"We've been taught that awakening is difficult," explains Adyashanti, "that to wake up from the illusion of separation takes years. But all it really takes is a willingness to look into the depths of your experience here and now." True Meditation gives you the opportunity to reclaim the original purpose of meditation, as a gateway to "the objectless freedom of being".
©2006 Adyashanti; (P)2006 Sounds True. All rights reserved.
In reading other reader comments I almost didn't buy this, so now I am writing a review to aid those who might make the mistake of not getting this. Other sites reviewers rated this very highly, but another reviewer here said it was not as described and no mediation techiniques were offered. I disagree.
I think that reader may have been looking for a more guided form of meditation technique. This author teaches you to let go of trying to control your meditative practice and experience it on a more organic level. It is very effective if you are looking to examine deep meditation with an emphasis on spirtual awakening rather than guided meditation for relaxation or to achieve other goals. Very very nice, relaxing and easy to understand.
I really enjoyed this book. I struggle with meditation and now I know why..I am to caught up on what I think it should be like. This book takes a fresh look at how to do meditations.
He has a sense of humour.. while still getting to the point
Although I havnt I have recently purchased another of his books Spontaneous Awakening
And can't wait to get into it.
My reaction was...so thats what I have been doing wrong all this time!
I loved it, anyone struggling with meditation should purchase this book and try this approad to meditation!
Was very easy to understand....wow!
this book reminded me of Jack Kornfield materal(which i enjoyed so much)
everything! its hard to separate into the best parts, but to nerrow it down, i guess it was Guided meditations...
his peaceful voice help me to discover hope for change!! this book reached me on very deep amazing level:)!
Retired RN on a spiritual journey.
This explains what happen to people who are trying to learn how to truly meditate, what it feels like to really meditate but in the wrong way.
Adyashanti, this is a very spiritual young man that seems to know what he is talking about
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Bestt Author I've came across next to Deepak
I've not heard of Adyashanti but found he has a refreshing take on meditation practice, from slightly outside of standard religious approaches to meditation practice.
I think this is well worth the cost at least for the first part. I got a bit lost in the second but don't care, I'll just rewind and listen to the first part again. It needs to be listened to a few times to get the full effect of what he is saying.
If you have been studying Buddhism or meditation for some time then this is well worth a purchase.
I could not get past the first twenty minutes or so of this book due to the author's mispronunciation of common words. Additionally some of the material was a little too new age-y, mumbo jumbo for my taste. But I probably could have gotten past that and into the real meat of this book--meditation and mindfulness--were it not for the author's reading (though it sounded as if he were conducting a class, so perhaps the book derived from the class rather than the other way around). A professional reading this book would have helped tremendously.
The teachings and guided meditations here are helpful for the short-term if you want to relax and get a good night's sleep.
The teachings on accepting yourself and everybody else in the world are too idealistic. Although you may feel like a spiritual giant for awhile, your "acceptance of what is" will likely last until the first driver cuts you off on the freeway or a co-worker takes credit for work you've done. Then you are likely to revert to your previous status as a human being with all the traits of anger, fear and frustration that characterize the human condition.
As a more pragmatic teacher once said: "Nobody rises above human."
If you're looking to relax without a martini, then this program might help you for a night or two. But if you're looking for a philosophy of life, you may be disappointed.
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