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Zen Heart: Simple Advice for Living with Mindfulness and Compassion By Ezra Bayda,

  • Title: Zen Heart: Simple Advice for Living with Mindfulness and Compassion
  • Author: Ezra Bayda
  • ISBN: 9781590305430
  • Page: 148
  • Format: Hardcover
  • There s a secret to spiritual practice, and it s surprisingly simple learn to be present with attention Do that, and the whole world becomes your teacher, you wake up to the sacredness of every aspect of existence, and compassion for others arises without even thinking about it It s indeed just that simple, says Zen teacher Ezra Bayda, but that doesn t necessarily meanThere s a secret to spiritual practice, and it s surprisingly simple learn to be present with attention Do that, and the whole world becomes your teacher, you wake up to the sacredness of every aspect of existence, and compassion for others arises without even thinking about it It s indeed just that simple, says Zen teacher Ezra Bayda, but that doesn t necessarily mean it s easy especially when being present brings us up against the painful parts of life Bayda provides a wealth of practical advice for making difficult experiences a valued part of the path and for making mindulness a daily habit He breaks practice down into three phases The Me Phase, in which we uncover our most basic and tightly clung to beliefs about ourselves, observe our emotions, and become intimate with our fears Being Awareness, in which we cultivate a larger sense of what life is, transforming our limited experience into a spacious sense of being Being Kindness, in which we learn to connect with the love that is our true nature, and learn to live from that place of kindness and compassion
    Zen Heart Simple Advice for Living with Mindfulness and Compassion There s a secret to spiritual practice and it s surprisingly simple learn to be present with attention Do that and the whole world becomes your teacher you wake up to the sacredness of every aspect

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    1. As with all spiritual books I really love, I read this one very, very slowly There s so much on each page, you truly have to I loved Ezra Bayda s first two books, but this one is probably my favorite It s wonderfully plain spoken and clear about subjects that are incredibly difficult to talk about, let alone write about it s honest and encouraging but never seems to over simplify things it s a perfect blend of memoir anecdote, advice, and inspiration.

    2. This was a nice read with some great tips to put some zen in your heart Bayda split up the book in an approachable manner that gives you stepping stones for your heart and mind.I think the most important part is the first section, The Me Phase of Practice I think the realization of how me focused our brains are is an incredibly powerful tool in becoming mindful and awake, and he spells it out well Our minds will analyze, blame, and try to fix problems and any uncomfortableness we encounter becau [...]

    3. I loved this book so much that I fell asleep, lights on, with the book gently pressed towards my chest and heart when having finished it as my evening read.

    4. Ironically, for a book on Zen, Zen Heart too often gets in its own way which isn t to say that there aren t any useful insights Just that they are free floating, not quite woven into a cohesive fabric.These problems despite the fact that in Zen Heart, Bayda s fourth book, he has found his voice, a cohesive structure for what he is trying to say, and repeats a lot sometimes almost verbatim what was in his first book The problem, I think, is that he is too down to earth, as everyone likes to say a [...]

    5. Again, Ezra was my zen meditation teacher in San Diego I found this book helpful than his last book I read I like meditation books that really breakdown what exactly it is you re working towards while sitting in meditation, or while trying to bring awareness to your everyday tasks Zen Heart focuses mainly on opening the heart center and gives specific meditation techniques to do just that I definitely recommend it if any of my friends are into meditation and I don t believe any of you are.

    6. This book might be useful for beginners to Zen techniques and Buddhism, but not for people who are already aware of the basic concepts I found it didn t delve deep enough into the topics it presented Also, I found the references to God uncomfortable, as it automatically assumes that the reader believes in God.However the best part of this book is the meditation recommendations The affirmations are really helpful and I will probably use them in everyday life The appendix of essential reminders is [...]

    7. There was a lot in this book to appreciate, but I got pretty bored by the end because Bayda is very repetitive It s actually a self help book than a Buddhist book, and like most of those, it got sort of predictable and formulaic He does give some meditation instructions that are in depth and workable.

    8. Couldn t finish this I don t know what I was expecting earth shattering wisdom The secret to life, the universe, everthing Whatever it was, I didn t find it To be frank, I ve found better information regarding Buddhism for free online.

    9. This is not the first book on Zen I would recommend reading but it is excellent for those familiar with the subject I very much like the insight Bayda has into using Zen to help us be present and awake in our lives.

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