Getting to Where You Are: The Life of Meditation

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Sentient Publications, Apr 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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Introduction i
We Get Here?
Getting Through with Getting Through
Is This All There Is?
Techniques for Exploring the Mind
Concentration MeditationThe Scarecrow
Simple Exercises in Concentration Meditation
Authority and the Search for Security
Actuality Meditation
Breath and Body in Actuality
Actuality Meditation Without
Six Experiments in Meditation
Exploring the SilenceGroup Actuality Meditation
Are We Afraid of a Life Without Fear?
Changing Our Mind on Drugs

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

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Steven Harrison has studied a wide variety of meditation and spiritual practices and is an international speaker on spirituality and the conscious life. He is a founder of All Together Now International, a charitable organisation that provides aid to street children and the destitute in South Asia, and The Living School, a learning community in Boulder, Colorado.

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