Meditation for Your Life: Creating a Plan that Suits Your Style

Meditation for Your Life: Creating a Plan that Suits Your Style

by Robert Butera PhD

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Overview

A step toward peace of mind is a step in the right direction

The benefits of meditation are boundless: reduced stress and pain, peace of mind, and an improved sense of resilience. But which style of meditation is right for you?

Meditation for Your Life explains the six basic forms of meditation and helps you identify which ones suit you best. Robert Butera, PhD,  guides you in establishing a meditation practice based on your person-ality type, life experience, and personal preferences.

The six types of meditation are:

  • Breath
  • Visualization
  • Mantra
  • Devotion, prayer, or intentionality
  • Mindfulness
  • Contemplative inquiry

Prepare your mind with relaxation exercises, conscious breathing, and positive thinking. Discover the six basic forms of meditation, and identify the techniques that work best for you. Use guided questions, exercises, and journaling to personalize your practice. Learn what steps you can take to stay motivated and consistent over time, and let the benefits of meditation blossom for your entire life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738734651
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date: 09/08/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 312
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Robert Butera, MDiv, PhD (Devon, PA), founded YogaLife Institute in Pennsylvania, where he trains yoga teachers and Comprehensive Yoga Therapists. Robert's PhD at CA Institute of Integral Studies focused on Yoga Therapy. He authored The Pure Heart of Yoga, Meditation for Your Life, and Yoga Therapy for Stress and Anxiety. Visit him online at www.YogaLifeInstitute.com.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

 

Acknowledgements                                                                                                                         1

 

Introduction..................................................................................................................................... 2

 

Part I. Your Meditation Journey..................................................................................................... 10

  1. Expectations, Assumptions, and Misconceptions about Meditation ...................................... 11
  2. How Your Past Informs Your Meditation Style....................................................................... 30
  3. Your Daily Life and Meditation................................................................................................ 39

 

Part II. A New Lifestyle................................................................................................................ 50

  1. Identifying Stressful Behaviors................................................................................................. 52
  2. Beyond Positive Thinking or Pure Thinking............................................................................. 63
  3. Deep Breathing.......................................................................................................................... 75
  4. Relaxation................................................................................................................................. 93
  5. Nutrition.................................................................................................................................. 112
  6. Sensory Mastery .................................................................................................................... 123

 

Part III. The Six Types of Meditation ....................................................................................... 139

  1. Type 1: Breath ..................................................................................................................... 146
  2. Type 2: Affirmations and Visualization................................................................................ 158
  3. Type 3: Mantra..................................................................................................................... 176
  4. Type 4: Devotion, Prayer, or Intentionality......................................................................... 187
  5. Type 5: Mindfulness Meditation.......................................................................................... 205
  6. Type 6: Contemplative Inquiry............................................................................................ 222

 

Part IV. Sustaining a Meditation Practice.................................................................................... 237

  1. Doing No Harm .................................................................................................................... 239
  2. Living in Truth....................................................................................................................... 244
  3. What “Stealing” Entails......................................................................................................... 248
  4. Freedom in Self-Restraint...................................................................................................... 252
  5. Freedom from Greed.............................................................................................................. 258
  6. Balance and Perspective........................................................................................................ 263
  7. Contentment ......................................................................................................................... 267
  8. The Value of Discipline......................................................................................................... 272
  9. Self-Study.............................................................................................................................. 275
  10. The Meaning of Surrender..................................................................................................... 279

 

Part V. Resources Along the Way............................................................................................... 282

  1. Tips for Finding and Joining a Meditation Group................................................................ 283

Bibliography................................................................................................................................ 292

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