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Quotes Tagged ‘meditation’

“Civilization changes a person on the outside. Meditation softens a person from within, through and through.”

by Bhante Gunaratana from Mindfulness in Plain English
Tags: Bhante Gunaratana, meditation vs learning, meditation, compassion



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“Meditation is not a mindless formula that gives automatic and predictable results; you can never really predict exactly what will come up during any particular session. It is an investigation and an experiment, an adventure every time.”

by Bhante Gunaratana from Mindfulness in Plain English
Tags: meditation, non-spiritual, meditation as fun, novelty, investigation



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“Try to force things out of the mind and you merely add energy to them.”

by Bhante Gunaratana from Mindfulness in Plain English
Tags: energy, letting be, force, meditation, thoughts, Bhante Gunaratana, Mindfulness in Plain English



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“This is universal. You sit and observe your breath. You can't say this is Hindu breath or Christian breath or Muslim breath.”

by Charles Johnson
Tags: meditation, sitting, breath, cross-religion, commonality



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“An accomplished meditator has achieved a profound understanding of life, and he or she inevitably relates to the world with a deep and uncritical love.”

by Bhante Gunaratana from Mindfulness in Plain English
Tags: love, understanding, spiritual, meditation, life



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“The more hours you spend in meditation, the greater your ability to calmly observe every impulse and intention, thought and emotion, just as it arises in the mind.”

by Bhante Gunaratana from Mindfulness in Plain English
Tags: mindfulness, awareness, emotion management, meditation, Bhante Gunaratana, Mindfulness in Plain English



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“Meditation is not about feeling a certain way. It's about feeling the way you feel.”

by Jon Kabat-Zinn from Wherever You Go, There You Are
Tags: meditation, feeling, presence, Jon Kabat-Zinn



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“Meditation is called the Great Teacher. It is the cleansing crucible fire that works slowly but surely, through understanding.”

by Bhante Gunaratana from Mindfulness in Plain English
Tags: meditation, understanding, change, Bhante Gunaratana



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“Whatever you meet unexpectedly, join with meditation.”

by Lojong slogan
Tags: lojong slogan #16, lojong, meditation, Lojong slogan



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“Always meditate on whatever provokes resentment.”

by Lojong slogan
Tags: lojong slogan #49, lojong, resentment, meditation, Lojong slogan



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“Do you have the patience to wait/ till your mud settles and the water is clear?”

by Lao-tzu
Tags: patience, stillness, meditation, Lao-tzu



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“Meditation is not aggressive. There is no place or need for violent striving. Just let your effort be relaxed and steady.”

by Bhante Gunaratana from Mindfulness in Plain English
Tags: relaxation, meditation, aggression



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“Whenever your mind becomes scattered, use your breath as the means to take hold of your mind again.”

by Thich Nhat Hanh
Tags: mindfulness, meditation, scattered, technique



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“Meditation does not involve trying to change your thinking by thinking some more. It involves watching thought itself.”

by Jon Kabat-Zinn from Wherever You Go, There You Are
Tags: meditation, mindfulness, thoughts, thinking



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“What's encouraging about meditation is that even if we shut down, we can no longer shut down in ignorance. We see very clearly that we're closing off. That in itself begins to illuminate the darkness of ignorance.”

by Pema Chodron
Tags: meditation, shutting down, ignorance



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“Meditation is the discovery that the point of life is always arrived at in the immediate moment.”

by Alan Watts
Tags: meditation, present, meaning



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“Meditation, properly performed, prepares you to meet the ups and downs of existence. It reduces your tension, fear, and worry.”

by Bhante Gunaratana
Tags: meditation, fear, worry, preperation



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“The everyday practice is simply to develop a complete acceptance and openness to all situations and emotions and to all people, experiencing everything totally without mental reservations and blockages, so that one never withdraws or centralizes into oneself.”

by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
Tags: practice, meditation, acceptance, openness, emotions, presence, ati, maha ati, dzogchen



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“Meditation is participatory observation. What you are looking at responds to the process of looking. What you are looking at is you, and what you see depends on how you look.”

by Bhante Gunaratana
Tags: meditation, observation, looking, self



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“Meditation that is successful only when you are withdrawn in some soundproof ivory tower is still undeveloped.”

by Bhante Gunaratana
Tags: isolation, sound, meditation, development



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“The flowering of love is meditation.”

by Jiddu Krishnamurti
Tags: love, meditation, growth



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“You say that you are too busy to meditate. Do you have time to breathe? Meditation is your breath.”

by Ajahn Chah
Tags: breath, breathing, meditation



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“Let come what comes, and accommodate yourself to that, whatever it is.”

by Bhante Gunaratana
Tags: arising, awareness, meditation



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“In the practice of meditation you become sensitive to the actual experience of living, to how things actually feel.”

by Bhante Gunaratana
Tags: meditation, sensitivity, experience, living, feelings



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“Meditation is not about sitting. It is about stopping and being present, that is all.”

by Jon Kabat-Zinn
Tags: meditation, presence



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“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.”

by Thich Nhat Hanh
Tags: feelings, emotions, sky, meditation, breath, breathing



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“Few of us ever live in the present. We are forever anticipating what is to come or remembering what has gone.”

by Louis L'Amour
Tags: life, meditation, present



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“Mindfulness isn't difficult, we just need to remember to do it.”

by Sharon Salzberg from Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation
Tags: meditation, mindfulness, memory



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“Meditation is the ultimate mobile device; you can use it anywhere, anytime, unobtrusively.”

by Sharon Salzberg from Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation
Tags: meditation, mobile, place, time



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“Meditation is the tongue of the soul and the language of our spirit.”

by Jeremy Taylor
Tags: meditation, soul, spirit



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