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Waking Up to Life
By Americ Azevedo

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-93555-103-4, 156 pages


Others have commented the book:

  • Will be of great value to people who have a meditation practice, and to those who have never meditated. ...It is a call to waking up, to being fully present in each moment.
    —Charles Halpern, Chair and Co-Founder, Center for Contemplative Mind in Society; Author of Making Waves and Riding the Currents: Activism and the Practice of Wisdom
  • Seems a wonderful manual of simply-expressed gentle reminders which provide a quality of consciousness conducive to our "awakening to life."
    —Linda Tudor, M.A., Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Provides us with a perspective which is both spiritual and uplifting, and grounded as a good business plan.
    —Terry Pettengill, President, OCULUS Management Process, Inc.
  • Reminds us of the simplicity of meditation and how close we are to attaining 'peace of mind' if we would merely turn our thoughts and values toward the right intention.
    —Michael Scott, Fellow Philosopher and Entrepreneur,

Meditation: Waking Up to Life is a collection of spontaneous reflections on meditation and daily life. These short considerations express the flavor of the meditative experience. Meditation is different for each person. There is no right or wrong way; there is no successful or unsuccessful outcome. In fact, focusing on results is antithetical to the meditative process. In hopes of freeing you to come up with your own personal experience and practice, the author leaves his thoughts: Let go, relax. Be present. Here-and-Now. Find a moment, any moment; anywhere; any time; right now. Meditate into Life.


Americ Azevedo teaches at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a life-long meditator and philosopher of everyday life. In addition to his background in philosophy and world religions, he has taught and worked in computer technology, where he was a pioneer in online education and virtual communities; and in business, as a consultant specializing in company reorganizations. He has conducted "Philosophers' Forums" in the community, as well as leading meditation retreats. He currently teaches Nonviolence, Engineering Ethics, and Meditation.