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Question for March 17, 2013: Meditation Quotes
Medivate — 5 years ago — in Question of the Week
Do you have a favorite meditation quote? What is it? What makes it special to you?
You may know, but Medivate has a rather large meditation quotation database, to which you can easily add your own favorite quotes. You can also get our quotes delivered to you over Twitter, or via email.

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emmacat — 5 years ago — permalink
"The breath, as we gradually discover, is a whole world. It is easily worth a lifetime of study." Larry Rosenberg, Breath by Breath

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fredclaymeyer — 5 years ago — permalink
"There is no need to struggle to be free; the absence of struggle is in itself freedom." -Chogyam Trungpa
"But do not ask me where I am going,
as I travel in this limitless world,
where every step I take is my home." -Dogen

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Question for May 5, 2013: First Introduction
Medivate — 5 years ago — in Question of the Week
What first spurred you to meditate? Is it still the reason you do it?

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davidbhayes — 5 years ago — permalink
What made me start meditating was the perception of a gap. I'd learned about Buddhist philosophy, and done a fair amount of reading related to that, and I really liked all that I heard. I thought, "It'd be pretty great to be able to live like this." But when it came down to it, I frequently found myself acting in ways that didn't accord with that desire. I especially remember anger as something I felt (and found myself acting on) completely out of proportion to what made sense.
What I came to realize, and this is where some prodding Fred offered did help, was the meditation was the best possible way to close that gap between how I wanted to move through the world and how I actually did. By increasing my awareness for "practice" periods on the cushion, I find I have more awareness off of it. I find it's much less common that I suddenly go "why am I so angry right now?" and much more common that I sense "I may feel angry soon." I think this distance between when you can usefully use knowledge of an emotion and when you actually have knowledge of an emotion is crucial. Closing that gap gives me a feeling of "space" around my thoughts and emotions that is so so valuable. That's the reason I keep meditating.

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Majjhima_Patipada — 5 years ago — permalink
I was inspired to start meditating regularly after joining a meditation-focused Sangha four years ago. Previously, I had only studied and practiced Buddhism from a wisdom- and ethics-foundation, but adding meditative concentration has had a profoundly transformative impact on my life. This transformation in my understanding of the mind motivates me to continue meditating, to see what else there is to discover.

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Question for January 5, 2014: Meditation Supplies
Medivate — 4 years ago — in Question of the Week
Are there supplies you consider "essential" to meditating? What are they?

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davidbhayes — 4 years ago — permalink
I struggle to find any supplies I think are required. There are helpful things — a seat that you can keep alert on at the top of my mind — but even that doesn't feel "essential". Your body, your breath, and the ability to pay attention seems to be all of it.

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Lullabyehaze — 4 years ago — permalink
Agreed. That's the beauty of it-- while it might be nice to have a special cushion, a bell, incense, whatever, none of that is really necessary. You just need yourself and your attention.

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Question for January 19, 2014: Best Beginner Book
Medivate — 4 years ago — in Question of the Week
What is the best meditation book for someone just getting into meditation? Why?

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hanjini — 4 years ago — permalink
Mindfulness in Plain English by Bhante Gunaratana. This book is clearly and comfortably written, comprehensive and intelligent yet full of simple basics on how to and why meditate.

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fredclaymeyer — 4 years ago — permalink
I've had a friend strongly recommend it, as well. I'll try to pick it up...

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davidbhayes — 4 years ago — permalink
Actually the whole thing is freely available online. I'm pretty sure even with the authors consent. The first Google result is the one I've seen linked most, though the results point to a few other sites offering it as well.

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Erastoles — 4 years ago — permalink
I ordered it.
Looks like one of the best.
I'll let you know what I thought about it...

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Question for June 8, 2014: Priority of Meditation
Medivate — 4 years ago — in Question of the Week
What things you do regularly are more important to you than meditating? Which are less? Why?

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davidbhayes — 3 years ago — permalink
It's interesting. I think that eating, hydrating, and other bodily functions are obviously more important. I don't know about bathing — I think because of its value to others I'd put it before meditation. And I suppose, practically, I also put my job — making money, helping team mates, etc — above meditation. The way in which it contributes to the others — the ability to eat, etc — is the logic there, though I'm not sure it's strictly that simple.
But I would rank meditation as more important to me than exercise, though not by a large margin. I really enjoying finding time to read, and write various things, but those are certainly less important to me than meditation. As are watching TV or movies, listening to music, etc.
Spending time with family and friends is an interesting and hard one for me. Practically I do my best to not have to make that specific trade-off, but if I did I can't say confidently which way I'd decide. I know that I'm better with my family and friends — better able to enjoy their company, better able to deal with potentially hard situations, etc — when I meditate. But I also know that to many of them, in many situations, my bodily presence is more important than my psychological one, and they mostly gloss over the difference. Practically I'd probably have to weigh the importance of my presence to others in a particular situation against how much value I perceive I would get from meditating for that time.

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Question for December 7, 2014: First Cause
Medivate — 3 years ago — in Question of the Week
What first spurred you to meditate? Is it still the reason you do it?

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davidbhayes — 3 years ago — permalink
I don't know that my path is all that common: I actually (finally) started meditating because I was acutely aware of the distance between my aspirations about how I'd act in the world, and how I was able to actually act in the world. What is mean is that I didn't want to be the kind of person who yelled at people, or said mean things, etc, but I was painfully aware that I was doing those things.
Essentially, I heard from somewhere some reference to the idea that meditation could help close that gap from the time you encounter a situation and the time when you're able to respond wisely to that situation. I was finding that that period for me was way too long; I'd have already acted before I could find a wise response.
Certainly, in the very short term, noting a difference in your behavior around things like that is hard. I think there's a quote where someone asked the (present) Dalai Lama about progress and he said something like "check in every five years." But even though it's only been about three since I started meditating in earnest I have definitely seen a change. It's not that I never feel a bit out of control or say something I regret, but it's less frequent. And it's far more frequent that I realize "I don't want to say that, I'd regret it later." and find a more skillful thing to say.

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gordon — 3 years ago — permalink

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Question for June 14, 2015: Meditation Supplies
Medivate — 2 years ago — in Question of the Week
Are there supplies you consider "essential" to meditating? What are they?

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Question for July 5, 2015: Best Beginner Book
Medivate — 2 years ago — in Question of the Week
What is the best meditation book for someone just getting into meditation? Why?

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marcin — 2 years ago — permalink
I think that the best book for someone getting into meditation would be With Each and Every Breath (you can find it here: http://www.dhammatalks.org/ebook_index.html) or Mindfulness in Plain English (http://www.vipassana.com/meditation/mindfulness_in_plain_english.php) both are rather easy to comprehend and they aren't long.

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davidbhayes — 2 years ago — permalink
I've never heard of With Each and Every Breath, but it looks really cool. The page there is an embarrassment of riches I'd never seen before. Thanks for the recommendation!
I've read, and can second the recommendation of, Mindfulness in Plain English. Easy, approachable, and free!

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Question for May 22, 2016: Priority of Meditation
Medivate — 2 years ago — in Question of the Week
What things you do regularly are more important to you than meditating? Which are less? Why?

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Question for December 4, 2016: First Introduction
Medivate — 1 year ago — in Question of the Week
What first spurred you to meditate? Is it still the reason you do it?

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Question for May 21, 2017: Meditation Supplies
Medivate — 7 months ago — in Question of the Week
Are there supplies you consider "essential" to meditating? What are they?

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Question for June 4, 2017: Best Beginner Book
Medivate — 6 months ago — in Question of the Week
What is the best meditation book for someone just getting into meditation? Why?

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ministerCK — 6 months ago — permalink
Jon Kabat Zin:  Full Catastrophe Living