Why Can't I Meditate?: How to Get Your Mindfulness Practice on Track

Why Can't I Meditate?: How to Get Your Mindfulness Practice on Track

by Nigel Wellings

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An accessible guide from an expert on Mindfulness on how to get the most out of meditation--and make the practice a permanent part of your daily life.

Meditation is supposed to be a practice that's relaxing and beneficial...so why is it so hard to commit to?

While many people have taken workshops in meditation, a significant number don't maintain their practice for long after the class is finished. Mindfulness can help us relax and is great for coming to grips with thoughts that make us  depressed or anxious, but it can also bring us into a more intimate relationship with ourselves--a prospect that can make some feel uncomfortable. Yes, lots of good things come out of meditation practice, but keeping it up is challenging.

This is where Why Can't I Meditate? comes in. Full of practical ways to help our mindfulness practice flourish, it also features guidance from a wide spectrum of secular and Buddhist mindfulness teachers, and personal accounts by new meditators on what they find difficult and what helps them overcome those blocks. It takes what is boring, painful, or downright scary about meditating and shows how these struggles can become an invaluable part of our path. If you have been considering meditating but doubted your ability, if you are having a hard time continuing, or if you've reluctantly stopped, Why Can't I Meditate? will help you get your mindfulness practice back on track.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101983577
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/12/2016
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
File size: 562 KB

About the Author

NIGEL WELLINGS is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and author who works within a broadly contemplative perspective. He first attempted to practice mindfulness in his late teens and has been engaged with the relationship between psychotherapy and meditation for the last forty years. He lives in Bath and is a teacher on the Bath and Bristol Mindfulness Courses.

Table of Contents

Foreword Rebecca Crane xiii

Preface xvii

Acknowledgments xxi

Contributors xxiii

Something on Buddhist Traditions xxvii

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Why Do We Want to Meditate? 29

Chapter 2 Taking Our Seat 57

Chapter 3 The Guardian at the Gate 83

Chapter 4 Meeting Ourselves 115

Chapter 5 Grabby, Grumpy, Sleepy, Jumpy, and Maybe 159

Chapter 6 A Deeper Insight 199

Chapter 7 The Damaged Heart 243

Chapter 8 It's Not All Pain 279

Chapter 9 Final Words 305

Quick-Fix Chart for the Struggling Meditator 331

On Mindfulness and Psychological Trauma 339

How to Practice Mindfulness Meditation 341

Further Reading 343

Index 345

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