Rudolf Steiner often emphasized the importance of meditation practice for the self-development of students of Anthroposophy. In his writings and lectures, he offered various instructions for approaches to meditation and for strengthening qualities needed to unfold our latent spiritual capacities. In this accessible book, Massimo Scaligero—a lifelong student of Rudolf Steiner and Spiritual Science—systematically illumines Steiner’s practices, building on the foundation of our human constitution and explaining how and why these practices work. Such efforts take place in the world and with the people around us and restore us to our true condition: “Initiation is the restoration of the spirit’s original state, despite its human incarnation.” This text by Massimo Scaligero should be read and thought deeply, but also acted upon. It will be an aid to all those who wish to take the path of initiation through Spiritual Science. A Practical Manual of Meditation is a translation from Italian of Manuale Pratico della Meditazione (Teseo, Rome, 1973/2005).
When it comes to meditation practices, the body is as important as the mind—a fact that may come as a surprise to the many people who regard meditation as a strictly mental activity. But, as Will Johnson shows, the physical aspect of the practice is far too often underemphasized. The alert-yet-relaxed sitting posture that is the common denominator of so many meditative techniques is a wonderful aid for clearing the mind and opening the heart, but it also works to activate the natural healing energies of both body and mind. The author offers guidance and exercises for working with the posture of meditation and advice on how to carry its benefits on into all the rest of life.
Here is a life-long guidebook that focuses on the practice of meditation as a tool for growth and development, as well as for expanding consciousness into other realms. Includes detailed meditations and specific exercises for different areas of life, from health of the physical body to alignment with the seasonal energies.
The book stirs and awakens us to reach both deeply within and beyond ourselves to the Infinite. Ken suggests that we can do so in ways that bring everyday satisfaction, personal balance and spiritual fulfilment.Each chapter contains simple, practical, well tested advice for doing this.We are encouraged and supported to use Ken's suggestions by his inspiring optimism about the full extent of what we can realise through day-to-day activities. Our lives can have personal meaning, abiding confidence and the wonderful aliveness that arises from awakening to our inner selves.This book is also both a learning and teaching manual with wonderfully helpful exercises, meditations, principles and guidelines.
Offers an introduction to meditation along with a series of twenty-one step-by-step meditations to allow practitioners to discover inner tranquility and achieve happiness, improve relationships, and solve daily problems.
Zen Buddhism is perhaps best known for its emphasis on meditation, and probably no figure in the history of Zen is more closely associated with meditation practice than the thirteenth-century Japanese master Dogen, founder of the Soto school. This study examines the historical and religious character of the practice as it is described in Dogen's own meditation texts, introducing new materials and original perspectives on one of the most influential spiritual traditions of East Asian civilization. The Soto version of Zen meditation is known as "just sitting," a practice in which, through the cultivation of the subtle state of "nonthinking," the meditator is said to be brought into perfect accord with the higher consciousness of the "Buddha mind" inherent in all beings. This study examines the historical and religious character of the practice as it is described in Dogen's own meditation texts, introducing new materials and original perspectives on one of the most influential spiritual traditions of East Asian civilization.