Quiet Mind, Open Heart: Finding Inner Peace Through Reflection, Journaling, and Meditation

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Quiet Mind, Open Heart is a collection of essays and thought provoking questions designed to nurture and expand one's personal and spiritual growth. Here you will find sections for journaling and meditation on such topics as loving-kindness, gratitude, and equanimity. Engaging in the journaling process readily inclines the mind toward quietude and stillness, allowing for a meditative disposition to surface. Within each one of us is a precious reservoir of wisdom and truth, it is only a matter of learning to ...
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Overview

Quiet Mind, Open Heart is a collection of essays and thought provoking questions designed to nurture and expand one's personal and spiritual growth. Here you will find sections for journaling and meditation on such topics as loving-kindness, gratitude, and equanimity. Engaging in the journaling process readily inclines the mind toward quietude and stillness, allowing for a meditative disposition to surface. Within each one of us is a precious reservoir of wisdom and truth, it is only a matter of learning to access it. Laura Wright's book offers skillful means for connecting to your essential true nature, the centered and quiet knowing that resides within us all.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780978775766
  • Publisher: Bristlecone Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/28/2008
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents


Foreword     xiii
Introduction     1
Reflection, Journaling, and Meditation     9
What Is Reflective Journaling?     11
Reflective Journaling Instructions     14
Free-Form Writing     19
Reflective Awareness     21
Letting Meditation Happen     22
Knowing Inner Peace     23
Sharpening Our Commitment     27
Actions and Results     29
Taking Responsibility     32
Ending the Blame Game     34
Integrity     35
Loving-Kindness     46
Beautiful Qualities of the Heart and Mind     51
Intentions     54
The Ten Paramis     56
Generosity     58
Ethical Conduct     59
Renunciation     61
Wisdom     63
Courageous Energy     64
Patience     66
Truthfulness     68
Determination     69
Loving-Kindness     71
Equanimity     73
The Heart's Higher Calling     77
Self-Judgment     79
Self-Forgiveness     82
Judgment of Others     84
Forgiveness of Others     86
The Four Sublime Abidings     90
Loving-Kindness, Starting with Ourselves     92
Loving-Kindness for Others     95
Compassion     99
Appreciative Joy     102
Equanimity     104
The Body in Balance     109
How We Relate to Our Bodies     110
Life Force in Food     113
Refined Sugars     116
Strengthening Digestion     120
A Balanced Diet     122
A Vegetarian Diet     124
Examining the "I Need Meat for Protein" Myth     125
Exercise     128
Yoga for Life     129
Health Is Wealth     131
Deepening Our Understanding     133
Faith     134
Gratitude     136
Service     138
Right Livelihood     139
Craving     141
Solitude     143
Impermanence     145
Death     147
Dealing with Difficult Emotions     151
A Wise Understanding of Emotions     154
Taboo Emotions     155
Emotions and Our Concepts of Self     157
Physical Sensations     158
Recognizing the Emotions Present     162
Working with Difficult Emotions     164
Exploring Some Difficult Emotions     169
Fear     171
Anger     173
Remorse and Guilt     178
Depression, an Overview     182
Grief-like Depression     185
Depression Due to Self-Doubt     188
Existential Depression     191
Loneliness     194
Refreshing the Mind     199
Affirmations     200
Creating Affirmations     202
Using Affirmations     205
Lists of Affirmations     207
The Essence of Meditation     219
What Is Meditation?     220
Working with a Meditation Teacher     222
Concentration and Awareness     223
Guidelines for Meditation     224
Keys for Success     225
Meditation Practices     226
Parting Words     245
Acknowledgments     249
Index     251
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