Living the Life of Jewish Meditation: A Comprehensive Guide to Practice and Experience

Living the Life of Jewish Meditation: A Comprehensive Guide to Practice and Experience

by Yoel Glick

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Living the Life of Jewish Meditation: A Comprehensive Guide to Practice and Experience by Yoel Glick

Meditation empowers us to transcend our material mind-set and touch the Infinite and Eternal.

"True meditation transforms the way we see reality.... It touches the place inside us where a spark of the Eternal dwells. Meditation unites us with our true Self."
—from the Introduction

The life of meditation is much more than the act of sitting for half an hour or forty-five minutes and looking inward. It is a whole way of life. Through meditation we learn to live in a heightened awareness and walk at all times in the presence of God.

Rabbi Yoel Glick brings wisdom from personal experience and Eastern traditions to illuminate and vitalize familiar Jewish rituals, vocabulary and imagery. He provides specific guidelines and practical techniques grounded in Judaism for each stage of the life of meditation, outlining the inner processes we encounter and the questions we face:

  • How does meditation help us connect with the Collective Jewish Soul?
  • What happens in our mind, body and soul when we meditate?
  • How do we resist the pull of a material mind-set and live in expanded consciousness?
  • What does it feel like to reach union with our spiritual source?
  • How do we remain aware of God's living presence in our everyday life?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580238021
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 10/01/2014
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,231,096
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Rabbi Yoel Glick has been guiding seekers on the path of meditation and Jewish spirituality for over thirty years. A renowned teacher and spiritual mentor, he is also the director of Daat Elyon, an online center for spiritual training. Rabbi Yoel has taught in the United States, Canada, Israel, Asia and Europe to audiences of all Jewish denominations as well as in a variety of interfaith settings, and is author of Living the Life of Jewish Meditation: A Comprehensive Guide to Practice and Experience (Jewish Lights) and Seeking the Divine Presence: The Three Pillars of a Jewish Spiritual Life .

Rabbi Yoel Glick is available to speak to your group or at your event. For more information, please contact us at (802) 457-4000 or publicity@jewishlights.com.

Table of Contents

Preface xi
Acknowledgments xiv
Introduction: The Path of Meditation xvi
A Note on Language xxviii

Part One: The Fundamentals of Daily Practice 1
1. Preparation
Readying the Body, Heart, and Mind for Meditation 3
2. Intention
What Is Our Focus and Goal? 17
3. Forging a Connection
How Do We Touch Pure Spirit? 29

Part Two: Techniques 43
4. Stilling the Mind I
How Do We Quiet Our Restless Mind? 45
Yogic / Kabbalistic Sefirot 48
5. Stilling the Mind II
Bitul: Self-Nullification or Surrender 57
6. Visualization
Using Our Creative Imagination 64
7. Concentration
Building Focused Spiritual Force 76
8. Mantra Recitation
Harnessing Spiritually Charged Sound 88
9. Contemplation
Inner Reflection upon a Transcendent Reality 115

Part Three: The Life of Meditation 137
10. Holding the Link
How Do We Keep Our Mind on God? 139
11. Merging with Our Spiritual Source
The Final Fulfillment of the Quest 156

Part Four: Broader Meditation Issues 183
12. Two Paths to the Supreme
Personal and Impersonal Meditation 185
13. The Dynamics of Inner Experience
What Happens When We Meditate? 188
14. The Psychic
The Danger of Delving into the Inner Realm 193
15. Individual versus Group Practice
Are We Better Off Meditating Alone or with Others? 203
16. Individual and Collective Evolution
Is Meditation a Selfish Indulgence or a Noble Endeavor? 209

Appendix A: Hebrew Transliteration Pronunciation Guide for Chanting 214
Appendix B: Further Reading on the Meditative Life 215
Appendix C: Index of Meditation Practices 217
Notes 219

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