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Wake Up Now: A Guide to the Journey of Spiritual Awakening

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Stop sleepwalking through life. The secrets of peace and happiness are right in front of your eyes. It's time to open them.

To wake up to your authentic spiritual nature, you don't need to spend countless years sitting in a Zen monastery, undergo a near-death experience, or travel halfway around the world to study with celebrated teachers. Enlightenment is right here, right
Hardcover, 223 pages
Published December 1st 2007 by McGraw-Hill
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Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Exactly what I needed--

Having done two years of an intense progressive approach to meditation (sitting 3-4 hours a day, plus five 10-day retreats and one 20-day), I've come to the conclusion that the effortful approach won't get me to the "final goal," as S. N. Goenka says repeatedly and I've been trying my hands at alternative approaches, and voila, ask, and you shall receive! Stephan Bodian pretty much sums up my dissatisfaction with Vipassana (and other related approaches to enlightenment) an
Pairash Pleanmalai
แนวเซ็น เน้นการเข้าถึงการบรรลุธรรม แบบลัดและตรง
อ่านจบพอรู้แนวทางแบบคราวๆ แต่ส่วนใหญ่ อ่านแล้วรู้สึกเป็นนามธรรมไปนิด ตอนท้ายจะดูวนๆอึนๆ
Jun 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I know Stephan, but, if I see him again, I will not tell him that I haven't bought his book. I am reading it at the New Age bookstore near my house. Hopefully, he does not mind that. He seems to have completely woken up to reality, so my copping his book shouldn't bug him.
It's a great description of waking up from this dream we seem to believe most of the time. My body vibrates when I read it. It is very subversive. He clearly states that dogmatic beliefs prevent clear seeing. He also clearly s
Stephanie Barko
"No technique or practice is required to awaken the truth of who you are."

Americans are so neurotic that they would not only effort their way to
meditate but strive to be the BEST meditators, when no meditating is
required at all. It's not about being a better person. It's about being present to what is.
Mar 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is outstanding. I nearly gave up on it after being somewhat unimpressed by the first chapter or two, but I'm very glad I kept with it.

Bodian is a good writer, but not the most poetic one. If you're a stickler for style and elegance, you will not be blown away here, but neither should you be disappointed. Just bear with him when he uses the occasional computer metaphor, OK?

Everyone's journey is different, so I can only say that for me personally, the points Bodian raised ring very true.
Jan 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Wake Up Now is a well written book that directs the reader to the truth (Dharma). It is clear that the words chosen by Stephan Bodian are from this place of truth, and that they are meant to cut through the conceptual, identity-knowing layers that exist when one is trapped in ego and suffering. As such, the words powerfully direct you straight to the source, the awareness behind all of life.

An important aspect of the book is that it acknowledges being human and the potential that we all may car
Feb 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a very practical, hands-on book on the subject of enlightenment. I found that the further you go into the exercises, the more your understanding of the process of awakening grows. Whether you’re new to the subject of self-realization or an expert seeker, you will find this book immensely useful and insightful. The book deals more with the pre-awakened state, although it also deals with what life is like as an awakened person. I found the writing clear and concise, which is so important w ...more
Valerie Gangas
Aug 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"People who awaken often download an enormous amount of insight in a single instant and then spend years unpacking and clarifying what they've received." For people that have had the experience of awakening, this book will be a Godsend. It absolutely helped me understand my pathless path and inner thoughts. Stephan Bodian gets straight to the point with this super practical, yet powerful book. I loved it! ...more
Nov 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: buddhism, meditation
When awareness grows we become more aware of both positive and negative aspects in our lives. This book helps explain many of the negative patterns that people encounter on the spiritual path. The flow is approachable for people at all levels of the spiritual path.
Andres Coca
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spiritual
Reading this book is like getting spiritual double kicks on the face. One of the best books I have ever read.
Jeni Goodrich
Dec 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read this book a fee times times. This is a framework to awakening through discuss g multiple people's experiences. This book was helpful for me at the time I read it. ...more
Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Take away dogmas. Ask yourself questions that can trigger states of awakening. Can I call this Spiritual Psychology?

Thx for the loan, Juan.
Dec 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic book! I'll be reading it more than once. ...more
Dec 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Simply a must read for the seeker.
Bob Maulucci
Apr 11, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the first half of this before it got too new agey. The secural parts were the best parts but the quoting of white gurus with Indian names was a little to cult-like for me.
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Stephan Bodian is the bestselling author of Meditation for Dummies (now in an updated third edition) and Wake Up Now: A Guide to the Journey of Spiritual Awakening. He’s also the author and narrator of the critically acclaimed mobile programs Mindfulness Meditation and Freedom from Stress (produced by Mental Workout) and an internationally recognized expert on meditation, stress management, and sp ...more

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