Getting to Where You Are: The Life of Meditation

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Sentient Publications, Jan 1, 2003 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 207 pages
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A penetrating and wide-ranging journey through contemporary spirituality, meditation technology, and post-modern culture, Getting to Where You Are challenges the very basis of contemporary spirituality and the consumer society that created it. Harrison's book, Doing Nothing, which Utne Reader called a caustic exploration of our psychospiritual obsessions established him as one of the most insightful and provocative authors in the arena of spiritual inquiry. Yoga Journal characterised Harrison's voice as uncompromising honesty and New Age Journal calls his writing persuasive. Getting to Where You Are is a far-reaching investigation of our ideas about life and our spirituality, in which Harrison challenges the notions of enlightenment as a way to happiness, zero-coupon bonds as the way to security, and Stephen Hawking as the final arbiter of scientific reality. What does all of this have to do with meditation? Everything. Because meditation is about everything. Harrison suggests that the only meditation that does not produce more mind clutter than it removes is the active exploration of life -- as it is -- free from the restraints of doctrine, religious belief, and technique-oriented practices. And free from the embedded conceptual framework of our culture. Getting To Where You Are explores what meditation actually is and, more important, what it is not and how it got that way. In a series of interlinked essays, filled with humour and insight, Harrison investigates the fabric of life as the very expression of our spirituality.
  

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User Review  - Polina - Goodreads

Quite a mind blowing and mind numbing book. It does a great job of intellectually explaining very difficult concepts that the book itself states are beyond intellectual grasp. Be prepared to have your foundations shaken. Read full review

Review: Getting To Where You Are: The Life Of Meditation

User Review  - Donna - Goodreads

While it may have taken me awhile to finish this book, even as short as it is, it is still worth the read. I have found myself thrusting the introduction at random people to read for it's sheer ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction i
1
We Get Here?
7
Getting Through with Getting Through
21
Is This All There Is?
29
Part
35
Techniques for Exploring the Mind
44
Concentration MeditationThe Scarecrow
52
Simple Exercises in Concentration Meditation
58
Authority and the Search for Security
82
Actuality Meditation
97
Breath and Body in Actuality
121
Actuality Meditation Without
144
Six Experiments in Meditation
150
Exploring the SilenceGroup Actuality Meditation
156
Are We Afraid of a Life Without Fear?
166
Changing Our Mind on Drugs
174

Awareness MeditationPay Attention
64
How to Be in the Moment
71
Finding SpaceThe Inner Frontier
181
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