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Written by meditation expert, psychotherapist, and spiritual teacher Stephan Bodian, this book takes you beyond familiar mindfulness practices by offering guided meditations and direct pointers that invite you to realize your natural state of inherent wakefulness and peace. No regular practice is required, just the willingness to open yourself to a transformative new way o Written by meditation expert, psychotherapist, and spiritual teacher Stephan Bodian, this book takes you beyond familiar mindfulness practices by offering guided meditations and direct pointers that invite you to realize your natural state of inherent wakefulness and peace. No regular practice is required, just the willingness to open yourself to a transformative new way of experiencing life. Mindfulness has permeated our modern lives, and with good reason—it’s been proven to boost mood, reduce stress, improve health, and maximize performance. But in our achievement-oriented culture, the practice of mindfulness can feel laborious and mechanical, like one more task on your endless to-do list. What if you could let go of effort and struggle and relax back into the happiness and ease that is your birthright—and is always readily available to you? Beyond Mindfulness offers teachings and practices based on the direct approach to spiritual awakening that take you beyond the mechanics of being mindful and open you to the non-dual dimension of being, where the separation between self and other reveals itself to be a painful but seductive illusion. Once you realize this new way of seeing, you’ll learn how to move beyond mindfulness into awakened awareness and discover that the love, compassion, wholeness, health, and happiness you’ve been seeking were there all along.


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Written by meditation expert, psychotherapist, and spiritual teacher Stephan Bodian, this book takes you beyond familiar mindfulness practices by offering guided meditations and direct pointers that invite you to realize your natural state of inherent wakefulness and peace. No regular practice is required, just the willingness to open yourself to a transformative new way o Written by meditation expert, psychotherapist, and spiritual teacher Stephan Bodian, this book takes you beyond familiar mindfulness practices by offering guided meditations and direct pointers that invite you to realize your natural state of inherent wakefulness and peace. No regular practice is required, just the willingness to open yourself to a transformative new way of experiencing life. Mindfulness has permeated our modern lives, and with good reason—it’s been proven to boost mood, reduce stress, improve health, and maximize performance. But in our achievement-oriented culture, the practice of mindfulness can feel laborious and mechanical, like one more task on your endless to-do list. What if you could let go of effort and struggle and relax back into the happiness and ease that is your birthright—and is always readily available to you? Beyond Mindfulness offers teachings and practices based on the direct approach to spiritual awakening that take you beyond the mechanics of being mindful and open you to the non-dual dimension of being, where the separation between self and other reveals itself to be a painful but seductive illusion. Once you realize this new way of seeing, you’ll learn how to move beyond mindfulness into awakened awareness and discover that the love, compassion, wholeness, health, and happiness you’ve been seeking were there all along.

30 review for Beyond Mindfulness: The Direct Approach to Lasting Peace, Happiness, and Love

  1. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    I liked the approach of this book. It was very interesting and I think it has a lot to teach. Unfortunately, I still feel like I am at the beginning of my path and hence would recommend this book to someone who has a basic grasp of mindfulness.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    If there's anything you ever wanted to know about the practice of mindfulness, this book has got every single aspect covered! It's laid out in a really well-structured format, with a useful introductory chapter followed by seven main chapters, each consisting of teachings and explanations of that element of mindfulness, guided mediations with bits of dialogue in italics, and exercises in greyed-out text boxes. There are also questions at the end of chapters to consolidate what you have learned a If there's anything you ever wanted to know about the practice of mindfulness, this book has got every single aspect covered! It's laid out in a really well-structured format, with a useful introductory chapter followed by seven main chapters, each consisting of teachings and explanations of that element of mindfulness, guided mediations with bits of dialogue in italics, and exercises in greyed-out text boxes. There are also questions at the end of chapters to consolidate what you have learned and to get you thinking. This is a great starter guide to mindfulness, however I would recommend it more for people who are truly passionate about the idea and intend to incorporate it into their everyday lives, as to oppose to those that just have a casual interest. This is because the text can be quite 'wordy' and heavy at times, and requires quite a bit of peace and tranquility to be able to absorb all of the teachings as they are. For that reason I rated this four stars instead of five.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Aimee

    I have read a lot of books on mindfulness and meditation and this is one of the better ones that I have read. It is a fairly short book, for me it gave just the right amount of information. I was never bored while reading this. Bodian does a good job of describing the more direct way he has found to lasting peace. I have been trying mindfulness for a while and still struggle with it. I found this to be an easier approach. I think it is a great book for everyone, but someone who has been working I have read a lot of books on mindfulness and meditation and this is one of the better ones that I have read. It is a fairly short book, for me it gave just the right amount of information. I was never bored while reading this. Bodian does a good job of describing the more direct way he has found to lasting peace. I have been trying mindfulness for a while and still struggle with it. I found this to be an easier approach. I think it is a great book for everyone, but someone who has been working on meditation or mindfulness for a while I think will get more out of it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Wendy Haylett

    Nice intro to simple awareness versus mindfulness Stephan Bodian easily connects you to the differences between mindfulness and awareness. The exercises didn't seem as helpful it engaging as the book progressed, which is why 4 not 5 stars. I enjoyed the questions from his students. Nice intro to simple awareness versus mindfulness Stephan Bodian easily connects you to the differences between mindfulness and awareness. The exercises didn't seem as helpful it engaging as the book progressed, which is why 4 not 5 stars. I enjoyed the questions from his students.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    I found this study on mindfulness very helpful. There were many exercises that were new mindfulness tactics for me. I have tried multiple times to meditate unsuccessfully so I appreciated some new techniques. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  6. 5 out of 5

    RACHEL

    Bodian has given readers a good look at mindfulness and some of the ways it has been taught and what aspects that others over look. "Beyond Mindfulness" speaks well to the non-duel outlook of which the West needs to learn more. My copy was a gift through Goodreads First Reads. Bodian has given readers a good look at mindfulness and some of the ways it has been taught and what aspects that others over look. "Beyond Mindfulness" speaks well to the non-duel outlook of which the West needs to learn more. My copy was a gift through Goodreads First Reads.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Joseph Weyek

    Beyond Mindfulness is Beyond Me. Alas.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Koz

    Tough topic to articulate, and This guy nails it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Carder

    Are you a seeker? Read this book

  10. 5 out of 5

    Taka

    Four years Nasruddin herded donkeys carrying baskets of various items back and forth across the border with the neighboring kingdom. The border guards suspected he was smuggling something, but despite their concerted searches, they could never find anything. After he retired, Nasruddin moved to a distant city and one day ran across one of the border guards at a roadside cafe. "Nasruddin," the guard greeted him, "what a surprise." After chatting for a few minutes, the guard couldn't help asking t Four years Nasruddin herded donkeys carrying baskets of various items back and forth across the border with the neighboring kingdom. The border guards suspected he was smuggling something, but despite their concerted searches, they could never find anything. After he retired, Nasruddin moved to a distant city and one day ran across one of the border guards at a roadside cafe. "Nasruddin," the guard greeted him, "what a surprise." After chatting for a few minutes, the guard couldn't help asking the question he'd been harboring for so many years. "Tell me, what were you smuggling?" "Ah," replied Nasruddin, sipping his tea, "I was smuggling donkeys." "After all, you've never been in charge, even for an instant, and surrender is just an acknowledgment of what has always been the case" (99) "If you feel moved to explore your emotions, you can remove any labels, concepts, or stories and invite the direct, unmediated experience of the emotion itself. When you stop resisting it, trying to get rid of it, or even making an effort to be mindful of it, but just let it be as it is in the open, unconditional awareness, you may discover that it's merely a movement of energy, one of the many movements in the dance we call living" (110) "Although awakened awareness does not harbor a preference for positive or negative emotions, it does, by its very nature, prefer freedom and openness to fixation and contraction" (110) "[Awakened awareness] doesn't prefer one experience over another and doesn't try to edit or suppress what arises... (122)

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