Meditation Secrets for Women : Discovering Your Passion, Pleasure, and Inner Peace
Finally --an approach to meditation especially for women! The benefits of meditations are manifold -- but so few practices are tailored to the special needs and interests of women. Now, with Meditation Secrets for Women, you can discover how to love your body and find a time and place to tune into yourself and restore inner balance. Get in touch with your body's natural rhythms. Honor your instincts, and tap into your feminine power so that you can emerge nourished, revitalized, and joyful. Meditation Secrets for Women offers all the tools and insights necessary for women to design their own custom meditation techniques, without all the restrictions of traditional practices.
In this powerful book, the husband-wife team of Maurine and Roche explore the particular needs women have in meditation. They point out that most ancient meditation texts were meant for cloistered male monks living a celibate life, with meditation techniques used to "eradicate passion, emotion, and sexuality." Maurine and Roche find that women require precisely the opposite approach: an ability to use meditation to embrace their psyches including passion, emotion and sexuality. Maurine (who comes from an eclectic background of Transcendental Meditation, Zen, esoteric yoga, dance and Tibetan Buddhism) and Roche (who teaches Himalayan meditation and is the author of Meditation Made Easy) employ the various components of their backgrounds to argue that women should custom-tailor their meditation practice to suit their individual needs and circumstances. With tips, exercises, meditations, reflections and other women's stories, Maurine and Roche share enthusiastically and thoroughly what they have found works for women, leaving the dry legalisms behind. If one's mind rambles, they say, that's all right flow with it and turn it into meditation. If one is nursing a baby, she should become a nursing meditator. The book conveys a strong sense that both Maurine and Roche delight in women and their gifts. This is an excellent, empowering resource for novices, as well as for those who have spent a lifetime meditating. (Feb.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information. -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.
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January 23, 2001
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Excerpt from Meditation Secrets for Women by Camille Maurine
Celebrate Your Senses
Self-care, yep, I could use some self-care.
A million things to do today, but meditating will help.
Off ! go into my Regeneration Chamber . . .
A little lazy, too tired to sit up straight . . .
I'll just prop myself up with lots of pillows all around.
Some music would be good-gentle and nourishing . . .
Yes, that's the perfect ambient sound to feed my soul.
Hmm, have to remember to call the dentist . . .
Stop at the market on my way back from the bookstore.
Oh yeah, and the post office and bank . . .
Okay, okay, may as well spend a minute to choreograph the day,
Then I can relax . . . . Now, what do I want as my focus? What tone do I need?
Comfort and ease . . . yes, just let me bask in pleasure.
Mmm . . . the music caresses me, soothes me like a healing balm.
And my breath is so soft-filling me, billowing me,
Massaging me tenderly inside. How can it be so sweet?
My whole body is washed with sweetness, inside and out . . .
Ahh . . . my heart lifts, spreads open, and smiles.
I breathe the sweetness in, again and again.
So many sensations of joy . . .
Whew, it's almost hard to take!
Now I imagine the course of my day guided by this pleasure.
I take it with me into the world, with that secret smile inside.
A Feast for the Senses
Although meditating is often thought of as going beyond sensory experience, it is really a journey through the full range of the senses. Our senses bring us into the present moment, and it is only in the present that we can truly receive life's gifts. This ability to be more present is one of the profound benefits of meditation.
Meditation is a feast for the senses. It is outrageous and extravagant, like a banquet of exquisite delicacies with the best company, the finest orchestra, the perfect dance partner, the most elegant ambiance, the greatest sense of leisure, the most considerate attendants, and the most expensive wine. It is a state of extreme wealth and luxury in which you are completely saturated in pleasure. It is over-the-top lusciousness that would probably be illegal outside of the privacy of your interior world. But far from harming anyone, it only benefits the world-especially you. As you breathe in this lushness, you open to the gush of life, to how generously life gives you the next breath and fills you with its sustenance.
The pleasure of meditation induces a dilation of the senses. It is a state of heightened appreciation that enhances our ability to see the details of life with fresh eyes. This opens us up to an aesthetic perception of our environment and ourselves-a poetic, nonliteral sensibility that transforms experience. Everyday reality takes on new meaning: we are living inside an ever-unfolding creation of beauty and mystery. This is certainly something to celebrate!