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Awake in the World: Teachings from Yoga and Buddhism for Living an Engaged Life

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How can we live a balanced life in unbalanced times? How can the practices of meditation and yoga support our relationships, our work lives, and the greater good? Author, teacher, and psychotherapist Michael Stone presents the essential insights of mindfulness and yoga, emphasizing the teachings of simplicity and the interdependence of all life.

Stone explains that the pra
Paperback, 208 pages
Published June 7th 2011 by Shambhala
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Oct 30, 2012 Ron rated it liked it
Very profound, but finds it too academic and very hard to get into.
Frank Jude
I’ve taken my time working through Michael Stone’s Awake In The World, not because it’s a slog, but because it’s the kind of book that invites (at least for me) dipping in and sitting with. And that’s a good thing…

Back in the early 90s I wrote a cd’s worth of songs with titles like “I Don’t Care,” “That’s Not What I Meant; You Just Don’t Understand,” “Take Me Home (and Make Me Feel Better)” and “Lie To Me.” My friend Stuffy, a really great song-writer, was going to produce it. He said of my lyri
Jul 18, 2011 Erin rated it liked it
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Before starting this, I knew nothing about Michael Stone, but this turns out to be a series of essays he's written around the world (nice life!) about his musings on yoga, Buddhism, and faith. Stone says some profound things that I really enjoyed (one that stuck with me is how yoga encourages you to let go of your secrets to live a more honest life, and I've personally seen how much relief occurs when this happens, even with non-yogis), but most of his writing (which he admits) is quite academic ...more
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Jun 18, 2016 Sian Lile-Pastore rated it really liked it
Love the way Michael Stone writes - these essays are about yoga and Buddhism, but also so much more. The main theme I got from this is how yoga needs to be rooted in the everyday - you can't just become completely obsessed about yoga and asana and meditation without balance, groundedness and being of the world too. Stone is fascinating, I reckon even if you had just a casual interest in yoga, you'd get something from these essays.
Jun 29, 2011 Paula rated it it was amazing
Like a yogic Annie Dillard, Michael Stone combines intellectual rigor with spiritual understanding. On top of that he's got a deep knowledge and respect for asana practice that never bleeds over to body worship.
Jul 05, 2014 Kelsey rated it really liked it
This book was kind of hard to get through for me but it had a few moments that made it worthwhile. It was also an interesting book to read in conjunction with learning yoga.
Oct 20, 2013 Alex rated it it was amazing
Wonderul, inspiring book to use yoga and buddhist teachings throughout your whole life, to be a force for good in the world.. loved it! A book i can see myself dipping into time and again.
Nov 29, 2012 Linda rated it really liked it
This is a series of lectures on yoga. He talks a lot about yoga and ethics, which is most useful to me.
May 31, 2013 Bodhi47 rated it really liked it
Excellent blend of Zen and Yoga. You can see similarities and the dharma talks make sense in a current world. Engaged Buddhism and a fresh perspective. I enjoyed it and will re-read it.
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