Meditation provides mental focus, Amato said. “Prayer and meditation turbocharge your mind, connect your soul to spirit, make you receptive to ideas, strength and a sense of purpose that allows you to lead a life filled with compassion and meaning. Understanding this is the gift of sanity that the Twelve Steps promise.”
He goes on to explain that “people often use soul and spirit interchangeably. But I consider the soul the part of us that witnesses existence, that watches, that is. The soul is aware of thoughts and feelings coming and going. It is quiet, peaceful and alert. The soul is silent.
“Spirit, on the other hand, is larger than we are. It is our higher power, God, the unifying forces of the universe.”
Readers of Soul Silence can benefit from the material even if they don’t believe in God or a higher power. “Soul Silence takes one beyond a belief system to a direct experience. This is the key to self-realization, in moving beyond the mind, intellect and ego. To some, just the opportunity to become still and present is a major benefit,” Amato said.
The 268-page paperback is filled with motivating stories from people in the recovery community, useful suggestions on how to begin meditating, yoga exercises and relaxation techniques. Soul Silence has received praise from many authors and meditation masters including Deepak Chopra who calls it “a guide for the countless individuals struggling to navigate through recovery.”
Soul Silence: A Unique Approach to Mastering the 11th Step is available at http://amazon.com.
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