We think we know what meditation is-especially in an era when "mindfulness" has improbably rocketed into the mainstream. Millions of people around the world have taken up a formal mindfulness meditation practice as part of their everyday lives. But there's no hard-and-fast rule that says you have to meditate in a certain way, in a particular place, or following a specific tradition. So what is meditation anyway? And why might it be worth trying? Or nurturing further if you already have practice? Meditation Is Not What You Think was originally published in 2005 as part of a larger book entitled Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness. Updated with a new foreword by the author, these questions (and their answers) are particularly relevant for the current era. If you're curious as to why meditation is not for the "faint-hearted," how taking some time each day to drop into awareness can actually be a radical act of love, and why paying attention is so supremely important, read on for a master class from one of the pioneers of mindfulness in the mainstream world.
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by Jon Kabat-Zinn
by Judson Brewer, Jon Kabat-Zinn
by Jon Mundy
by Jon Gordon
"An attitude of calm acceptance soothes listeners amid the author's enlightening explanation of what meditation is and is not. Author/narrator Kabat-Zinn gently sets aside the popular belief that meditation revolves around a state of being that is devoid of thoughts. With quiet encouragement, Kabat-Zinn reveals that meditation is simpler and more fluid than this and, therefore, less intimidating. The meditation practice is about awareness of mind and emotions, not necessarily the content of these thoughts and emotions. Earnestly, Kabat-Zinn explains how achieving and sustaining a sense of presence and wakefulness in spite of life's endless preoccupations and obligations and occasions for distraction restore one's mind, body, soul, and spirit. Kabat-Zinn's calm voice and gentle tone persuasively attest to the benefits of a meditation practice. M.F. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"
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