Meditation for Happiness, Wellness, and Self-knowing: Now is the first book to provide a systematic, holistic meditative approach to self-knowing that is based on behavioral science findings. The process uses two proprietary self-evaluation scales. Relationships between self-knowing, happiness, and wellness are explained and readers are shown how to use these to maximize the benefits of meditation. This is also the first book to teach all three kinds of meditation and show readers how to use a quantitative proprietary scale to determine the kind that is most effective for their needs.
Meditation for Happiness, Wellness, and Self-knowing: Now is an insightful prescriptive guide that explains why meditation is one of the greatest medical discoveries. Pulling from a variety of traditions and scientific research, this title pinpoints how meditation can remove obstacles to happiness, transform relationships, improve problem solving, and cultivate health.
Numerous novel learning methods, many of which are proprietary, are presented (e.g., self-evaluation scales, a dramatic novella, games, and a quiz). Meditation for Happiness, Wellness, and Self-knowing: Now addresses the problems interfering with learning meditation, such as misconceptions, rambunctious thought, and low motivation. Scientific explanations invite skeptical readers to learn.
As an antidote to superficial sensationalism about meditation in the mass media, this book invites readers to explore the perennial meditative state. Meditation may be understood only by experiencing this state, which is the key to the most valuable benefits of meditation.
The audience for Meditation for Happiness, Wellness, and Self-knowing: Now consists of those who:
- are skeptical yet engaged by science
- find a religious approach to be uninviting
- are repelled by the superficial, simplistic, and air-brushed presentation of the topic found in many publications
- prefer understanding and discovery to unquestioning adherence
- want to understand why self-knowing is important for learning meditation and creating happiness
- want to free the mind from compulsive fear, desire, belief, and thought
- want to improve functioning, e.g., problem-solving and relationship skills
- prefer prevention of stress to wrangling with it
- want to know the available styles of meditation and a quantitative way of selecting one
Written for laymen who want to learn meditation or improve their skill, Meditation for Happiness, Wellness, and Self-knowing: Now shows readers how to practice all three kinds of classic meditation.
Meditation is Self-knowing
Classic meditation texts point to self-knowing as esoteric, transcendent, and ineffable. The notion is embedded in abstruse metaphysics. Yet, little is taught about how to cultivate it and integrate it with daily functioning and feeling. The ego is portrayed as an impediment to meditation: Students are advised to ignore or destroy it.
Contemporary meditation manuals mention self-knowing as a benefit of meditation. It is not defined. Most importantly, virtually nothing is said about how to find the self. Readers are reassured that glimpses of self-knowing will eventually occur if they persist with years of regular meditation practice. While readers are encouraged to notice and let go of thought, they are not shown how to find its most prevalent source.
In contrast, this book improves our understanding of this source, i.e., the ordinary sense of self (ego). It shows us how to pinpoint the driving forces and layers of self: These are the foremost internal source of “distractions” and stress during daily activities and meditation. Insightful understanding of these frees the mind from their influence. Then the mind may accurately see the world and genuine self. This is revealed in the pinnacle of the meditative state.
Classic texts urge us to cast aside the ego, transcend its influence, and rise to an awareness of our genuine nature. In contrast the holistic approach herein shows readers how to first comprehend the superficial layers of self. If ignored, these layers continue to obfuscate awareness of our genuine nature – especially during activities. In order to maximize the benefits of meditation, this awareness is crucial.
This holistic approach requires significant meditative skill. To facilitate such, a Meditative State Scale is included. This quantifies the degree of the meditation state experienced by the learner. Such feedback enables readers to determine the kind of meditation that is most effective for their individual needs.
The Ego Inventory is another proprietary self-evaluation scale that is used repeatedly to reveal superficial layers of the self as it changes: a) over the years, and b) in response to the reader’s reprogramming. As meditative skill increases, it is easier to reprogram targeted ego components.
Insights about the limits of thought are based on oral teachings from masters of many styles. This approach to self-knowing and diminishing thought can be done effortlessly. Through this practice, we become more perceptive and aware of our core self. As self-knowing becomes more complete, self-control increases. And self-control is a key to learning skills (including meditation), cultivation of intelligence, success, letting go of destructive habits, relationships, and coping with stress.
What has been proven to increase happiness, decrease stress, alleviate many of the world’s most common chronic ills, and decrease health-care costs? Yes—meditation. Its low carbon footprint, cost-effectiveness, and ratio of benefit to risk are unsurpassed. It is not a panacea, but meditation may well be one of the greatest medical discoveries. Since scientists began studying the medical benefits of meditation eighty years ago, research efforts have multiplied dramatically.
Meditation increases the ratio of positive affect to negative affect. It enables us to let go of distressing thoughts and retune to here and now activities. With practice,we see that we are not our thoughts and begin to feel free in ways we may never have imagined. Meditation enables us to see the world afresh. This decreases worry and self-criticism. Those who meditate have significantly lower health-care expenditures (and more fun funds). Meditation improves cognitive functioning, problem-solving, and coping abilities. Mechanisms enabling this are explained. During meditation, electrical activity and circulation increase in the left frontal region of the brain. As this area “lights up” on the electroencephalographic and functional magnetic resonance imaging monitors, subjects report happiness. Meditation awakens a deep and intimate self-knowing process that is the dynamic foundation of lasting happiness. One of the hallmarks of the classic meditative state is bliss. The physical tranquility of meditation has a safe, warm, and fuzzy glow.
Impediments to the Solution
Millions of people, however, are missing out on this revolutionary medicine. Why? Misunderstanding is the main obstacle. Meditation for Happiness, Wellness, and Self-knowing: Now begins by addressing popular misconceptions and myths about meditation to make it seem less foreign and more approachable.
Many Westerners think that meditation is one or more of the following:
~ an exotic form of relaxation
~ only for heretics or cult members
~ difficult to learn
~ an escape requiring them to live as a hermit
~ technique (it is actually a state)
~ reiterative deep thought
~ tied to belief systems
Owing to the above or poor skills, many who think they are meditating are not. Consequently, they are not obtaining the full range and degree of meditation’s benefits. Meditation for Happiness, Wellness, and Self-knowing: Now clears away the stumbling blocks so that we may take advantage of meditation as an everyday self-care practice or adjunct to treatment.
Our most formidable hindrance to happiness, wellness, and meditation—the ego—is explored in depth. In the absence of self-knowing, this self-image is created with the energies of fear and desire. Models, an inventory, games, and hands-on exercises enable readers to see the ego in action.
To more easily learn meditation and experience it during activity, it’s ideal to adopt a lifestyle that fosters intrapersonal, interpersonal, and ecologic harmony. This includes activities in nature, stretching, aerobics, vegan diet, and avoiding substance abuse. These practices free the mind from distractions, diminish stress, improve health, increase energy, clarify the mind, heighten sensitivity, improve problem-solving ability, and increase the capacity to help others. Scientific research is reviewed to explain how these lifestyle choices facilitate learning meditation.
Motivational tools are provided to make these changes, without spiritual ambition, blind conformity to authority, and attachment to masochistic disciplines. Readers are shown how to change gracefully and compassionately from within.
Meditation for Happiness, Wellness, and Self-knowing: Now is the first meditation book to: (a) provide a carefully assembled toolkit of proprietary learning methods; (b) show readers how to apply these to happiness, self-knowing, communication skills, harmony with nature, and problem-solving; and (c) teach readers how to select the most effective kind of meditation for their individual needs. (In contrast, most meditation books lack all three.)
Readers will learn many skills. Of the following, those that are marked with an asterisk are proprietary:
~ Seeing the fallacy that you are ever “done” developing or that you can reach a pinnacle of happiness and wellness
~ Self-observation techniques to monitor body sensations, thought distortions, behaviors, and relationships to discover the sources of stress in your life ~ Guidelines for selecting, evaluating, and communicating with gurus; or deciding to fly solo
~ A self-evaluation scale to quantify your state during meditation*
~ Meditative communication exercises and games to promote a harmonious relationship with self, others, and nature*
~ Meditative problem-solving and stress prevention exercises*
In addition, readers will learn to:
~ distinguish meditation from less beneficial imitations
~ use clinically tested rating scales, quiz, games, and journaling to perk up motivation*
~ become free from the foremost internal source of stress
~ use personal science to locate doors to the meditative state
~ identify the chief characteristics of the meditative state, e.g., effortlessness
~ experientially differentiate ego, mind, and Genuine Nature to enhance meditation
~ delineate mental factors that impede learning by enjoying a dramatic novella starring a meditation guru and a skeptical student. Find out who prevails*
~ practice novel forms of meditation that express the meditative state in spontaneous vocalizations and action*
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Everything You Have Always Wanted to Learn About Meditation, but Were Afraid to Ask
Meditators and skeptics alike will appreciate scientific explanations that illuminate and motivate lifestyle change, self-knowing, and meditative awareness. Profound ancient wisdom is imparted without using metaphysical theories or esoteric foreign terminology. The material on self-knowing and the limits of thought is rad and controversial. Humor is used to question shibboleths.
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