Laughter, Tears, Silence: Expressive Meditations to Calm Your Mind and Open Your Heart

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Using the principles she teaches, Pragito Dove transformed her fear and grief into joy and inner peace. Her accessible, innovative methods allow you to reap the benefits of meditation in thirty seconds, four minutes, or twenty-four hours, wherever you are and whenever you need a moment of calm. Emphasizing expression, rather than repression, of emotion, these dynamic practices can begin with a variety of movements and sounds, or with silence. Meeting practitioners where they are - in sadness, fear, stress, anger,...

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Overview

Using the principles she teaches, Pragito Dove transformed her fear and grief into joy and inner peace. Her accessible, innovative methods allow you to reap the benefits of meditation in thirty seconds, four minutes, or twenty-four hours, wherever you are and whenever you need a moment of calm. Emphasizing expression, rather than repression, of emotion, these dynamic practices can begin with a variety of movements and sounds, or with silence. Meeting practitioners where they are - in sadness, fear, stress, anger, or joy - the techniques can be done in the midst of work, play, and home life, and either alone or with others. Drawing on such traditions as Sufism and Buddhism and such teachers as the twentieth-century mystics Osho and Gurdjieff, Dove's synthesis meets the needs of contemporary life with attention to the full range of human experience and reverence for the peace and joy possible in every moment.

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Dove's new book is a sort of sequel to her Lunchtime Enlightenment. She is a kind of disciple, after the fact, of Indian mystic Osho (Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh), and her route to meditation is meant to address the lives of busy contemporary people through the release of laughter, tears, and silence, as well as related techniques that address everyday activities such as exercise. Dove's work is full of gentle insights, and her recommendations could be followed by adherents of almost any religious faith. VERDICT Dove's low-key and resolutely noncontroversial approach to relaxed meditation is well suited to the modern circumstances she addresses.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781577316831
  • Publisher: New World Library
  • Publication date: 3/9/2010
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 977,858
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Pragito Dove is the author of Lunchtime Enlightenment and the president of Discover Meditation Training, Inc. She trained extensively as a meditation master and spiritual teacher at the Osho Multiversity in Pune, India. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Table of Contents

List of Meditations xi

Introduction xv

Part I Laughter 1

The Healing Power of Laughter 6

Hotei: The Laughing Buddha 12

Play 16

The Art of Celebration 23

Gratitude 31

Children 38

Mary Poppins 43

Laughter and Tears: The Osho Mystic Rose Meditation 48

Additional Meditations for Laughter 53

Part II Tears 57

Still Waters Run Deep: Emotional Clearing 60

Acceptance 75

Grief 80

Disappointment 87

Jealousy 90

Fear 93

Death and Dying 99

Forgiveness 104

Compassion 107

Additional Meditations for Tears 115

Part III Silence 119

From Thought to No-Thought: A Silent Mind 123

Relaxation 127

Nonjudgment 138

Witnessing 142

Opening the Heart: Silence in Love 150

Drunk with the Divine: The Silence of the Soul 157

The Business Owner's Tale: Silence at Work 161

Longer Silence Meditations 164

Additional Meditations for Silence 173

Part IV Moving Forward 177

The New You! 178

Take Action 181

Getting Started: Three-, Seven-, and Twenty-One-Day Plans 187

Open Your Heart and Share 192

Acknowledgments 193

Notes 195

Index 197

About the Author 205

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2012

    After looking at many books to find a way to meditate that fit m

    After looking at many books to find a way to meditate that fit me, I was
    very pleased with this book. It includes all ways to approach
    meditation. I'm not a person who finds it easy to sit still and just do
    nothing (which is probably why I especially need meditation). It's very
    user friendly and not intimidating. I like that there are ways to find
    that calm place inside yourself whether you're sitting outside, going
    for a walk, or are lucky enough to be able to sit at home in a quiet
    place. The author demonstrates a wide range of knowledge and practical
    experience that I found helpful. Great for beginners that feel like
    they would benefit from meditating but don't know how to start.

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