Inner Tranquility by P-IndependentPublis


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Author: Darren Main
Table of Contents

Part One: Learning to Sit
Chapter 1: Learning to Sit
Chapter 2: Training the Mind
Chapter 3: The Obstacles to Stillness

Part Two: How Meditation Works
Chapter 4: The Psychology of Meditation
Chapter 5: The Physiology of Meditation
Chapter 6: Meditation and Emotions
Chapter 7: Meditation and the Group Mind

A. Frequent Questions
B. Styles of Meditation
C. Meditation Props and Supplies

Going beyond a basic overview to explain how and why meditation works, this manual provides clear
instruction on how to create a daily meditation practice, emphasizing how important it is—especially for
Westerners who are not used to being still—to sit correctly. By using contemporary examples from his
own practice and more than a decade of teaching various meditation techniques, the information is
presented in a modern way that is easy to understand, fun, and attainable. Perfect for both novice and
seasoned practitioners, these simple techniques help deepen the practice and explore the physical,
psychological, and emotional benefits of daily meditation.


What is before you is it, utterly whole, complete and perfect. To seek outside is to miss it totally: This is
a place you can’t get to by going anywhere. When we let go of all our battles and open our heart to
whatever is present, we come to rest fully in the here and now. This is the beginning and end of spiritual
practice. —Jack KornfieldLike most children who were raised in a Western culture, I was not taught
meditation. Although I was born into a Roman Catholic family, my personal inquiries into spiritual matters
didn’t begin until, as a young adult, I chose to look within for my happiness. It was in 1989 that I began
my spiritual path. At the time, I didn’t even know what a spiritual path was or where it would lead, but the
circumstances of my life had become so uncomfortable that change or death had become my only
choices. I was at that proverbial fork in the road.Although I was only 18 years old, my body was in sad
shape. My muscles hurt, and I often suffered from stomach upsets, abdominal cramps, and migraine
headaches. Advil and antacids had become staples. This should not have come as a big surprise since I
was living on coffee, fast food, and cigarettes. I was also getting by on as little sleep as possible, figuring
that I could nap during my high school classes. Although my body appeared to be in good shape in as
much as I was not overweight, I could not walk up a flight of stairs without becoming out of
breath.Emotionally and mentally I was in even worse shape. I found myself in frequent bouts of
depression that seemed to last for months. Drugs and alcohol were the only things I could find that would
bring me any relief from the dismal pit that my young life had become. And so by fate, luck, or
providence, I found myself in an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting—again. It was not my first meeting, but
it might as well have been. My desperation and suffering had bottomed in an abyss that forced me to look
at the 12-step program with fresh eyes. Although the 12 steps still seemed quite foreign to me, my
everincreasing level of suffering made them seem more and more palatable. They were starting to make
sense for the first time. That is, all except for the 11th step.Step 11 instructs the alcoholic to create a
daily practice of prayer and meditation. My aversion to the word prayer was not my biggest problem with
this step. Though tight knots formed in my stomach whenever the word was mentioned, prayer was at
least familiar to me.
Author Bio
Darren Main
Darren Main is a yoga and meditation instructor and a regular columnist for PlanetOut. He is the author of
The Findhorn Book of Meditation, Spiritual Journeys Along the Yellow Brick Road, and Yoga and the Path
of the Urban Mystic. He lives in San Francisco. <br/> <br/>

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