It’s that time of year again, when spring fast forwards into an unofficial summer and our minds drift off to frosty beverages and sandy lands by the sea. The lazy days are almost upon us! (Even if only in our minds.) As we transition into a season of chillaxing we thought it apropos to supply with some quality reading material. We hope you’ve been keeping up with the book excerpts and giveaways thus far – and reading all the awesome comments! We’re really excited about this next one.
Pema Chödrön is one of those authors who can put things into words and perspective with such aplomb you not only feel better, you feel freer.
For instance, one of our favorite unsuspecting quotes from Pema, a buddhist monk and otherwise reserved looking lady, is this one from the classic When Things Fall Apart:
“Rather than letting our negativity get the better of us, we could acknowledge that right now we feel like a piece of shit and not be squeamish about taking a good look.”
Oh. Well then. All right. Of course, that’s more difficult than it reads, but Pema is especially wonderful at laying it all out there, to help us along with our own ah-ha moments. In her new book, How to Meditate, we’re provided with wisdom and straightforward advice about a practice that may not appear to be very straightforward. Also, she can be pretty funny.
More about the book:
This comprehensive guide shows readers how to honestly meet and openly relate with the mind to embrace the fullness of our experience as we discover:
- The basics of meditation, from getting settled and the six points of posture to working with your breath and cultivating an attitude of unconditional friendliness.
- The Seven Delights-how moments of difficulty can become doorways to awakening and love.
- Shamatha (or calm abiding), the art of stabilizing the mind to remain present with whatever arises.
- Thoughts and emotions as “sheer delight”-instead of obstacles-in meditation.
Read the excerpt here.
WIN: We’re pleased to be giving away 3 copies of How to Meditate: A Practical Guide to Making Friends with Your Mind by Pema Chödrön.
TO ENTER: In the age of constant distractionville (there are industries that exist solely to distract you!) it’s easy to be deterred from sitting and finding stillness. Share with us in the comments your biggest distraction when trying to meditate and what you try to do to bring yourself back in. OR maybe you haven’t started a meditation practice yet. In that case, what’s the obstacle?
Maybe we can all learn a few tips!
Giveaway open until 11:59pm Tuesday, June 4. Winners will be chosen at random and announced soon after. Good luck!
UPDATE: Congrats to JN, Donna Lee Parker and We! Thanks to all who entered. Best of luck on your continued meditation journeys!