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Breathing Through the Whole Body: The Buddha's Instructions on Integrating Mind, Body, and Breath

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Explores the Buddha’s own words on breathing meditation for healing, wholeness, and a deeper understanding of his teachings

• Explains the complete series of steps in the Buddha’s Satipatthana Sutta for refining awareness of the breath, from posture and center of gravity to extending breath awareness beyond the nostrils, lungs, and abdomen to the entire body

• Shows that stillness in meditation refers only to the mind, not to the body

• Reveals breath to be a direct agent of healing for chronic tensions and an agitated mind

Explaining how stillness in meditation refers not to a rigid and frozen body but to a quality of mind, Will Johnson examines the Buddha’s own words at the core of the Satipatthana Sutta: “As you breathe in, breathe in through the whole body; as you breathe out, breathe out through the whole body”--an instruction often overlooked in the majority of Buddhist schools. Exploring the Buddha’s complete series of steps for deepening awareness of the breath, he shows how to invite natural, responsive movement back into the posture of meditation by extending breath awareness beyond the nostrils, lungs, and abdomen to the entire body--a practice that unifies the breath, body, and mind into a single shared phenomenon.

Showing how the flow of breath is directly affected by chronic tensions in the body and in the mind, Johnson explains that when breath starts flowing through more and more of the body, it becomes a direct agent of healing, massaging and melting any areas of tension it touches and moves through, whether physical or emotional. By breathing through the whole body in accordance with the Buddha’s instructions on breath, the body becomes much more comfortable, the mind starts resolving its addiction to thinking, and meditative practice deepens much more rapidly, allowing the teachings of the Buddha to be directly glimpsed and revealed.

Synopsis:

Explores the Buddha’s own words on breathing meditation for healing, wholeness, and a deeper understanding of his teachings

• Explains the complete series of steps in the Buddha’s Satipatthana Sutta for refining awareness of the breath, from posture and center of gravity to extending breath awareness beyond the nostrils, lungs, and abdomen to the entire body

• Shows that stillness in meditation refers only to the mind, not to the body

• Reveals breath to be a direct agent of healing for chronic tensions and an agitated mind

Explaining how stillness in meditation refers not to a rigid and frozen body but to a quality of mind, Will Johnson examines the Buddha’s own words at the core of the Satipatthana Sutta: “As you breathe in, breathe in through the whole body; as you breathe out, breathe out through the whole body”--an instruction often overlooked in the majority of Buddhist schools. Exploring the Buddha’s complete series of steps for deepening awareness of the breath, he shows how to invite natural, responsive movement back into the posture of meditation by extending breath awareness beyond the nostrils, lungs, and abdomen to the entire body--a practice that unifies the breath, body, and mind into a single shared phenomenon.

Showing how the flow of breath is directly affected by chronic tensions in the body and in the mind, Johnson explains that when breath starts flowing through more and more of the body, it becomes a direct agent of healing, massaging and melting any areas of tension it touches and moves through, whether physical or emotional. By breathing through the whole body in accordance with the Buddha’s instructions on breath, the body becomes much more comfortable, the mind starts resolving its addiction to thinking, and meditative practice deepens much more rapidly, allowing the teachings of the Buddha to be directly glimpsed and revealed.

About the Author

Will Johnson is the author of Rumi's Four Essential Practices, The Sailfish and the Sacred Mountain, Yoga of the Mahamudra, and the award-winning The Spiritual Practices of Rumi.  He is also coauthor, with translator Nevit Ergin, of The Forbidden Rumi and The Rubais of Rumi.  He lives in British Columbia.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Part One

The Foundation of the Body

1    A Quiet Place

2    The Upright Spine

3    Center of Gravity

4    Solidity and Vibration

5    Stillness and Motion

   Letting Go

Part Two

The Breath of Unending Motion

7    Into the Center

8    The Koan of Breathing

Upright Spine

Upside Down Broom

The Moving Spine

Befriending Stillness

Feeling Presence

Drawing Down

The Breath of the Unfolding Fern

Rocking the Pelvis

Floating Shoulders, Sinking Hands

Breathing the Six Directions

9    Calming the Body

10    Turning the Wheel

About the Author

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781594774348
Author:
Johnson, Will
Publisher:
Inner Traditions International
Subject:
Metaphysics-Meditation
Subject:
Religion Eastern-Buddhism
Subject:
Mental & Spiritual Healing
Subject:
SPIRITUALITY;WELLNESS;HEALING;MEDITATION;YOGA;BUDDHISM;SATIPATTHANA SUTTA;HEALTH
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20120131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.38 x 0.3 in 4.62 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Explores the Buddha’s own words on breathing meditation for healing, wholeness, and a deeper understanding of his teachings

• Explains the complete series of steps in the Buddha’s Satipatthana Sutta for refining awareness of the breath, from posture and center of gravity to extending breath awareness beyond the nostrils, lungs, and abdomen to the entire body

• Shows that stillness in meditation refers only to the mind, not to the body

• Reveals breath to be a direct agent of healing for chronic tensions and an agitated mind

Explaining how stillness in meditation refers not to a rigid and frozen body but to a quality of mind, Will Johnson examines the Buddha’s own words at the core of the Satipatthana Sutta: “As you breathe in, breathe in through the whole body; as you breathe out, breathe out through the whole body”--an instruction often overlooked in the majority of Buddhist schools. Exploring the Buddha’s complete series of steps for deepening awareness of the breath, he shows how to invite natural, responsive movement back into the posture of meditation by extending breath awareness beyond the nostrils, lungs, and abdomen to the entire body--a practice that unifies the breath, body, and mind into a single shared phenomenon.

Showing how the flow of breath is directly affected by chronic tensions in the body and in the mind, Johnson explains that when breath starts flowing through more and more of the body, it becomes a direct agent of healing, massaging and melting any areas of tension it touches and moves through, whether physical or emotional. By breathing through the whole body in accordance with the Buddha’s instructions on breath, the body becomes much more comfortable, the mind starts resolving its addiction to thinking, and meditative practice deepens much more rapidly, allowing the teachings of the Buddha to be directly glimpsed and revealed.

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