Meditation as an Art of Life - a Basic Reader (free Ebook)
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The background for this book is the spiritual crisis, I lived through because of inappropriate consequences of yoga and meditation. Viewed against this background I started to look at meditation as an art of life.
I believe, that meditation isn't some kind of mental visualizing technique, but something philosophical, an art of life, which involves the entire cognitional, existential and ethical reality of Man. Moreover that this concept of meditation is the central core in all wisdomtraditions.
The unusual about the book is, that it claims, that all the great masters within the wisdomtraditions, actually used philosophical questions as their central meditation technique, and that all other spiritual exercises only were used to support this. In this way philosophical questions were a type of universal koans, which worked with the purpose to open the consciousness in towards the Source: the Good, the True and the Beautiful.
In the book I seek to make this clear by constructing it as a guidance in, how this quite concrete can be put into practice.
1) The Yoga Cycle (in the introduction to the supporting exercises I advice people to practice some Hatha yoga exercises. This link is a guide to the exercises I myself perform daily).
2) The Compass - The Forgotten Secret of Hara Healing (longer introduction and update to the Hara Exercise. Here there is included an important "Supplying Hara Exercise". Furthermore there is advice to how to use Hara in combination with spiritual crises and kundalini awakening).
3) The Heartmeditation. In the supporting exercises, I advice you to practice the Heartmeditation (Tonglen) half an hour each morning, after the Harameditation. I won´t recommend this anymore, since the exercise tend to develop into some kind of automatic mind struggle. Instead I recommend that you keep the exercise as an ethic rule in the back of your head, and only practice it a couple of times when you have heartfeelings; that is: when you feel an genuine need for it.
4) The Nine Gates of Middle-earth. An update to the whole book, where the spiritual development is seen in relation with the chakra system.
5) On Asking Philosophical Questions (a short introduction to the main theory of the book).
6) What is a Life Artist? (the book encourages you to become a life artist. Here is a short description).
7) Meditation and the Philosophical Diary. An update to the supporting exercise The Philosophical Diary
8) The Eckhart Tolle Show - a Critique. This is a correction of my praise of Tolle.
9) Meditation as an Art of Life – The Ancient Logos (about how I recently have discovered the book´s similarities with new scholarly depictions of Greco-Roman philosophy).
10) A Dictionary of Thought Distortions (update to the philosophical diary. In the Socratic inquire technique I presented a few common thought distortions. This book is an expansion of the list. In many ways this book is part of my own philosophical diary, and how I used critical thinking as a way of coming out of my spiritual crisis).
11) Philosophy as a Rite of Rebirth (A Shamanic Ritual) – (update to the relaxationmeditation. In this article I describe the similarity between the relaxationmeditation and the incubation exercise in Ancient Greece. Its similarity with Yoga Nidra and Dream Yoga techniques are also explained).
12) Philosophical Counseling with Tolkien (I´m talking a great deal of the importance of philosophy in Meditation as an Art of Life. This Ebook is written as a course in philosophy).
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