The Joy of True Meditation
Words of Encouragement for Tired Minds and Wild Hearts
Foreword by Kelly Boys
“What is meditation? Pure fascination with this moment, exactly as it is”.
Jeff Foster, a survivor of suicidal depression and now a popular spiritual teacher, invites us to discover the “life-saving” inner sanctuary of true meditation. He re-envisions meditation as a vast non-dual field of Presence, accessible to all of us in each and every moment of our lives; an effortless place where we can be our authentic selves - imperfections, doubts, fears, exhaustion and all. Meditation does not involve zoning out, numbing ourselves to the pain of living or trying to become spiritually enlightened. It means diving into “the sacred mess of this present moment” with curiosity and child-like wonder, drenching our deepest wounds with a loving Awareness, bringing light to the darkness. In true meditation, we come to discover: We are perfect, exactly as we are.
The Joy of True Meditation gathers together nearly 50 of Jeff Foster’s soothing, touching, provocative and encouraging essays and poetic reflections on life, love, our true nature, and the courageous journey towards wild self-acceptance. Plus, in an extended Introduction, Jeff opens up fully for the first time about his battle with chronic shame and depression. He shares movingly how a complete mental and spiritual breakdown eventually led him to the discovery of the present moment, his true home. He explains how true meditation literally saved his life.
This book’s themes include:
The joy of slowing down and the miracle of the Now-breath
The sacred shift from “healing ourselves” to “holding ourselves”
How we can stop looking for The One, and find it within
The myth of the silent mind and the lie of ego-transcendence
The holiness hidden in our exhaustion, depression, loneliness and trauma
The immense beauty of our vulnerability, sensitivity and self-doubt
Why painful feelings are never mistakes or blocks to awakening
Knowing our true nature as the non-dual light of Awareness itself
This messy, ordinary human heart as a portal to the Divine
“Hidden in each of this book’s vignettes is a constant reminder of the fierceness and totality of the moment as an invitation to presence, to breath, back home. Jeff’s invitations are manifold and pay homage to the pulsing, alive heart, and to the vital, inspired breath. By being who he is: a poet, lover, and madman in the best sense of the word, Jeff offers words of encouragement whispered into our tired ears and minds, meant for our dazzled, wild hearts to receive.”
– From the Foreword by Kelly Boys, author of The Blind Spot Effect
About the Author
Jeff Foster studied Astrophysics at Cambridge University. In his mid-twenties, a complete mental and spiritual breakdown led him to the discovery of non-duality, "the extraordinary in the ordinary" as he calls it. Jeff has now published several books worldwide, and presently offers meetings, retreats and online classes. His website is www.lifewithoutacentre.com.
Paperback | ISBN:978-1-9993535-3-7 | 148mm x 210mm | 152p | May 23rd
"These thoughtfully and bravely written pages include many invitations: to our aloneness, to our freedom, to our deep rest which we may have so long held at bay. His words beckon us to find a home within ourselves, to fall in love with our minds and bodies for perhaps the very first time."
—From the foreword by Kelly Boys, Author of The Blind Spot Effect: How to Stop Missing What’s Right in Front of You.