Friday, February 20, 2009

A sample chapter from the book

Here's a short but important chapter from the book. I wanted to give you a taste of what I have to offer. Even though I offer many, many techniques, simply posting one or two of those doesn't really capture the character of the book, since it's so much more than simply a "recipe book" for your mind. Instead, I offer you this chapter. Read it and let me know what you think. (BTW, it's already ruffled a few feathers! Can you see why?)

Chapter 4
what do you want to achieve?

One of the most important rules in life is to know where you want to go so
you’ll know when you get there. You know, there’s an old saw that goes: “The
important thing is not whether you reach the goal; it’s the journey that counts.”


If you don’t have a goal in mind, you may as well go around in circles.

What that saying refers to, in my humble opinion, is that you have to be open
minded on your journey, because you may be presented with surprises that
you’ll miss if you’re too focused on your goal, however, if you don’t know where
you want to go, how will you know which direction to move towards? A journey,
by it’s nature, is transformative and enlightening, but it needs a direction.

A sense of direction makes life much more dynamic.

So, with that in mind, let me ask you: what do you want to get out of this?

Read through this book. Start with the first technique, or pick a method that
you feel moves you, and try it for a while. If it works, see where it leads you,
and if you don’t feel it is working for you after a reasonable time, say 2-3 weeks,
try a different method. At the very least, you’ll have learned what doesn’t work
for you, until you come to the right method. I’ll explain what I think each method
is good for, but see for yourself.

Here are some goals that bring people to meditation:
Stress relief
Better metal focus
Better self control
Better emotional connection
Improved creativity
Self-development, like changing habits or self-image
Self confidence
Better health
Awareness & sensitivity
Achieving goals
Well that’s a start. Do you see your goal on the list? If not, write it in! You’ll be
amazed what your mind can do for you. When you start moving forward with
your goal in mind, you can begin to be aware of other changes and benefits that
result from these practices.

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