Fine Arts of Relaxation, Concentration and Meditation: Ancient Skills for Modern Minds

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Joel and Michelle Levey have taught thousands of people around the globe to live in greater harmony and balance. Field-tested and refined over many years, the Leveys' unique approach to stress-mastery and personal development offers step-by-step guidance for developing personal strengths, enhancing the quality of life, and making a real contribution to the world.

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The Fine Arts of Relaxation, Concentration, and Meditation: Ancient Skills for Modern Minds

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Overview

Joel and Michelle Levey have taught thousands of people around the globe to live in greater harmony and balance. Field-tested and refined over many years, the Leveys' unique approach to stress-mastery and personal development offers step-by-step guidance for developing personal strengths, enhancing the quality of life, and making a real contribution to the world.

The Fine Arts of Relaxation, Concentration and Meditation offers a treasury of their most useful teachings:

  • Waking up throughout the day—finding your meditation practice and sticking to it.
  • Balancing breath, brain, and mind-mastering stress—enhancing performance in every arena of your life.
  • Creative intelligence—the dynamic synergy of active and quiet mind skills.
  • Mastery, mystery, and meditation—awakening to your true nature.
  • Inspired Work—relaxation, concentration, and meditation on the job.

A vital blend of profoundly practical skills, advice, instruction, and encouragement makes Fine Arts a complete course for awakening more fully to your highest potentials in each moment of your life.
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Editorial Reviews

Spirituality and Health
"Joel and Michelle Levey share more than 100 ideas, practices, and exercises they have used over the past 30 years to teach stress reduction and personal development to companies, groups, and individuals...Tailor-made for anyone dealing with physical, mental, or emotional stress."
Jon Kabat-Zinn
"Skillfully weaves together contemporary insights into the value of and need for meditation in our lives with a large number of extremely evocative suggestions for different ways to practice."
Daniel Goleman
"A skillful blend of time-proven antidotes to the stress of modern life."
Larry Dossey
"What a beautiful book! We need so much in our world to focus on how to be instead of how to do, and [this book] shows the way."
Ram Dass
"The methods included here work wonders. As a satisfied user of so many of them, I affirm that they truly deepen the appreciation of life."
Dalai Lama
"The Leveys' work has great prospects for bringing the inner sciences to a very wide section of people who may not under ordinary circumstances come into contact with the inner technologies of mental development and transformation."
Cheryl Marek
"As an ultramarathon bicyclist I rode 10-12 days at a time for 22 hours per day. This not only takes a well toned body, but a fine tuned mind. Joel & Michelle have guided me from one unaware of her potential to a competitive ultramarathon athlete. By using techniques in this book I have been able to combine a positive attitude with self-confidence and discipline to be very successful. My success in not only in my competitive endeavors, but in the rest of my life during work , play and social activities...I recommend Joel and Michelle's book to anyone interested in techniques for realizing their full potentials."
NAPRA ReVIEW
"Practical and down-to-earth, this is a remarkable and comprehensive workbook for mastering the stress of life."
Yoga and Health
"A thoroughly useful, practical guidebook offering a distillation of many years of study and practice."
Publishers Weekly
The Leveys, who teach stress-management methods to a variety of organizations, including the U.S. Army Green Berets, offer an inviting and highly practical manual for those who want to enhance "health and performance, master stress and deepen their appreciation of life." They begin by discussing relaxation, presenting eight simple, discrete techniques for identifying and releasing tension within the body and mind. They then progress to concentration, offering 11 separate methods, including several deep-breathing exercises, designed to help one disregard distractions, stabilize the mind and bring one's full attention to bear on the object of concentration. Proper relaxation and concentration are fundamental for successful meditation, which here is both a path to spiritual liberation and also a real-world strategy for altering harmful patterns of thought and behavior. The Leveys then offer 39 methods of meditation, from simply listening purposefully to one's surroundings to imagining that one's body is hollow. They round out the book with reflections on integrating all these techniques into everyday life and work. Many of the strategies found here are clear, step-by-step procedures; others are scripts suitable to record on tape to play back during a relaxation, concentration or meditation session. Although they do not advocate any particular spiritual tradition, the authors continually emphasize the depth and sacredness associated with these "inner arts," resulting in a useful handbook that will appeal to a wide range of readers seeking increased tranquility in and mastery over their lives. (Feb.) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780861713493
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications MA
  • Publication date: 7/10/2005
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 725,695
  • Product dimensions: 5.82 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Joel and Michelle Levey have taught thousands of people around the globe to live in greater harmony and balance. Field-tested and refined over many years, the Leveys' unique approach to stress-mastery and personal development offers step-by-step guidance for developing personal strengths, enhancing the quality of life, and making a real contribution to the world.

Margaret Wheatley writes, teaches and speaks about how we can organize and accomplish work in chaotic times, sustain our relationships, and willingly step forward to serve. Since 1973, Meg has worked with an unusually broad variety of organizations; her clients and audiences range from the head of the U.S. Army to twelve-year-old Girl Scouts, from CEOs and government ministers to small town ministers, from large universities to rural aboriginal villages. All of these organizations and people wrestle with a common dilemma-how to maintain their integrity, focus and effectiveness as they cope with the relentless upheavals and rapid shifts of this troubling time. But there is another similarity: a common human desire to find ways to live together more harmoniously, more humanely, so that more people may benefit.

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