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Aligned, Relaxed, Resilient: The Physical Foundations of Mindfulness von [Johnson, Will]
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"Transform the act of cooking into a dance worthy of both Nijinsky and the Buddha." This is the essence of Will Johnson's handbook for living in your body. Aligned, Relaxed, Resilient combines the body awareness of yoga, the life force, as Johnson puts it, of Taiji, and the mindfulness of Thich Nhat Hanh into a single and simple practice of attentive movement. Too often meditators and spiritual practitioners from all religions retreat into the head or heart, neglecting not only the health but the spiritual potential of the body. Through carefully constructed exercises, Johnson reintegrates body and mind, bringing the senses of vision, hearing, and tactile sensation into what he calls a unified field of shimmering awareness. After alignment and relaxation, the capstone of Johnson's practice is resilience, a harnessing of life force in every natural movement. Free of tension and buoyed by the earth's gravity, the body, a mass of coordinated activity, moves like a flock of starlings. When resilient movement is combined with unified sensation, the ground of being opens up to every moment's joyful apprehension. Learn and indulge. --Brian Bruya


"Johnson not only knows meditative traditions—most intimately, the mindfulness tradition of Buddhism—but is also a professional body worker with an expert's knowledge of human physiology. In this brief but ample book, he shows how meditation helps us in three major ways. We become, he argues, aligned not only in terms of posture but in deeper terms of our connections to our bodies and to the earth itself. We also become more relaxed, not lazily but in an alert and lively fashion. Finally we become more resilient, our immune systems may get a boost, we become more graceful, but those alterations stem from a greater spiritual flexibility. A fine, approachable, and useful book."— Booklist

"Finally a book on meditation instruction that fully addresses the role the body plays in spiritual growth. It's inspiring and free of obscure language."— Utne Reader


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  • Verlag: Shambhala Publications (19. November 2013)
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HASH(0x9b4f2bc4) von 5 Sternen An overlooked classic 7. April 2004
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This is by far one of the best books on mindfulness meditation available, although you wouldn't know it from a cursory review of the book, nor from the lack of attention it has received from reviewers. Starting from the principles of meditation posture (being aligned, relaxed, and resilient), the author moves into a discussion of mindfulness in daily life and how these principles apply as we embody mindfulness in daily life. A particular strength of this book is his focus on mindfulness of the body. It is a common misconception (even among those of us who should know better) that spirituality is about transcending the body, senses and emotions. Will Johnson shows how mindfulness of the body, senses and emotions is a gateway to profound, subtle-level experience. I can't recommend this book highly enough. On a side note, following the principles in this book has substantially reduced the physical pain I experience while sitting on retreats.
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HASH(0x9b4f2c18) von 5 Sternen Mindfullness isn't paying attention the MIND, it's paying attention to the flowing sensations in the BODY 12. Dezember 2010
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Why there aren't more reviews on this absolutely incredible book is beyond me. I have bought 3 copies to lend out to people, and everyone loves it. What a shame that people fall for all the self-help, pop-psychology best sellers which have almost no depth or width (when compared to this book), yet this one is an unknown. This book fills the gap between the ancient classics (or just our personal goals??) and our everyday experience. It tells you what mindfulness feels like in your body as it happens. It is down to earth yet inspiring, practical yet mystical. In short this book is about YOU, no matter WHAT your belief system or goals or present state.

A little background on me to give this review context: I am a Licensed Acupuncturist with a Masters in Oriental Medicine and have been in Martial Arts for 28 years. I have read a LOT of books on health, sports and musical performance, meditation, and related bodywork philosophy over the years. I don't claim to be an expert but I have used body/mind/breath techniques to completely alter my own health, everything from day to day injuries to curing the daily panic attacks I had for after a car accident many years ago. I have found meditative movement like Tai Chi (or Tai Ji) and meditative standing like Chi Kung (or Qigong) VERY beneficial (and so have my patients), in fact they are a well respected branch of traditional Chinese Medicine.

With that out of the way, the hardest part I have always found is when you are doing meditative movement (to heal injuries or calm the mind and energize the body), is how is it supposed to FEEL like when you are doing it right? Sure we can look like we are doing it right, we can understand the words and think the thoughts, but the ancient classics say that 90% of Tai Ji is internal and non-verbal. It is in the sensations, the energy, in the inner experience; it is more substantial than our transitory thoughts. And even though I have changed my life with these arts and sciences, looking back I have never had the full LANGUAGE TO DESCRIBE IT TO OTHERS or even to MYSELF until I read this book. The traditional way to learn this is to just do it over and over, and you will know, unfortunately our modern, wordy, cerebral mind gets in the way of this and we need an antidote like this BOOK to neutralize this habit.

It's ironic that a book could be used to get us back to that wondrous state of wordless. mirrorlike, silent awareness, of occupying our bodies and our common SENSE, but unless we kept the genius of childhood all the way through adulthood, we DO need to work on it, some of us more than others. Look at a child's posture, at their energy, at their openness, at their ability to learn at accelerated rates. Sure, we naturally DO lose some of that as we age, but it's not FATE to lose so MUCH of it. Look at our geniuses, the great musicians, sports heroes, etc; they have that childlike grace, openness, effortless posture in varying degrees as ADULTS. Quit selling yourself short. These very talented people differ from the general public more in their ability to know their body, its subtle signals, the silent awareness of it than some lucky gene or secret thought they carry around or from having "perfect parents" whatever that is. They remember (more than most people) how to get out of their own way. This book helps us do just that.

I must add, as the general public isn't clear on this, there is a huge difference between mindfulness and thinking. Mindfulness is our pure awareness that watches our minds, bodies, emotions, breath and OUTER world flow by and gives the conscious mind (or the bodies reflexes) information to act on. Mindfulness is actually closer related to our eyes, ears, and inner proprioception than in the abstraction of thinking itself. This book helps us DO something with that distinction.

A huge premise in this book is that tense muscles dull the flowing, natural sensations, to where we are left with numbness and pain and disembodied minds. Anatomically, tense muscles actually are very empty of blood, so we don't feel the flowing of blood and energy and subtle movements. When those muscles are brought into mindfulness, thus active and relaxed, they REFILL with blood, so we feel that natural shimmering again. When we lose the body we get lost in our mind. If we are lost in our heads, in negative thought loops or in distractions, the answer is not to focus on the MIND itself in an attempt to try to stop the uncontrollable train of thoughts or to think positive thoughts. The mind is merely the location of the SYMPTOMS. Trying to stop the runaway train of daily mindless thought is an exercise in futility and forcing positive thought is just a temporary band-aid at best. The answer to this is to shift awareness to the very SUBTLE ever-changing, flowing, shimmering sensations and energies of a relaxed, awake body. When we are properly aligned, we are being held up by reflexes, by our postural muscles that are SUPPPOSED to support and NOT by the muscles meant for movement. This saves us energy, makes us stronger yet more relaxed, gives us a true CORE of support, and makes our actions more appropriate and informed, tunes us into our subtle sensations which sharpens our intuition and quiets the mind. We are once again held up by fate, so our muscles of free will can do what they are supposed to do: let us move freely! That is my take on what is meant by the title: aligned, relaxed, resilient. In proper alignment, we use the right tension (our core postural muscles), which relax the sleeve muscles, which lets them fill with blood, which lets us SENSE them again. This makes us resilient to our changing world, one moment at a time.

This book helps us not fall into the trap of the "thingification" of ourselves, as we are not nouns as much as we are verbs. We are more a process than a solid object. Following this path, we will go from having a rushing river of a disembodied mind (with a dull, frozen-solid mountain of a body) to having a quiet mind and a flowing body. Period.
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HASH(0x9b4f2ef4) von 5 Sternen Practical Handbook 31. Dezember 2013
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Love this little book. I teach yoga and am able to use the author's suggestions to create short yet applicable meditations for my classes. Nothing too heady here; the information is simple, usable, yet deep. Would recommend to yoga instructors of any style.
HASH(0x9b4f2dec) von 5 Sternen Next Step in a Meditation Practice 19. Juni 2015
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For us Goenka-trained meditators, this is a wonderful addition to our practice. Once one is adept at bringing up the sensations and animating the body (nibbana dhatu), just rest in alignment, relaxation, and resiliency. Continue breathing and gently swaying the body as in a breeze. Breathe through the entire body, as explained in an earlier book by Will Johnson.
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HASH(0x9b4f2fd8) von 5 Sternen ambivalent 19. November 2011
Von Michelle L'Esperance Williams - Veröffentlicht auf
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Whilst I'm sure the writer has the best of intentions, I feel that books of this nature are as likely to put people off as encourage them.
The author is essentially trying to put into words something purely experiential. Although he writes quite eloquently about the state of mind and body ultimately to be experienced, the few exercises he offers, although OK as far as they go, cannot possibly result in that end.
He rather gives the game away on the final page by stating that if you want to go further, you need to employ some other technique or discipline: he mentions the Alexander technique, the Subud latihan and rebirthing as well as his own chosen field, rolfing.
Although there are books claiming to 'teach' the Alexander technique - they are just a waste of money. The rationale of the technique is that the body has got so used to MISUSE that CORRECT use will feel 'wrong.' Ergo, the absolute necessity for a teacher TO show you the difference. I would certainly recommend the Alexander technique: you only need a few lessons to be up and running and then you can apply it to everything you do.
The Subud latihan can only be transmitted via someone who already practices it. And it is rather misleading for the author merely to stress the physical movements usually experienced initially. As time goes on, the 'movements' tend to become internalized.
And although circular breathing - the fundamental technique of rebirthing - can be learned from a book, it is highly recommended that one is 'checked out' by a practitioner from time to time.
So if all these techniques require someone to guide you, why not START there? It doesn't cost that much; you save a lot of time not making mistakes; and you end up with something that is really yours.
Interestingly, the author glosses over the method of defocusing the eyes to facilitate the meditative state. This is
a technique which CAN be easily self taught: BUT HE DOESN'T TELL YOU HOW!. This technique is obliquely referred to by Patanjali and more fully described in 'Lost Secrets of Hawaiian Huna' by Tad James.
I feel that two books by Graf von Durckheim - 'Hara' and 'Daily Life as Spiritual Exercise' offer a far more practical approach and both describe a technique that can be utilised immediately.
But I don't want to put anyone off from buying this book - it has a lot to offer, and - who knows? - it might just be the one that 'clicks' with you!
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