human experience. By diving deep into the body, readers will find that they already have what they need. Concentration, wisdom, compassion, kindness, and joy are waiting there.

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