Product Code: 5234
ISBN: 9781608683697
Format: Paperback
Publisher: New World Library
Published Date: 11/03/2015
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Meditation is a form of mental exercise with numerous scientifically verified physical and psychological benefits. As meditation teacher Rick Heller shows, meditation's benefits extend beyond the personal to enrich relationships with others, with one's community, and with the world. In Secular Meditation, step-by-step instructions, personal stories, and provocative questions teach empathy for others, stress reduction, and the kind of in-the-moment living that fosters appreciation for life and resilience in the face of adversity. Heller simplifies what is often found mysterious, describing and providing detailed instructions for 32 different practices, ensuring that anyone can find the right one.

Heller simplifies what is often found mysterious -- "If you have ever loved or even liked another person, you have the prerequisites for learning kindness meditation" -- and invites all to partake in "awe and wonder at the rich experience of being alive."

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Foreword by Greg Epstein

Part One: Cultivating Love and Compassion
1. Loving-Kindness Meditation
2. Your Daily Dose of Metta
3. Compassion Meditation
4. Self – Compassion
5. Sympathetic Joy
6. Frequently Asked Questions about Compassion Practices

Part Two: Finding Inner Peace
7. Mindfulness of Breath Meditation
8. Ambient Sound Meditation
9. Mindfulness of the Body Meditation
10. Face Meditation
12. Frequently Asked Questions about Mindfulness
Part Three: Cultivating Joy
13. Walking Meditation
14. Walking in the City or Suburbs
15. Mindfulness in Nature
16. Mindfulness Manual Labor
17. Mental Noting of Actions
18. Mindful Vision
19. What If You Never Saw It Again?
20. Contemplative Photography
21. Mindful Viewing of Museum Exhibits
22. Mindful Couch Potato
23. Mindful Eating
24. Frequently Asked Questions about Cultivating Joy

Part Four: Additional Practices
25. Mental Noting of Emotions
26. Yes! We Have No Bananas
27. Intentional Daydreaming
28. Meditation on Whatever
29. Mindfulness of Thoughts
30. Mindful Speech and Listening
31. Exploring Don’t-Know mind
32. Meditative Reading
33. Mindfulness of Your Place in the Universe
34. Using Mindfulness to Break Bad Habits
35. Making a Habit of Mindfulness
36. Other Frequently Asked Questions

Tips on Creating Your Own Mindfulness Group
A Secular Invocation
About the Author
Review “Grounded in solid research on the brain and physical and mental health — and full of practical ideas and methods — this friendly, down-to-earth guide is a wonderful resource for both beginners and longtime meditators.” — Rick Hanson, PhD, author of Hardwiring Happiness and Buddha’s Brain “Everyone, regardless of views or beliefs, can develop happiness and wisdom. In Secular Meditation, Rick Heller and the Humanist Community at Harvard offer a straightforward way for nonreligious people to connect with their inner capabilities for compassion and clarity.” — Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness

“An ideal introduction for those new to the practice, as well as a valuable compendium offering fresh perspectives for seasoned meditators.” — Stephen Batchelor, author of Buddhism Without Beliefs and After Buddhism

“In simple, accessible language, Secular Meditation introduces practices that profoundly transform our hearts and consciousness. Through a rich weave of stories, teachings, meditations, and inquiry, this book offers trustworthy guidance on the journey of awakening.” — Tara Brach, Ph.D., author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge

“This book — at once simple and profound — is a joy to read. Rick Heller manages to capture the essence of traditional Buddhist practices and translate them into a no-nonsense secular format. His suggestions for practice are straightforward and can be easily incorporated into daily life.” — Kristin Neff, Ph.D., associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin and author of Self-Compassion

“This book has the potential to benefit many people. Rick has a light and yet substantial style that makes his writing lovely and approachable. He is clearly practicing what he is writing about, which makes for an authentic and sincere offering to this world. ” — Narayan Helen Liebenson, guiding teacher at the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center and the Insight Meditation Society

Secular Meditation is a clear and generous adaptation of Buddhist and other practices for the humanist community. It is a great book for people who believe that the human mind can be trained just as the body can but who are uncomfortable with any supernatural claims. It is simple and accessible, opening doors to generosity, clarity, and joyfulness in this life.” — James Ishmael Ford, author of If You’re Lucky, Your Heart Will Break

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