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A Gradual Awakening Paperback – January 16, 1989
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"Levine's message and service fill an essential need in America today." —Psychology Today
"A simple and gently written book by a man who shares his own personal experiences and insights into how meditation can work and how we can become aware of ourselves. A beautiful book, recommended for anyone interested in their own deep growth." —Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
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Poet and meditation teacher Levine writes simply and gently about his own personal experiences with and insights into vipassana meditation. An inspiring book for anyone interested in deep personal growth.
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He offers a perspective on living life fully and accepting death. Accepting what is, and living life from the deepest expression of who we are.
Start with Chapter 2, read the book, then come back to Chapter 1 - you'll like and appreciate the book much, much better.
I have been reading a chapter from this book every morning for the past year. It has made a huge difference in how I handle and cope with a high stress job in rehab medicine. I have read pages 101 through the top of 104 ("Pleasure/Pain and Happiness") to some of my patients in intense pain while they lay in bed with their eyes closed and every one reported geniune relief. Reflecting on my morning reading at points throughout the day has literally kept me from going crazy on some days.
My copy of this book has so much highlighting and underlining that it's almost time to buy a new one.
When I first read it and even today, I found the introduction a bit corny... or at least not very appealing. However, the meat of the text spoke to my heart.
The book present several different ways of meditating and some alternative ways of looking at the world. This book gently challenges the reader to examine basic assumptions and to taste the practice of meditation for themselves.
I think this is a unique book. It is particularly well suited to beginners, but has much to offer anyone. I still get a lot out of reading it when I pick it up. Stephen Levine's heart was definitely in the right place when he wrote this and his enthusiasm for his topic is infectious.
It is written in a simple language that should be understandable to a wide audience, yet the writing has depth and substance. It is quite approachable to a Western audience, with little of the Eastern metaphysical or cultural concepts that can sometimes mask the simple core of the practice.
Give it a slow read, it's a short book!