This book is a collection of 17 practical meditation techniques that can help you quiet your mind and center yourself in the present moment. These techniques have evolved from years of experimentation, and rather than being theoretical or intellectual, they are purely existential and practical. They are easy, accessible, and work for a large cross-section of people.There are many misconceptions about meditation. Meditation isn't something you can do. Rather, meditation is the stoppage of all doing, thinking, projecting, or worrying. It is simply being - existing - in the present moment with total awareness and ease. Chances are, you've experienced moments of meditation in your life. Moments in which you witnessed your mind and body's functioning like a 3rd party observer. Moments in which you were completely present to your experience, taking it all in without interpretation. This witnessing may happen in the throes of an orgasm, or while playing a musical instrument, or while hiking in the woods.
Even if you only pick up two or three of these meditation techniques, you'll be light years ahead of the average person. You'll have some spiritual technology that you can use to reliably calm your mind, relax your body, and cultivate a deep awareness and sensitivity to life itself. Osho has said that meditation is the art of opening your eyes. Meditation is an act of courage, a gesture of awakening.
Here are some of the things you can expect from an honest foray into meditation:
Meditation awakens courage, strength, awareness, and many other beautiful qualities in your being. And it can be done anywhere, any time. Give yourself the gift of presence. The gift of living in the here and now. As Osho has said, "take a courageous jump into the ocean of life," and try these meditation techniques!
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
Not really. I knew how to meditate using my breathing and was keen to increase my knowledge. I might just have well saved my money and just read the description, it was much more motivational than the audiobook.
Would you be willing to try another book from Vincent Vinturi? Why or why not?
No, I'm afraid not, for the reasons I described above.
If this book were a movie would you go see it?