Preparing the Mind and Body for Peaceful Meditation
by Swami Saradananda
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Pub Date 8 Jun 2021 | Archive Date 1 Jun 2021
Watkins, Watkins Publishing
Meditation practice can be blocked by aches and pains felt while sitting. This allows the jittery mind to take up residence, and leads to the feeling of "not being good at meditation".
Sitting Comfortably explores the physical issues that may arise while sitting, from painful knees to tight hamstrings. Swami Saradananda shows how yoga preparation, breathing and adapting postures can help to strengthen the body to be able to maintain a sitting meditation. She invites us to understand how the mind can easily be distracted, like a puppy, and that physical discomfort can often be this distraction in disguise.
This is the only book to focus on the physicality of a formal meditation practice. Helping prepare the body for the mindful practice of meditation, so that mind and body are in synchronicity. It will be an invaluable reference guide for students of mindfulness, yoga, Buddhism, as well as New Age traditions.
The book is broken down into 8 chapters, including: Overcoming obstacles to meditation; The art of sitting for meditation; Stretches/yoga poses that can help you sit comfortably; Breathing exercises (pranayama); Diet and lifestyle; Off your cushion and into the world. Beautifully illustrated throughout, this is the ultimate guide to preparing to meditate.
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Average rating from 14 members
I received a complimentary copy from Watkins Publishing through NetGalley. What I liked most about this book was it wasn't a sit down and read book. It was a read and put into practice one step at a time. I find that where it is broken into chapters with great illustrations, it is a book that is going to help me in my journey as I move forward. There is a lot of information here and breathing exercises is the most helpful for me right now. I think it changes as the events in life changes because different days brings me to different chapters.
As a person who did yoga before the pandemic hit, I enjoyed learning about it. This book is one of the most beautifully illustrated I've read for a long time. The information is easy to follow, and the photographs are beneficial. I'd love a hardback copy when it is out. Excellent book!
Very informative book. Full of a lot of useful information. This book will also be very useful for future reference.
I really liked the drawings and the colour of the book it was really vibrant. The pictures break up the writing. I found meditation hard so this book is very useful it talks about the physical side of meditation it tells you how to meditate and gives you suggestions how not to fall asleep which is something I struggle with . I like how it shields you how to sit in the pictures and how to ground you self. I have found this book very useful and I will keep coming back to it. Thank you NetGalley for letting me read this book.