Inviting Silence: Universal Principles of Meditation

Inviting Silence: Universal Principles of Meditation

by Gunilla Norris
     
 

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The basic principles of meditation and mindful living are explained in this guide for everyday living. The deep and abiding qualities of silence and the foundation of true spiritual experience are explored, and the need to make conscious choices in daily life to ready oneself for meditation is illuminated.

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The basic principles of meditation and mindful living are explained in this guide for everyday living. The deep and abiding qualities of silence and the foundation of true spiritual experience are explored, and the need to make conscious choices in daily life to ready oneself for meditation is illuminated.

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Publishers Weekly
A writer, therapist and meditation teacher, Norris pens an invitation and a challenge: be still. She writes for those who begin to experience spiritual yearning, as opposed to those who are already students somewhere along the spiritual path. As such, her instructions on beginning to meditate-becoming acquainted with and comfortable in silence-are simple and gradual. The material is logically organized, covering in friendly and flowing language what a beginner needs to know: Pay attention. Breathe. Sit up straight. Stick to it. Work with others to support a practice of silence. She rarely uses the term "meditate," as if that were too much spiritual jargon. This is paradoxically consistent with the best teachers of meditation, who know that the practice of paying attention is intended for everyday life as well as for the focused, intentional practice of meditation. A published poet, Norris chooses an evocative form for her words: a kind of spiritual blank verse, short unrhymed lines that themselves encourage slow reading and pausing to think and digest. ("In our present culture/silence is something like an endangered species....") This small, gift-sized book successfully gives a gentle nudge toward a demanding spiritual discipline. (Sept. 30) FYI: BlueBridge is a new spirituality publisher, created by HiddenSpring founder Jan-Erik Guerth. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher

"Gunilla Norris’s simple precepts for meditating and living have a translucent quality. We can all benefit greatly by observing them." —Thich Nhat Hanh, author, Peace Is Every Step

"Just reading this book makes you want to sit down, take a deep relaxing breath, and refresh your spirit." —Jack Kornfield, author, A Path with Heart

"Luminous and elegant, this book takes us step by step through the process of meditation and answers our most important questions about spiritual practice." —Gail Straub, author, The Rhythm of Compassion

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781933346649
Publisher:
BlueBridge
Publication date:
02/01/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
635,179
File size:
148 KB

What People are saying about this

Gail Straub
Luminous and elegant, this book takes us step by step through the process of meditation and answers our most important questions about spiritual practice.
Jack Kornfield
Just reading this book makes you want to sit down, take a deep relaxing breath, and refresh your spirit.
Thich Nhat Hanh
Gunilla Norris’s simple precepts for meditating and living have a translucent quality. We can all benefit greatly by observing them.

Meet the Author

Gunilla Norris is a meditation teacher and psychotherapist in private practice and the author of A Mystic Garden and Simple Ways. She lives in Mystic, Connecticut.

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