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Description - Perfecting Ourselves by Aaron Hoopes

Can we achieve perfection? While true perfection is fleeting, we often achieve a moment of perfection: a state of mind that is just right, a time when we are fully attuned to the needs of our body, mind and spirit. It is the potential for achieving this type of integration that this book seeks to tap into. The author explores the basic threads of the self -- body, mind and spirit -- and demonstrates simple methods of integrating the three through breathing exercises, meditation, focused quietism and conscious living. He considers the body and how we can become more fully aware of it by examining detrimental behaviours, exploring the effect they have and suggesting ways to counter them. In particular, he shows how deep breathing exercises and conscious awareness of the breath constitute a major pathway to physical health and well-being. He then looks the mind and how we can gain more control over our thoughts and feelings. In particular, he focuses on 'Quietism' an approach that includes exercises for calming the mind and gaining clarity of thought. Finally, he discusses the spirit, which manifests itself when we have integrated a healthy, connected body with a calm, clear mind. Develop healthy habits one step at a time; Holistically heal and strengthen your body; Reduce tension and stress through mindful breathing; Increase your connection between mind and body; Get in touch with your 'Universal Mind'; Discover the joys of quietism; Achieve internal balance.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781880336687
ISBN-10: 1880336685
Format: Paperback
(155mm x 230mm x 12mm)
Pages: 216
Imprint: Turtle Press,U.S.
Publisher: Turtle Press,U.S.
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2002
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Aaron Hoopes

Aaron Hoppes has taught his methods at Tulane University, Dartmouth College, the Sakai Shibu in Osaka and the Shanti Yoga Meditation Institute in Australia. He holds a degree in Asian history from Tulane University and is also the author of Update: Japan (Intercultural Press).