- ペーパーバック: 416ページ
- 出版社: TarcherPerigee; Reprint版 (2011/6/2)
- 言語: 英語
- ISBN-10: 1585428612
- ISBN-13: 978-1585428618
- 発売日： 2011/6/2
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Meditation: An In-Depth Guide (英語) ペーパーバック – 2011/6/2
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Meditation is increasingly recommended for relaxation, for enhancing relationships and well-being, to increase performance in sports and business, for personal growth, and to assist healing. Introducing mindfulness-based stillness meditation, Ian Gawler and Paul Bedson explain how to build a daily meditation practice. The authors also show how meditation can be used to work with our emotions, aid healing, manage pain, or as a spiritual practice.
Meditation is a path we can pursue and refine throughout our lives. Drawing on modern science as well as ancient Eastern traditions and the authors' own extensive personal experience as practitioners and teachers, this guide offers the techniques and understanding needed to explore meditation practice deeply. It is also an invaluable resource for meditation teachers from all background.
"Regardless of religious beliefs or life situations, any reader would benefit from the Mindfulness-Based Stillness Meditation (MBSM) techniques clearly outlined here. There are many user-friendly books that teach basic meditation, but this edition is particularly unique in its authors' life stories and expertise in the mind-body connection. Bedson spent time in India learning from masters at a Tibetan monastery, and Gawler, diagnosed with swiftly fatal osteogenic sarcoma at the age of 24, overcame his painful disease through meditation and lifestyle change and has remained cancer-free since 1978."
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Gawler and Bedson’s practice is called Mindfulness Based Stillness Meditation. They train us with four steps that are carefully illustrated in their text.
The first step is Preparation, which has to do with the practical details of meditation, i.e. where we sit, our posture, etc. The second step is Relaxation, how we learn to relax our mind and body. The third step is Mindfulness; that is, learning to pay attention to what is going on now, in this present moment. The fourth and last step is Stillness. Learning how to quiet the ever present conversation we have with ourselves and instead rest in our being in the moment will be a challenge for many of us, myself included.
Why meditate? My guess is that my readers have already answered this question; but to reinforce what you already know, the benefits to our health and well-being that come from a meditative practice are well-documented. And as Gawler and Bedson point out, research continues at prestigious universities around the world. I stopped searching for articles after I had found twenty-five pages of support for the value of mediation on the Internet.
Most people know that we Americans are an anxious and highly stressed people. Sadly, too much unhealthy stress makes people ill. I found statistics on the Internet that tell me that more than 80% of the ill health we experience is stress related. Mediation helps reduce stress; that fact is well documented.
Let’s cut to the chase, for that is exactly what Gawler and Bedson do in their book. On pages 42 and 43 our authors introduce us to the “Direct Approach to Meditation.” They call this approach “Just Sitting” and it involves nothing more complicated than sitting quietly in a comfortable chair and being in the moment, free to be our-self. At the end of Hermann Hesse’s famous book Siddhartha, this is just what Siddhartha does. He quietly sits down and listens to the river that flows by him, allowing the river to teach him lessons that are beyond words.
Gawler and Bedson tell us that we never need to do more than take the direct approach to meditation, but for those who want a guided practice, the rest of their book is for them. I would give their book more than five stars if Amazon allowed it. I think anyone who buys this book will be pleased with this outstanding approach to the practice of meditation.