Living Life Fully: Finding Sanity and Goodness in the Unpredictableby Bill Karelis
We are all imprisoned by the projections of our minds, and we all have the power to free ourselves. To gain this freedom, we must do three things: know that we are imprisoned, investigate how we entrap ourselves, and discover how to overcome our habitual patterns. The discipline of the sitting practice of meditation can lead us through such a process.
Meditation doesn’t have to be heavy or ambitious. We don’t have to cultivate the self-image of being "spiritual" people. Rather, by forming a simple, direct, and honest relationship with ourselves and our world, we discover a rich and full path, no matter what our life situation. Cultivating decency and gentleness is always possible. And doing so makes a genuine life.
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Bill Karelis teaches meditation and conducts intensive programs and retreats in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and South Africa. He lives in Boulder, Colorado.
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I found the book almost unique: it’s neither unnecessarily esoteric, nor dumbed down. Karelis breathes new life into the concept of basic human goodness as he humbly and effectively coaches readers in the illusive task of opening to the freedom available in every instant. This is one to keep.
Living Life Fully is brilliant and inspiring. In simple, straightforward language, Karelis shows how meditation can help us use everything in our lives, pleasant or unpleasant, as stepping stones on the path to freedom from our neurotic habitual patterns. Without choice there can be no freedom, and Living Life Fully explains how meditation leads to awareness, awareness leads to choice, choice leads to freedom, and freedom leads to a compassionate and joyful life.
"Living Life Fully" by Bill Karelis is as clear and easy-to-use an encouragement to meditate as I've found. Listen to the author's own words: "meditation is intended to shed light honestly and gently on our mental patterns in order to befriend them. We are not our own enemy, ...even though we may sometimes hate ourselves. Recognizing our neurosis, we can learn to be our own friend, since, if we do not help ourselves, it is impossible for someone else truly to do so."
Bill Karelis has written an excellent introduction to the practice of meditation in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. While there are many books one could turn to for just this sort of overview, Mr. Karelis’s book is exceptional in the clarity, depth and precision of his prose. As he writes in the introduction, “this book is for people who to some degree feel at odds with themselves and their surroundings and realize that this has happened.” And who is not this true of, at least for some period? Written as only it can be by one who has made the journey personally, his words gently lay bare our everyday predicament and experience and guide us to a path for a richer, fresher and more uplifted life.