By Matthieu Ricard

At any place he is going, Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard is requested to provide an explanation for what meditation is, the way it is completed and what it could in attaining. during this authoritative and encouraging e-book, he units out to respond to those questions. Matthieu Ricard exhibits that practicing meditation can switch our figuring out of ourselves and the area round us. He talks us via its idea, spirituality and useful points of deep contemplation and illustrates each one level of his instructing with examples. via his event as a monk, his shut studying of sacred texts and his deep wisdom of the Buddhist masters, Matthieu Ricard finds the numerous merits that meditation - in accordance with selfless love and compassion - can deliver to every folks.

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This might take the form of pleasant fantasies about other places you would rather be—in bed, on the beach, in the bar—or it could take the form of a very strong desire to be anywhere but here. Unavoidably, there is something about the Basic Minute that really pins you down, and no one likes to be pinned down. We like to keep our options open. We all want wiggle room. The Basic Minute may be the first time in your life that you are actually trying to be in one place at one time: mind, body, heart and soul.

You will learn to experience deep stillness (which is your nature) in the midst of activity (which is also your nature). You will understand time in a new way, and learn ways to transform a day that feels crowded and rushed into one that feels spacious and full of opportunity. As you practice these techniques, and your understanding of this philosophy deepens, you will approach what could be called mastery of the moment. Mastery, in this case, does not mean dominating the moment or taking control of it.

Read a chapter, chew it over, then read it again. Practice the exercises. Live with them. When you’ve digested them fully and are hungry for more, go on to the next chapter. You may, however, prefer to read the book all the way through first, to get an overview. That’s fine, too. But let me just caution you that if you do rush ahead to the end, you might not understand it fully. That’s because the way I describe and define a moment deepens as the book progresses. Each chapter is written with the assumption that you’ve changed a bit since practicing the exercises in the previous chapter.

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