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Living the Life of Jewish Meditation

by Rabbi Yoel Glick

$18.99

Living the Life of Jewish Meditation is a comprehensive guide to meditation as a way of life that draws on the knowledge of the East to vitalize and illuminate traditional Jewish practices in whole new ways. The book looks at the different stages of meditation, providing guidelines and techniques for each phase, and offers in-depth analysis of the inner processes that occur during meditation. Accessible, practical and wise, it will answer your vital questions about Jewish meditation practice, regardless of your level of meditation experience.

Combining textual knowledge with experiential insights and understanding, it examines:
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  • The fundamentals of daily practice—preparation, intention and forging a connection
  • The main categories of meditation technique—stilling the mind, visualization, concentration, mantra and contemplation
  • Establishing a practice—how you transform your meditation from a half hour practice into a whole way of life – a consciousness that infuses your entire existence
  • The broader issues related to meditation—the personal and impersonal approach to God, the inner dynamics of meditation, the dangers of psychic powers and phenomena, the advantages and disadvantages of individual versus group practice, and the relationship between personal and collective evolution
[/listdot] With nineteen different meditations for you to put into practice, this novel and complete approach to daily meditation offers you a spiritual path to a personal encounter with your divine self.

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Praise for “Living the Life of Jewish Meditation”

“Rabbi Yoel Glick opens doors in our soul that connect us to the power and beauty of the Jewish tradition and the wider expanses and all-embracing love of a universal vision. ”

– Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

“Rabbi Glick has created a masterpiece of bold erudition and passion that is both beautiful and comprehensive.”

Rabbi Shefa Gold, author of The Magic of Hebrew Chant: Healing the Spirit, Transforming the Mind, Deepening Love, published by Jewish Lights

“How fortunate are we to have such a gentle, well-versed and compelling guide.”

– Rabbi Jonathan P. Slater, Co-Director of Programs – Institute for Jewish Spirituality

“I recommend this gem of a book to readers of every religious background.”

– Dr. Maria Reis Habito, Zen Teacher at the Maria Kannon Zen-Center in Dallas – International Program Director of the Taipei Museum of World Religions

“This is the best book I know of about meditation – Jewish or otherwise.”

– Yossi Klein Halevisenior fellow, Shalom Hartman Institute, author, Like Dreamers

“It is miraculous how the vastness of the Divine Wisdom can be funneled into “light-bites” digestible to all. Rabbi Glick is such a Miracle-Maker!”

– ”Reb Mimi Feigelson, Mashgiach Ruchani, Zeigler Rabbinical School

“Theory, practice, example—it’s all here.”

– Swami Yogeshananda, monk of the Ramakrishna Order, author of Six Lighted Windows: Memories of Swamis in the West

“This is the most sensitive and complete book on Jewish meditation to date. A wonderful book that is a necessity for every meditator’s bookshelf.”

– Rabbi Avram Davisfounder of Chochmat HaLev Berkeley, editor of Meditation from the Heart of Judaism

“This book is an excellent guide for those who wish to more fully integrate meditation and spirituality into their lives.”

– Nan Fink Gefen, author Discovering Jewish Meditation: Instruction and Guidance for Learning an Ancient Spiritual Practice

“The goal of meditation is to control the thought-waves of the mind and divert that one-pointed mind to God. Rabbi Yoel Glick explores various spiritual traditions along with his Jewish faith and points out that goal wonderfully.”

– Swami Chetanananda, a monk of the Ramakrishna Order and minister of Vedanta Society of St. Louis, USA

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“Rabbi Yoel Glick opens doors in our soul that connect us to the power and beauty of the Jewish tradition and the wider expanses and all-embracing love of a universal vision. His book offers clear practical guidance, profound experiential insights, and a whole range of inspiring practices to nurture the inner life of any spiritual seeker.”

– Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, author of Davening: A Guide to Meaningful Jewish Prayer

“There are many wonderful books about meditation, but it is quite rare to find a book that understands meditation, not merely as a practice we do to enhance our lives, but as a key to how we live the whole of our lives in connection with God and the holiness that is our true essence.

“Living the Life of Jewish Meditation dares to step out of the habits of insularity by drawing on Eastern wisdom to illuminate the mysteries hidden in traditional Jewish practice. Rabbi Glick has created a masterpiece of bold erudition and passion, that is both beautiful and comprehensive.”

– Rabbi Shefa Gold, author of The Magic of Hebrew Chant: Healing the Spirit, Transforming the Mind, Deepening Love, published by Jewish Lights

“In this rich and detailed guide to meditation, Rabbi Yoel Glick offers the Jewish seeker – every seeker – instructions for building a life of meditation. On the way, he also invites us to meet our true selves, to nurture our souls and so ultimately live in service of the Holy One, our ultimate purpose on earth. How fortunate are we to have such a gentle, well-versed and compelling guide.”

– Rabbi Jonathan P. Slater, Co-Director of Programs – Institute for Jewish Spirituality

“Savoring the beauty and clarity of each sentence in this book, one enters a spiritual space that deepens our awareness of God, and transforms us into divine instruments. I recommend this gem of a book to readers of every religious background, who will be greatly enriched by the Jewish sources and meditation techniques not available elsewhere.”

– Dr. Maria Reis Habito, Zen Teacher at the Maria Kannon Zen-Center in Dallas – International Program Director of the Taipei Museum of World Religions

“This is the best book I know of about meditation – Jewish or otherwise.  Written with clarity and depth, Living the Life of Jewish Meditation is destined to become a classic.”

– Yossi Klein Halevi, senior fellow, Shalom Hartman Institute, author, Like Dreamers

“Rabbi Yoel Glick reveals the way into the inner sanctuary of your soul and avails you to learn to utilize your Divine Intuition and Wisdom; to dwell in the Home of the One. It is miraculous how the vastness of the Divine Wisdom can be funneled into “light-bites” digestible to all. Rabbi Glick is such a Miracle-Maker!”

– Reb Mimi Feigelson, Mashgiach Ruchani, Zeigler Rabbinical School

 “Theory, practice, example—it’s all here. Rabbi Yoel Glick has woven various strands of meditation theory and practices into a tapestry we all can trace.”

– Swami Yogeshananda, monk of the Ramakrishna Order, author of Six Lighted Windows: Memories of Swamis in the West

“This book is an excellent guide for those who wish to more fully integrate meditation and spirituality into their lives. Grounded in the Jewish tradition, it includes understanding from other spiritual sources, making it an especially rich and wise resource for the seeker.”

– Nan Fink Gefen, author Discovering Jewish Meditation: Instruction and Guidance for Learning an Ancient Spiritual Practice

“The goal of meditation is to control the thought-waves of the mind and divert that one-pointed mind to God. Rabbi Yoel Glick explores various spiritual traditions along with his Jewish faith and points out that goal wonderfully.”

– Swami Chetanananda, a monk of the Ramakrishna Order and minister of Vedanta Society of St. Louis.

“This is the most sensitive and complete book on Jewish meditation to date. Combining traditional Jewish sources with the wisdom of Indian teachers such as Ramakrishna and Ramana Maharshi, it shines a light on the similarities of meditation techniques and outcomes. Living the Life systematically breaks down meditation into its component parts, such as premeditation techniques, (how to begin), the techniques themselves (what you are doing), and what you can expect from these disciplines. The book is presented in a logical and easy to read format, and is punctuated throughout by anecdotes, stories and personal insights. A wonderful book that is a necessity for every meditator’s bookshelf.”

– Rabbi Avram Davis, founder of Chochmat HaLev Berkeley, editor of Meditation from the Heart of Judaism

“Using the tools of meditation and the wisdom of ancient teachers, Rabbi Yoel Glick’s written guidance enhanced my own meditation practice, deepening my inner life and further uplifting me toward the Divine.”

Rabbi Elie Spitz, author of Healing from Despair  

“Despite all of the positive benefits of mediation, most of us struggle putting it into practice. Rabbi Glick offers the wise guidance you need to start or restart a regular meditation practice for a lifetime of spiritual mindfulness.”

– Edith Brotman, Yoga teacher and author of Mussar Yoga

 

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