Gesture of Balance A Guide to Awareness Self Healing and



10 thoughts on “Gesture of Balance A Guide to Awareness Self Healing and Meditation Nyingma Psychology Series

  1. says:

    Have you ever let yourself be totally UNPLUGGED? Do you remember those times when you’ve just dropped EVERYTHING? And let ALL the stress fall away?Thirty years ago in a frantic office this easy to read Tibetan author gave me a real and vivid sense of what it means to have real peace in one’s life And I fondly remembered having had that feeling before Much farther back when I was twenty three after graduation I had worked in an ultra modern office It wasn’t downtown though and it was close to a large undeveloped parcel of experimental farmland in which government scientists developed new methodologies for enhancing crop developmentAnd in that green oasis was an arboretum a showcase for indigenous Canadian trees and shrubsAs it was a uick and easy walk from my office building I often took my lunch there on a halcyon day I sat on a hill overlooking the groves of trees and the canal beyond in wintertime those hills were open to the public for the amusement of junior tobogganers and delved peacefully into my lunch bag My reveries were totally uninterrupted save by birdsong until at 1245 a Canadian National Railways train roaring through the woods below would punctually emit a loud whistle telling me it was time to return to workYou know peace is an amazing thingI say ‘is’ because with the advance of old age the presence of peace seems to be ancillary to the letting go of inner turmoil that happens when we choose to age NATURALLY From my reading I know that this GOOD kind of seniors’ moment was commoner in old days I find it all the time in 19th century writersPeople followed the rhythms of nature back then And we may not know it says Tulku but the whole brash crowd of our modern dreads and anxieties is like a drop of water in a deep pool of eternal silence or a speck of dust in a vast expanse of space They saw that clearly in the old times Now that I’m elderly I see that tooBut Tulku bless him gave me a sneak preview of that slow mo pace of retirement in the 1980’s when I was busier than a solo wallpaper hanger He suggests there are vast expanses of untapped empty space in our minds He calls it in another book Great Space Inner freedom We Christians call it the freedom of the Spirit A peace beyond comprehensionI think all of us often get the sense as we age of time STANDING STILL This is not the inner emptiness of an Alzheimer’s patient either That’s scary This is notIt is the natural fruit of a long life lived in unobtrusive gentleness this moment without self consciousness or anxious memoriesAnd yet so many are constantly trying to one up the other guy to go to subtler and cutting edge levels of thinking Faster and faster Hamsters on a treadmill Well it’s gotta stop or else it’ll drive us to an early grave You know there is a REAL alternative to the speed and aggression that is so prevalent in this winner takes all world And Tulku tells us how to find it SO naturally By driving away the blockages of too too solid self consciousness and self importanceHow else are we going to live in all that empty space that’s ahead of us when we die?Better get used to it and expand and enrich that fertile vacant space in our heads while we’re hereHis way of meditation can do thatWe CAN live in the midst of PeaceWITHOUT AGGRESSIONHere and now For starters


  2. says:

    Years ago when I first started learning about meditation I read every book I could get my hands on about the process I would read the text and become excited that I had found the right way to practice Immediately I would follow the instructions as best I could Without fail I would get frustrated when I couldn't sustain the right pose or hold my tongue in the proper way as I tried to breathe correctly Inevitably throughout the whole exercise I worried that I couldn't stop my thoughts Over time I have learned exactly what Gesture of Balance provides for those wanting to try meditation that meditation focused on a right way particular goals or the desire for special powers ultimately leads to frustration In fact that is the purpose of the practice True meditation is not about doing or practicing it is about letting go of all expectations and just experiencing Meditation isn't something we undertake to impress others or to prove our value It is an extremely personal process that asks us to uestion and examine everything we think feel or believe I wish I had come across this book years ago Its guidance would have been even valuable Today it reminds me of the path I've travelled and the journey I continue to experience Gesture of Balance will definitely have a permanent place on my bookshelf of favourites


  3. says:

    If you're noticing that I love most of the books I rate it's true If I don't like a book especially these days I just don't finish it I just can't frankly I can't stay interested and life is too short to read stuff you hate When I do that it's assigned reading sometimes I assign myself and I'll read it as a gateway to build enough knowledge to understand something else research if you will I'm doing that now with Jerusalem The Biography just keep running into stuff I'm compelled to check or lookup and stuff that I just don't understand This book I read as research on meditation In my Yoga practice meditation is key I was just at that point But just didn't feel I could ever figure out how to do it Well this book cured me of that concern Tarihang Tulku helped me understand in simple terms I got it Basically I was making waaaay to big of a deal of it Anyway fun book crammed with nuggets of wisdom I loved it It took me a couple of months but only because its one of those books I needed to go slow and savor unlike Jerusalem The Biography savor because I simply can't go fast My reviews are basically notes to self and my daughter and wife You are welcome to read but just know the purpose


  4. says:

    Recommended by my yoga master This is a book to read through life Although it is a self help book the language is not patronizing and most of it resonates with what I was already learning through yoga practice


  5. says:

    When I'm feeling anxious low or lost I turn to a passage in this book


  6. says:

    Pure truthThe truth in these pages is evident But there are often some surprising statements that call one to reassess our basis of knowledge and the ability and paths to growth


  7. says:

    A superb hidden gem of a book Surprisingly practical and straight to the point No flowery language If it was published today and renamed as I don't believe the title does it justice I believe people would know of it Highly recommended whether you're an experienced meditator or you're new to the practice


  8. says:

    Nice summary of basic principles regarding awareness openness and meditation


  9. says:

    A beautifully written book full of surprising insights into the state of being


  10. says:

    great


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Gesture of Balance A Guide to Awareness Self Healing and Meditation Nyingma Psychology Series In clear direct language Gesture of Balance relates the profound insights of an ancient wisdom tradition to our present situation showing us how to develop our inner resources and awaken body mind and senses to new horizons of experience Tarthang Tulku speaks to us like a good friend offering ways to clear away confusion strengthen self confidence and brighten our lives with meaning and joy