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Question for January 20, 2013: Advice for Beginners
Medivate — 5 years ago — in Question of the Week
What one piece of advice would you give to someone just starting out in meditation?


fredclaymeyer — 5 years ago — permalink
"Please stick with it! It's the best thing you can do for yourself and others."


davidbhayes — 5 years ago — permalink
Two quotes you reminded me of, both tangential:
  • "All things are difficult before they are easy." -Thomas Fuller
  • "There's only one rule that I know of, babies—God damn it, you've got to be kind." -Kurt Vonnegut
They're not directly related, but for me they both have a lot to do with why I started practicing. The second quote--about kindness--was really the motivating goal. And it was the certainty that I needed patience (for myself first, and for others too) to be kind that made me stick with meditation through all the difficulty and frustration I hit starting out.