Meditation

Tricycle Daily Dharma

August 17, 2012

Inhabiting Our Body

As we inhabit our body with increasing sensitivity, we learn its unspoken language and patterns, which gives us tremendous freedom to make choices. The practice of cutting thoughts and dispersing negative repetitive patterns can be simplified by attending to the patterns in the body first, before they begin to be spun around in the mind.

Jill Satterfield, “Meditation in Motion

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4 thoughts on “Meditation

  1. [from Inner Journey]

    Why meditate?

    “Meditation brings wisdom; lack of meditation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom.”

    — Buddha

    Meditation is considered an essential practice for those who seek self-knowledge and self-mastery. Why? Basically, meditation brings awareness of how our minds work. Over time, we become watchers, able to detach from the thoughts and emotions that play out in our minds.

    With this detachment, we gain the freedom to choose whether or not to act on our thoughts and emotions. We learn to distinguish between objective reality and our mental and emotional dramas.

    “Only in quiet waters things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world.”

    — Hans Margolius

  2. [from Inner Journey]

    A HOT TUB FOR THE MIND

    “Imagine a hot tub for the mind. That is what meditation is; it can bathe your mind in relaxing thoughts.”
    — Eknath Easwaran

    With today’s fast pace of life, too many of us don’t have any sense of how it feels to be free of stress. It’s difficult to relax if we have physical pain or irritation, strong negative emotions or scattered, worrisome thoughts.

    The practice of meditation helps us find the peace within that is so elusive in our outer world.

    “Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths, or the turning inwards in prayer for five short minutes.”
    — Etty Hillesum

  3. Tricycle Daily Dharma
    February 13, 2014
    Meditation, Simply Defined

    Meditation, simply defined, is a way of being aware. It is the happy marriage of doing and being. It lifts the fog of our ordinary lives to reveal what is hidden; it loosens the knot of self-centeredness and opens the heart; it moves us beyond mere concepts to allow for a direct experience of reality.

    Lama Surya Das
    The Heart-Essence of Buddhist Meditation”

  4. Tricycle Daily Dharma
    February 12, 2014
    Advice from an Experienced Meditator

    We’re swamped with therapies, self-help books, and techniques—what musician and activist Bob Geldof called ‘the thriving economy of psychotherapists, designer religions, and spiritual boutiques’—which treat our lives as projects to be tweaked and fixed. Isn’t meditation (if it’s anything at all) a relief from all this? Isn’t it the opposite of repairing and adjusting and striving and perpetually wanting things to be different?

    Barry Evans
    The Myth of the Experienced Meditator”

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