Awake in the World: Teachings from Yoga and Buddhism for Living an Engaged Life

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Shambhala Publications, Jun 7, 2011 - Health & Fitness - 208 pages
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How can we live a balanced life in unbalanced times? How can the practices of meditation and yoga support our relationships, our work lives, and the greater good? Author, teacher, and psychotherapist Michael Stone presents the essential insights of mindfulness and yoga, emphasizing the teachings of simplicity and the interdependence of all life.

Stone explains that the practices of yoga and meditation are not about escaping reality but about living fully in the here and now, opening to our experience, and gaining access to stillness within the flow of life. The essence of yoga and Buddhist practice is opening the heart—our own and the heart of the world. With that awareness, Stone encourages us to get involved in our communities, to speak out when we see wrongdoing, and to find ways of helping others.
 

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Contents

2 Reading the Skyfor Weather Signs
10
3 The Realization of Intimacy
18
4 The Breath Cycle
26
5 The Object of Meditation
30
Body Mind and the Natural World
36
6 The Qualit y of Flow
38
7 Organizing in the Natural World
42
8 Not Closing Our Eyes
46
15 End of Retreat
104
16 The Nonduality of Inner and Outer Practice
110
17 Money and the Turnings of Mind
114
Grounded in the World
122
18 Activism with Both Feet on the Ground
125
19 The Lungs of the Earth
136
Encouragement and Conclusions
148
20 Suicide
150

9 Ontario Snow Lineage
54
10 Liberation
60
11 The Life of a Tulip
64
12 Diversit y
72
Form and Freedom
80
Formal Practice
94
14 Encouragement on Retreat
96
Afterword
167
Acknowledgments
168
Notes
170
Index
181
Back Cover
188
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Michael Stone is a yoga teacher and psychotherapist who leads yoga and meditation workshops and teaches internationally on the effectiveness of yoga and Buddhist meditation in clinical psychotherapy practice. His approach to yoga focuses on the integration of theory and practice in a way that is rooted in tradition yet responsive to contemporary culture. He is the founder of Centre of Gravity Sangha, a community of yoga and Buddhist practitioners based in Toronto, where he lives. For more information, visit www.centreofgravity.org.

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