A Spiritual Logbook.
Avi Sion, Ph. D.
First published, 2006.
A meditation is a voluntary exercise intended to increase awareness, sustained over some time.
The main purpose of the present Meditations is to inspire and assist readers to practice meditation of some sort, and in particular ‘sitting meditation’.
This includes practices such as: observing the mechanisms of one’s thinking, stopping unnecessary thought, forgetting things about one’s self and one’s life that are irrelevant to the current effort of meditation, dealing with distractions, becoming aware of one’s breath, being here and now.
After such practice for some time, one gets to realize the value of meditation, and one’s commitment to it grows. The need for behavioral improvement becomes more and more obvious, and one finds it easy and natural to put more discipline into one’s life. Various recommendations are given in this regard.
Prior to such practical guidance, so as to prepare the reader for it, the book reviews the theoretical teachings relating to meditation in the main traditions of mankind. The ultimate goals of meditation, the various methods or techniques used to achieve them, the experiential results of meditation, and the interpretations given to them, are topics treated here.
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Contents in brief
Part 1: Some Theoretical Considerations
Part 2: Understanding The Self
Part 3: Some Behavioral Disciplines
Part 4: Some Sitting Meditations
Contents in detail
PART 1: SOME THEORETICAL CONSIDERATIONS
- What is meditation?
- Thought and meditation
- The goals of meditation
- Theory and practice
- The coexistence of the One and the many
- Methods and experiences
PART 2: UNDERSTANDING THE SELF
- The individual self in Monism
- The impression of self
- Impermanence: the concept and the principle
- Not an essence, but an entity
- Distinguishing the ego
- Dismissing the ego
- Relief from suffering
PART 3: SOME BEHAVIORAL DISCIPLINES
- Taking up the challenge
- Face facts with equanimity
- Stop substance addictions
- Don’t stuff yourself silly
- Limit input from the media
- Forget your face
- Give up sensuality
- On “sexual liberation”
- Practice non-attachment
PART 4: SOME SITTING MEDITATIONS
- Time, place and posture
- Observe the mechanisms of thought
- Stop unnecessary thinking
- Dealing with distractions
- Sitting forgetting
- Breath awareness
- Being here and now
- With or without a self
- Whether mind or matter
- Already there
(See also the sequel to this work: More Meditations)