Still the Mind: An Introduction to Meditation Paperback – Feb 1 2002
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Meditation guru Alan Watts was recorded in the 1970s giving talks on emptying the mind of worry, stress, and guilt. With eloquent yet spontaneous, practical language, the author says real living is possible when we attend to the moments between thoughts, the moments we usually fill with clutter. This emotional busyness stems from the illusion that we have important responsibilities--that things will fall apart without our constant attention. By accepting a more humble place in the universe, we become more fully interactive with the energy of the universe and become a more effective channel for what it wants us to do. Watts's work is a marvelous and historically significant chapter in the development of American Buddhism and the meditative life. T.W. © AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
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This is no highbrow philosophizing for so-called "adepts." This is the best combination of common person-meets-Zen approach I have encountered.
Works well in conjunction with "Undoing Yourself With Energized Meditation and Other Devices" by Christopher Hyatt: both are edgy, at least slightly more hip approaches - that better account for the integral elements of humor and happenstance - than other works on the subject.
Side B is concerned with the practical aspects of meditation; but always referring the practical back to theory. After some thoughts on breathing and posture, Alan Watts progresses to his main technique--the use of sound. In a comment made more than 30yrs. ago, he points out that the abudance of professional music has caused us to lose confidence in our melodic (spiritual) voices. He restablishes this confidence through a unique "free-form" mantra, which can be used by an individual or in a group. Finally he uses these experiments in sound to form the basis of "deep listening", effectively bringing the focus back to his starting thesis.
Mark Watts has done an excellent job of editing his father's material, seamlessly combineing segments into a coherent whole, without the use of commentary or musical intervals.
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Band aid solutions, since we do not want to see our mind, so we invent techniques to quiet things downPublished 4 months ago by Wolfric
I like Alan Watts writing style. It's the best book I read about Meditation.I like to read it again and again.Published 8 months ago by Edgar Richter
The audio book do not tell you anything that help with meditation It may have been good in its day.Published on Jan. 21 2002 by `Eve~`
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