Creating Calm: Meditation in Daily Life

Creating Calm: Meditation in Daily Life

by Gill Farrer-Halls

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Creating Calm: Meditation in Daily Life by Gill Farrer-Halls


Perhaps the most reliable path to spiritual and mental calm is through meditation—a practice dating from antiquity that is basic to many religions. In Creating Calm, the author introduces readers to principles of meditation, explains mindfulness of breathing, instructs on sitting meditation, and discusses several forms of meditation, including those practiced in both Eastern and Western cultures. Most important, she shows how to incorporate mediation into daily life. Explained here are various forms of mediation, all of which have the power to induce calm. They include: Buddhist chanting, Christian chanting, Torah recitation, Transcendental meditation, Sufi dancing, Yoga, and others. Readers learn how to incorporate meditation into such daily actions as walking, eating, and doing routine chores. Devotional practices and rituals explained include Christian prayer, the Zen Buddhist tea ceremony, flower arranging, and Islamic prayer. Approximately 60 illustrations help clarify the principles and practices of meditation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764119217
Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/15/2002
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.75(h) x (d)

About the Author


Gill Farrer-Halls has written extensively and produced videos on meditation and Buddhism. She practices and teaches the art of aromatherapy, and lives in Oxford, England.

Table of Contents

Introduction6
Principles of meditation8
Essentials of meditation10
What is meditation?12
Why meditate?16
Advice for beginners20
Common problems24
Sitting meditations28
Correct posture30
Calm meditation32
Insight meditation36
Letting go38
Visualization40
Energy centers and channels44
Other forms of meditation48
Walking meditation50
Buddhist chanting54
Christian chanting58
Hindu chakra meditation62
The western esoteric tradition66
Transcendental meditation70
Buddhist visualization72
Haiku poetry76
Sufi dancing80
Koan meditation82
Tantra84
T'ai chi ch'uan88
Yoga92
Meditation in daily life96
Informal meditation98
Meditation in nature100
Eating102
Waking up and going to sleep104
Cleaning, driving, and other activities106
Relaxation and vacations110
In the workplace112
Conflict resolution114
Devotional practice and ritual118
Creating a sacred space120
Creating an altar124
Christian prayer in everyday life128
Zen and the arts132
Jewish prayer136
Islamic prayer138
Meditation centers and organizations140
Glossary141
Index142
Bibliography and acknowledgments144

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