How to Use Your Pain and Most Difficult Emotions as the Doorway to Inner Freedom
by Andrew Holecek
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Pub Date 11 Jul 2023 | Archive Date 14 Jul 2023
Sounds True Publishing, Sounds True
Disruptive practices to revolutionize your relationship with meditation and fully engage with the full breadth of your experience.
Why do we meditate? The main reason most modern people start meditating is because it helps us feel better—reducing anxiety, improving sleep, decluttering the mind, and so forth. “But where does your meditation go when things go bad?” asks Andrew Holecek. “Where is your spirituality when ‘rock meets bone,’ as they say in Tibet—when the crap hits the fan?”
Reverse Meditation is for anyone who wants to bring the challenges of life onto the path of awakening. When things get hard, it’s time to turn your practice on its head—and throw out any assumption that meditation exists to insulate you from the confusion, difficulties, and uncertainty of life. “By putting your meditation into reverse,” Holecek teaches, “you’ll actually find yourself going forward. Step into your pain and you can step up your evolution.”
With his signature blend of depth and accessibility, Holecek invites you to explore:
• Three core forms of meditation—mindfulness, open awareness, and the boundary-smashing reverse meditations
• How to know when you’re ready to engage with reverse meditation
• On-the-spot practices for snapping into a meditative mindset in difficult situations
• Contraction and expansion—how to dismantle habits of avoidance to become more open, resilient, and fully alive
• How reverse meditation opens you to a direct experience of the fundamental perfection of reality—just as it is
“These unique meditations are designed to reverse our relationship to unwanted experiences, which means going directly into them instead of avoiding them,” says Andrew Holecek. “It’s not an easy journey—yet this path leads to the discovery of unconditional happiness, basic goodness, and true freedom in the most turbulent situations.”
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Former Tibetan Buddhist monk explains an alternative to traditional Buddhist mediation practice. Reverse meditation is not about feeling good or chilled out, but about confronting the reality of difficult situations as opposed to contracting, that is retreating from realiry.. Three core form the axis of this book:: mindfulness (referental meditation, open awareness (nonreferential meditation) and reverse meditation. Interspersed through this book are contemplation and meditations to be used on the spot in difficult situations. This book challenges the intellect of the reader, but it's profound insights are valuable for the advanced practitioner of meditation.
Andrew Holecek’s book Reverse Meditation is a treasure, to be slowly digested and revisited, as it imparts salutary wisdom and valuable ways to use meditative practices to go within and experience openness and transformation. The guidance offered in the book is practical and clear. It is a beautiful exploration of how suffering can be viewed as a sacred gift to be opened and embraced.
Andrew’s book resonated with me in a profound way. I appreciate the depth of knowledge and experience being shared in the book as well as the extensive references to relevant authors / teachers and research that has contributed to the material included. I am very thankful to have had the opportunity to read it.
I highly recommend Andrew’s book and will recommend it to others.
Thank you NetGalley and Sounds True Publishing for the ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Very good ideas and approaches here. There are many exercises and many of them build on previous ones resulting in a gradual change/improvement. This is info that everyone can benefit from, and we're lucky to have access to such information. Recommended.
I really appreciate the free ARC for review!!
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Highly recommend to anyone wanting to deepen there meditation practice, or pair with their yoga meditation practice. The author is articulate clearly and it’s easy to understand, and deep dives on several topic that are critical to meditation.
I read this book as a pre-release e-book obtained through NetGalley, provided by the publisher.
We construct our suffering. We can deconstruct it. In fact who are "we" - or specifically who am I? The reverse meditations are clearly follow-ons to the "who am I" contemplation I encountered decades ago. Who is suffering?
This book, at the end, gives a set of “reverse meditations” which are gritty and real. The first part of the book were a number of instructions and techniques, borrowed from various world faiths and traditions, but not completely, and in ways that would be offensive to those from some parts of the world.. Thus, parts of the beginning were very much New Age-flavored cultural appropriation with some mistakes in the scientific explanations – and I had trouble finishing the book.
Yet, I decided to finish. At the end, I encountered the real, useful, and useable “reverse meditations” which I had not encountered anywhere else after decades of meditation. It’s how to keep thoughts and external distractions from “sticking” to you – paradoxically by running straight into it.