A young woman's yearning for inner peace is about to be realized--at a trip to the woods to unlock the secrets of the ever-thinking mind. Hosted by spiritual master S. N. Goenka, a ten-day vipassana meditation retreat that she attends irrevocably alters her perspective...and her future.Inner Pilgrimage: Ten Days to a Mindful Me is a comprehensive, moment-by-moment descriptA young woman's yearning for inner peace is about to be realized--at a trip to the woods to unlock the secrets of the ever-thinking mind. Hosted by spiritual master S. N. Goenka, a ten-day vipassana meditation retreat that she attends irrevocably alters her perspective...and her future.Inner Pilgrimage: Ten Days to a Mindful Me is a comprehensive, moment-by-moment description of the author's ten-day vipassana meditation retreat. The story unfolds with her arrival at the retreat as an ordinary citizen seeking a calmer, more centered existence. Sacrificing every luxury and self-indulgence, and following a rigid daily routine that excludes reading, writing, praying, listening to music, watching TV, and talking, the author spends ten hours everyday, meditating.Inner Pilgrimage provides rich imagery and clearly articulated details of the author's physical experience and her mental & emotional states, during sustained meditation. It provides a compelling insight into her experience of discovering the realm and rewards of vipassana meditation....
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Inner Pilgrimage: Ten Days to a Mindful Me Reviews
"Inner Pilgrimage" is the story of one young woman's courageous journey of self-discovery. She takes it upon herself to confront, and then transcend her inner ugliness to emerge an emotionally stronger individual, with a growing sense of awareness.
Please visit my blog for my review of: "Inner Pilgrimage: Ten Days to a Mindful Me" by Raji Lukkoorhttp://lovesbooksreviews.blogspot.ca/...Comments are Welcome!Patricia
Meditate on author Raji Lukkoor's butt! That's right people: you can meditate on Raji Lukkoor's butt. I don't mean focus your inner eye above her inner thigh. I mean borrow her butt for a climactic metaphysical experience. No wait, that's not right. I mean benefit from the ten days she spent with her tush on a hard floor without moving yours off a soft couch.Why sit on your white or black ass doing Buddhist meditation till you cramp, when you can have Raji Lukkoor sit on her fine brown authentically-Indian ass then write a book about her meditation retreat for you to experience vicariously? Inner Pilgrimage is the cramp-free intro to meditation we've all been waiting for.As a sensitive chic-lit author, Raji probably won't approve of my tail first / head last review of her book. (Buddhism promotes a different kind of mindlessness than the idiocy we practice here.) Still, she actually started the discussion of her backside. As she systematically guides you in the book through a silent introspective meditation journey, she just happens to mention that the pillow she selected to support her posterior was very small. Nice subtle hint.If mama bears can obsess about their backsides being the slightest bit too large or too small, we papa bears have the right to obsess about them being - how shall we say - just right! (Probably, the only way to get me at a ten-day vegetarian silence-fest is having a yoga babe promise to let me be that pillow. In a spirit of nonviolence, I take a sacred vow not to bite ... very often.) Buddhist meditation teaches us to scan up and down the parts of the body, so dwelling mentally on Raji's southern curves is probably an unspiritual form of attachment. Being the spiritual guy I am, I will now move on. I not only meditate daily on my own breath going in and out but also on the chest heaving respiration of female coworkers. How totally spiritual am I?Thanks to Amazon, readers need not get off their rear ends or interupt the modern practice of mindlessness (television viewing) to order her book Inner Pilgrimage: Ten Days to a Mindful Me. Enlightenment and/or God can now be delivered to your home like a pizza. It's about time. Americans cannot be expected to climb a mountain or make significant life changes in the pursuit of spirituality like poor people with nothing else to do. God bless and totally accomodate America! Can I get an "Amen" out there?In all seriousness, Raji has written an easily-readible and urbanite-accessible experiential guide to meditation. I recommend it for getting your feet wet then diving into more profound spiritual literature like the Bhagavadgita, the Bible, the Koran or my books. (Hey, profoundly ridiculous is still profound, so Lyn's books belong on the list.) I must now go meditate on my mantra: Oooommmy gosh these girls are hot! Oooommmy gosh these girls are hot! Inappropriately-long hugs and blessings.
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.2.5 starsI feel kind of torn about giving this book a rating. On the one hand, it's quite interesting and gives a first-hand account of an experience that is (apparently--according to the author) just not widely documented from a personal, first person perspective. In that sense, this book is unique and worth reading if meditation--vipassana specifically--or Buddhism are of interest to you. The author honestly describes her struggles and triumphs while attending a 10-day vipassana retreat. On the other hand, the book needs to be edited...it is just not very well written, although certain parts are written with clarity and attention to detail. At other times, the narration jumps all over the place--describing the day in minute detail with her experience in the moment, then suddenly pulling the reader away by interjecting an afterthought, then describing certain precepts of Buddhism and/or meditation. Overall it felt very stream of consciousness to me, which isn't really what I want to read when I read non-fiction/memoir.I wish that punctuation and formatting had been more carefully considered, as well. Much of the book consists of the author's inner thoughts (sworn to silence during the retreat, most of the "dialogue" is in her head). Seeing quotation marks around inner dialogue just drove me completely insane while reading this book. Italics please!! The acronym "OMG" even wields its ugly head a number of times. I can barely take a blog post seriously that uses "OMG" in its text, nevermind a published book. I guess both of these complaints relate back to my feeling that the book doesn't seem very well-polished and would benefit from some heavy editing.Nonetheless, I could relate to the author and enjoyed reading about her experience. Like her, I would totally be giving the stink-eye to careless people leaving their dirty dishes around, or feeling guilty about "cutting class" to take a walk outside. It was interesting to see how she transformed over the course of 10 days, in terms of her physical experience as well as how her perception and emotional landscape changed. This book certainly made me consider how I can work meditation into my routine, and how dedicated meditation (for long periods of time) can be intensely painful but also extremely rewarding. I don't think I'll have the time for a 10-day retreat anytime soon (gah! Horrible of me to say) but I would love to someday do this.
I have often watched documentaries on retreats with the secret yearning of wanting to attend one of these myself one day. They show you the difficulties people have to overcome and the unbelievable transformations of peoples lives that can take place, it is simply amazing.What you don't actually think about is what it is really like to participate on such a retreat for the whole period, spending every minute there, on the personal journey you have to travel to get to your destination. For anyone thinking of going on a similar retreat this is a great book to read, giving you an insight of what it genuinely feels like to the there, day by day, through the authors writings.When I first saw this book, for some reason I was immediately pulled towards it and couldn't wait for its arrival. On opening the book two words struck out to me straight away 'inner war'. The description was so clear and so close to home that the book grabbed my attention as soon as it had began.As well as explaining, in fantastic realistic detail, how living through the whole course felt - through the emotions, the ever so true worries the author felt, the pain and yet the enlightenment she felt, it also explains basic Buddha and meditation methods learnt. These are the parts where you may have to re-read certain pages to fully understand.For me the main message in the Buddha teaching is that everything in life is impermanent and by not accepting this we create our own problems. "Why agonize over that which is I, me and mine? The body and the mind are mere wavelets of vibration and energy. Egoism is futile because if brings unhappiness, disappointment, frustrations, sorrow, anxieties, and worries. Happiness is to be sought not in the outside world where society judges you, but within the person, where eternal peace, compassion, equanimity, wisdom, joy and moral integrity flourish."A fascinating read and I have so much respect for the author, travelling through her own journey.
RECEIVED FREE FORM GOODREADS FIRST READS. A book with just the right number of pages where you can sit down and finish it in one sitting. Simply narrated with subtle tinges of humor interspersed throughout the book made it a very interesting and engrossing read.Always wondered what Vipasna is all about. I had heard about it but did not have a clear understanding. Lukoor does an excellent job in sketching her experience in the book with it.I highly recommend it to people who would like to know more about Vipasna.