Self-Help

How to Sit

Author: Thich Nhat Hanh

Publisher: Parallax Press

ISBN: 193700659X

Category: Self-Help

Page: 120

View: 4369

The first book in the Mindfulness Essentials Series by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, How to Sit offers clear, simple directions and inspiration for anyone wanting to explore mindfulness meditation. In short, single-paragraph chapters, Nhat Hanh shares detailed instructions, guided breathing exercises and visualizations, as well as his own personal stories and insights. This pocket-sized book is perfect for those brand new to sitting meditation as well as for those looking to deepen their spiritual practice. With sumi ink drawings by Jason DeAntonis.
Religion

How to Sit

Author: Thich Nhat Hanh

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473529999

Category: Religion

Page: 128

View: 8938

How to Sit is part of a charming series of books from Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hanh, exploring the essential foundations of mindful meditation and practise. How to Sit provides explicit, simple directions on the mechanics of posture and breathing, along with instructions for how best to achieve an awakened, relaxed state of clarity to cultivate concentration and compassion.
Self-Help

How to Sit

Author: Thich Nhat Hanh

Publisher: Parallax Press

ISBN: 1937006581

Category: Self-Help

Page: 120

View: 3459

How to Sit is the first in a new series of how-to titles by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh that introduces beginners to and reminds seasoned practitioners of the essentials of mindfulness practice. Pocket-sized with bold black-and-white illustrations by Jason DeAntonis, How to Sit provides explicit, simple directions on the mechanics of posture and breathing, along with instructions for how best to achieve the awakened, relaxed state of clarity to cultivate concentration and compassion. Following the instructions, Thich Nhat Hanh shares a series of secular guided meditations that help us return to our breath, spend some time in the present moment, and come home to ourselves. The function of meditation practice is to heal and transform. Scientific studies indicate that meditation contributes tremendously to well-being, general health, and longevity. How to Sit is a unique gift for those who want a comprehensive yet simple guide to getting started with meditation practice, as well as meditators with training in any spiritual tradition who want to be reminded of the foundation of practice.
Medical

How to Sit Your Body at Work

A Guide to Sitting at Your Workstation Based on the Alexander Technique

Author: Ann Rodiger

Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 160844788X

Category: Medical

Page: 72

View: 2494

It is not necessary to experience pain while sitting at your office workstation. Office injuries, including pains and strains caused by cumulative stresses, pose a serious threat to your overall health and to the quality of your work. Use this book to break free from harmful habits and improve your ergonomic setup, including the most important factor in the ergonomics equation: YOU! If you: Use a computer Write at a desk Talk on the phone This book will increase your productivity and efficiency at work, improve safety and breathing and help to reduce: Injury Stress Wrist pain Back pain Neck pain Eye strain Headaches The Alexander Technique Through studying the Alexander Technique, you will learn a process of awareness in action that can be applied to any situation or activity. You will learn to think consciously about what you are doing and how to respond to activities in your workplace with ease and spontaneity. Through building an awareness of your core movement patterns and how to fundamentally change them for the better, you will experience improvements in your physical and mental health and well-being. Ann Rodiger is the founder and director of the Balance Arts Center in New York City. She as been teaching the Alexander Technique for 30 years. She is also a specialist in movement education and analysis, dance, and Labanotation. She has Alexander Technique practices in New York City and Berlin, Germany. She has been on the faculty of several major universities in the United States."
Health & Fitness

The New Rules of Posture

How to Sit, Stand, and Move in the Modern World

Author: Mary Bond

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1594779988

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 240

View: 6995

A manual for understanding the anatomical and emotional components of posture in order to heal chronic pain • Contains self-help exercises and ergonomics information to help correct unhealthy movement patterns • Teaches how to adopt suitable posture in the modern sedentary world Many people cause their own back and body pain through their everyday bad postural and movement habits. Many sense that their poor posture is probably the root of the problem, but they are unable to change long-standing habits. In The New Rules of Posture, Mary Bond approaches postural changes from the inside out. She explains that healthy posture comes from a new sense we can learn to feel, not by training our muscles into an ideal shape. Drawing from 35 years of helping people improve their bodies, she shows how habitual movement patterns and emotional factors lead to unhealthy posture. She contends that posture is the physical action we take to orient ourselves in relation to situations, emotions, and people; in order to improve our posture, we need to examine both our physical postural traits and the self-expression that underlies the way we sit, stand, and move. The way we walk, she says, is our body’s signature. Bond identifies the key anatomical features that impact alignment, particularly in light of our modern sedentary lives, and proposes six zones that help create postural changes: the pelvic floor, the breathing muscles, the abdomen, the hands, the feet, and the head. She offers self-help exercises that enable healthy function in each zone as well as information on basic ergonomics and case histories to inspire us to think about our own habitual movements. This book is a resource for Pilates, yoga, and dance instructors as well as healthcare professionals in educating people about postural self-care so they can relieve chronic pain and enjoy all life activities with greater ease.
Biography & Autobiography

Teach Us to Sit Still

A Skeptic's Search for Health and Healing

Author: Tim Parks

Publisher: Rodale

ISBN: 1609614488

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

View: 1922

"Teach Us to Sit Still is the visceral, thought-provoking, and inexplicably entertaining story of how Tim Parks found himself in serious pain, how doctors failed to help, and the quest he took to find his own way out. Overwhelmed by a crippling conditionwhich nobody could explain or relieve, Parks follows a fruitless journey through the conventional medical system only to find relief in the most unexpected place: a breathing exercise that eventually leads him to take up meditation. This was the very last place Parks anticipated finding answers; he was about as far from New Age as you can get. As everything that he once held true is called into question, Parks confronts the relationship between his mind and body, the hectic modern world that seems to demand all our focus, and his chosen life as an intellectual and writer. He is drawn to consider the effects of illness on the work of other writers, the role of religion in shaping our sense of self, and the influence of sports and art on our attitudes toward health and well-being. Most of us will fall ill at some point; few will describe that journey with the same verve, insight, and radiant intelligence as Tim Parks"--Provided by publisher.
Religion

How to Sit, Instructions on Meditation

Author: tenzin gyurme

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 0557435498

Category: Religion

Page: 94

View: 1225

Since the begining of time, mankind has ben both befuddled and enthralled by the workings of his/her mind. Though many different styles and lineages of meditation have arisen through the centuries, there is still no consensus on attaining the self-perfected state. Though this book is no guarantee that you will attain this un-contrived state, when used with its complimentary book, Contemplative Meta-Physical Healing, there is the possibility of attaining some sense of relief.
Music

First Lessons Native American Flute: How to Sit on a Rock

How to Sit on a Rock

Author: ANDREW BISHKO

Publisher: Mel Bay Publications

ISBN: 1619113031

Category: Music

Page: 60

View: 3865

New owners of the Native American Flute are often told to go sit on a rock andteach themselves how to play. Through eight lessons introducing the technique and theory of both the outer and inner game of Native American Fluteimprovisation, players of all levels learn to express the music growing inside themselves. The exercises in this volume are presented in fingering diagrams andNakai TAB-an easy-to-learn derivative of standard music notation most commonly used for Native American Flute. Audio included online

Commit to Sit

Author: Joan Duncan Oliver

Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com

ISBN: 1458757188

Category:

Page: 292

View: 8605

This book brings together a broad range of Buddhist meditative techniques that have appeared in the magazine over the years. Contributors include some of the foremost voices in contemporary Buddhism: Pema Chdrn starts our journey with an inspirational Foreword. Lama Surya Das explores the definition of meditation, while Sharon Salzberg and Joseph Goldstein lay out a 28-day program for establishing a daily practice. Wherever you are on your search, you will find plenty of guidance in this book. Learn about insight meditation from Bhante Henepola Gunaratana and Sylvia Boorstein. Or about zazen from Barry Magid and Martine Batchelor. Gil Fronsdal offers instruction in metta (lovingkindness) meditation, while Judith Simmer-Brown teaches tonglen, a Tibetan Buddhist practice for cultivating compassion. We also learn about the crucial role the body plays in meditation from S. N. Goenka, Reginald Ray, Wes Nisker, and Cyndi Lee. We receive guidance on managing issues that arise in meditation from Jon Kabat-Zinn, Christina Feldman, Matthieu Ricard, Pat Enkyo O'Hara, and others. And there are practices for bringing mindfulness and compassion to daily life from Thubten Chodron, Sayadaw U Tejaniya, and Michael Carroll. Though targeted to the reader who would like to begin meditating, this collection also offers support and guidance to the experienced meditator working to sustain a lifelong practice. This is a guide to meditative practice for any seeker wishing to deepen their understanding of themselves and their world.
Biography & Autobiography

Teaching the Cat to Sit

A Memoir

Author: Michelle Theall

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451697295

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 2284

Traces the author's experiences as a gay Catholic in a discriminating Texas region where she was bullied and abandoned for her differences before she isolated herself, took a partner and had a son on whose behalf she fought for reacceptance into the Catholic Church. 60,000 first printing.
Family & Relationships

Sitting Still Like a Frog

Mindfulness Exercises for Kids (and Their Parents)

Author: Eline Snel

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 0834829193

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 112

View: 7248

This introduction to mindfulness meditation for children and their parents includes practices that can help children calm down, become more focused, fall asleep more easily, alleviate worry, manage anger, and generally become more patient and aware.
Juvenile Nonfiction

Sit-In

How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down

Author: Andrea Pinkney

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 0316086657

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: N.A

View: 5191

It was February 1, 1960. They didn't need menus. Their order was simple. A doughnut and coffee, with cream on the side. This picture book is a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the momentous Woolworth's lunch counter sit-in, when four college students staged a peaceful protest that became a defining moment in the struggle for racial equality and the growing civil rights movement. Andrea Davis Pinkney uses poetic, powerful prose to tell the story of these four young men, who followed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s words of peaceful protest and dared to sit at the "whites only" Woolworth's lunch counter. Brian Pinkney embraces a new artistic style, creating expressive paintings filled with emotion that mirror the hope, strength, and determination that fueled the dreams of not only these four young men, but also countless others.
Health & Fitness

Healthy Posture for Babies and Children

Tools for Helping Children to Sit, Stand, and Walk Naturally

Author: Kathleen Porter

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1620556413

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 192

View: 7042

A manual for parents, teachers, and kids to restore their natural alignment • Explores the principles of natural alignment in accessible ways to share with children • Details simple and fun exercises--for kids and adults alike--that “remind” the body of its natural patterns and movements • Explains how innate movements and natural alignment play an essential role in the development of a fully functioning body and nervous system Babies and toddlers develop naturally healthy alignment by moving in instinctive ways. Their posture is easy and relaxed, founded on correct pelvic positioning and deep core muscles to hold their bodies upright. Yet, as evidenced by the slouching epidemic seen in school-age children, most kids lose this natural alignment early in life, often due to an overreliance on strollers, baby seats, and bucket-style carriers during infancy and the reluctance to put babies on their bellies because of widespread fear of SIDS. In this richly illustrated manual for parents, teachers, and kids themselves, movement educator and researcher Kathleen Porter explains how to relearn natural alignment with a simple movement routine that “reminds” the body of its natural patterns. Detailing the principles of natural alignment in accessible ways to share with children, she also explores research on the importance of “tummy time” and how the movement patterns present at birth act as an engine that activates neural pathways to key areas of the brain. In this way, movement plays an essential role in the development of a fully functioning nervous system, coordinated muscle tone, and a strong, internal core that stabilizes the spine and prepares the baby for the soon-to-be-acquired upright position. The author explains how many children who struggle with a growing number of neurodevelopmental challenges, including autism, learning disabilities, and ADHD, also exhibit poor muscle tone, lack of core development, and difficulties with balance and coordination. With a multitude of easy-to-follow principles and exercises--far more fun and effective than the futile mantra of “sit up straight”--Kathleen Porter provides a detailed road map for parents, teachers, and health professionals to learn how to guide children back to their natural posture by inhabiting their bodies mindfully for a lifetime of easy movement, strength, and energetic vitality--the hallmarks of enduring good health.
Religion

Saturdays with Stella

How My Dog Taught Me to Sit, Stay, and Come When God Calls

Author: Allison Pittman

Publisher: Multnomah Pub

ISBN: 1601421397

Category: Religion

Page: 166

View: 1768

In this heartwarming, thoughtful, and often hilarious tribute to her beloved canine, Pittman introduces her slightly neurotic yet adorable dog Stella, who bears a striking spiritual resemblance to many Christians who want to please their Master but often miss the mark.

To Sit Beside a Bird

Is Infinite Enough : Poems

Author: David Hayman

Publisher: UW-Madison Libraries Parallel Press

ISBN: 189331197X

Category:

Page: 60

View: 7974

Antiques & Collectibles

Now I Sit Me Down

From Klismos to Plastic Chair: A Natural History

Author: Witold Rybczynski

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 0374713359

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 256

View: 510

Have you ever wondered where rocking chairs came from, or why cheap plastic chairs are suddenly everywhere? In Now I Sit Me Down, the distinguished architect and writer Witold Rybczynski chronicles the history of the chair from the folding stools of pharaonic Egypt to the ubiquitous stackable monobloc chairs of today. He tells the stories of the inventor of the bentwood chair, Michael Thonet, and of the creators of the first molded-plywood chair, Charles and Ray Eames. He reveals the history of chairs to be a social history--of different ways of sitting, of changing manners and attitudes, and of varying tastes. The history of chairs is the history of who we are. We learn how the ancient Chinese switched from sitting on the floor to sitting in a chair, and how the iconic chair of Middle America--the Barcalounger--traces its roots back to the Bauhaus. Rybczynski weaves a rich tapestry that draws on art and design history, personal experience, and historical accounts. And he pairs these stories with his own delightful hand-drawn illustrations: colonial rockers and English cabrioles, languorous chaise longues, and no-nonsense ergonomic task chairs--they're all here. The famous Danish furniture designer Hans Wegner once remarked, "A chair is only finished when someone sits in it." As Rybczynski tells it, the way we choose to sit and what we choose to sit on speak volumes about our values, our tastes, and the things we hold dear.
Humor

How to Get a Cat to Sit in Your Lap

Confessions of an Unconventional Cat Person

Author: N.A

Publisher: Andiron Press, Incorporated

ISBN: 9780964579903

Category: Humor

Page: 62

View: 2761

True-life anecdotes, behavioral reports, historical analysis, and assorted musings to help people become more feline friendly.
Body, Mind & Spirit

Just Sit

A Meditation Guidebook for People Who Know They Should But Don't

Author: Sukey Novogratz,Elizabeth Novogratz

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062672878

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 224

View: 6354

From the cofounders of The Well Daily, a playfully-illustrated, informative, and easy-to-use meditation guidebook—including an eight-week plan for busy novices—that helps even the busiest would-be meditator incorporate this practice into their lifestyle and enjoy its many physical and emotional benefits. We’ve all heard the reports about meditation: that it helps us relieve stress and anxiety, improve our moods, lose weight, and sleep better. We know that it can make us healthier, nicer, a kinder parent, a better coworker, a more thoughtful spouse. But there’s a catch—you actually have to do it. Written for the many, many people whose schedule or skepticism has kept them from trying meditation, Just Sit is an approachable and visually engaging beginner's guide. Assuaging fears, answering questions, and providing real-world information to demystify the process, Sukey and Elizabeth Novogratz provide a hands-on look at what meditation really is, what is does, and how to do it. The authors make clear that meditation doesn't have to be complicated or follow a specific protocol. The most important part, to "just sit," can lead to a lifelong practice, tailored to anyone's lifestyle. A perfect blend of information and instruction, Just Sit covers everything you wanted to know but were too afraid to ask. Sukey and Elizabeth address meditation myths and realities, offer advice on how to combat awkwardness, extoll the physical and emotional benefits of meditation, show readers how to find those precious minutes to meditate every day, and more. They also include an eight-week plan to get help readers kick start—and stay with—their own daily practice. Time to ditch the excuses. With this warm, encouraging, sassy guide, everyone will want to show up—and sit down—every day.
Biography & Autobiography

Sometimes I Would Like to Sit Down and Cry

Author: Amarilis Presilla

Publisher: Author House

ISBN: 1496945530

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 152

View: 8447

It's no wonder that Amarilis Presilla has titled her memoir ?Sometimes I Would Like to Sit Down and Cry.? Reminiscing can be painful when she thinks back on all the hardships she has known?not just within her family but for the Cuban people as well. Since arriving in the United States from Cuba seven years ago, Amarilis has written it all down, reliving both the good and the bad. Her idyllic childhood in the riverside village of Mayari was not to last. A powerful flood laid waste to her beloved town, yet this was nothing compared to the coming upheaval of Castro's revolution. What follows is an epic tale of love, family, struggle, self-improvement, and rebellion. Finally escaping and reuniting with her family, Amarilis Presilla now shares her triumphant story with you. ?Jack Silbert, The Hudson Reporter