Like water which can clearly mirror the sky and the trees only so long as its surface is undisturbed, the mind can only reflect the true image of the Self when it is tranquil and wholly relaxed.
You are not controlling the storm, and you are not lost in it. You are the storm.
While meditating we are simply seeing what the mind has been doing all along.
Wisdom tends to grow in proportion to one's awareness of one's ignorance.
The whole life is a succession of dreams. My ambition is to be a conscious dreamer, that is all.
Even in the midst of disturbance, the stillness of the mind can offer sanctuary.
Silence isn't empty, it's full of answers.
Within each of us there is a silence, a silence as vast as the universe. And when we experience that silence, we remember who we are.
Everything that's created comes out of silence. Your thoughts emerge from the nothingness of silence. Your words come out of this void. Your very essence emerged from emptiness. All creativity requires some stillness.
That deep silence has a melody of its own, a sweetness unknown amid the harsh discords of the world's sounds.
The stiller you are the calmer life is.
The body benefits from movement, and the mind benefits from stillness.
So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.
Learning how to be still, to really be still and let life happen - that stillness becomes a radiance.
Inner stillness is the key to outer strength.
True intelligence operates silently. Stillness is where creativity and solutions to problems are found.
Meditation is a state you're in when you're not doing anything - physically, mentally, or consciously. You're just making no effort. You're literally being completely still, physically and mentally, inside and out.
To understand the immeasurable, the mind must be extraordinarily quiet, still.
You might be tempted to avoid the messiness of daily living for the tranquility of stillness and peacefulness. This, of course, would be an attachment to stillness, and like any strong attachment, it leads to delusion. It arrests development and short-circuits the cultivation of wisdom.
Patience is a form of wisdom. It demonstrates that we understand and accept the fact that sometimes things must unfold in their own time.
Stillness within one individual can affect society beyond measure.
If water derives lucidity from stillness, how much more the faculties of the mind.
The trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit.
Life is a dance. Mindfulness is witnessing that dance.
Raise you awareness and share your uniqueness to the world.
Mindfulness is a way of befriending ourselves and our experience.
Mindfulness practice means that we commit fully in each moment to be present; inviting ourselves to interface with this moment in full awareness, with the intention to embody as best we can an orientation of calmness, mindfulness, and equanimity right here and right now.
When we pay focused attention to our bodily sensations, we can recognize the ebb and flow of our emotions and, with that, increase our control over them.
Create a gap of no-mind in which you are highly alert and aware but not thinking. This is the essence of meditation.
Awareness requires living in the here and now, and not in the elsewhere, the past or the future.
In your present-moment awareness, awaken to your innocence, your trust, your love, your eternal being.
Mindfulness is the miracle by which we master and restore ourselves.
We can't control what thoughts and emotions arise within us, nor can we control the universal truth that everything changes. But we can learn to step back and rest in the awareness of what's happening. That awareness can be our refuge.
Restore your attention or bring it to a new level by dramatically slowing down whatever you're doing.
Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness.
Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience. It isn't more complicated than that. It is opening to or receiving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is, without either clinging to it or rejecting it.
In awareness there is no becoming, there is no end to be gained. There is silent observation without choice and condemnation, from which there comes understanding.
The more we witness our emotional reactions and understand how they work, the easier it is to refrain.
You must be completely awake in the present to enjoy the tea.
Awareness without action is worthless.
That's life: starting over, one breath at a time.
Breath is the finest gift of nature. Be grateful for this wonderful gift.
If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.
If you have time to breathe you have time to meditate. You breathe when you walk. You breathe when you stand. You breathe when you lie down.
This is universal. You sit and observe your breath. You can't say this is a Hindu breath or a Christian breath or a Muslim breath.
Be aware of your breathing. Notice how this takes attention away from your thinking and creates space.
Breathing is central to every aspect of meditation training. It's a wonderful place to focus in training the mind to be calm and concentrated.
Breathing is the first thing we do upon entering this existence, and the last as well.
To meditate with mindful breathing is to bring body and mind back to the present moment so that you do not miss your appointment with life.
Mere physical sitting is not enough. You have to sit carefully and attentively. Let your body and breathing sit. Let your mind and emotions sit. Let your blood circulation sit. Let everything sit. Then your sitting becomes indestructible, immovable.
Mind can be your best friend or your worst enemy.
If you cultivate the attitude of indifference towards the mind, gradually you will cease to identify with it.
Meditation is what is left after you've worked out the clutter within your mind. Ideally it is not a bandaid but a cure where you are progressing towards peace from mind.
If you can be continuously aware of each thought as it rises, and if you can be so indifferent to it that it doesn't sprout or flourish, you are well on the way to escaping from the entanglements of mind.
When you know that everything that is happening is only appearing on the screen of consciousness, and that you yourself are the screen on which it all appears, nothing can touch you, harm you or make you afraid.
Meditation is not a way of making your mind quiet. It's a way of entering into the quiet that's already there - buried under the 50,000 thoughts the average person thinks every day.
Every time you create a gap in the stream of mind, the light of your consciousness grows stronger. One day you may catch yourself smiling at the voice in your head. This means that you no longer take the content of your mind all that seriously, as your sense of self does not depend on it.
Realisation is nothing new to be acquired. It is already there, but obstructed by a screen of thoughts. All our attempts are directed to lifting this screen and then realisation is revealed.
All that you are is the result of what you have thought. It is founded on your thoughts. It is made up of your thoughts.
Look past your thoughts, so you may drink the pure nectar of this moment.
Your life doesn't get any better than your mind is: You might have wonderful friends, perfect health, a great career, and everything else you want, and you can still be miserable. The converse is also true: There are people who basically have nothing ” who live in circumstances that you and I would do more or less anything to avoid ” who are happier than we tend to be because of the character of their minds. Unfortunately, one glimpse of this truth is never enough. We have to be continually reminded of it.
The thoughts resolve themselves. Just sit there with them. The reason they don't get resolved is because you're either running away or fighting them. If you sit there with something long enough, it will get resolved.
I think that the mind itself is a muscle and it can be trained and it can be conditioned. It has just been haphazardly conditioned by society out of our control.
In my mind, the mind should be a servant and a tool, not a master. It's not something that should be controlling me and driving me 24/7.
Modern humans, we don't live enough in our body. We don't live enough in our awareness. We live too much in this internal monologue in our heads.
Pay attention. It's all about paying attention. Attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. Stay eager.
Attention is a limited resource, so pay attention to where you pay attention.
The goal of meditation is precisely to make your mind smooth and manageable so that it can be concentrated or relaxed at will; and especially to free it from the tyranny of mental afflictions and confusion.
The fruit of meditation is not the absence of thoughts, but the fact that thoughts cease to harm us.
What is important in meditation is the quality of the mind and the heart. It is not what you achieve, or what you say you attain, but rather the quality of a mind that is innocent and vulnerable.
To meditate is to observe yourself, for you are totally responsible for your body, mind, thought.
The mind has to be empty to see clearly.
I don't mind what happens.
The mind can be a crazy monkey that is always dying to escape from the moment.
My mind swings wildly through time, touching on dozens of ideas a minute, unharnessed and undisciplined.
Your mind is a wild horse. Logic, the saddle. Meditation, the reins.
Spend twenty minutes every day if possible, in meditation, listening to the crazy monkey mind inside you, and learning how to still the thoughts and discover that big, deep soulful part of yourself.
The advantage of meditation is not that you're suddenly going to gain the superpower to control your internal state, it's that you will recognize just how out of control your mind is. It is like a monkey flinging feces, that's running around the room, making trouble, shouting, breaking things. It's completely uncontrollable. It's an out-of-control mad person.
I'm trying to turn off my monkey mind.
Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.
Our mind is habituated to running amok, not staying focused on something as basic as the breath. This is why meditation practice is difficult. We have spent years habituating ourselves to do anything other than be present with what is going on in this very moment.
Your mind may sometimes be chaotic; it may sometimes be peaceful. In either case, if you can investigate it through simply being present then you are becoming more thoroughly who you are.
You would lose your mind trying to understand mine.
Insanity is often the logic of an accurate mind overtasked.
Give your fullest attention to whatever the moment presents.
Pay attention to the beauty surrounding you.
The highest ecstasy is the attention at its fullest.
Put your heart, mind, intellect, and soul even to your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.
There is no limit to the power of the human mind. The more concentrated it is, the more power is brought to bear on one point.
One morning, you'll hit mental inbox zero, and that is a pretty amazing feeling. It's a state somewhere between joy, bliss, and peace. Once you have that, you won't want to give that up. If you can get a free hour of bliss every morning, just by closing your eyes...that's worth its weight in gold. That will change your life.
If you meditate regularly, even when you don't feel like it, you will make great gains, for it will allow you to see how your thoughts impose limits on you. Your resistances to meditation are your mental prisons in miniature.
Be at least as interested in what goes on inside you as what happens outside. If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place.
Don't worry about whether you are making progress or not. Just keep your attention on the Self twenty-four hours a day. Meditation is not something that should be done in a particular position at a particular time. It is an awareness and an attitude that must persist through the day.
Concentration is a cornerstone of mindfulness practice. Your mindfulness will only be as robust as the capacity of your mind to be calm and stable. Without calmness, the mirror of mindfulness will have an agitated and choppy surface and will not be able to reflect things with any accuracy.
Whenever anyone has offended me, I try to raise my soul so high that the offense cannot reach it.
Sitting like a mountain let your mind rise, fly and soar.
You are the sky. Everything else is just the weather.
If it weren't for my mind, my meditation would be excellent.
It's like having a charger for your whole body and mind.
Meditation is a way to be narcissistic without hurting anyone.
Meditation is the weight room for the mind.
To earn the trust of your meditation, you have to visit it every day. It's like having a puppy.
It feels good. Kinda like when you have to shut your computer down, just sometimes when it goes crazy, you just shut it down and when you turn it on, it's okay again. That's what meditation is to me.
SEX! Now that I have your attention... Please try to meditate at least 15 minutes, every day. You know it's good for you.
A few hours of meditation were enough to show me that I hardly had any control of myself. I was not the CEO - I was barely the gatekeeper.
So what is a good meditator? The one who meditates.
You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes a day, unless you are too busy ” then you should sit for an hour.
A quiet mind is more important than a positive mind.
The little things? The little moments? They aren't little.
Only the individual transcends.
Busy is a drug that a lot of people are addicted to.
Meditation is not you going through thoughts - it's letting thoughts go through you.
Practicing austerities such as yoga, mindfulness, and meditation will give you a front row seat to that which you will never attain and in the process make you an expert at forever seeking them.
The challenge of our time is relearning how to concentrate. The past decade has seen an unparalleled assault on our capacity to fix our minds steadily on anything. To sit still and think, without succumbing to an anxious reach for a machine, has become almost impossible.
People have original thoughts in the shower because it is one of the only places in modern life that offers refuge from entertainment, compulsive workaholism, and social hyperconnectedness. The isolation allows you to hear yourself think. Morning meditation for the masses.
The beauty of meditation is that you never know where you are, where you are going, what the end is.
I maintain that Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect... The moment you follow someone you cease to follow Truth.
If there is no meditation, then you are like a blind man in a world of great beauty, light and colour.
We carry about us the burden of what thousands of people have said and the memories of all our misfortunes. To abandon all that is to be alone, and the mind that is alone is not only innocent but young - not in time or age, but young, innocent, alive at whatever age - and only such a mind can see that which is truth and that which is not measurable by words.
The most fundamental aggression to ourselves, the most fundamental harm we can do to ourselves, is to remain ignorant by not having the courage and the respect to look at ourselves honestly and gently.
When we get too caught up in the busyness of the world, we lose connection with one another - and ourselves.
Thought can organize the world so well that you are no longer able to see it.
Awareness is like the sun. When it shines on things, they are transformed.
Don't believe everything you think. Thoughts are just that - thoughts.
Perhaps ultimately, spiritual simply means experiencing wholeness and interconnectedness directly, a seeing that individuality and the totality are interwoven, that nothing is separate or extraneous. If you see in this way, then everything becomes spiritual in its deepest sense. Doing science is spiritual. So is washing the dishes.
Many people are alive but don't touch the miracle of being alive.
In the beginning you will fall into the gaps in between thoughts - after practicing for years, you become the gap.
You're actually in deep meditation all the time. It's just covered up by all the noise, and all the thoughts, and all the emotional things that are running through you. It's always there underneath.
Doing nothing is really hard for us, since we're such a productivity-driven culture and species.
When you're centered, your emotions are not hijacking you.
Be the master of mind rather than mastered by mind.
To become different from what we are, we must have some awareness of what we are.
Meditation is turning off society and listening to yourself. It only works when done for its own sake. Hiking is walking meditation. Journaling is writing meditation. Praying is gratitude meditation. Showering is accidental meditation. Sitting quietly is direct meditation.
The only difference between meditation and ordinary social interaction is that the friend you're gradually coming to know is yourself.
Meditation is the only intentional, systematic human activity which at bottom is about not trying to improve yourself or get anywhere else, but simply to realize where you already are.
Instead of Let it go, we should probably say Let it be; this recognizes that the mind won't let go and the problem may not go away, and it allows you to form a healthier relationship with what's bothering you.
What would it be like if I could accept life - accept this moment - exactly as it is?
Meditation could be said to be the Art of Simplicity: simply sitting, simply breathing and simply being.
Abraham Lincoln said, Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe. You have 24 to chop every day. Sleep, exercise, meditation, reading - those are some of your sharpening tools. Do not chop for 18 hours with a blunt axe.
The affairs of the world will go on forever. Do not delay the practice of meditation.
Meditation is not a means to an end. It is both the means and the end.
The more present I am, the happier and more content I will be.
A happy life consists in tranquility of mind.
The only way to live is by accepting each minute as an unrepeatable miracle.
The state of your life is nothing more than a reflection of your state of mind.
To know that you need nothing to be happy, except self-knowledge, is wisdom.
Two kinds of happiness. Worldly happiness is reward from our evolutionary program. Get praise, money, drugs, sex. It busies the mind with craving and anxiety. Internal happiness is reward from being in flow. Create, meditate, love, play. It clears the mind and leaves us in peace.
The problem with meditation, is that it's not permanent. But what it does give me, is an hour a day, by myself, to work through my thoughts.
Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom.
Find single player games that you enjoy, like yoga, meditation, swimming.
Doing a three-minute meditation every day may change your life: It is the gateway drug to slowing down.
Without giving up hope”that there's somewhere better to be, that there's someone better to be ” we will never relax with where we are or who we are.
There is only one place to find real peace, real harmony. That place is within.
If only you will remain resting in consciousness, seeing yourself as distinct from the body, then even now you will become happy, peaceful and free from bonds.
Happiness is that state when nothing is missing. When nothing is missing, your mind shuts down and your mind stops running into the future or running into the past to regret something or to plan something.
The fewer desires I can have, the more I can accept the current state of things, the less my mind is moving because the mind really exists in motion towards the future or the past.
Maintain your physical, emotional, and spiritual harmony with the universe by meditating every day. Inhale the precious breath of life. It is your connection to your Higher power.
Contemplation is the highest expression of man's intellectual and spiritual life. It is that life itself, fully awake, fully active, fully aware that it is alive. It is a spiritual wonder. It is spontaneous awe at the sacredness of life, of being. It is gratitude for life, for awareness and for being.
The man who is aware of himself is henceforward independent; and he is never bored, and life is only too short, and he is steeped through and through with a profound yet temperate happiness.
You have a treasure within you that is infinitely greater than anything the world can offer.
Meditation puts into question more or less everything you tend to do in your search for happiness. But if you lose sight of this, it can become just another strategy for seeking happiness ” a more refined version of the problem you already have.
Meditation is painful in the beginning but it bestows immortal bliss and supreme joy in the end.
It is only when the mind is free from the old that it meets everything anew, and in that there is joy.
Meditation is one of the greatest arts in life - perhaps the greatest, and one cannot possibly learn it from anybody, that is the beauty of it.
Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; live the actual moment. Only this moment is life.
Our thinking minds deprive us of the happiness that comes when we are living fully in the moment.
From the perspective of meditation, every state is a special state, every moment a special moment.
Those who miss meditation miss the whole dance of life.
Accepting the reality of change gives rise to equanimity.
Open the window of your mind. Allow the fresh air, new lights and new truths to enter.
Spiritual practice involves, on the one hand, acting out of concern for others' well-being. On the other, it entails transforming ourselves so that we become more readily disposed to do so.
Getting in touch with your true self must be your first priority.
There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one's self.
Why do you want to read others' books when there is the book of yourself?
All the suffering, stress, and addiction comes from not realizing you already are what you are looking for.
Silence is not an absence but a presence.
Prayer is when you talk to God; Meditation is when you listen to God.
Meditation is the way in which we come to feel our basic inseparability from the whole universe, and what that requires is that we shut up.
The one self-knowledge worth having is to know one's own mind.
Self-knowledge is the first step to maturity.
You are only here now; you're only alive in this moment.
Consciousness is the one thing in this universe that cannot be an illusion.
Learn to see what you are looking at.
Altogether, the idea of meditation is not to create states of ecstasy or absorption, but to experience being.
The things that trouble our spirits are within us already. In meditation, we must face them, accept them, and set them aside one by one.
If you can resist the impulse to claim each and every thought as your own, you will come to a startling conclusion: you will discover that you are the consciousness in which the thoughts appear and disappear.
Wisdom comes with the ability to be still. Just look and listen. No more is needed.
The entire exercise of Vipassana meditation is to learn the difference between fiction and reality, what is real and what is just stories that we invent and construct in our own minds. Almost 99 percent you realize is just stories in our minds.
Whenever you try to dictate the outcome of your meditation you negate its most wondrous benefit - the pleasure of simply being.
Think hard, dig deep, do not take appearances for reality.
Meditation is such a more substantial reality than what we normally take to be reality.
Thought is so cunning, so clever, that it distorts everything for its own convenience.
Be here now. Be someplace else later. Is that so complicated?
Live the actual moment. Only this actual moment is life.
Whatever is fluid, soft, and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. What is soft is strong.
When meditation is mastered, the mind is unwavering like the flame of a candle in a windless place.
When you own your breath, nobody can steal your peace.
Meditation is the art of doing nothing.
Meditation is not evasion; it is a serene encounter with reality.
The best meditation is effortless. The best meditation is a gentle awareness.
Learn to slow down. Get lost intentionally. Observe how you judge both yourself and those around you.
Suffering is due to our disconnection with the inner soul. Meditation is establishing that connection.
To really do nothing, with perfection, is as difficult as doing everything.
Meditation practice isn't about trying to throw ourselves away and become something better. It's about befriending who we are already.
In practicing meditation, we're not trying to live up to some kind of ideal - quite the opposite. We're just being with our experience, whatever it is.
Buddha spent six years meditating on the essence, causes, and cures for human anguish. In the end, he came to the realization that suffering is not caused by ill fortune, by social injustice, or by divine whims. Rather, suffering is caused by the behavior patterns of one's minds.
Praying is talking to the Universe. Meditation is listening to it.
Paradise is not a place, it's a state of consciousness.
Whatever state I am in, I see it as a state of mind to be accepted as it is.
You are more than just your mind. You are more than just your habits. You are more than just your preferences. You're a level of awareness.
To be concentrated means to live fully in the present.
Meditation is the discovery that the point of life is always arrived at in the immediate moment.
The mind is definitely something that can be transformed, and meditation is a means to transform it.
The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good.
Meditation is all about connecting with your soul.
Meditation is the soul's perspective glass.
Meditation is the ultimate mobile device; you can use it anywhere, anytime, unobtrusively.
Meditation is to be aware of every thought and of every feeling, never to say it is right or wrong but just to watch it and move with it.
Meditation is freedom from thought and a movement in the ecstasy of truth. Meditation is explosion of intelligence.
Meditation is not a withdrawal from life. Meditation is a process of understanding oneself.
A human mind is a wandering mind, and a wandering mind is an unhappy mind.
Meditation is a death - death of all that you are now. Of course there will be a resurrection, but that will be a totally new, fresh original being which you are not even aware is hidden in you.
Meditation is a way for nourishing and blossoming the divine within you.
Meditation is not spacing-out or running away. In fact, it is being totally honest with ourselves.
Mindfulness meditation is the embrace of any and all mind states in awareness, without preferring one to another.
That's an essential survival thing.
All of man's difficulties are caused by his inability to sit, quietly, in a room by himself.
On what meditation did for him: Everything. You know, one of the great things of meditation is it makes stress very easy to get rid of. It just kind of floats away instead of like finding a home in your mind. You learn how to just let go of things.
Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.
Through meditation, the higher self is experienced.
One hour of contemplation surpasses sixty years of worship.
Within you there is a stillness and sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.
Reading makes a full man, meditation a profound man, discourse a clear man.
If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything; it is open to everything. In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, in the expert's mind there are few.
Meditation is the action of silence.
Breathe and let be.
Meditate. Slow down.
Meditation is waiting on God.
Self-observation is the first step of inner unfolding.
Mind only thinks, meditation lives.
The act of meditation is being spacious.
Do your practice and all is coming.
Turn off your mind and get to know yourself.
Whatever anyone does or says, I must be emerald and keep my colour.
Truth is the offspring of silence and meditation.
Tranquil as a forest, but on fire within, once you find your center, you are sure to win.
Whenever we attain a higher vision, the lower vision disappears of itself.
A few conscious-hearted, sincere, and energetic men and women can do more in a year than a mob in a century.
If every eight year old in the world is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation.
By the practice of meditation, you will find that you are carrying within your heart a portable paradise.
He who is persistent will realize God. So try your best to make meditation a regular experience in your life.
Every heart has a divine intelligence and natural guidance system. With every prayer, every meditation and every thought of love, we tune in to ours.
If meditation was easy, you'd do nothing else.
Modern man is too impatient and wants to master the art of meditation immediately.
Life is a mystery - mystery of beauty, bliss and divinity. Meditation is the art of unfolding that mystery.
Observe your thoughts, instead of being constantly the victim of your thoughts.
In meditation, you are supposed to closely observe your mind and body, witness the ceaseless arising and passing of all your feelings, and realise how pointless it is to pursue them. When the pursuit stops, the mind becomes very relaxed, clear and satisfied.
Our mind is accustomed to meditating on the future and the past, but we need to retrain it to come back to the present.
In the untrained mind there is ceaseless movement, filled with plans, ideas, and memories. Seeing this previously unconscious stream of inner dialogue is one of the first insights in meditation practice.
The more your mind is occupied by involuntary thoughts, the less working memory is available, which means less cognitive processing power. For your cognitive machinery to work at its optimal capacity, you must clear it of unwanted data, and free up more mental space.
I would like to spend the rest of my days in a place so silent-and working at a pace so slow-that I would be able to hear myself living.
Thinking is by far the most underrated activity. People consider it unproductive to sit on a bench and think. So they spend their lives doing things they never thought through. An hour of clear thinking, can yield a conclusion that changes your life.
Mindfulness is often spoken of as the heart of Buddhist meditation. It's not about Buddhism, but about paying attention. That's what all meditation is, no matter what tradition or particular technique is used.
Concentration is the ability to think about absolutely nothing when it is absolutely necessary.
The ability to focus attention on important things is a defining characteristic of intelligence.
All you have to do is to pay attention; lessons always arrive when you are ready.
Concentration is the doorway through which the meditative state becomes available.
You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.
A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it. It just blooms.
Meditation means to be free from all phenomena and calmness means to be internally unperturbed. There will be calmness when one is free from external objects and is not perturbed.
You cannot control the results, only your actions.
Like water, we are truest to our nature in repose.
It's helpful to remind yourself that meditation is about opening and relaxing with whatever arises, without picking and choosing.
Happy he stands, happy he sits, happy sleeps, and happy he comes and goes. Happy he speaks and happy he eats. This is the life of a man at peace.
Where there is peace and meditation, there is neither anxiety nor doubt.
Untrained warriors are soon killed on the battlefield; so also persons untrained in the art of preserving their inner peace are quickly riddled by the bullets of worry and restlessness in active life.
Peace doesn't mean that you will not have problems. Peace means that your problems will not have you.
Great tranquility of heart is his who cares for neither praise nor blame.
Having meditated for an hour a day for a few months now, I've sort of caught up. I've examined large parts of myself that have faded into the background, and so now what remains when I sit, is peace.
Ego says, Once everything falls into place, I'll feel peace. Spirit says, Find your peace, and then everything will fall into place.
Without inner peace, outer peace is impossible.
Each of us is an artist of our days; the greater our integrity and awareness, the more original and creative our time will become.
No great work has ever been produced except after a long interval of still and musing meditation.
The feeling that any task is a nuisance will soon disappear if it is done in mindfulness.
Meditation more than anything in my life was the biggest ingredient of whatever success I've had.
You're meant to do something. You're not just meant to lie there in the sand and meditate all day long. You should self-actualize. You should do what you are meant to do.
I cultivate empty space as a way of life for the creative process.
Meditation is as deep and as powerful a tool as I could possibly describe.
The secret is that everything is always on the line. The more present we are at practice, the more present we will be in competition, in the boardroom, at the exam, the operating table, the big stage. If we have any hope of attaining excellence, let alone of showing what we've got under pressure, we have to be prepared by a lifestyle of reinforcement. Presence must be like breathing.
Concentration is the key to economic results. No other principles of effectiveness is violated as constantly today as the basic principle of concentration.
To be able to concentrate for a considerable time is essential to difficult achievement.
The difference between something good and something great is attention to detail.
Most people search high and wide for the key to success. If they only knew, the key to their dreams lies within.
The greatest gift you can give someone is your time.
The things that matter most in our lives are not fantastic or grand. They are moments when we touch one another.
Having a calm and compassionate mind enables us to use our natural intelligence more effectively.
One of the greatest gifts you can give to anyone is the gift of attention.
The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen.
A loving silence often has far more power to heal and to connect than the most well-intentioned words.
Once you start drinking a little of meditativeness, a little of love, you start growing wings.
Give yourself permission to allow this moment to be exactly as it is, and allow yourself to be exactly as you are.
One conscious breath in and out is a meditation.
Don't try to solve anything, just be.
I just started with watching my breath and evolved from there.
No intentions, just be. There can't be any formula. It's available to everyone or not at all.
No effort. You're just going to sit there and let whatever happens happen.
If you have thoughts that's perfectly ok. Let the thoughts happen. The key word is Surrender .
Tell yourself when you sit down, my job is to do nothing. I'm taking a well deserved break from myself.
No apps, no noise, no guidance. Sit in a comfortable position first thing in the morning, back upright, but ok to use cushions etc.. One hour at a time, no less. Just surrender to and accept whatever happens. No energy for and no energy against. Resist and reject nothing.
It's hard to recommend a routine as it's the ultimate single-player game. Try them all and see which one works for you.
This will summon a horde of angry people but I would skip TM [Transcendental Meditation] and apps. No systems, no interference. Pick a dark, quiet place, first thing in the morning, just sit and observe . Let everything go, surrender to what happens. One hour per day for one week straight.
Sit down, close your eyes, get in a comfortable position, and whatever happens, happens. If you think, you think. If you don't think, you don't think. Don't put any effort into it.
Please, when you practice meditation, don't make any effort. Allow yourself to be like a pebble at rest. The pebble is resting at the bottom of a river, and the pebble does not have to do anything. While you are a walking, you are resting. While you were sitting, you are resting.
When sitting in meditation, say, That's not my business! with every thought that comes by.
When you begin to meditate you may notice changes right away. Or nothing much may seem to change. Don't count on anything dramatic. Most changes happen slowly.
Meditate every single day. Not once in a while. Every single day.
To pray and work in the morning and to labor and rest in the afternoon, and to sit still again in meditation in the evening when night falls upon that land and when the silence fills itself with darkness and with stars. This is a true and special vocation. There are few who are willing to belong completely to such silence, to let it soak into their bones, to breathe nothing but silence, to feed on silence, and to turn the very substance of their life into a living and vigilant silence.
Just sit, breathe, and pay attention to what it's like to be you. Nothing to add. Nothing to take away. Nothing to fix, or change or do. Just you - sitting, breathing, paying attention. You are welcome here. Here you belong. Here you are enough. Breathe.
Every human has four endowments - self-awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom... The power to choose, to respond, to change.
The gift of learning to meditate is the greatest gift you can give yourself in this lifetime.
To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.
The more you know yourself, the more clarity there is. Self-knowledge has no end - you don't come to an achievement, you don't come to a conclusion. It is an endless river.
Do you consume libraries worth of articles, video, podcasts? Great. But it is only beneficial to the extent that it is modulated by personal observation, conversations, and deeply reflective, laborious meditation. Without these practices, information is just data.
Self-reverence, self-knowledge, self-control; these three alone lead life to sovereign power.
Meditation is the secret of all growth in spiritual life and knowledge.
How pathetically scanty my self-knowledge is compared with, say, my knowledge of my room. There is no such thing as observation of the inner world, as there is of the outer world.
No change occurs if we just let our habitual tendencies and automatic patterns of thought perpetuate and even reinforce themselves, thought after thought, day after day, year after year. But those tendencies and patterns can be challenged.
Meditation is not growth of the ego, it is death of the ego.
I think self-knowledge is the rarest trait in a human being.
For me it is a way to understand reality - about myself first of all and then reality about the rest of the world, without any stories and fictions and mythologies. Just to observe what is really happening.
The human mind is a factory of generating fictional stories about yourself, your family, your country, the world. It's so difficult to tell the difference between the stories we invent and reality.
Happiness to me is mainly not suffering, not desiring, not thinking too much about the future or the past, really embracing the present moment and the reality of what is, the way it is.
Meditation is about keeping the mind clear; thinking deeply about reality. It's about thinking about our emotions, asking ourselves 'Why do I feel angry?' and coming to understand the advantages and sound basis of positive emotions like warmheartedness.
Meditation is a vital way to purify and quiet the mind, thus rejuvenating the body.
When you reach a calm and quiet meditative state, that is when you can hear the sound of silence.