How to Sit is part of a charming series of books from Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hanh, exploring the essential foundations of mindful meditation and practise. How to Sit provides explicit, simple directions on the mechanics of posture and breathing, along with instructions for how best to achieve an awakened, relaxed state of clarity to cultivate concentration and compassion.
Since the begining of time, mankind has ben both befuddled and enthralled by the workings of his/her mind. Though many different styles and lineages of meditation have arisen through the centuries, there is still no consensus on attaining the self-perfected state. Though this book is no guarantee that you will attain this un-contrived state, when used with its complimentary book, Contemplative Meta-Physical Healing, there is the possibility of attaining some sense of relief.
A Guide to Sitting at Your Workstation Based on the Alexander Technique
Author: Ann Rodiger
Pubpsher: Dog Ear Publishing
It is not necessary to experience pain while sitting at your office workstation. Office injuries, including pains and strains caused by cumulative stresses, pose a serious threat to your overall health and to the quality of your work. Use this book to break free from harmful habits and improve your ergonomic setup, including the most important factor in the ergonomics equation: YOU! If you: Use a computer Write at a desk Talk on the phone This book will increase your productivity and efficiency at work, improve safety and breathing and help to reduce: Injury Stress Wrist pain Back pain Neck pain Eye strain Headaches The Alexander Technique Through studying the Alexander Technique, you will learn a process of awareness in action that can be applied to any situation or activity. You will learn to think consciously about what you are doing and how to respond to activities in your workplace with ease and spontaneity. Through building an awareness of your core movement patterns and how to fundamentally change them for the better, you will experience improvements in your physical and mental health and well-being. Ann Rodiger is the founder and director of the Balance Arts Center in New York City. She as been teaching the Alexander Technique for 30 years. She is also a specialist in movement education and analysis, dance, and Labanotation. She has Alexander Technique practices in New York City and Berlin, Germany. She has been on the faculty of several major universities in the United States."
New owners of the Native American Flute are often told to go sit on a rock andteach themselves how to play. Through eight lessons introducing the technique and theory of both the outer and inner game of Native American Fluteimprovisation, players of all levels learn to express the music growing inside themselves. The exercises in this volume are presented in fingering diagrams andNakai TAB-an easy-to-learn derivative of standard music notation most commonly used for Native American Flute. Audio included online
A manual for understanding the anatomical and emotional components of posture in order to heal chronic pain • Contains self-help exercises and ergonomics information to help correct unhealthy movement patterns • Teaches how to adopt suitable posture in the modern sedentary world Many people cause their own back and body pain through their everyday bad postural and movement habits. Many sense that their poor posture is probably the root of the problem, but they are unable to change long-standing habits. In The New Rules of Posture, Mary Bond approaches postural changes from the inside out. She explains that healthy posture comes from a new sense we can learn to feel, not by training our muscles into an ideal shape. Drawing from 35 years of helping people improve their bodies, she shows how habitual movement patterns and emotional factors lead to unhealthy posture. She contends that posture is the physical action we take to orient ourselves in relation to situations, emotions, and people; in order to improve our posture, we need to examine both our physical postural traits and the self-expression that underlies the way we sit, stand, and move. The way we walk, she says, is our body’s signature. Bond identifies the key anatomical features that impact alignment, particularly in light of our modern sedentary lives, and proposes six zones that help create postural changes: the pelvic floor, the breathing muscles, the abdomen, the hands, the feet, and the head. She offers self-help exercises that enable healthy function in each zone as well as information on basic ergonomics and case histories to inspire us to think about our own habitual movements. This book is a resource for Pilates, yoga, and dance instructors as well as healthcare professionals in educating people about postural self-care so they can relieve chronic pain and enjoy all life activities with greater ease.
This book brings together a broad range of Buddhist meditative techniques that have appeared in the magazine over the years. Contributors include some of the foremost voices in contemporary Buddhism: Pema Chdrn starts our journey with an inspirational Foreword. Lama Surya Das explores the definition of meditation, while Sharon Salzberg and Joseph Goldstein lay out a 28-day program for establishing a daily practice. Wherever you are on your search, you will find plenty of guidance in this book. Learn about insight meditation from Bhante Henepola Gunaratana and Sylvia Boorstein. Or about zazen from Barry Magid and Martine Batchelor. Gil Fronsdal offers instruction in metta (lovingkindness) meditation, while Judith Simmer-Brown teaches tonglen, a Tibetan Buddhist practice for cultivating compassion. We also learn about the crucial role the body plays in meditation from S. N. Goenka, Reginald Ray, Wes Nisker, and Cyndi Lee. We receive guidance on managing issues that arise in meditation from Jon Kabat-Zinn, Christina Feldman, Matthieu Ricard, Pat Enkyo O'Hara, and others. And there are practices for bringing mindfulness and compassion to daily life from Thubten Chodron, Sayadaw U Tejaniya, and Michael Carroll. Though targeted to the reader who would like to begin meditating, this collection also offers support and guidance to the experienced meditator working to sustain a lifelong practice. This is a guide to meditative practice for any seeker wishing to deepen their understanding of themselves and their world.
Traces the author's experiences as a gay Catholic in a discriminating Texas region where she was bullied and abandoned for her differences before she isolated herself, took a partner and had a son on whose behalf she fought for reacceptance into the Catholic Church. 60,000 first printing.
"In How to Sit, Tyrese Coleman investigates the border between fiction and non-fiction in a way that calls to mind Tim O'Brien's powerhouse The Things They Carried, but here the subject is the trials of black girlhood and womanhood, the dislocation of class mobility, and the impossibility of making sense of it all. Coleman has written a short work with more insight, heart and truth than the entire catalogues of even some of the best writers."--Rion Amilcar Scott, author of Insurrections [back cover].
"Teach Us to Sit Still is the visceral, thought-provoking, and inexplicably entertaining story of how Tim Parks found himself in serious pain, how doctors failed to help, and the quest he took to find his own way out. Overwhelmed by a crippling conditionwhich nobody could explain or relieve, Parks follows a fruitless journey through the conventional medical system only to find relief in the most unexpected place: a breathing exercise that eventually leads him to take up meditation. This was the very last place Parks anticipated finding answers; he was about as far from New Age as you can get. As everything that he once held true is called into question, Parks confronts the relationship between his mind and body, the hectic modern world that seems to demand all our focus, and his chosen life as an intellectual and writer. He is drawn to consider the effects of illness on the work of other writers, the role of religion in shaping our sense of self, and the influence of sports and art on our attitudes toward health and well-being. Most of us will fall ill at some point; few will describe that journey with the same verve, insight, and radiant intelligence as Tim Parks"--Provided by publisher.
It's no wonder that Amarilis Presilla has titled her memoir ?Sometimes I Would Like to Sit Down and Cry.? Reminiscing can be painful when she thinks back on all the hardships she has known?not just within her family but for the Cuban people as well. Since arriving in the United States from Cuba seven years ago, Amarilis has written it all down, reliving both the good and the bad. Her idyllic childhood in the riverside village of Mayari was not to last. A powerful flood laid waste to her beloved town, yet this was nothing compared to the coming upheaval of Castro's revolution. What follows is an epic tale of love, family, struggle, self-improvement, and rebellion. Finally escaping and reuniting with her family, Amarilis Presilla now shares her triumphant story with you. ?Jack Silbert, The Hudson Reporter