Leap Before You Look: 72 Shortcuts for Getting Out of Your Mind and Into the Moment

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Sounds True, Apr 1, 2008 - Self-Help - 232 pages
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"Leap Before You Look offers us an invitation to a celebration we cannot refuse: a full-out experience of authentic self-acceptance through a clear-sighted realization that Existence itself loves us, that it has placed within us all that we need to love ourselves and all sentient beings."
—Michael Bernard Beckwith, founder of the Agape International Spiritual Center and author of Inspirations of the Heart, 40 Day Mind Fast Soul Feast and A Manifesto of Peace.

Perhaps you've caught a glimpse of who you are beyond thought—your spiritual nature—but weren't sure how to live it as a gift and blessing for all. What's the solution? Practice.

Leap Before You Look is a collection of simple exercises to help you on your way. Each takes just a few minutes to shift you "out of your mind" and into the infinite possibilities of the present moment. What's more, the 72 "shortcuts" contained herein will allow you to deepen and embody this realization in your daily life, from one minute to the next, wherever you may be.

So open to any chapter, and accept Arjuna Ardagh's invitation to Leap Before You Look— into "the possibility of spiritual practice not as a means to a goal, but as an endlessly unfolding exploration of a life of beauty, fully worth living."

 

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Contents

Meditation Practices
1
Stop
5
Pure Waiting
7
Enter the Space Between the Breaths
9
Remember Spaciousness
11
Enter the Darkness
13
Insight Practices
15
Who Am
17
Celebrate Dependency
98
Sex Practices
101
Be Still in
103
Sex as Worship
105
Bringing the Energy Up the Spine 44 For Women Radiate Love from Your Breasts
110
Make Love to Everything
113
Family Practices
117
Rotate the Boss in Your Family
119

IsIt True? 9 Could You Let It
21
Would I Still Exist?
23
Write Yourself a Letter
25
Write Your Own Obituary
27
DailyRoutine Practices
29
Slow Down
31
Standing in Line
33
Get It All Done Before Nine
35
Adopt a New Personality in the Supermarket
37
Mess with Your Sleep
40
Take the Day
42
Discard the
44
Body Practices
47
Feel Tension and Welcome
49
Push the Body to Its Limits
51
Yawn
53
Pranayama
55
Explore Hunger
57
Breathe Totally
59
Feeling Practices
61
Welcome All Feeling
63
Cradle Negative Feelings Like a Baby
65
Express Feeling Free of a Story
67
Explode with Anger
70
Enter Fear
73
Choose Depth over Pleasure
75
Intimate Relationship Practices
77
HereNowing
79
Other Realization
82
Share Witholds
85
Listen with All of
87
Exchange Points of View
89
Become the Other
90
Give What You Hope to Receive
94
Welcome Criticism
96
Exchange Personalities over Dinner
121
Chant on the Way to School
123
Give Appreciation
125
My Vision for Our Family
127
Talk Gibberish
129
Nature Practices
131
Sit in the Same Spot Every
133
Open to the Vastness of the View
135
Stare into the Open
137
Feel Nature Through Your Skin
139
Talk to Trees and Plants and Animals
141
Devotional Practices
143
Dance with the Divine
145
Feel Devotion to Those Close to
147
Give Thanks for Blessings
149
Surrender
151
Couples Puja
153
Call Out in Longing
155
Compassion Practices
157
Just Like
159
The Heart Meditation
161
LovingKindness
163
Radical Forgiveness
165
Release All Blame
167
Community Practices
171
Real Support
173
Be an Invisible Angel
175
Compliment Three Strangers
177
Make Yourself into Live Entertainment
179
Give Love
181
Acknowledgments
183
Going Deeper
185
About the Author
187
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Arjuna Ardagh

Arjuna Ardagh is the founder of the Living Essence Foundation in Nevada City, California, a non-profit organization dedicated to the awakening of consciousness within the context of ordinary life. He is the author of Relaxing into Clear Seeing, How About Now?, The Last Laugh (a novel), and The Translucent Revolution, and the creator of the Living Essence Audio Series. For more information on Arjuna and his work, go to www.livingessence.com and www.translucents.com.

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