Johnson compares the posture of meditation to a stool with three legs, which are alignment, relaxation, and resilience. Alignment and relaxation encourage the realization that the body is fluid, not solid, while resilience allows for the body to engage in "free and unhindered motion" during meditation--a far cry from hours spent aching in the full lotus position. Throughout, Johnson comments shrilly on how our culture's dependence upon telephones, televisions, and the Internet has led to a profound loss of embodiment. Readers may wish to skip over the diatribe and begin with the practical exercises, which do help set the stage for mindful meditation.
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