Meditation as an Art of Life - a Basic Reader (Wingspan Press 2008)
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 Compass (short introduction and update to the Hara Exercise).
2) 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).
3) The Nine Gates of Middle-earth. An update to the whole book, where the spiritual development is seen in relation with the chakra system.
4) On Asking Philosophical Questions (a short introduction to the main theory of the book).
5) What is a Life Artist? (the book encourages you to become a life artist. Here is a short description).
6) Meditation and the Philosophical Diary. An update to the supporting exercise The Philosophical Diary
7) The Eckhart Tolle Show - a Critique. This is a correction of my praise of Tolle.
8) Meditation as an Art of Life – The Ancient Logos (about how I recently have discovered the book´s similarities with new scholarly depictions of ancient philosophy.
9) 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 way 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).
10) On my blog Morten Tolboll I regularly write texts related to this book. In the blog archive you can for example search under the categories Questions and Answers (examples from my counseling sessions), and Philosophy as a Spiritual Practice (theoretical reflections).
11) Bohemian Travel Stories as a Spiritual Exercise (how to use the philosophical diary as a tool of training yourself in storytelling)].
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