Secrets of Meditation

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Hay House, Inc, Sep 4, 2012 - Self-Help - 240 pages
For thousands of years, people have tried to tap into the stillness and silence that rests within to discover their deeper selves. In Secrets of Meditation, davidji takes you there, demystifying the practice along the way and guiding you on an epic journey into your own consciousness. Whether you are new to meditation, a “crisis meditator”, or someone who has been meditating for years, this book will take your practice, and your life, to the next level.

In this insightful book, davidji shares his own journey along his path to awakening and examines the positive impact that meditation can have on your physical health, relationships, emotional well-being, and spiritual life. As the secrets to an effortless meditation practice are revealed, you will unlock the door to your own personal journey and discover what is actually supposed to happen when you close your eyes.

davidji shares the wisdom of the ages in an accessible and entertaining style —loosening rigid commandments, revealing the five greatest myths of meditation, and illuminating the most powerful rituals to weave a regular practice into your day. Secrets of Meditation will have you meditating in minutes and living a happier, easier, and more fulfilling life.
 

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Engaging and Compelling.
Many years ago, I tried Vipassana meditation. After a ten day retreat, I concluded that meditation was not for me. It was way too painful. Only after reading davidji's
"Secrets of Meditation" did I realize that my logic was faulty. Turns out, I have been missing out on all the good stuff. When davidji recounts his personal path, I became aware of, in detail, just how much I have not experienced: "present moment witnessing awareness," connection to Source, Oneness, "waking up to more of your [already] Enlightened Self"… davidji discusses different kinds of meditation. This was eye-opening too. I knew there were many paths to one-ness, but I had never considered massage to be meditation. Nor that guided meditations were as valid as following the breath. Delightful! davidji busts myths too. For example, I thought that I should ignore any pain. Instead, davidji says that "comfort is queen." This was music to my ears. During my Vipassana retreat, I crawled out of the meditation hall with severe leg pain. Meditation doesn't have to hurt? Thank God! "Secrets of Meditation" encouraged me to start meditation again. I received this book for free from Hay House for review purposes. 

Contents

Searching for the Guru
5
What Is Meditation and Why Should I Care?
21
The Benefits of Meditation
37
MANY PATHS TO ONENESS
57
Secrets of Visual Meditation
67
Secrets of Sound Meditation
77
Secrets of Energy Meditation
93
Secrets of Sensory Meditation
111
Secrets of Mantra Meditation
135
Secrets of Chanting Meditation
163
FURTHER ALONG THE PATH
169
The Five Myths of Meditation
183
Cultivating a Daily Meditation Practice
191
Frequently Asked Questions
205
Afterword
211
About the Author
221

Secrets of Buddhist Meditation
129

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davidji is an internationally recognized meditation teacher, life guide, author, and public speaker. He travels the world sharing timeless wisdom on stress management, deeper life fulfillment, emotional healing, creating a spiritual practice, developing a daily routine, balancing business and wellness, getting unstuck, and taking your life to the next level. In 2011, he led more than 100,000 people in more than 100 countries in 21 consecutive days of meditation. In 2012, he led more than 500,000 people around the world in the Winter Feast—40 consecutive days of online meditation. Since 2003, davidji has lived and worked at the Chopra Center for Wellbeing in Carlsbad, California, which he has coined "the sweetspot of the universe." Having apprenticed under Deepak Chopra and David Simon for more than a decade, he is a certified Vedic Master, the Chopra Center’s lead meditation and Ayurveda teacher, a core member of the Hay House stable of authors and radio personalities, the host of Chopra Center Radio, the guiding voice of the Chopra Center’s 21-day Meditation Challenge™, and the Dean of Chopra Center University. To join the SweetSpot Meditation Community, visit davidji.com.

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