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Guided Meditations: For Calmness, Awareness, and Love Audio CD – Audiobook, October 1, 2002
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Mindfulness of Breathing
This practice is in four stages. After setting up our posture, we become more aware of our bodies and relax as deeply as possible. We become aware of the breath naturally flowing in and out, and then:
1. Count just after each out breath. Count up to ten breaths, and then start over at one.
2. As with the previous stage, but count just before each in breath.
3. Let go of the counting, simply following the breath.
4. Focus on the place where we first feel the breath entering and leaving our bodies (usually the rims of the nostrils).
Whenever we become aware that our minds have wandered, we let go of our distractions and come back to the breath once again.
Metta Bhavana Practice
"Metta" is essentially untranslatable. It means "love", "friendliness", "lovingkindness", and "empathy". It's an attitude of caring, concern, and cherishing. It's something we've all experienced to some degree or another. We experience metta every time we feel concerned about someone we know, or when we practice patience, or when we spontaneously help someone who is in difficulties. "Bhavana" means "cultivation" or "development", and so this is the practice of the "development of lovingkindness". It is based on the insight that all beings desire freedom from suffering.
The metta bhavana is in five stages. As always, we begin by setting up our posture, becoming more aware of our body and relaxing as deeply as we can. We become aware of our emotions, accepting that whatever we feel is where we are starting from.
1. Cultivate metta (love, care, forgiveness, etc) towards ourselves.
2. Cultivate metta for a good friend.
3. Cultivate metta for a "neutral person" (someone we don't have any strong feelings for).
4. Cultivate metta for someone that we experience conflict with, or for whom we feel ill will.
5. Cultivate metta for all beings capable of experiencing suffering and of desiring well being.
Walking meditation is an unstructured practice where we use the experience of walking as an object of awareness being aware of our bodies, our feelings and emotions, our thoughts, and our senses. If our mind wanders, we bring it back to our present experience. This helps us to remain "in the moment".
You can do walking meditation as part of a normal walk to work or to the grocery store, or you can set aside some special time to do the practice in the countryside or in a park. Other forms of walking meditation are described on the Wildmind site.
More About the Author
Bodhipaksa runs the online meditation center Wildmind (www.wildmind.org) to promote awareness of the positive effects of meditation. He has a particular interest in teaching meditation in prisons.
Top Customer Reviews
I found Bodhipaksa�s cd to be a breath of fresh air. His soft clear voice is perfect to lead meditations. He carefully sets up each meditation in easy to follow steps. This kind of clarity is only found with someone who has been doing something for a long time. It is easy to tell that Bodhipaksa is passionate about what he does. (Bodhipaksa is a member of the Western Buddhist Order, and has been a practicing Buddhist for eighteen years, and teaching meditation for more than a decade)
Relevant to today�s society, where the pace of life is way too fast, and stress is at an all time high. Relax and Rejuvenate with Bodhipaksa and this is guided meditation CD, it is like having your own private meditation teacher.
I can't wait for the book!!!
Wendy Aitken BSc BEd
Certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor
This specific CD contains three basic meditations: mindfulness of breathing, loving-kindness and walking meditation. The first two are rather common to find, but instruction on walking meditation is a bit more unusual to find on audio.
I found all of the meditations to be simple, straightforward, uncomplicated by distracting music and well thought out. The first two do an excellent job of covering the basics and are quite good for a beginner. There are many fine points to both these meditations that one can learn later from a book such as MINDFULNESS WITH BREATHING by Buddhadasa Bhikkhu or Sharon Salzberg's book on Loving-Kindness Meditation.
I'm glad a walking meditation was included on this CD and I think this one is a good start. However, I felt this section of the CD could be better and include more instruction. There are many levels to walking meditation and perhaps the author felt it was most important to start somewhere and give people a simple practice to start.
I have found walking meditation to be particularly useful for busy Westerners and learning the various levels and fine points of this practice important. There are not a lot of audio resources for this information, but the Insight Meditation package by Salzberg and Goldstein does a pretty good job. However, their voices are not nearly as pleasant as Bodhipaksa. This additional instruction may help you to take your practice of walking meditation further, however.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
the amazon reviews. one guy said,, too much talking!! I agree. I sent it back...I should have listened to him.Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
I've been meditating for a few years now and I go back to this as the essential guided meditation series. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Lisa Hess
Poor quality audio not good tone of voice. I would not recommend it.Published 6 months ago by Bruce C.
I fnd these meditations create a sense of calm and I feel very peaceful after a meditation. It is a worthwhile purchase.Published 8 months ago by Gerthie Owtram
Excellent guided meditation. Very restful and not intrusive. I thought I would miss music but I did not.Published 9 months ago by Charles R. Marrs