SEM The Ordinary Mind

 

 A Soul Adventure
by Rod Hunt

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SEM: The Ordinary Mind
by Rod Hunt
2010, Softcover
6” x 9” - 228 pages
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A Soul Adventure
Set in Ireland

In “SEM: The Ordinary Mind,” Rod Hunt recounts how following the death of his wife he embarks on a spiritual journey initially using the practice of meditation as taught by the followers of Buddhism. Later, intensive concentration meditation brings him to conclusions that challenge his Christian faith and leads him to embrace a world view that underlies Eastern philosophy and the search for the eternal. A courageous journey toward meaning in the face of personal loss!

- Reverend Wayne Thompson

In SEM, the author divides the book into meditations and commentary. The meditations are primarily from deep concentration that produces stories from a period spanning Pre-Christian to modern times. Woven into the episodes are threads from Eastern and Western religions, philosophies and history, giving the reader a fascinating human tapestry with both vibrant and frayed areas. The author, grieving the death of his wife (soul mate) gives himself over completely to the page and allows the reader to travel with him on his soul journey. SEM leaves the reader with the resonating notes of human compassion in the searches we all make.

Jennifer Wills Geraedts, General Manager
Beagle Books

EPISODE I:

Retreat to Ireland

Truth is sometimes stranger than fiction

The Pope is dying. My wife has died. I’m sick with grief. Too many are angry and I know why. My adopted country of Ireland is giving me some anxiety as it appears to be going from good to getting worse.

My mind is unsettled, as always, it seems. It’s supposed to rest in pure awareness if I’m doing the meditation correctly, but that’s been increasingly hard to do of late. Everything in my life has been so wild and I’m distracted by both the memory of past events and my new and totally unfamiliar surroundings at Dzogchen Beara.

I am not really certain of the reasons for my being here.

I have some experience with the teachings; that I am to bring together the essential nature of my mind so I understand my own shifting moods and how they can be calmed. There is a Tibetan saying, “Gompa m yin kompa yin,” which, I am told, translates that mediation is nothing more than getting used to the actual practice of mediation. So, that being true, it’s not something I can force, but rather it has to happen spontaneously and that can only happen when I’ve perfected the practice.

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