Natural Meditation: A Guide to Effortless Meditative Practice

Author(s): Dean Sluyter

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"If you thought you didn't have the time, focus, or discipline to meditate, this book is for you. The approach is both simple and fun, but don't be fooled. It's powerful because it's doable -- and truly transformative." --Lisa Oz, host of ""The Lisa Oz Show" There's no trying in meditation." Just as water runs naturally downhill ... just as leaves float naturally to the ground ... we can all settle naturally into meditation. Not trying, just allowing--not doing, just being. The key is effortlessness. Whether you're a complete novice or you've "tried it before," if you can breathe you can meditate. Guided by veteran teacher Dean Sluyter's easy-going, down-to-earth approach, you'll test-drive a variety of meditative "vehicles," such as breath, sound, the senses, the sky, and the simple sense of "I," and discover which ones fit you best. You'll find all the practical tips you need for adapting these methods to your daily life, even for a few minutes a day on the subway or in an office cubicle. And as your life opens to deep happiness, clarity, peace, and creative energy, you'll be inspired to keep on practicing--naturally.

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"If you thought you didn't have the time, focus, or discipline to meditate, this book is for you. The approach is both simple and fun, but don't be fooled. It's powerful because it's doable -- and truly transformative." --Lisa Oz, host of "The Lisa Oz Show" "If you were going to read one book on meditation, this would be the one."--Shiva Rea "This is an accessible, wise guidebook from an experienced writer and teacher who understands the process of meditation from the inside out."--Susan Kaiser Greenland, author, "The Mindful Child" "Dean Sluyter dispels many myths about meditation with clarity, eloquence, and insight. Without recourse to spiritual cliche or jargon, he shows that meditation is natural and effortless, and can be practiced by anyone who simply wishes to avail themselves of the peace that lies in the depths of their being at all times and under all circumstances."--Rupert Spira, author "Presence" and "The Ashes of Love" "Sluyter is in the grand tradition of authors who interpret traditional enlightenment teachings and apply them to modern Western life. This book accomplishes that task with a rare combination of insight, clarity, wit, and pragmatic common sense." --Philip Goldberg, author, "American Veda: From Emerson & the Beatles to Yoga & Meditation" "Sluyter is in the grand tradition of authors who interpret traditional enlightenment teachings and apply them to modern Western life. This book accomplishes that task with a rare combination of insight, clarity, wit, and pragmatic common sense." -- Philip Goldberg, author, "American Veda: From Emerson & the Beatles to Yoga & Meditation" "I've attended Dean's live sessions, and this book captures their spirit: relaxed and accessible, with a pop-culture-tinged playfulness that pulls you in and puts you at ease." -- Lisa Leeman, producer, "Crazy Wisdom;" co-director, "Awake: The Life of Yogananda" "With simplicity, wit, and clarity, Dean Sluyter debunks the misconceptions and offers a user-friendly practice that will put you in the 'Ahhhhhhh' space, regardless of circumstances. He is truly the Wizard of Ahhhhhhhs. This book will help you find the spacious grace in your life." -- Steve Bhaerman, a.k.a. Swami Beyondananda, author and cosmic comic """Dean Sluyter demystifies a timeless practice that brings lasting peace." --MC YOGI "Dean Sluyter dispels many myths about meditation with clarity, eloquence, and insight. Without recourse to spiritual cliche or jargon, he shows that meditation is natural and effortless, and can be practiced by anyone who simply wishes to avail themselves of the peace that lies in the depths of their being at all times and under all circumstances." --Rupert Spira, author of "The Transparency of Things, " "Presence "and" The Ashes of Love" "Sluyter uses Mother Nature for a role model as he guides readers through meditating on a single breath, on sensations, on sound, on the empty space behind our thoughts, on love, on the sky, and on the constant self-awareness we all carry within...Don't lump this one in with other meditation tomes. It is meant to speak to a much broader audience than most of those envision." --"Retailing Insights" review Praise for THE ZEN COMMANDMENTS: "The book is extremely well written and joyously entertaining."--Publishers Weekly "With sparkling clarity and wit, Sluyter's ten suggestions lay out the practical essentials of the path. My suggestion is: listen to this guy."--Lama Surya Das, author of Awakening the Buddha Within "Dean Sluyter clearly presents simple but profound ways to live one's life consciously and skillfully. He teaches that the source of universal truth not only rests in the heart of every one of us, but is the essence of what ultimately brings us true happiness and freedom. This is a wonderful book with rich wisdom and deep insight."--Rabbi David Cooper, author of God Is a Verb "No matter what your religion (or lack of it), this book shows how to live the kind of life people ache for. It turns out to be pretty simple."--Jane Cavolina, co-author of Growing Up Catholic Praise for CINEMA NIRVANA: "Equal parts inspiring, quirky, fascinating, and fun ... CINEMA NIRVANA will make you look at film and faith in a new light."- DALLAS MORNING NEWS "Sluyter is the movie guru I have longed for. He mines deep spiritual wisdom from classic films with tremendous humor and grace. Virtually every page contains jaw-dropping insights and laugh-out-loud surprises."-Lama John Makransky, Prof. of Buddhism and Comparative Theology, Boston College "Dean Sluyter has one of the freshest voices in spiritual writing today. From the common ore of pop culture he extracts the gleaming diamonds of dharma-wisdom. Take this jolly ride with him and you'll never see movies -- or your own life -- in the same way again."-Lama Surya Das, author of "Awakening the Buddha Within" "Entertaining and thoughtful in turn, "Cinema Nirvana" compels you to watch the movies in the way a buddha might see them."-Stephen Batchelor, author of "Buddhism Without Beliefs" "If you spliced together DNA from Quentin Tarantino and the Dalai Lama, you'd get Dean Sluyter and he'd write this amazing book."-Michael Gelb, author of "How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci" "From its opening title straight on to its finale, "Cinema Nirvana" is original, amusing, and on the ball. It will help you stay awake at the movies and dream more in real life."-Kate Wheeler, author of "Not Where I Started From" "Dean Sluyter's "Cinema Nirvana" is flat-out brilliant. I have lived with these classic movies and these core teachings my whole adult life, yet I constantly felt blown away by the freshness and richness of the dharmic connections Dean perceives in every scene."-Lewis Richmond, author of "Work as a Spiritual Practice"

Dean Sluyter (pronounced "slighter") has spent a lifetime learning authentic methods of natural meditation from Eastern and Western sages and sharing them with thousands of students, including prisoners, tech innovators, filmmakers, high-school students, and entrepreneurs. He has completed numerous retreats and pilgrimages in Tibet, India, Nepal, and Europe, and for decades has led workshops throughout the U.S.

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  • : 9780399171413
  • : Penguin Putnam Inc
  • : Jeremy P Tarcher
  • : April 2015
  • : 210mm X 140mm X 13mm
  • : United States
  • : April 2015
  • : books

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  • : Paperback / softback
  • : Dean Sluyter