The Mindful Place of Calm: Find Your Way into the Space Between Thoughts & Actions

The Mindful Place of Calm: Find Your Way into the Space Between Thoughts & Actions

by A. Paul Miller PhD

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738762517
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date: 11/08/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 215,760
File size: 5 MB

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

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 Foundation—The Meditative Feeling / 36
Candle Meditation—Try It for Yourself / 39
The Elephant Trainer—A 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 Thoughts—Breaking the Chain / 51
The Boulder in the Stream—A 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 Meditation—Try It for Yourself / 77
Holding the Space / 79
Hands Meditation—Try 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 Pickpocket—A 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 Lake—A 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

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