Gesture of Balance: A Guide to Awareness, Self-Healing,

Gesture of Balance: A Guide to Awareness, Self-Healing, & Meditation In clear, direct language, Gesture of Balance relates the profound insights of an ancient wisdom tradition to our present situation, showing us how to develop our inner resources and awaken body, mind, and senses to new horizons of experience Tarthang Tulku speaks to us like a good friend, offering ways to clear away confusion, strengthen self confidence, and brighten our lives with meaning and joy This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here great Have you ever let yourself be totally UNPLUGGED Do you remember those times when you ve just dropped EVERYTHING And let ALL the stress fall away Thirty years ago in a frantic office, this easy to read Tibetan author gave me a real and vivid sense of what it means to have real peace in one s life And I fondly remembered having had that feeling before Much farther back, when I was twenty three, after graduation I had worked in an ultra modern office It wasn t downtown, though, and it was cl Have you ever let yourself be totally UNPLUGGED Do you remember those times when you ve just dropped EVERYTHING And let ALL the stress fall away Thirty years ago in a frantic office, this easy to read Tibetan author gave me a real and vivid sense of what it means to have real peace in one s life And I fondly remembered having had that feeling before Much farther back, when I was twenty three, after graduation I had worked in an ultra modern office It wasn t downtown, though, and it was close to a large, undeveloped parcel of experimental farmland in which government scientists developed new methodologies for enhancing crop development.And in that green oasis was an arboretum, a showcase for indigenous Canadian trees and shrubs.As it was a quick and easy walk from my office building, I often took my lunch there on a halcyon day I sat on a hill overlooking the groves of trees, and the canal beyond in wintertime, those hills were open to the public for the amusement of junior tobogganers and delved peacefully into my lunch bag My reveries were totally uninterrupted, save by birdsong until, at 12 45 a Canadian National Railways train roaring through the woods below would punctually emit a loud whistle, telling me it was time to return to workYou know peace is an amazing thing I say is , because with the advance of old age, the presence of peace seems to be ancillary to the letting go of inner turmoil that happens when we choose to age NATURALLY From my reading, I know that this GOOD kind of seniors moment was commoner in old days I find it all the time in 19th century writers.People followed the rhythms of nature back then And we may not know it, says Tulku, but the whole brash crowd of our modern dreads and anxieties is like a drop of water in a deep pool of eternal silence, or a speck of dust in a vast expanse of space They saw that clearly in the old times Now that I m elderly I see that too.But Tulku, bless him, gave me a sneak preview of that slow mo pace of retirement in the 1980 s when I was busier than a solo wallpaper hanger He suggests there are vast expanses of untapped empty space in our minds He calls it in another book Great Space Inner freedom We Christians call it the freedom of the Spirit A peace beyond comprehension.I think all of us often get the sense, as we age, of time STANDING STILL This is not the inner emptiness of an Alzheimer s patient, either That s scary This is not.It is the natural fruit of a long life lived in unobtrusive gentleness this moment without self consciousness or anxious memories.And yet so many are constantly trying to one up the other guy to go to subtler andcutting edge levels of thinking Faster and faster Hamsters on a treadmill Well, it s gotta stop, or else it ll drive us to an early grave You know, there is a REAL alternative to the speed and aggression that is so prevalent in this winner takes all world And Tulku tells us how to find it SO naturally By driving away the blockages of too too solid self consciousness and self importance.How else are we going to live in all that empty space that s ahead of us when we die Better get used to it, and expand and enrich that fertile vacant space in our heads while we re here His way of meditation can do that.We CAN live in the midst of PeaceWITHOUT AGGRESSION Here and now For starters Years ago, when I first started learning about meditation, I read every book I could get my hands on about the process I would read the text and become excited that I had found the right way to practice Immediately, I would follow the instructions as best I could Without fail, I would get frustrated when I couldn t sustain the right pose or hold my tongue in the proper way as I tried to breathe correctly Inevitably, throughout the whole exercise I worried that I couldn t stop my thoughts Years ago, when I first started learning about meditation, I read every book I could get my hands on about the process I would read the text and become excited that I had found the right way to practice Immediately, I would follow the instructions as best I could Without fail, I would get frustrated when I couldn t sustain the right pose or hold my tongue in the proper way as I tried to breathe correctly Inevitably, throughout the whole exercise I worried that I couldn t stop my thoughts Over time, I have learned exactly what Gesture of Balance provides for those wanting to try meditation that meditation focused on a right way , particular goals, or the desire for special powers ultimately leads to frustration In fact, that is the purpose of the practice True meditation is not about doing or practicing, it is about letting go of all expectations and just experiencing Meditation isn t something we undertake to impress others or to prove our value It is an extremely personal process that asks us to question and examine everything we think, feel, or believe I wish I had come across this book years ago Its guidance would have been evenvaluable Today, it reminds me of the path I ve travelled and the journey I continue to experience Gesture of Balance will definitely have a permanent place on my bookshelf of favourites If you re noticing that I love most of the books I rate it s true If I don t like a book especially these days I just don t finish it I just can t frankly I can t stay interested and life is too short to read stuff you hate When I do that it s assigned reading sometimes I assign myself and I ll read it as a gateway to build enough knowledge to understand something else, research if you will I m doing that now with Jerusalem The Biography just keep running into stuff I m compelled If you re noticing that I love most of the books I rate it s true If I don t like a book especially these days I just don t finish it I just can t frankly I can t stay interested and life is too short to read stuff you hate When I do that it s assigned reading sometimes I assign myself and I ll read it as a gateway to build enough knowledge to understand something else, research if you will I m doing that now with Jerusalem The Biography just keep running into stuff I m compelled to check or lookup and stuff that I just don t understand This book I read as research on meditation In my Yoga practice meditation is key I was just at that point But just didn t feel I could ever figure out how to do it Well this book cured me of that concern Tarihang Tulku helped me understand in simple terms I got it Basically I was making waaaay to big of a deal of it Anyway fun book crammed with nuggets of wisdom I loved it It took me a couple of months but only because its one of those books I needed to go slow and savor unlike Jerusalem The Biography savor because I simply can t go fast My reviews are basically notes to self and my daughter and wife You are welcome to read but just know the purpose

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