Friday, August 20, 2010
If you go to the Sounds True website, you will discover that they offer you two free CD's for signing up for their e-mails. One is beautiful music for meditation derived from various sources. The second, entitled "The Power of Meditation," includes spoken excerpts from various renowned spiritual teachers, as described below. I encourage you to obtain both of these, for they are quite inspirational. They are intended to lead you into a state of peace and tranquillity, something we all need, even those of us who are most frequently caught up in the sometimes more tempestuous feelings of Kundalini. I think our challenge is to hold both--to be open to bliss (ecstasy) and yet maintain a feeling of quiet stability within.
Here is the description of what is included on "The Power of Meditation."
The Power of Meditation
Meditation is a tool for discovering ourselves—our gifts, weaknesses, hopes, and fears—and opening to the essence of who we are and how we fit into the world. For the past 25 years, Sounds True has had the privilege of recording many of today's leading meditation teachers from diverse spiritual traditions. The Power of Meditation: Teachings and Guided Practices to Calm the Mind and Open the Heart invites you to experience for yourself the countless benefits of regular meditation practice.
Track title synopses
1. Introduction with Tami Simon, founder of Sounds True
Tami Simon describes how meditation helps accelerate genuine transformation and how the practice can empower us to meet today’s unique challenges with fresh solutions and a renewed sense of possibility.
2. "The Purpose of Meditation" with Reggie Ray
The author of Touching Enlightenment discusses the many motives behind meditation describing how it has always been a part of human societies and why meditation offers a vital gift to us today.
3. "Why Meditate?" with Jack Kornfield
Meditation is a tool for embracing everything that arises in our experience—especially that which we ordinarily prefer to avoid. Jack Kornfield explores how meditation enables us to face the reality of impermanence and learn to relax with uncertainty.
4. "Mindful Breathing" with Thich Nhat Hanh
Although there are dozens of styles of meditation, one thing many practices have in common is the ability to synchronize body and mind in the present moment. Thich Nhat Hanh guides us in the art of mindful breathing, a cornerstone meditation skill that unfolds the richness of this moment.
5. "Calming the Mind" with Sharon Salzberg
The author of The Kindness Handbook leads us in a formal sitting session where we use the breath to calm the mind and draw attention away from busy thoughts.
6. "Tonglen Meditation: Softening the Heart" with Pema Chödrön
Meditation is celebrated for its ability to cultivate tender-heartedness and activate compassion. Pema Chödrön guides us in the centuries-old Tibetan Buddhist practice of "tonglen" (literally "taking and sending") for dissolving the boundaries we sense between ourselves and others.
7. "The Lake Meditation" with Jon Kabat-Zinn
For this meditation, you’re welcome to simply lie down and let go, as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction founder Jon Kabat-Zinn takes you on a guided visualization into the heart of relaxation.
8. Conclusion – credits