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Meditation Secrets for Women: Discovering Your Passion, Pleasure, and Inner Peace Paperback – January 23, 2001
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Meditation fills a need that women crave: to carve out time for themselves "to rest, to restore, to settle in." Rather than impose rules and strict discipline, however, the authors encourage women to rejuvenate themselves, open up, and affirm their "womanness" through meditation.
Meditation Secrets for Women presents 12 "secrets" in 12 chapters. Each secret is a theme, such as "celebrate your senses," "claim your inner authority," "ride your rhythms," or "love your body." Each chapter starts with a poem and includes explorations (questions for you to ponder), skill circle (practical tips for skill building), meditations, and reflections. This is a nurturing book, filled with acceptance, warmth, and encouragement. If you've tried to meditate but found it too restrictive, dull, or difficult, this book will give you a different, distinctly womanly, approach.
The authors are a married couple who have been teaching meditation to women for 50 combined years. Maurine is also a dancer and healing practitioner. Roche is the author of Meditation Made Easy. --Joan Price
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Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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1. "Meditation Secrets for Women" is supremely easy reading. Its 292 pages (much meatier - and juicier! - than most meditation books) fly. Now this may not be important to some people, but, heck, who wants to battle through a dry, arid wasteland of intellectual ramblings? Fortunately, you'll find no such thing here. The writing is by turns funny, serious, sensuous, electrifying, and poetic, but never less than wise.
2. "Meditation Secrets for Women" is carefully broken down into 12 easily digestible chapters, with each chapter covering exactly one secret.
3. Secret. That's the key word. "Are they really `secrets'," you may wonder, "or is this just some hokey scam to get me to fork over my hard-earned dough?" No, they're secrets, all right. Not the kind of hush-hush secrets that have been passed down from master to pupil for thousands of years (far from it, in fact, as you will soon see), but the kinds of secrets that have been denied women too long.
4. You see the sad fact is that many contemporary women (and men!) have been taught meditation techniques designed for monks over a thousand years ago. And as the authors quite rightly point out, these techniques aren't just plain irrelevant to life in the 21st century, they're highly dangerous as well. If you've ever tried meditating to "kill your ego," "block your desires," "blunt your instincts," or "purge your mind of all thoughts," (to name just a few toxic objectives) you know how devitalizing and dehumanizing this type of meditation can be.
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I found "Mediation Secrets for Women" a pleasure to read and revolutionary. The authors challenge traditional approaches to meditation (mostly developed by male monks) and describe a meditation practice particularly tuned to women. It is more sensual and creative than most traditional practices. The book is full of suggestions and it invites the reader to really investigate and create meditation for oneself. When I finished reading "Meditation Secrets for Women" I felt as though I had gotten a "transmission". The writing itself seems to transmit the practice the authors describe and invite the reader into it.
Even though it is "for women", and I am a woman myself, I thought that many men, especially men interested in meditation, would be interested in this book. Sensuality, creativity, emotion, rhythms in life and instincts are domains of all humans. At the very least the book could help men to better understand the deep nature of women.
I find "Secrets" to be revolutionary and a very important book for the empowerment of women because I believe women's progress depends on women accessing inner power which is authentic to them. As I read the book I thought about how practicing deep internal techniques in order to empower themselves is very important for women for all sorts of reasons: making their creative and productive mark in the world, standing up for themselves, resisiting abuse, nurturing themselves and their loved ones, having satisfying intimate relationships, impacting politics, staying healthy and more.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book wasn't what I was looking for for meditation.Published 6 months ago by MaryLee L. Hibbard
Arrive quickly and is an amazing source for stepping more deeply into meditation.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Love this book. Makes you realize the deeper sensual side of meditation. I've meditated for over two years now but after reading this book my meditations are deeper, more sensual... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Sarah Fullerton
This is an awesome Manual with diverse meditations. This really opened my mind and heart to the variety of meditations. I've tried many of them and have been successful. Read morePublished 23 months ago by GoddessLuv3
Great ideas on how to catch up with inner self and slow down to appreciate life more. Borrowed one and liked it so much, glad to find it here.Published on July 31, 2013 by A. greenhalgh
I do like this book, but I have not finished it, this book has a lot of helpful ideas, things that I can apply to my life that will make me a much better in my everyday life. Read morePublished on March 8, 2013 by Angela