Bring More Peace and Fulfillment into Your Life by Creating an Internal Space of Tranquility
Transform how you react to stressful situations by building a calm mental space to unpack your thoughts and emotions. Your inner place of calm lies in the gap between negative thoughts and actions, and once you reach it, you can turn tension into lasting joy and peace.
With hands-on exercises, techniques, and examples from his professional practice, A. Paul Miller shows how to cultivate deep inner wisdom that will sustain you long after your meditation session has ended. He guides you through a personalized system of awareness, action, and change that leads to the meditative feeling of tranquil centeredness. The Mindful Place of Calm teaches you how to achieve this feeling wherever you go and whenever you need it.
|Publisher:||Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.|
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About the Author
A. Paul Miller, PhD, (San Jose, CA) is a therapist and meditation teacher who has been working with clients for the past fourteen years. He teaches his methods to a wide range of people, from children to yoga teachers to CEOs.
Table of Contents
Foreword … xvii
Introduction … 1 From Electronic Engineering Department to Psychiatric Department / 4 The Messages in This Book / 8 Who Is This Book For? / 9 How Important Is Self-Compassion? / 11 The Structure of This Book / 12
PART 1: Creating Your Foundation for Inner Peace with Meditation Chapter 1: Creating Awareness … 23 Who Am I? / 24 Willingness, Tenacity & Fortitude / 26 Where Do We Find Who We Really Are? / 30 Roles We Play / 30 What Stops Us from Changing? / 33 Building the New FoundationThe Meditative Feeling / 36 Candle MeditationTry It for Yourself / 39 The Elephant TrainerA Story with the Master / 42 Considerations for Your Daily Practice / 45 What Is a Grazing Meditation? / 48 Creating the Meditative Reservoir / 49 Coping with Arising ThoughtsBreaking the Chain / 51 The Boulder in the StreamA Story with the Master / 54 The Lens of Perception / 57 Deepening Our Distorted Perceptions / 59 The Ironing Boards in Our Life / 62 How Does the Lens of Perception Work? / 63 The Scalpel of Objectivity / 67 How Is the Lens of Perception Formed? / 69
Chapter 2: Acting on Our Awareness … 73 Finding the Space between Thoughts/Feelings and Actions / 76 Nose-Breathing MeditationTry It for Yourself / 77 Holding the Space / 79 Hands MeditationTry It for Yourself / 86 Finding the Space between Thoughts and Feelings / 88 The Meditative Feeling Helping to Reduce Anxiety / 94
Chapter 3: Change: Tracking Your Personal Growth … 101 Tracking Makes It Fun / 102 The PickpocketA Story with the Master / 106 Setting SMART Goals to Track Your Personal Growth / 108 Journaling to Track and Observe Your Progress / 113 How Will I Find the Time to Meditate? / 115 The Frozen LakeA Story with the Master / 117
PART 2: Wisdom Insights to Shift Your Perceptions Introducing the Wisdom Insights / 124 Wind, Earth, Fire & Water / 126 Becoming an Observer / 133 Your History Does Not Mean Forever / 135 Giving Your Heart / 138 Doing the Work Yourself / 141 Your Voice Is Your Consciousness / 143 Stillness in the Universe / 148 Energy / 149 Change / 151 Moon and Stars / 154 Biopsy of a Thought / 156 Heart of God / 163 Meditation / 164 What Is Sacred Ground? / 166 Offense / 168 Life's Trials / 170 What Is Spirituality? / 172 Limiting Yourself / 174 Awareness / 176 Becoming a Mirror / 178 Acknowledgment Does Not Mean Forever / 180 Grow Your Love / 182 Living a Spiritual Life / 184 Owning Our History / 185 Finding Self-Worth / 188 Trying / 190 Growing Your Insights / 191 Judgment / 193 Behavior / 195 Detachment or Retreat / 196 Building Your World / 198 Inside Change / 201 Finding Peace / 202 Revenge / 202 Complacency / 203 Greatest Sacrifice / 204 Buddhas all around Us / 208 Finding Your Voice / 210 Higher Than Forgiveness / 212 Faith / 216
Conclusion … 223
Appendix … 225
Recommended Resources … 227
Glossary … 229
Acknowledgments … 235