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Author Topic: Looking for book recommendations  (Read 1585 times)

deadlyxnightshade

Looking for book recommendations
« on: May 24, 2013, 11:32:39 pm »
First, I'm looking for some good books on meditation, preferably ones that could help me learn how to. I'd like to eventually be able to journey. Right now, though, I just can't get the hang of meditation in general, and don't know where to begin. If anyone could recommend something, I'd really appreciate it.

Also, I'm very interested in faeries, so if anyone knows any good books on faeries, that would be great.

Thanks very much!

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Re: Looking for book recommendations
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2013, 08:39:39 am »
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First, I'm looking for some good books on meditation, preferably ones that could help me learn how to. I'd like to eventually be able to journey. Right now, though, I just can't get the hang of meditation in general, and don't know where to begin. If anyone could recommend something, I'd really appreciate it.


Here are a couple of books I've seen recommended a lot. I've never read them, so I can't personally recommend them.

Meditation for Beginners by Jack Kornfield

Quiet Mind: A Beginner's Guide to Meditation edited by Susan Piver
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Re: Looking for book recommendations
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2013, 09:35:58 am »
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First, I'm looking for some good books on meditation, preferably ones that could help me learn how to. I'd like to eventually be able to journey. Right now, though, I just can't get the hang of meditation in general, and don't know where to begin. If anyone could recommend something, I'd really appreciate it.

 
On meditation, the book I recommend most is Diana Paxson's Trance-portation. (Sort of silly title, very practical book).

The style doesn't work for everyone, but it's a great introduction to a variety of key skills, has a lot of "This isn't working for me, what else can I do" advice, and then shows you how to develop what you know into various other practices (including journey work). It also has excellent safety and related tips, and it's been tested with a wide variety of people.
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Re: Looking for book recommendations
« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2013, 09:38:53 am »
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Here are a couple of books I've seen recommended a lot. I've never read them, so I can't personally recommend them.

Meditation for Beginners by Jack Kornfield

Quiet Mind: A Beginner's Guide to Meditation edited by Susan Piver

 
The Kornfield book is pretty good. Are you looking for general books on meditation? If you're specifically looking for books that approach from a pagan POV, Jenett's probably got the right idea.
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Re: Looking for book recommendations
« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2013, 12:48:29 pm »
Quote from: deadlyxnightshade;109771
First, I'm looking for some good books on meditation, preferably ones that could help me learn how to. I'd like to eventually be able to journey. Right now, though, I just can't get the hang of meditation in general, and don't know where to begin. If anyone could recommend something, I'd really appreciate it.

Also, I'm very interested in faeries, so if anyone knows any good books on faeries, that would be great.

Thanks very much!


In terms of meditation, I really enjoyed Nimue Brown's Druidry and Meditation. Even though she talks about modern druidry quite a bit, the exercises are relevant to anyone coming from a Pagan background, especially people with an interest in land-based spirituality (but not even exclusively that). She takes the reader through different levels of work, from basic and foundational (breathing exercises, beginning visualisation, basic active meditation, creative work) to more advanced or more specific (working with land spirits, pathworking, connecting with ancestors, etc). I've recommended it to a lot of people who aren't into druidry, and they've all found exercises that they've enjoyed.

Now, fair folk. Which representation of them interests you? If you're interested in records of Celtic folk belief, you might like The Fairy Faith in Celtic Countries - it's a difficult read, given the age of the book, but it's very worthwhile. If you prefer a modern take on them, try Signe Pike's Faerie Tale - it's really more about her journey seeking them than it is actually about them, but it's a lovely, enchanting piece of spiritual writing. Beyond those, I recommend you have a look through the Celtic Reconstructionist reading list on paganachd.com, as you'll find tales of the fair folk buried in lots of the folk tales and social histories that they list there.
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deadlyxnightshade

Re: Looking for book recommendations
« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2013, 09:32:33 pm »
Quote from: RandallS;109784
Here are a couple of books I've seen recommended a lot. I've never read them, so I can't personally recommend them.

Meditation for Beginners by Jack Kornfield

Quiet Mind: A Beginner's Guide to Meditation edited by Susan Piver

 
Both of these look really interesting and very helpful, thank you.

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Re: Looking for book recommendations
« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2013, 09:35:43 pm »
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On meditation, the book I recommend most is Diana Paxson's Trance-portation. (Sort of silly title, very practical book).



This one also sounds really great. I'm always getting jealous of my fiance because he figured out what worked for him rather quickly...this might help me figure something out.

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Re: Looking for book recommendations
« Reply #7 on: May 25, 2013, 09:38:42 pm »
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The Kornfield book is pretty good. Are you looking for general books on meditation? If you're specifically looking for books that approach from a pagan POV, Jenett's probably got the right idea.

 

I'm considering all types of books, but yeah, a pagan POV is what I find a little more interesting. Sorry for not being more specific... I'm kind of new to all of this.

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Re: Looking for book recommendations
« Reply #8 on: May 25, 2013, 09:47:20 pm »
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In terms of meditation, I really enjoyed Nimue Brown's Druidry and Meditation.

Now, fair folk. Which representation of them interests you? .

 
The Druidry book sounds wonderful as well... now the hard part is going to be narrowing down to which of all these books I actually want to get!


As for faeries... it's harder to be specific there. I'm interested in all kinds of representations of them. They're really what lead me down the pagan path. I've read "The Fairy Faith in Celtic Countries"... it was quite interesting. A lot of that reading list looks good... good thing I can be a bit of a bookworm.

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Re: Looking for book recommendations
« Reply #9 on: May 25, 2013, 11:25:56 pm »
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On meditation, the book I recommend most is Diana Paxson's Trance-portation. (Sort of silly title, very practical book).

The style doesn't work for everyone, but it's a great introduction to a variety of key skills, has a lot of "This isn't working for me, what else can I do" advice, and then shows you how to develop what you know into various other practices (including journey work). It also has excellent safety and related tips, and it's been tested with a wide variety of people.

 
I second this. Jenett, I think I initially found this book because you mentioned it in a similar thread a while ago. Great book, fantastic practical examples - I found it less dry or "serious" than other books or recordings I've used for reference. This made it much more accessible to me as, while I love to embrace my spirituality, my attention span is very short when it comes to the unnecessarily complex and somber. Also, it's available as an ebook, which I appreciated as I'm moving toward a more minimalist and Eco-friendly  lifestyle
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« Reply #10 on: May 26, 2013, 12:00:14 am »
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Also, I'm very interested in faeries, so if anyone knows any good books on faeries, that would be great.

 
This list by Sarah Lawless will be of interest to you, then.
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This list by Sarah Lawless will be of interest to you, then.

 
Ooh, interesting list. Thanks for linking that.
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« Reply #12 on: May 27, 2013, 05:16:23 am »
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First, I'm looking for some good books on meditation, preferably ones that could help me learn how to.

You might be interested in looking into a technique called Active Imagination. It was developed by Jung, and it's a technique I've had a lot of success with.  There's a lot online, so you don't really need a book to get started with it, although there are also good books out there, if you prefer.
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Re: Looking for book recommendations
« Reply #13 on: May 28, 2013, 10:07:13 am »
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This list by Sarah Lawless will be of interest to you, then.

 
I would add to that list Orion Foxwood's work, The Faery Teachings and The Tree of Enchantment.  He's worked with Stewart (mentioned there, hence my thinking of it) but I believe his own thing is his own thing.

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Re: Looking for book recommendations
« Reply #14 on: May 29, 2013, 10:26:01 pm »
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First, I'm looking for some good books on meditation, preferably ones that could help me learn how to. I'd like to eventually be able to journey. Right now, though, I just can't get the hang of meditation in general, and don't know where to begin. If anyone could recommend something, I'd really appreciate it.

Also, I'm very interested in faeries, so if anyone knows any good books on faeries, that would be great.

Thanks very much!


Don't know much about faerie books, but when it comes to learning how to meditate I recommend "Where Ever You Go, There You Are" by Jon Kabat-Zinn

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