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Thoughts Are Not the Enemy: An Innovative Approach to Meditation Practice

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A revolutionary new approach to meditation: a mindfulness of thinking that accepts and investigates the thoughts that arise as you meditate--from the author of Unlearning Meditation.

     In most forms of meditation, the meditator is instructed to let go of thoughts as they arise. As a result, thinking is often taken, unnecessarily, to be something misguided or evil. This a
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Published October 14th 2014 by Shambhala
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Rachel Reed
Jun 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
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I was excited to find this book. My thoughts dominate my attempts at mediation and I thought I might have found a solution. I listened to this book on audible. However, I am still left with the 'how to' question and it seemed to strongly advocate finding a meditation instructor to work out 'how to'. A bit disappointed... do I just sit and think (which would be easy) or not. I don't want to engage a 'guru' to sort this out for me. ...more
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Zero stars. The author believes we should allow a space for our disruptive thoughts during meditation. He thinks we should get to know our thoughts, yet he criticizes the Buddha's 5 methods for getting to know our thoughts--the nerve! I feel he never gave any substantive method for knowing our thoughts, i.e. the thoughts that arise during meditation. ...more
Oct 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A simply excellent book that has one questioning what one has learned about how to work with one's thoughts in meditation. ...more
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Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Packed with practical and clear information. Thought provoking as expected, took me ages to get through because I'm ridiculous and wanted to really focus and integrate each section before moving forward. Also took a loooong break early on in the book due to life. And I had to take notes, as usual. Need to re-read chapters 9-11 again soon.

As a disclaimer, this book is extremely useful to me as a meditation teacher and practitioner in this style, and I will likely read it many times as I have his
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“An awareness interview is one where the teacher asks questions to help broaden the student’s awareness of her experiences in meditation. The purpose of this kind of interview is to bring into clearer focus aspects of one’s experience that are in the background or on the periphery of awareness. It is our way of teaching greater awareness of both the process one is going through in meditation and the content that comes up with it. So the interview will include what someone was thinking about as well as how she was relating to the thinking. What gradually develops over time with this kind of interview is improved recall of what happens in meditation, more information about one’s inner world in meditation, and thus more familiarity with one’s experiences while they are occurring in meditation.” 0 likes
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