Living Zen Remindfully

Living Zen Remindfully

Retraining Subconscious Awareness

Book - 2016
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"This is a book for readers who want to probe more deeply into mindfulness. It goes beyond the casual, once-in-awhile meditation in popular culture, grounding mindfulness in daily practice, Zen teachings, and recent research in neuroscience. In Living Zen Remindfully, James Austin describes authentic Zen training -- the commitment to a process of regular, ongoing daily life practice. This training process enables us to unlearn unfruitful habits, develop more wholesome ones, and lead a more genuinely creative life. Austin shows that mindfulness can mean more than our being conscious of the immediate 'now.' It can extend into the subconscious, where most of our brain's activities take place, invisibly. Austin suggests ways that long-term meditative training helps cultivate the hidden, affirmative resource of our unconscious memory. He discusses different types of meditation, meditation and problem-solving, and the meaning of enlightenment. He addresses egocentrism (self-centeredness) and allocentrism (other-centeredness), and the blending of focal and global attention. He explains the remarkable processes that encode, store, and retrieve our memories, focusing on the covert, helpful remindful processes incubating at subconscious levels. And he considers the illuminating confluence of Zen, clinical neurology, and neuroscience. Finally, he describes an everyday life of 'living Zen,' drawing on the poetry of Basho, the seventeenth-century haiku master."--
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780262035088
0262035081
Branch Call Number: 294.34435 AUSTI
Characteristics: xiv, 308 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm

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