Perfecting Ourselves: Coordinating Body, Mind and Spirit

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Can we achieve perfection? While true perfection is fleeting, we often achieve a moment of perfection: a state of mind that is just right, a time when we are fully attuned to the needs of our body, mind and spirit. It is the potential for achieving this type of integration that Perfecting Ourselves: Coordinating Body, Mind and Spirit seeks to tap into.

Author Aaron Hoopes explores the basic threads of the self-body, mind and spirit-and demonstrates simple methods of integrating ...

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Overview

Can we achieve perfection? While true perfection is fleeting, we often achieve a moment of perfection: a state of mind that is just right, a time when we are fully attuned to the needs of our body, mind and spirit. It is the potential for achieving this type of integration that Perfecting Ourselves: Coordinating Body, Mind and Spirit seeks to tap into.

Author Aaron Hoopes explores the basic threads of the self-body, mind and spirit-and demonstrates simple methods of integrating the three through breathing exercises, meditation, focused quietism and conscious living. He considers the body and how we can become more fully aware of it by examining detrimental behaviors, exploring the effect they have and suggesting ways to counter them. In particular, he shows how deep breathing exercises and conscious awareness of the breath constitute a major pathway to physical health and well-being. He then looks the mind and how we can gain more control over our thoughts and feelings. In particular, he focuses on "Quietism" an approach that includes exercises for calming the mind and gaining clarity of thought. Finally, he discusses the spirit, which manifests itself when we have integrated a healthy, connected body with a calm, clear mind.

When integration occurs, every moment of life becomes "perfect." We can live in balance with our self and the world around us. Through breathing and quietism, the quality of life improves. We get sick less often and recover faster. Things that bothered us before become insignificant. Feelings of well-being invade us, and we feel ready to tackle any task or obstacle in our path. Follow along as Aaron leads you through simple exercises that will help you:

* Develop healthy habits one step at a time
* Holistically heal and strengthen your body
* Reduce tension and stress through mindful breathing
* Increase your connection between mind and body
* Get in touch with your "Universal Mind"
* Discover the joys of quietism
* Achieve internal balance

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781880336687
  • Publisher: Turtle Press Corporation
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Aaron Hoopes has studied the martial arts, Eastern philosophy, and alternative medicine in the United States, Australia, and Japan for the past twenty years. He has a degree in Asian History and Japanese Culture from Tulane University and has spent a number of years in Japan studying under the chief instructor at the headquarters of the Japan Karate Association. He holds a third degree black belt in Japanese Shotokan Karate and is a certified instructor. He is also certified as an instructor of Shanti Yoga and Meditation.
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Table of Contents

Preface 9
Body 19
Accept & Admit 24
Accepting the Now 25
True Seeing 27
Detriment of Neglect 29
Smoking 31
Drinking 32
Illegal Drugs 33
Poor Diet 35
Neglect of Injury 37
Inactivity 39
Admitting the Truth 44
Moderation & Motivation 48
Simplicity of Moderation 49
One Less 50
Diet of Common Sense 53
Meals 54
Awaken the Motivation 60
Sharpen the Saw 61
Aerobic Capacity 63
Breathing 66
Breath of Awareness 67
Subsistence Breathing 68
Dynamic Breathing 69
Sympathetic vs. Parasympathetic 70
Posture of Breathing 73
Sitting Egyptian (easy) 75
Sitting Crossed (easy) 76
Sitting Seiza (intermediate) 76
Sitting Half-Lotus (intermediate) 76
Sitting Lotus (advanced) 77
Sitting Arrow (advanced) 77
Standing Straight (easy) 78
Standing Balloon (intermediate) 79
Standing Alternate Balance (intermediate) 79
Standing Invisible Chair (advanced) 80
Lying Down Seiza (advanced) 82
Internal Preparation 83
Releasing Tension 84
Secret of Life 86
Breathing Methods 86
Attention Breathing 87
Abdominal Breathing 88
Reverse Abdominal Breathing 89
Nose Panting 91
The Complete Breath 92
Mind 95
Ordinary Mind 102
Voice of the Self 103
Attention Thinking 110
Minding the Mind 113
Universal Mind 118
Meaning of Life 119
Extending Time 125
Essence of Quality 132
Quietism 138
Environment of Quietism 139
Regulating Thought 147
Holding One Point 148
Lower Dan Tien 148
Holding One Point (easy) 149
Huiyin 150
Breath Focus 153
Mind's Eye 155
Expanding the Mind 157
Spirit 163
Universal Concepts 168
Yin & Yang 169
Chi 180
Integration 186
The Flow 187
Body and Mind as One 190
Meditation 193
Everything Zen 198
Living the Moment 199
Heal Thy Self 204
Perfection 207
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2012

    A Hard Look in the Mirror

    If you are ready take a hard look in the mirror at yourself and make some healthy changes you might just like this book. It was easy to understand and gives you great ideas and habits to make your like more cohesive.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2007

    A Real Gem!

    I read this book after reading Aaron Hoopes' Zen Yoga: A Path to Enlightenment through Breathing, Movement and Meditation. In contrast to the more detailed Zen Yoga, Perfecting Ourselves focuses on the individual as a complete being and seeks to help us understand and accept ourselves more. Written with an easy-going tone, Mr. Hoopes walks the reader through simple exercises anyone can do to help the body feel better, get the mind to calm down, and allow whatever spiritual nature we have within us to shine. Just wonderful!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2003

    Really helpful

    I found this book really helpful in understanding myself better. I made me understand how to bring the scattered parts of myself back into line. Easy to read and very insightful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2002

    Amazing book!

    People who have any amount of stress in their lives must read this book. It reminds us how important it is to pay attention to and understand ourselves, as that is the key to benefiting ourselves and others and dealing with outside influences. It offers incredible insight into the mind and how it works. I find the breathing exercises extremely helpful. One of the best 'self-help' books I've ever read. Love this book!

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