A comprehensive introduction to meditation practice, written by two leading Western teachers. Meditation is increasingly recommended for relaxation and stress management, to enhance relationships and wellbeing, to increase performance in sport and business, for personal growth, to transform pain and to assist healing. From two leading Western meditation teachers comes this inspiring and comprehensive guide for anyone who wants to know how to meditate well.
Introducing Mindfulness-Based Stillness Meditation, Ian Gawler and Paul Bedson explain how to build a satisfying meditation practice using four easy to learn steps. They also show how meditation can be used to deepen spiritual practice, whether we have a commitment to a particular religious tradition, or a more secular view of our spirituality.
Drawing on modern science as well as ancient Eastern traditions and the authors' own extensive personal experience as practitioners and teachers, this guide offers the techniques and understanding needed to explore meditation practice deeply. It is also an invaluable resource for meditation teachers from all backgrounds.
'A rich and skilfully nuanced introduction to the varied landscape of meditation practice and its healing and transformative potential.' - Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Arriving at Your Own Door and Letting Everything Become Your Teacher
'An engaging journey into the benefits of developing a practice of focusing your mind to promote both mental and physical well-being.' - Daniel J. Siegel M.D., author of The Mindful Brain and Mindsight
'In an inclusive way Ian Gawler and Paul Bedson introduce people to the basic ideas of meditation which prepare the reader for the choice of practice that suits them best.' - Father Laurence Freeman OSB, Director of the World Community for Christian Meditation
About The Authors
Dr Ian Gawler, OAM, is a pioneer in the therapeutic application of meditation. He is author of the bestselling books Meditation Pure and Simple, Peace of Mind, and You Can Conquer Cancer.
Paul Bedson is a counsellor, psychotherapist, meditation instructor and natural therapist. He has been working in the field of mind/body medicine for over 20 years.
| IN THE BEGINNING
Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Ian's story
Chapter 3 Paul's story
PART A - MINDFULNESS-BASED STILLNESS MEDITATION
Chapter 4 Introduction
STEP 1 Preparation
Chapter 5 Establishing comfort and ease
STEP 2 Relaxation
Chapter 6 Learning to Relax
Chapter 7 Deep Relaxation
STEP 3 Mindfulness
Chapter 8 Mindfulness of Breath - technique
Chapter 9 Mindfulness of Breath - commentary
Chapter 10 Mindfulness of Body - technique
Chapter 11 Mindfulness of Body - commentary
Chapter 12 Mindfulness of Emotions - technique
Chapter 13 Mindfulness of Emotion - commentary
STEP 4 Stillness
Chapter 14 Mindfulness of Thoughts and Stillness
Chapter 15 Stillness and the Nature of Mind
THE COMPLETE MBSM TECHNIQUE
Chapter 16 The Complete Practice
PART B OTHER APPLICATIONS