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Inviting Silence: Universal Principles of Meditationby Gunilla Norris
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The basic principles of meditation and mindful living are explained in this guide for everyday living. The deep and abiding qualities of silence and the foundation of true spiritual experience are explored, and the need to make conscious choices in daily life to ready oneself for meditation is illuminated. This book also provides individuals with all the particulars of good meditation practice and explains the challenges and rewards of group meditation. Ideal for individuals and spiritual friends to use alone or with one another, this text is a thoughtful primer on finding silence and a practical manual on meditation for seekers of every persuasion.
"A writer, therapist and meditation teacher, Norris pens an invitation and a challenge: be still. She writes for those who begin to experience spiritual yearning, as opposed to those who are already students somewhere along the spiritual path. As such, her instructions on beginning to meditate — becoming acquainted with and comfortable in silence — are simple and gradual. The material is logically organized, covering in friendly and flowing language what a beginner needs to know: Pay attention. Breathe. Sit up straight. Stick to it. Work with others to support a practice of silence. She rarely uses the term 'meditate,' as if that were too much spiritual jargon. This is paradoxically consistent with the best teachers of meditation, who know that the practice of paying attention is intended for everyday life as well as for the focused, intentional practice of meditation. A published poet, Norris chooses an evocative form for her words: a kind of spiritual blank verse, short unrhymed lines that themselves encourage slow reading and pausing to think and digest. ('In our present culture/silence is something like an endangered species....') This small, gift-sized book successfully gives a gentle nudge toward a demanding spiritual discipline. (Sept. 30) FYI: BlueBridge is a new spirituality publisher, created by HiddenSpring founder Jan-Erik Guerth." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
In this luminous guide, a meditation teacher explores how one can bring the peace and power of silence and meditation into everyday life.
The basic principles of meditation and mindful living are explained in this guide for everyday living. Ideal for individuals and spiritual friends to use alone or with one another, "Inviting Silence" is a thoughtful primer on finding silence and a practical manual on meditation for seekers of every persuasion.
About the Author
Gunilla Norris is a meditation teacher and psychotherapist in private practice and the author of Becoming Bread and Being Home. She lives in Mystic, Connecticut.
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