The Leveys, who teach stress-management methods to a variety of organizations, including the U.S. Army Green Berets, offer an inviting and highly practical manual for those who want to enhance "health and performance, master stress and deepen their appreciation of life." They begin by discussing relaxation, presenting eight simple, discrete techniques for identifying and releasing tension within the body and mind. They then progress to concentration, offering 11 separate methods, including several deep-breathing exercises, designed to help one disregard distractions, stabilize the mind and bring one's full attention to bear on the object of concentration. Proper relaxation and concentration are fundamental for successful meditation, which here is both a path to spiritual liberation and also a real-world strategy for altering harmful patterns of thought and behavior. The Leveys then offer 39 methods of meditation, from simply listening purposefully to one's surroundings to imagining that one's body is hollow. They round out the book with reflections on integrating all these techniques into everyday life and work. Many of the strategies found here are clear, step-by-step procedures; others are scripts suitable to record on tape to play back during a relaxation, concentration or meditation session. Although they do not advocate any particular spiritual tradition, the authors continually emphasize the depth and sacredness associated with these "inner arts," resulting in a useful handbook that will appeal to a wide range of readers seeking increased tranquility in and mastery over their lives.
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"Joel and Michelle Levey share more than 100 ideas, practices, and exercises they have used over the past 30 years to teach stress reduction and personal development to companies, groups, and individuals...Tailor-made for anyone dealing with physical, mental, or emotional stress." (Spirituality and Health
"The Leveys offer an inviting and highly practical manual for those who want to enhance 'health and performance, master stress, and deepen their appreciation of life.' Many of the strategies found here are clear, step-by-step procedures; others are scripts suitable to record and play back during a relaxation, concentration, or meditation session. The authors continually emphasize the depth and sacredness associated with these 'inner arts,' resulting in a useful handbook that will appeal to a wide range of readers seeking increased tranquillity in and mastery over their lives." (Publishers Weekly
"Skillfully weaves together contemporary insights into the value of and need for meditation in our lives with a large number of extremely evocative suggestions for different ways to practice." (Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Wherever You Go, There You Are)
"A skillful blend of time-proven antidotes to the stress of modern life." (Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence)
"What a beautiful book! We need so much in our world to focus on how to be instead of how to do, and [this book] shows the way." (Larry Dossey, M.D., author of Space, Time, & Medicine and Healing Wounds)
"The methods included here work wonders. As a satisfied user of so many of them, I affirm that they truly deepen the appreciation of life." (Ram Dass, author of Be Here Now, How Can I Help, Grist for the Mill, and Journey of Awakening)
"The Leveys' work has great prospects for bringing the inner sciences to a very wide section of people who may not under ordinary circumstances come into contact with the inner technologies of mental development and transformation." (His Holiness the Dalai Lama)
"As an ultramarathon bicyclist I rode 10-12 days at a time for 22 hours per day. This not only takes a well toned body, but a fine tuned mind. Joel & Michelle have guided me from one unaware of her potential to a competitive ultramarathon athlete. By using techniques in this book I have been able to combine a positive attitude with self-confidence and discipline to be very successful. My success in not only in my competitive endeavors, but in the rest of my life during work , play and social activities...I recommend Joel and Michelle's book to anyone interested in techniques for realizing their full potentials." (Cheryl Marek, 1987 RAAM Rookie of the Year (Ride Across America), 1984 Women's Tandem RAAM Record Holder)
"Practical and down-to-earth, this is a remarkable and comprehensive workbook for mastering the stress of life." (NAPRA ReVIEW
"A thoroughly useful, practical guidebook offering a distillation of many years of study and practice." (Yoga and Health