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SpiritualityWhat It Is and Why It Matters$
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Roger S. Gottlieb

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199738748

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199738748.001.0001

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Practice, Practice, Practice

Practice, Practice, Practice

(p.93) 6 Practice, Practice, Practice

Roger S. Gottlieb

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the essential role of practice in spiritual life. Detailed accounts are given of yoga, meditation, and prayer. The author's personal experiences of each of these forms of practice is combined with descriptions of different forms of practice: yoga asanas and breathing techniques, vipassana, Taoist fusion, and Tibetan forms of meditation, and a variety of forms of prayer. The spiritual effects of training the body, mind, and emotions to the spiritual virtues are illustrated, as are the dangers of attachment, pride, and habit in their application. The chapter concludes by examining the possible role of Tarot and other ‘occult’ practices and teachings.

Keywords:   yoga, meditation, prayer, spiritual practice, Taoist fusion meditation, mindfulness, emotions, meditation in prison, tarot

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