Your Path to Awakening
Authored by Jerome Freedman, Ph. D.
Mindfulness Breaks: Your Path to Awakening reveals the power of your mind to experience inner peace and happiness. It combines the wisdom teachings of the American master, Father Eli with those of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh.
This book is the result of more than forty years of hard work and study with Father Eli and Thich Nhat Hanh.
One day in 2017, I came upon my notes from the two summers I spent on retreat with Father Eli in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas in 1973 and 1974. It was only after I began transcribing my hand written notes that I realized the teachings of Father Eli resonated fully with those of Thich Nhat Hanh.
After World War II, Father Eli spent 15 years in Japan studying with D. T. Suzuki, the man who introduced Zen into the West. He passed away in 1983.
This book contains scripts to guide you into the process of taking a Mindfulness Break instead of or in addition to a coffee break, a lunch break, or a cigarette break. This is your path to wakening!
The book begins with several chapters leading up to the first script which prepares you for success. These chapters cover such topics as clearing the mind from negative emotions, the practices of gratitude, forgiveness and loving kindness and others. Then you are taught how to set goals and a script for how to achieve them.
The book is filled with Father Eli’s and Thich Nhat Hanh’s wisdom teachings that aid in success with the scripts.
I have been using these scripts in one form or another since 1972. They have helped me and my son recover from cancer. There is no question about the effectiveness of the scripts.
You will learn the importance of unconditional love and acceptance of your life just as it is. You will want to share you love and success with your family and friends out of compassion and empathy for what they are going through.
There are recordings available for the scripts. See below.
About the author:
Dr. Jerome Freedman is an author, healthcare advocate, mindfulness meditation teacher, and a cancer survivor since 1997. He is a long-time practitioner in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh in which he is an ordained member of the Order of Interbeing. His recent article in The Mindfulness Bell titled “Healthy and Free” touched many people. He is also a certified teacher of the Enneagram in the Oral Tradition with Helen Palmer.
Jerome currently teaches Mindfulness in Healing at the Pine Street Clinic in San Anselmo, California and writes daily on his blog, Meditation Practices. He is a contributing author of I Am With You: Love Letters to Cancer Patients, Nancy Novak, PhD, and Barbara K. Richardson.
Dr. Freedman served on Board of Directors of the Marin AIDS Project and the Advisory Council of the Institute for Health and Healing between 2007 and 2010. He is now a major contributor to the Buddhist Climate Action Network and the Earth Holder Sangha – the Plum Village climate response community – as an activist promoting earth protection. He is also a technical advisor for Operation Diana, an NGO dedicated to the survival of elephants in Africa.
Dr. Freedman holds a Ph. D. in computer science, along with two master’s degrees in physics and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. He still consults internationally on software engineering problems and expert witness cases. He successfully interviewed Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson on cosmology and Buddhist thought in 2011.
He can be reached by for consultations, dharma talks, lectures, and days of mindfulness by email at jerome [at] mountainsangha [dot] org.
Also by Dr. Freedman
Stop Cancer in its Tracks: Your Path to Mindfulness in Healing Yourself
Healing Cancer with Your Mind: 7 Strategies to Help YOU Survive
Seven Steps to Stop Interruptions in Meditation: How to Concentrate and Focus on Your Meditation and Deal with Distractions
Cosmology and Buddhist Thought: A Conversation with Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson – excerpted by Lion’s Roar Buddhist Magazine
The Enneagram: Know Your Type! Awaken Your Potential!
Contributing author to I Am With You: Love Letters to Cancer Patients, by Nancy Novak, PhD, and Barbara K. Richardson.
Mindfulness Break Recordings: These recordings correspond to chapters in the book. We highly recommend that you consider purchasing them also. After you purchase the book, you will have an opportunity to buy the complete collection of recording for a reduced price.
Anger Control Mindfulness Break
Achieve Goals Mindfulness Break
Sound Sleep Mindfulness Break
Stress Relief Mindfulness Break
Reduce Symptoms Mindfulness Break
Weight Loss Mindfulness Break
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