Meditation: Mindfulness, Mastery, Mystery, Deep Presence, and the Journey of Transformation

"The more and more you listen,
the more and more you will hear.
The more you hear,
the more and more deeply you will understand."
Kyentse Rinpoche
Times like these call us all to deepen the wisdom, wonder, peace, compassion, faith, & creativity that we bring to our lives and world. The wisdom traditions of the world offer a wealth of profoundly practical methods of meditation that can help us to awaken more fully to these potentials in our lives. Michelle and Joel have been fortunate to study intensively with many of the most respected contemplative teachers of our times. They have authored numerous classic books on these teachings, and their deeply spirited and well-grounded approach in the contemplative inner science traditions draws insights and inspiration from three decades of intensive practice, research, peak performance coaching, and professional applications of the methods of meditation that they teach. See www.self-guided.com for details on their published works.

Describing Joel & Michelle Levey’s work and teachings, the Dalai Lama once wrote: "You are presently engaged in work that has great prospects for bringing the inner sciences to a very wide section of people who may not under ordinary circumstances come into contact with the inner sciences. I am very pleased about the work that you are doing and send you blessings and prayers for your success."
"Dr. Joel & Michelle Levey clearly have a great deal of experience teaching in a wide range of different settings and this is reflected in the precision and vividness of their instructions in and commentary on the various techniques."
Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. Founder of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
"Joel & Michelle free meditation from the commonly held notions of rigidity and cultism, and set it soaring -- fresh and joyful-- into the heart and mind of the modern-day spiritual explorer. It's meditation demystified. Pure and simple. Direct and inviting."
Peg Jordon, R.N. Editor in Chief, American Fitness Magazine
"Joel and Michelle Levey provide expert guidance in three types of practices that have generally disappeared from our busy lives. We are guided from dynamic relaxation, to concentration, to meditation. When I do any one of these practices, I’m startled to realize what I’ve been missing—silence, breathing, reflection, calmness, centeredness. I’ve also come to realize that if I don’t care for myself, if I don’t focus on cultivating my peace, that no one else will do it for me. But having tasted peace, I now notice what it feels like to be pulled off balance. I know another way of being in my life is possible, if I’m willing to exercise discipline and carve out the time for practice. I hope you will give yourself the gift of time, experiment with a few of these practices, and discover how much more capable you become to deal with life once you know what inner peace feels like. This world certainly needs more peaceful people.
May you contribute to that and so benefit many."
Margaret Wheatley, Author of Leadership & the New Science in her foreword to the Leveys’ book
Ancient Skills for Modern Minds
"Meditation opens the mind to the greatest mystery that takes place daily and hourly; it widens the heart so that it may feel the eternity of time and infinity of space in every throb; it gives us a life within the world as if we were moving about in paradise; and all these spiritual deeds take place without any refuge into a doctrine, but by the simple and direct holding fast to the truth which dwells in our innermost beings."
Suzuki Roshi