Project Empowerment is excited to have on Author Patricia Monaghan who co-wrote Meditation — The Complete Guide: Techniques from East to West to Calm the Mind, Heal the Body, and Enrich the Spirit.
Meditation means many things to many people. To some, it means simple relaxation. To others, it means a deep blissful surrender to the divine. It can be the rigorous following of a prescribed path or the exploring of a method unique to the individual meditator.
Uniquely comprehensive, this one-stop resource describes 35 distinct meditation practices, detailing their historical background and contemporary use, ways to begin, and additional resources. The what and why of meditation in general are discussed, with emphasis on helping readers discover what particular type of meditators they are. The authors include an easy-to-use but thorough self-test on personal habits and preferences that directs readers to choose a practice that fits their tastes and circumstances.
Disciplines grounded in Buddhism, Tantrism, Taoism, and Islam are included, as are contemplative prayer, Quaker worship, shamanism, drumming, trance dancing, yoga, mindfulness, labyrinth walking, and gardening. Even needle crafts are explored in a spirit that invites and instructs novice, devotee, and healing professional alike.
About the Authors
Patricia Monaghan lectures frequently on connections between mythology, spirituality, women’s studies, and science. She lives in Chicago, Illinois. Eleanor G. Viereck is the author of Alaska’s Wilderness Medicine and Yoga: Skillful Means. Visit Patricia online at http://www.patricia-monaghan.com.
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