Meditation (quotes)

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What is meditation?

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Meditation means many things

  • Meditation means many things: it means turning inwards; it means quiet observation, reflection and awareness of ourselves; it means to be conscious of consciousness, to become a detached observer of the stream of changing thoughts, feelings, drives and visions, until we recognize their nature and their , origins. Lama Govinda
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Meditation is about quietening the mind … 

  • When you meditate you have to try to quiet and calm the mind. There should be no thought within the mind. Right now you feel that if you can cherish twenty ideas at a time, then you are the wisest man on earth. The more thoughts that enter into our minds, the more clever we feel we are. But in the spiritual life it is not like that. If consciously we can make the mind calm and quiet, we feel that a new creation dawns inside us. Sri Chinmoy
  • Meditation applies the brakes to the mind. Ramana Maharshi
  • Stop thinking that meditation is anything special. Stop thinking altogether. Surya Singer
  • There is only one meditation—the rigorous refusal to harbor thoughts. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • When you meditate, what you actually do is to enter into a calm or still, silent mind. We have to be fully aware of the arrival and attack of thoughts. That is to say, we shall not allow any thought, divine or undivine, good or bad, to enter into our mind. Our mind should be absolutely silent. Then we have to go deep within; there we have to observe our real existence. Sri Chinmoy
  • The mind is constantly talking. If the inner talk can drop even for a single moment you will be able to have a glimpse of no- mind. That’s what meditation is all about. The state of no-mind is the right state. It is your state. Rajneesh
  • That’s what I call meditation. You simply stand aloof and just see the mind disappearing, like a cloud on a faraway horizon, leaving the sky clean and pure. And in that state arises your consciousness in its full glory, in its full celebration. Rajneesh
  • During meditation a silent mind is very important, but ‘silent’ does not mean closed, the silent mind is an alert awakened mind; a mind seeking the very nature of reality. Also, the joy of silent wisdom comes from your own mind and is always there.  Constantly wherever you go, you can experience the joyful wisdom energy of the silent mind.  Lama Yeshe 
  • You get peace of mind not by thinking about it or imagining it, but by quietening and relaxing the restless mind. Remez Sasson
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… in order to find inner stillness 

  • Meditation is not a way of making your mind quiet. It is a way of entering into the quiet that is already there – buried under the 50,000 thoughts the average person thinks every day. Deepak Chopra
  • Meditation is the way to stop the very idea of time as flux. Meditation is a total stillness. Nothing moves. Osho
  • Meditation is the action of silence. Jiddu Krishnamurti
  • Meditation is silence. If you realize that you really know nothing, then you will be truly meditating. Such truthfulness is the right soil for silence. Silence is meditation. Yogaswami
  • Experience yourself in silence. Erich Schiffmann
  • The very essence of meditation is to be so silent that there is no stirring of thoughts in you, that words don’t come between you and reality, that the whole net of words falls down, that you are left alone. This aloneness, this purity, this unclouded sky of your being is meditation. Rajneesh
  • Within yourself is a stillness, a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself. Herman Hess  
  • That deep silence has a melody of its own, a sweetness unknown amid the harsh discords of the world’s sounds. Paul Brunton
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Meditation is about deepening your attention and awareness 

  • Meditation is the process by which we go about deepening our attention and awareness, refining them, and putting them to greater practical use in our lives. Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Meditation is to be aware of what is going on in your body, in your feelings, in your mind, and in the world. Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Meditation means learning how to get out of this current, sit by its bank and listen to it, learn from it, and then use its energies to guide us. Jon Kabat Zin
  • Don’t follow past thoughts, don’t anticipate the future, and don’t follow illusory thoughts that arise in the present, but turning within, observe your own true nature and maintain awareness of your natural mind, just as it is. Garab Dorje
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Meditation is about befriending and protecting your mind 

  • Meditation is an act of befriending your mind. Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Meditation is warm-up exercise for the mind, so that you can jog through the rest of the day without getting agitated or spraining your patience. Eknath Easwaran
  • At the beginning of every winter people are careful to install storm windows. These extra panes of glass protect their houses against the bitter winds. We do something very similar to protect our minds through the practice of meditation. Eknath Easwaran
  • Meditation practice isn’t about trying to throw ourselves away and become something better, it’s about befriending who we are. Ani Pema Chodron
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Meditation is about opening up space within 

  • The purpose of meditation is discovering inner space and realising you are it. Eckhart Tolle
  • In the beginning you will fall into the gaps in between thoughts – after practicing for years, you become the gap. J.Kleykamp
  • You draw consciousness away from mind activity and create a gap of no-mind in which you are highly alert and aware but not thinking. This is the essence of meditation. Eckhart Tolle
  • Meditation is not a matter of trying to achieve ecstasy, spiritual bliss, or tranquility, nor is it attempting to become a better person. It is simply the creation of a space in which we are able to expose and undo our neurotic games, our self- deceptions, our hidden fears and hopes. Pema Chodron
  • The act of meditation is being spacious. Sogyal Rinpoche
  • That is the true function of meditation: to create a space in you where you can be rich, infinitely rich, utterly peaceful, absolutely ecstatic. Rajneesh
  • Meditation is nothing but coming to terms with your inner emptiness: recognizing it, not escaping; living through it, not escaping; being through it, not escaping. Then suddenly the emptiness becomes the fullness of life. Rajneesh
  • People are scared to empty their minds fearing that they will be engulfed by the void. What they don’t realize is that their own mind is the void. Huang Po 
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Meditation is about focusing the mind … 

  • Relax the body. Focus the mind on one thing. If the mind wanders, bring it back calmly. Let all else go.
  • When the mind wanders away from your singular focus, your job is refocus on your single object, sound, concept or activity. You don’t do this in an abrupt way, and you don’t get angry with yourself if your mind wanders. Instead, you gently refocus your mind back on whatever it is that you’re focusing your concentration. Rachel Rofe
  • Meditation requires three things. 1) A mental focusing device to break the pattern of everyday thoughts. 2) A passive, “oh well” attitude toward distracting thoughts. 3)  Sufficient time—an average of 12 to 15 consecutive minutes.  Herbert Benson
  • Strive to still your thoughts. Make your mind one-pointed in meditation. Krishna from The Bhagavad Gita
  • Meditation is not passive sitting in silence. It is sitting in awareness, free from distraction, and realizing the clear understanding that arises from concentration. Thich Nhat Hanh
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… and bringing the mind back to the focus when you get distracted 

  • If you suddenly realize you have been distracted, it shows you have recovered your mindfulness, so you should be happy about this instead of being discouraged and regretful. The more often you notice that you have been distracted, the more your mindfulness is progressing. Matthieu Ricard
  • Meditating means bringing the mind back to something again and again. Thus, we all meditate, but unless we direct it in some way, we meditate on ourselves and on our own problems, reinforcing our self-clinging. Yeshe Dorje
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Meditation is about observing your thoughts and emotions without getting lost in them… 

  • Meditation is not about getting rid of all your thoughts; it’s learning not to get so lost in them that you forget what your goal is. Don’t worry if your focus isn’t perfect when meditating. Just practice coming back to the breath, again and again. Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.
  • Allow thoughts to come and go but don’t follow them.
  • Meditation does not involve trying to change your thinking by thinking some more. It involves watching thought itself. Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Your mind is a constant traffic of thoughts, and it is always rush hour, day in, day out. Meditation means to watch the movement of thoughts in the mind. Rajneesh
  • Thoughts are like birds in flight. We may not have much control over them flying over our head, but we can keep them from nesting in our hair. Zen Master
  • Our mind is a constant traffic of thoughts, and it is always rush hour, day in, day out. Meditation means to watch the movement of thoughts in the mind. Osho
  • You cannot prevent thoughts from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair. Chinese Proverb
  • In true meditation there is no ambition to stir up thoughts, nor is there an ambition to suppress them. They are just allowed to occur spontaneously and become an expression of basic sanity. Chogyam Trungpa
  • If you’re wondering what you should do when all kinds of thoughts interfere with your concentration during meditation, just say “Oh, well,” and return to your practice. Herbert Benson
  • Meditation means learning how to get out of this current, sit by its bank and listen to it, learn from it, and then use its energies to guide us rather than to tyrannize us. This process doesn’t magically happen by itself. It takes energy. We call the effort to cultivate our ability to be in the present moment “practice” or “meditation practice.” Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • In the practice of meditation we neither encourage emotions nor repress them. By seeing them clearly, by allowing them to be as they are, we no longer permit them to serve as a means of entertaining and distracting us. Chogyam Trungpa
  • Meditation is not sitting and fidgeting, daydreaming, worrying, or fantasizing. It means watching, calmly observing the mind itself. Calm observation makes the mind itself calmer. The calmness of the mind creates power to go deeper and deeper into the beds of samskaras, into all the latent memories and impressions that daily provoke our habits and personalities. However, by calmly and very quietly going to the samskaras and observing them they are burnt away; they bubble to the surface and dissipate. This is the process of purification. It is a very powerful practice, and an essential one. Meditation is the exact method of becoming aware of who you are. It is the fundamental training for knowing your inner world. Swāmī Rāma
  • With meditation I found a ledge above the waterfall of my thoughts. Mary Pipher
  • The process could be likened to relaxing on a riverbank and watching a fish leap out of the water, sparkle for a moment in the sunlight, then dive back in a graceful arc. There is no need to engage in a mental dialogue about the merits and demerits of the fish, emotionally react to the fish, or jump into the water to try to catch the fish. Once the fish is out of sight, it should also be out of mind. Miranda Shaw
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… and without judging anything …

  • Imagine how it might feel to suspend all your judging and instead to let each moment be just as it is, without attempting to evaluate it as “good” or “bad.” This would be a true stillness, a true liberation. Meditation means cultivating a non- judging attitude toward what comes up in the mind, come what may. Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • In meditation we witness our thoughts without any judgment.
  • Let go of the need to judge
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… becoming the silent watcher or witness 

  • Meditation simply means a discipline that makes you capable of being aloof and detached from your mind. So even if the mind is sick, your consciousness is never sick. Even if your mind is going crazy, you are just witnessing it. Mind is only a machine. You are not. Rajneesh
  • When you are in deep meditation, you feel a great serenity, a joy that is unknown to you, a watchfulness that is a new guest. Soon this watchfulness will become the host. The day the watchfulness becomes the host, it remains twenty-four hours with you. And out of this watchfulness, whatever you do has a wisdom in it. Whatever you do shows a clarity, a purity, a spontaneity, a grace. Rajneesh
  • In meditation, you are not supposed to “concentrate” on the things that arise in the mind. Rather, you are supposed to “bear witness” to the things that arise in the mind. Now bearing witness means what? It means to stand aside and observe, become aware, and examine: “Yes this is there. That is there. This is happening. That is going on.” This is very important because it lays the foundation for the actual inner spiritual work that the meditation will provoke. Meditation is the foundation for deeper spiritual evolution. Swami Sai Premananda
  • While meditating we are simply seeing what the mind has been doing all along. Allan Lokos
  • Your goal is not to battle with the mind, but to witness the mind. Swami Muktananda
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Meditation is about being fully awake and alert 

  • Mindfulness is about falling awake rather than asleep. Shamash Alidina
  • Meditation needs an awake mind not an unconscious one. Annamalai Swami
  • Meditation is a tool to shake yourself awake. A way to discover what you love. A practice to return yourself to your body when the mind medleys threaten to usurp your sanity. Geneen Roth
  • Meditation isn’t just about relaxing the mind, it’s about finding a relaxed wakefulness. This enables you to focus better, take more effective action and be more response- able. Martin Boroson
  • Meditation is one of the ways in which the spiritual man keeps himself awake. Thomas Merton
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Meditation is about being and allowing, not about achieving a certain state 

  • 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. Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • From the perspective of meditation, every state is a special state, every moment a special moment. Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • It’s not so much about doing as about being. Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Meditation is not a matter of trying to achieve ecstasy, spiritual bliss, or tranquillity, nor is it attempting to become a better person. It is simply the creation of a space in which we are able to expose and undo our neurotic games, our self- deceptions, our hidden fears and hopes. Pema Chodron
  • Real meditation is spontaneous. It is pure welcoming, because there is no choosing of whatever appears in the field of consciousness. There is no selection. There is only choiceless allowing, be it of external perceptions, feelings, bodily sensations, thoughts, or their absence. Everything is equally allowed to come into existence, not as a practice, but because the mind has understood its own limitations. That is all the truth-seeker needs to do. No further spiritual practice needs to be undertaken. Francis Lucille
  • Meditation practice isn’t about trying to throw ourselves away or become something better. It’s about befriending who we are already. Pema Chodron
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Meditation is about cleaning and tuning the mind 

  • It is just like dust gathers on the mirror; every day you have to clean it. On the mirror of your mind dust gathers, dust of experience: it becomes knowledge. Clean it. That’s why every day meditation is needed. Meditation is nothing but cleaning the mirror of your mind. Clean it continuously! If you can clean it every moment of your life, then there is no need to sit separately for meditation. Rajneesh
  • Asanas attune the body to meditation, just as a guitar is tuned before a performance.
  • So if we’re not in touch with the multiple dimensions of our own being (and there are many hidden dimensions to being embodied in a human lifetime for an unbelievably short period of time) then in fact we’re in some way trying to get somewhere and get all this doing done without tuning the apparatus. The greatest musicians with the greatest instruments in the world still tune first –to themselves and to each other.  Jon Kabat-Zinn
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Meditation is about not doing 

  • Meditation is one of the rare occasions when we’re not doing anything. Otherwise, we’re always doing something, we’re always thinking something, we’re always occupied. We get lost in millions of obsessions and fixations. But by meditating—by not doing anything–all these fixations are revealed and our obsessions will naturally undo themselves like a snake uncoiling itself. Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche 
  • Don’t just do something – sit there!
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There are several types of meditation 

  • Attention meditation – focusing your full attention on one thing like breathing or a mantra
  • Mindfulness meditation – accepting and observing what is in the present moment, without trying to change it in any way
  • Reflection mediation – focused reflection on an idea or concept
  • Activity meditation – mindfulness meditation in the midst of an activity such as walking or doing the dishes.
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Meditate regularly

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Meditate regularly … 

  • Practice meditation regularly. Meditation leads to eternal bliss. Therefore meditate, meditate. Swami Sivananda
  • Nothing you can do will strengthen your determination more than the regular practice of meditation: at the same time, and for the full length of time, every single day. Eknath Easwaran
  • You must have a hour or so a day when you don’t know what was in the newspaper that morning, you don’t know who your friends are, you don’t know what you owe anybody, you don’t know what anybody owes you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. Joseph Campbell
  • It is better to meditate regularly and repeatedly for short periods of time than to do long sessions every now and then. Matthieu Ricard
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… ideally every day … 

  • It’s good if you can spend fifteen to thirty minutes of silent time every day. And the ‘every day’ part is important; these things don’t work if you don’t keep them up every single day, without a break. The best way to make sure you get your silent time every day is to do it at the same time every day. Geshe Michael Roach
  • For a plant to grow well, you have to water it a little every day. If you just pour a bucket of water on it once a month, it will most likely die between waterings. The same applies to meditation. Matthieu Ricard
  • Meditation must become a daily rite, a part of the regime which is, like lunch or dinner, not to be missed, but regarded with a sacredness the body’s feeding does not have. Paul Brunton
  • The key to reaping the rewards of meditation is to develop a regular, daily practice, no matter how brief. How about making a personal commitment never to go to sleep without having meditated that day, even if just for one minute? Rick Hanson
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…especially when you don’t feel like it or don’t have the time …

  • Being diligent in your practice should not depend on your mood of the moment. Whether your meditation session is enjoyable or irritating, easy or hard, the important thing is to persevere… It is when you don’t feel like meditating that it might have the most beneficial effects, because at those times meditation is working directly against some obstacle that stands in the way of your spiritual progress. Mattieu Ricard
  • The best meditations are often the most difficult ones. At the end, ask “Am I in a better state now or when I started?”
  • Whenever something bothers you, meditate. Yogananda Paramhansa
  • If you don’t have twenty minutes to delve into your self through meditation, then that means you need two hours. Russell Simmons
  • Half an hour’s meditation is essential, except when you are busy. Then a full hour is needed.  Francis de Sales
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… turning it into a practice 

  • That’s why it’s called a practice. We have to practice a practice if it is to be of value. Allan Lokos
  • Meditation is not something you do once and you are done with. It is something that is like breathing, like blood circulating. It is not that once the blood has circulated it is finished, once you breathe there is no more need of it. No, you have to breathe and you have to go on meditating; every moment you will need it. Rajneesh
  • The affairs of the world will go on forever. Do not delay the practice of meditation. Jetsun Milarepa
  • Modern man is too impatient and wants to master the art of meditation immediately. Swāmī Rāma
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Sunrise and sunset are great times for meditation 

  • Yoga practitioners advise the times around sunrise and sunset, well before eating a meal, as the best time for yoga and meditation practice. The science of biometeorology (the study of natural forces on human and animal life) tells us that the sun has a tremendous impact upon the lives of plants, animals, and human beings. Even our blood chemistry changes with the rising and setting of the sun! Therefore, there may be a chemical basis for the thousands of years of belief, in every spiritual tradition, that to meditate and pray at sunrise and sunset is somehow more effective, more auspicious. Vimala Schneider McClure
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The rewards of meditation

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Meditation is difficult in the beginning but well worth the effort … 

  • It is sometimes said that the first stages of the meditation process are the most difficult. The first distraction is the physical body. Sometimes there is real pain in sitting, and sometimes the ego just tries to distract us by creating itches we will want to scratch. Sarasvati Buhrman
  • Meditation is painful in the beginning, but it bestows immortal bliss and supreme joy in the end. Swami Sivananda
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… if you have patience and keep at it 

  • Whatever forms of meditation you practice, the most important point is to apply mindfulness continuously, and make a sustained effort. It is unrealistic to expect results from meditation within a short period of time. What is required is continuous sustained effort. The Dalai Lama
  • Modern man is too impatient and wants to master the art of meditation immediately. Swāmī Rāma
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Meditation brings significant rewards 

  • Suppose you read about a pill that you could take once a day to reduce anxiety and increase your contentment. Would you take it? Suppose further that the pill has a great variety of side effects, all of them good: increased self- esteem, empathy, and trust; it even improves memory. Suppose, finally, that the pill is all natural and costs nothing. Now would you take it? The pill exists. It is meditation. Jonathan Haidt
  • Meditation is the most significant because it opens the door for all other significant things: love, prayer, God, light, music, poetry. Rajneesh
  • This withdrawal from the day’s turmoil into creative silence is not a luxury, a fad, or a futility. It is a necessity, because it tries to provide the conditions wherein we are able to yield ourselves to intuitive leadings, promptings, warnings, teachings, and counsels and also to the inspiring peace of the soul. It dissolves mental tensions and heals negative emotions. Paul Brunton
  • As a mighty river which when properly harnessed by dams and canals, creates a vast reservoir of water, prevents famine and provides abundant power for industry; so also the mind, when controlled, provides a reservoir of peace and generates abundant energy for the human uplift. B.K.S. Iyengar
  • Why do we meditate? We meditate precisely because this world of ours has disappointed us and because failure looms large in our day-to- day life. We want fulfillment. We want joy, peace, bliss and perfection within and without. Meditation is the answer, the only answer. Sri Chinmoy
  • Start with meditation, and things will go on growing in you—silence, serenity, blissfulness, sensitivity. And whatever comes out of meditation, try to bring it out in life. Share it, because everything shared grows fast. Rajneesh
  • The gift of learning to meditate is the greatest gift you can give yourself in this lifetime. Sogyal Rinpoche
  • Meditation is all about the pursuit of nothingness. It’s like the ultimate rest. It’s better than the best sleep you’ve ever had. It’s a quieting of the mind. It sharpens everything, especially your appreciation of your surroundings. It keeps life fresh. Hugh Jackman
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Meditation sets you up for the day 

  • Start each day in peace and stillness, then you can go forth and face whatever the day may bring in perfect peace and joy. Eileen Caddy
  • Meditation is warm-up exercise for the mind, so that you can jog through the rest of the day without getting agitated or spraining your patience. Eknath Easwaran
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Meditation reduces anxiety and boosts emotional well being 

  • Studies infer that the greatest improvements are achieved when you practice thirty minutes to an hour each day. The longer you practice of meditation, the greater your reward. After a few weeks you should notice improvement in your attitude and emotional well- being, and if you integrate meditation with psychotherapy or cognitive- behavioral classes, you will find that you can maintain low degrees of depression and anxiety long after your therapy ends—but again, only if you continue the meditation practice of staying relaxed, alert and focused. Andrew Newberg
  • Meditation is to get out of your psychosis and to get out of your neurosis; it is simply to slip out of them. Rajneesh
  • 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. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • The benefits of meditation include a decrease in anxiety, in vulnerability from pain, and in the tendency toward depression and anger, as well as strengthening the power of attention, boosting the immune system, and increasing one’s general well- being. Matthieu Ricard
  • A man of meditation is happy, not for an hour or a day, but quite round the circle of all his years. Isaac Taylor
  • Meditation practice results in an increase in activity in that prefrontal area, where the brain processes positive feelings and controls negative feelings, an effect that lasts even when we’re not meditating. Richard O’Connor
  • Meditation is not meant to help us avoid problems or run away from difficulties. It is meant to allow positive healing to take place. To meditate is to learn how to stop—to stop being carried away by our regrets about the past, our anger or despair in the present, or our worries about the future. Thich Nhat Hanh
  • By becoming more and more familiar with the mechanisms of the mind and by cultivating mindfulness, you will reach the point where you no longer let sparks of nascent emotions turn into forest fires that can destroy your own happiness and that of others. Matthieu Ricard
  • If I had not been already been meditating, I would certainly have had to start. I’ve treated my own depression for many years with exercise and meditation, and I’ve found that to be a tremendous help. Judy Collins
  • Integrated meditation practice is like a healthy diet which is indispensable for maintaining your vitality and resistance to disease. Likewise, a balanced meditative practice in the course of a socially engaged way of life heightens your psychological immune system, so that you are less vulnerable to mental imbalances of all kinds.  Alan Wallace 
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Meditation helps you to attain inner stillness and peace 

  • When the restless activity of your mind slows down, when your thoughts stop rushing like waves on a windy day, then you will start getting glimpses of the sweet taste of inner peace. Remez Sasson
  • Meditation gives us peace of mind without a tranquilizer. And unlike a tranquilizer, the peace of mind that we get from meditation does not fade away. It lasts for good in some corner of the inmost recesses of our aspiring heart. Sri Chinmoy
  • Sit, then, as if you were a mountain, with all the unshakable, steadfast majesty of a mountain. A mountain is completely natural and at ease with itself, however strong the winds that try to batter it, however thick the dark clouds that swirl around its peak. Sitting like a mountain, let your mind rise and fly and soar. Sogyal Rinpoche
  • Meditation gives you an opportunity to come to know your invisible self. It allows you to empty yourself of the endless hyperactivity of your mind, and to attain calmness. It teaches you to be peaceful, to remove stress, to receive answers where confusion previously reigned. Wayne Dyer
  • When meditation is mastered, the mind is unwavering like the flame of a lamp in a windless place. The Bhagavad Gita
  • The mind is by nature restless. Begin liberating it from its restlessness; give it peace; make it free from distractions; train it to look inward; make this a habit. This is done by ignoring the external world and removing the obstacles to peace of mind. Ramana Maharshi
  • Constant meditation awakens the ability to enjoy peace of mind while talking, eating, walking, working and throughout any other activity. Remez Sasson
  • Meditation is not a way of making your mind quiet. It is a way of entering into the quiet that is already there–burried under the 50,000 thoughts the average person thinks every day. Deepak Chopra
  • Meditation stills the wandering mind and establishes us forever in a state of peace. Muktananda
  • Meditation is a silent heart, a peaceful mind which can make life more lovable, more livable. Rajneesh
  • Serenity is the flavor of meditation… Rajneesh
  • The world can come to a harmony if meditation is spread far and wide. Rajneesh
  • There are different things one can do to establish and hasten the peace process. Meditation is one way. Mike Love
  • “To meditate means to realize inwardly the imperturbability of the Essence of Mind.
  • The reason why we are perturbed is because we allow ourselves to be carried away by the circumstances we are in. Those who are able to keep their mind unperturbed, irrespective of circumstances, have attained Inner Peace. Hui neng 
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Meditation opens you up to being in the present moment 

  • Meditation is the discovery that the point of life is always arrived at in the immediate moment. Alan Watts
  • The purpose of meditation, paradoxically, is to learn to be without purpose. Since nearly everything we do in life is done with some goal in mind, most of our actions are only means to an end, pointing us continually toward a future that does not exist. But meditation, when no goal distracts it, allows us to discover the richness and profundity of the present moment. We begin to realize the miraculous power of our own lives – not as they will be, or as we might imagine they once were at some golden time in the past, but as they actually are. Meditation is one of the few things in life that is not about DOING but about BEING. Rick Fields
  • Meditation is about carving out a very small amount of time from within the illusion of time to help you experience something that is beyond time. Martin Boroson
  • The purpose of meditation practice is not enlightenment; it is to pay attention even at extraordinary times, to be of the present, nothing- but-in-the-present, to bear this mindfulness of now into each event of ordinary life. Peter Matthiessen
  • Meditation is the art of staying in this present moment. A sleepy person either lives in the past moment or is dreaming about the future life. But a meditator stays in this present moment and is alert about his thoughts and actions.
  • When one past thought has ceased and a future thought has not yet risen, in that gap, in between, isn’t there a consciousness of the present moment; fresh, virgin, unaltered by even a hair’s breadth of a concept, a luminous, naked awareness?  Well, that’s what naturally peaceful awareness is. Sogyal Rinpoche 
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Meditation renews and refreshes 

  • A spontaneous cessation of mental activity releases an absolutely new and dynamic energy. Silence increases the sensitivity of the total being. It refreshes the nervous system in an astounding way. As you come out totally replenished when you have had profound and innocent sleep, so do you come out totally renewed when you have had ceased to function through the ego in the hour of silence. Vimala Thakar
  • Many people who meditate claim the practice restores their energy. Meditation restores synapses, much like sleep but without the initial grogginess.  Bruce O’Hara
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Meditation can bring joy, bliss and wisdom 

  • Meditation is painful in the beginning, but it bestows immortal bliss and supreme joy in the end. Swami Sivananda
  • As meditation flowers, you find that on one hand truth has revealed to you all its mysteries and on the other blissfulness is showering all its treasures on you. Rajneesh
  • Wisdom happens through meditation, and bliss also happens through meditation. Both the flowers bloom on the same branch. Rajneesh
  • Meditation is just a strategy to take away your personality, your thoughts, your mind, your identity with the body, and leave you absolutely alone inside, just a living fire. And once you have found your living fire, you will know all the joys and all the ecstasies that human consciousness is capable of. Rajneesh
  • Before embarking on important undertakings, sit quietly, calm your senses and thoughts, and meditate deeply. You will then be guided by the great creative power of Spirit. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Stop talking, stop thinking, and there is nothing you will not understand. Return to the root and you will find Meaning. Jianzhi Sengcan
  • Meditation is that exercise of the mind by which it recalls a known truth. George Horne
  • 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
  • Sometimes, simply by sitting, the soul collects wisdom. Zen proverb 
  • Silence is a fence around wisdom. German Proverb
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Meditation brings health and healing 

  • Meditation is the only cure for all sicknesses that man is prone to; a single medicine. And I should remind you that the word meditation and medicine come from the same root. Medicine for the body and meditation for the soul. They both bring health. Rajneesh
  • Medicine heals the body, meditation heals the soul. Medicine is outwardly, meditation is inwardly. And man is whole only when medicine and meditation are together in deep harmony. Rajneesh
  • Meditation is a process of getting rid of the whole past, of getting rid of all diseases, of getting rid of all the pus that has gathered in you. It is painful, but it is cleansing, and there is no other way to cleanse you. Rajneesh
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Meditation opens up intuition, creativity and higher thinking 

  • Meditation is an essential travel partner on your journey of personal transformation. Meditation connects you with your soul, and this connection gives you access to your intuition, your heartfelt desires, your integrity, and the inspiration to create a life you love. Sarah McLean
  • Through meditation we can learn simple exercises to help us understand and control our thinking. We can learn to gain access to powers of spirit that connect us to realms of higher thinking and knowledge. Most importantly, we can learn the balance of mind and spirit that is so necessary to make life enjoyable and fruitful. Randolph Winters
  • Meditation is not just being silent—that is only one part of it…. It has to be creative. And when a poetry comes out of your inner silences, or a painting, it has a flavor which is not of this world.  Rajneesh
  • No great work has ever been produced except after a long interval of still and musing meditation. Walter Bagehot
  • I believe that painting should come through the avenues of meditation rather than the canals of action. Mark Tobey
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Meditation opens up love and compassion 

  • Meditation is a flower and compassion is its fragrance. Rajneesh
  • Love is the flowering of meditation. Meditation brings many treasures; perhaps love is the greatest rose flower that grows on the bush of meditation. Rajneesh
  • There are qualities which grow as meditation deepens. For example, you start feeling loving for no reason at all. Not the love that you know, in which you have to fall—not falling in love. But just a quality of lovingness, not only to human beings. As your meditation deepens, your lovingness will start spreading beyond humanity to animals, to trees, even to the rocks, to the mountains. Rajneesh
  • Your love will deepen as your meditation deepens, and vice-versa: as your meditation blossoms, your love will also blossom. Rajneesh
  • Simply let experience take place very freely, so that your open heart is suffused with the tenderness of true compassion. Tsoknyi Rinpoche
  • If you meditate, sooner or later you will come upon love. If you meditate deeply, sooner or later you will start feeling a tremendous love arising in you that you have never known before. Osho
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Meditation opens up the ability to accept things as they are 

  • Mindfulness meditation doesn’t change life. Life remains as fragile and unpredictable as ever. Meditation changes the heart’s capacity to accept life as it is. Sylvia Boorstein
  • What if the foundation of your life, and not just the foundation of your time spent in meditation, became allowing everything to be as it is? Adyashanti
  • Meditation is acceptance. It is the acceptance of life within us, without us and all around us. Acceptance of life is the beginning of human satisfaction. Transformation of life is the culmination of divine satisfaction. Sri Chinmoy
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Meditation opens you up to beauty … 

  • Thoughts can create such a barrier that even if you are standing before a beautiful flower, you will not be able to see it. Your eyes are covered with layers of thought. To experience the beauty of the flower you have to be in a state of meditation, not in a state of mentation. You have to be silent, utterly silent—not even a flicker of thought—and the beauty explodes, reaches to you from all directions. You are drowned in the beauty of a sunrise, of a starry night, of beautiful trees. Rajneesh
  • Each season has its own beauty. To practice meditation is to open the mind so that all of them may be enjoyed. When each season comes we should enjoy it; and when it goes, we should let it go and open our mind to the next season. Thich Thien-An
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… including the beauty of you 

  • Meditation is just a courage to be silent and alone. Slowly slowl, you start feeling a new quality to yourself, a new aliveness, a new beauty, a new intelligence—which is not borrowed from anybody, which is growing within you. It has roots in your existence. Rajneesh
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Meditation opens up freedom 

  • Meditation is the only magic that can help you to be free from the mind, can help you to be free from yourself, your past and all the burden of the past. Rajneesh
  • I know but one freedom and that is the freedom of the mind. Antoine de Saint- Exupery
  • I don’t mind what happens. That is the essence of inner freedom. It is a timeless spiritual truth: release attachment to outcomes, deep inside yourself, you’ll feel good no matter what. Jiddu Krishnamurti
  • Meditation in its essence is the art of seeing into the nature of one’s being, and it points the way from bondage to freedom. DT Suzuki 
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Meditation opens you to a deeper sense of reality than your thinking mind can give you 

  • Meditation is such a more substantial reality than what we normally take to be reality. Richard Gere
  • The very essence of meditation is to be so silent that there is no stirring of thoughts in you, that words don’t come between you and reality, that the whole net of words falls down, that you are left alone. This aloneness, this purity, this unclouded sky of your being is meditation. Rajneesh
  • Meditation is simply seeing reality and acknowledging it with bare honesty. Bo Lozoff
  • As you are sitting, what does it sound and smell like? Through your senses, open to the whole world within and around you. This grounds you in a deeper reality than your mind, and it also helps focus you in a place other than your mind. Adyashanti
  • Your body is a beautiful tool to anchor consciousness in a deeper sense of reality. Adyashanti
  • Give up all questions except one: ‘Who am I?’ After all, the only fact you are sure of is that you are. The ‘I am’ is certain. The ‘I am this’ is not. Struggle to find out what you are in reality. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • Passing through the fire of meditation, everything that is not your authentic reality, everything that is borrowed, will be burned away. Rajneesh
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Meditation deepens awareness, including self-awareness 

  • A quiet mind is all you need. All else will happen rightly, once your mind is quiet. As the sun on rising makes the world active, so does self- awareness affect changes in the mind. In the light of calm and steady self- awareness inner energies wake up and work miracles without effort on your part. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • Meditation is essentially training our attention so that we can be more aware— not only of our own inner workings but also of what’s happening around us in the here and now. Sharon Salzberg
  • Meditation is an adventure in finding out who you are. Kabat-Zinn
  • 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. Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • In meditation you are not unconscious, you are conscious—more conscious than ever. Rajneesh
  • Meditation is the way to individuality. It makes you a light unto yourself. Rajneesh
  • Awareness is a flower that blooms but never dies.
  • Meditation is simply seeing reality and acknowledging it with bare honesty. Bo Lozoff
  • 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. Pema Chodron
  • Awareness is the greatest alchemy there is. Just go on becoming more and more aware you will find your life changing for the better in every possible dimension. It will bring great fulfilment. Osho
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Meditation increases emotional intelligence 

  • One of the most important domains meditation acts upon is emotional intelligence—a set of skills far more consequential for life success than cognitive intelligence. Richard Davidson
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Meditation improves concentration and attention 

  • Meditation enhances cognition, memory, and the ability to concentrate on specific tasks without creating any health risks to your brain. Andrew Newberg
  • Meditation is one of the most powerful ways to strengthen your mind as you develop the ability to step in between stimulus and response. Brian Johnson
  • Meditation is a practical and portable way to tame your wandering attention and to enhance those qualities of character — clarity, compassion, and courage — that support high performance and high fulfilment. Eric Klein
  • Through meditation and by giving full attention to one thing at a time, we can learn to direct attention where we choose. Eknath Easwaran
  • Meditation is the process by which we go about deepening our attention and awareness, refining them, and putting them to greater practical use in our lives. Jon Kabat-Zinn
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Meditation boosts self-control and will power 

  • Neuroscientists have discovered that when you ask the brain to meditate, it gets better not just at meditating, but at a wide range of self- control skills, including attention, focus, stress management, impulse control, and self-  People who meditate regularly aren’t just better at these things. Over time, their brains become finely tuned willpower machines. Regular meditators have more gray matter in the prefrontal cortex, as well as regions of the brain that support self- awareness. Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.
  • The faculty of voluntarily bringing back a wandering attention over and over again is the very root of judgment, character, and will. William James
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Meditation can break habits 

  • The practice of reflective meditation, which consists of holding certain ideas in the mind long enough to enable them to form emotional connections, tends to break up the crust of habit and to create a new will. Walter M. Horton
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Meditation can be a way to transcend pain and suffering 

  • Use all your suffering for meditation, and soon you will come to know that the suffering disappears because the energy starts moving inwards. It is not moving to the periphery, to the suffering, you are not feeding your suffering. It looks illogical, but this is the whole conclusion of all the mystics of the world: that you feed your suffering and you enjoy it in a subtle way, you don’t want to be well—there must be some investment in it. Rajneesh
  • If a person’s basic state of mind is serene and calm, then it is possible for this inner peace to overwhelm a painful physical experience. The Dalai Lama
  • The mental suffering you create is always some form of non-acceptance, some form of unconscious resistance to what is. On the level of thought, the resistance is some form of judgement.  The intensity of the suffering depends on the degree of resistance to the present moment.  Eckhart Tolle 
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Meditation is deeply transformative 

  • The you that goes in one side of the meditation experience is not the same you that comes out the other side. Bhante Henepola Gunaratana
  • Meditation, perhaps, is the only alchemy that can transform a beggar into an emperor. Rajneesh
  • When the mind is really absent, in that silence, in that unlimited space, your potential starts glowing, radiating, flowering. Suddenly you are full of cherry blossoms, a new presence, a new fragrance. Rajneesh
  • After all our futile efforts to transform our ordinary minds into idealized, spiritual minds, we discover the fundamental paradox of practice is that leaving everything alone is itself what is ultimately transformative. Barry Magid
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Meditation reshapes the brain 

  • One study found that just three hours of meditation practice led to improved attention and self-control. After eleven hours, researchers could see those changes in the brain. The new meditators had increased neural connections between regions of the brain important for staying focused, ignoring distractions, and controlling impulses. It may seem incredible that our brains can reshape themselves so quickly, but meditation increases blood flow to the prefrontal cortex, in much the same way that lifting weights increases blood flow to your muscles. The brain appears to adapt to exercise in the same way that muscles do, getting both bigger and faster in order to get better at what you ask of it. Kelly McGonigal
  • The new meditators had increased neural connections between regions of the brain important for staying focused, ignoring distractions, and controlling impulses. Another study found that eight weeks of daily meditation practice led to increased self- awareness in everyday life, as well as increased gray matter in corresponding areas of the brain. It may seem incredible that our brains can reshape themselves so quickly, but meditation increases blood flow to the prefrontal cortex, in much the same way that lifting weights increases blood flow to your muscles. The brain appears to adapt to exercise in the same way that muscles do, getting both bigger and faster in order to get better at what you ask of it. Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.
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Meditation is energising 

  • When meditation releases energy in you, it will find all sorts of ways to be expressed. Rajneesh
  • As a mighty river which when properly harnessed by dams and canals, creates a vast reservoir of water, prevents famine and provides abundant power for industry; so also the mind, when controlled, provides a reservoir of peace and generates abundant energy for the human uplift. B.K.S. Iyengar
  • A spontaneous cessation of mental activity releases an absolutely new and dynamic energy. Vimala Thakar
  • Many people who meditate claim the practice restores their energy. Meditation restores synapses, much like sleep but without the initial grogginess.  Bruce O’Hara
  • A quiet mind is all you need. All else will happen rightly, once your mind is quiet. As the sun on rising makes the world active, so does self- awareness affect changes in the mind. In the light of calm and steady self-awareness inner energies wake up and work miracles without effort on your part. Nisargadatta Maharaj
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Meditation creates time 

  • Some people think that meditation takes time away from physical accomplishment. Taken to extremes, of course, that’s true. Most people, however, find that meditation creates more time than it takes. Peter McWilliams
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The power of meditation can be carried into everyday life … 

  • We find ourselves wishing for the day when our every waking moment can become a meditation. David Michie
  • We tend to think of meditation in only one way. But life itself is a meditation. Raul Julia
  • Meditation is not the pursuit of an invisible path leading to some imaginal bliss. The meditative mind is seeing, watching, listening, without the word, without comment, without opinion, attentive to the movement of life in all its relationships throughout the day. Jiddu Krishnamurti
  • Formal meditation, however, is no substitute for bringing space consciousness into everyday life. Eckhart Tolle
  • Meditation in some sense is like tuning your instrument before you take it out on the road. Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • The real meditiation is your life- and your life is now. Eckhart Tolle
  • Meditation is a microcosm, a model, a mirror. The skills we practice when we sit are transferable to the rest of our lives. Sharon Salzberg
  • I have found that one of the keys to really being free is to live in the same way as you meditate. Adyashanti
  • Meditation allows us to directly participate in our lives instead of living life as an afterthought. Stephen Levine
  • Meditation has to become your heartbeat; even when you are asleep the meditation continues like an undercurrent Rajneesh
  • Meditation is a valuable exercise, but eventually you have to open up your eyes and look around. Dan Millman
  • Meditation is the ultimate mobile device; you can use it anywhere, anytime, unobtrusively. Sharon Salzberg
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… an attitude that you carry with you … 

  • What if the foundation of your life, and not just the foundation of your time spent in meditation, became allowing everything to be as it is? Adyashanti
  • 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 throughout the day. Annamalai Swami
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… an inner peace that you carry with you in the midst of hurry and noise … 

  • In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you. By Deepak Chopra
  • Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there is in silence. Max Ehrmann
  • Someone once inquired of a Far Eastern Zen master, who had a great serenity and peace about him no matter what pressures he faced, “How do you maintain that serenity and peace?” He replied, “I never leave my place of meditation.” He meditated early in the morning and for the rest of the day, he carried the peace of those moments with him in his mind and heart.  Stephen Covey
  • When you’re with stillness, you merge on some level with everything around you. You can’t pin- point where it’s coming from. From inside? From outside? Where? It just is. It is just this moment of peace and stillness. This is what you should be experiencing in your meditation. When you become very good at it, you will have the stillness with you all the time. It doesn’t leave. It never leaves. It is constantly with you—a sense of being. A sense of completion. And a sense of silence. A level of peace is with you at all times. Swami Sai Premananda
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… allowing you to take more effective action 

  • The kind of spirituality I value is one in which you get great joy out of contributing to life, not just sitting and meditating, although meditation is certainly valuable. But from meditation, from the resulting consciousness, I would like to see people in action creating the world they want to live in. Marshall Rosenberg
  • Meditation isn’t just about relaxing the mind, it’s about finding a relaxed wakefulness. This enables you to focus better, take more effective action and be more response- able. Martin Boroson
  • I can’t say it strongly enough; to integrate meditation in action is the whole ground and point and purpose of meditation. Sogyal Rinpoche
  • I have learned over the years that the most creative and trustworthy actions come from meditative awareness. Eric Klein
  • A man of meditation functions differently. Whatever profession he chooses, it does not matter. He will bring to his profession some quality of sacredness. He may be making shoes, or he may be cleaning the roads, but he will bring to his work some quality, some grace, some beauty, which is not possible without samādhi. Rajneesh
  • A jeweler could meditate by envisioning that everything is as pure and radiant as shimmering gold; a winemaker might picture herself as distilling bliss from the grapes of experience; a shoemaker could imagine that he was sewing the leather of passion with the thread of freedom to produce shoes of enlightenment. Miranda Shaw
  • Meditation has to be a part of our every activity. It’s not sufficient to meditate for one hour and be unaware for twenty- three hours. It must become the inner thread of all our actions.
  • When we pay attention, whatever we are doing…is transformed and becomes a part of our spiritual path. We begin to notice details and textures that we never noticed before’ everyday life becomes clearer, sharper, and at the same time more spacious. Rick Fields et al
  • Meditation is the life of the soul: Action, the soul of meditation. and honor the reward of action. Frances Quarles
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You can meditate throughout the day, even if it’s just a few mindful breaths 

  • True Meditation is something that actually lives with us. We can do it anytime, anyplace, and anywhere. Adyashanti
  • No matter where we are or what may be happening, connecting with the Self, our True Nature, is readily available as the in- breath. Cathy Rosewell Jonas
  • Everything can be used as an invitation to meditation. Sogyal Rinpoche
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You can turn everyday things into a meditation 

  • If you ask Zen people they will say; tea is not something that you pour with unawareness and drink like any other drink. It is not a drink, it is meditation; it is prayer. So they listen to the kettle creating a melody, and in that listening they become more silent, more alert. Rajneesh
  • Enjoy simple things with total intensity. Just a cup of tea can be a deep meditation. Rajneesh
  • Everything can become a meditation if you live it totally and intensely. And then your life becomes whole. Rajneesh
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Meditation can also have a powerful spiritual dimension 

  • By constant meditation you rise above your mind and awaken into true spirituality. Remez Sasson
  • Meditation is the attuning of the mental body and the physical body to its spiritual source. Edgar Cayce
  • Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in Eternal awareness or Pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity. Voltaire
  • Meditation is one of the ways in which the spiritual man keeps himself awake. Thomas Merton
  • Experience has convinced me that meditation is the most powerful spiritual technology for discovering our fundamental, enlightened state of being. Michael Bernard Beckwith
  • Spiritual meditation is the pathway to Divinity. It is a mystic ladder which reaches from earth to heaven, from error to Truth, from pain to peace. James Allen
  • Meditation is the golden key to all the mysteries of life. Rajneesh
  • True meditation gives us, as it were, wings for flight to a higher realm and thus detaches us from terrestrial fetters. Paramananda
  • Contemplation places us in a purity and radiance which is far above our understanding. John of Ruysbroeck
  • Meditation is neither of the body nor of the mind, but belongs to the third within you—your being. Rajneesh
  • A good meditation, even when it is interrupted by occasional nodding, is much more beneficial than many outward religious exercises. Johannes Tauler
  • If we know the divine art of concentration, if we know the divine art of meditation, if we know the divine art of contemplation, easily and consciously we can unite the inner world and the outer world. Sri Chinmoy
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Meditations connect you to the Divine 

  • Meditation is listening to the Divine within. Edgar Cayce
  • Prayer is when you talk to God; meditation is when you listen to God. Diana Robinson
  • Embrace silence since meditation is the only way to truly come to know your Source. Wayne Dyer
  • In meditation, you are calm and receptive. You are like an open door providing a kind of cross ventilation so that the air of divinity can move through you. Gurudev Shree Chitrabhanu
  • We spend a great deal of time telling God what we think should be done, and not enough time waiting in the stillness for God to tell us what to do. Peace Pilgrim
  • If you want to find God, hang out in the space between your thoughts. Alan Cohen
  • By and by… there are more and more gaps of silence. Through those gaps, windows will open to the divine. Rajneesh
  • The kingdom of God is just behind the darkness of closed eyes, and the first gate that opens to it is your peace. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • I deepen my experience of God through prayer, meditation, and forgiveness. Marianne Williamson
  • God dwells in you, as you, and you don’t have to ‘do’ anything to be God-realized or Self-realize, it is already your true and natural state. Just drop all seeking, turn your attention inward, and sacrifice your ego mind to the One Self radiating in the Heart of your very being. For this to be your own presently lived experience, Self-Inquiry Meditation is a direct and immediate way. Ramana Maharshi 
  • Spiritual meditation is the pathway to Divinity. It is a mystic ladder which reaches from earth to heaven, from error to Truth, from pain to peace. James Allen
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Meditation connects you to your soul … 

  • Quiet the mind, and the soul will speak. Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati
  • Meditation is the tongue of the soul and the language of the spirit. Jeremy Taylor
  • Meditation is the soul’s perspective glass. Owen Feltham
  • Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul. Marcus Aurelius
  • Meditation is an essential travel partner on your journey of personal transformation. Meditation connects you with your soul,and this connection gives you access to your intuition, your heartfelt desires, your integrity, and the inspiration to create a life you love. Sarah McLean
  • Every soul innately yearns for stillness, for a space, a garden where we can till, sow, reap, and rest, and by doing so come to a deeper sense of self and our place in the universe. Silence is not an absence but a presence. Anne D. LeClaire
  • Through meditation one discovers one’s own light. That light you can call your soul, yourself, your God—whatsoever word you choose—or you can remain just silent because it has no name. It is a nameless experience, tremendously beautiful, ecstatic, utterly silent, but it gives you the taste of eternity, of timelessness, of something beyond death. Rajneesh
  • True meditation can never be done with the mind. Very often we make a mistake when we say that we are meditating in the mind and utilizing the mind. Real meditation is done in the psychic being and in the soul. It goes hand in hand with flaming aspiration, the burning flame that wants to climb up to the Highest. Sri Chinmoy
  • Meditation is the breath of your soul. Just as breathing is the life of the body, meditation is the life of the soul. Rajneesh
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… to your essential and authentic nature … 

  • Meditation is simply a strange surgical method which cuts you away from all that is not yours and saves only that which is your authentic being. It burns everything else and leaves you standing naked, alone under the sun, in the wind. It is as if you are the first man who has descended onto earth—who knows nothing, who has to discover everything, who has to be a seeker, who has to go on a pilgrimage. Rajneesh
  • Meditation is the antidote to all the poisons of your life. It is the nourishment of your authentic nature. Rajneesh
  • Mind is a door that leads you outside in the world; meditation is the door that leads you to your interiority—to the very innermost shrine of your being. Rajneesh
  • Meditation is to know oneself as one is. It is see our real face without any mask.
  • The supreme bliss that pulsates in the wake of meditation is your pure essence. Swami Muktananda
  • Generally we waste our lives, distracted from our true selves, in endless activity. Meditation is the way to bring us back to ourselves, where we can really experience and taste our full being. Sogyal Rinpoche
  • There is an intuitive knowing within us that we are eternal but this gets covered over with the noise we create while identifying with the impermanent. Mooji 
  • At its core, meditation is about touching the spiritual essence that exists within us all. Our spiritual essence is not something that we create through meditation it’s already there, deep within, behind all the barriers, patiently waiting for us to recognize it. Aaron Hoopes ‎
  • When we raise ourselves through meditation to what unites us with the spirit, we quicken something within us that is eternal and unlimited by birth and death. Once we have experienced this eternal part in us, we can no longer doubt its existence. Meditation is thus the way to knowing and beholding the eternal, indestructible, essential centre of our being. Rudolf Steiner
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… to the divine in you … 

  • The greatest help to spiritual life is meditation. In meditation we divest ourselves of all material condition and feel our divine nature. Swami Vivekananda
  • When you meditate, the silence of the senses illumines the presence of God within. Gurumayi Chidvilasananda
  • Meditation – the true action of a quiet mind – is not the path to the divine; it is the action of the divine reflecting upon itself. Guy Finley
  • The purpose of meditation is to awaken in us the sky-like nature of mind, and to introduce us to that which we really are, our unchanging pure awareness, which underlies the whole of life and death. Sogyal Rinpoche
  • Stand aside and watch the working of the divine power in yourself. Sri Aurobindo
  • Through meditation, the Higher Self is seen. Bhagavad Gita
  • Wisdom leads to unity, but ignorance to separation. So long as God seems to be outside and far away, there is ignorance. But when God is realised within, that is true knowledge. Sri Ramakrishna 
  • “When you meditate the glory of the Divine shines forth.
  • You realize then that all along there was something tremendous within you and you did not know it. Paramahansa Yogananda 
  • Honor your self. Worship your self. Meditate on your self. God dwells within you as you. Swami Muktananda
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… allowing you to die to the ego 

  • Meditation is not growth of the ego, it is death of the ego. Rajneesh
  • After a few years of meditation practice we can even learn how to occasionally ignore ourselves. And what relief that can be! Wes Nisker
  • Meditation… dissolves the mind. It erases itself. Throws the ego out on its big brittle ass. Tom Robbins
  • Thus meditating you will no longer strive to build yourself up in your prejudices, but, forgetting self, you will remember only that you are seeking the Truth. James Allen
  • When the mind goes beyond the thought of ‘the me,’ the experiencer, the observer, the thinker, then there is a possibility of a happiness that is incorruptible. Jiddu Krishnamurti
  • To be free from bondage the wise person must practise discrimination between One-Self and the ego-self. By that alone you will become full of joy, recognising Self as Pure Being, Consciousness and Bliss. Adi Shankara
  • The ultimate meditation is: surrender to reality. The more you fight, the more you are in conflict with it, the more you will be a loser. In deep surrender, the ego disappears. And when the ego is not there, for the first time you become aware of that which has always been there. Osho
  • Meditation means to be constantly extricating yourself from the clinging of mind.
  • By letting go of even the thought ‘I,’ and ‘me’ what is left? There is nowhere to stand and no one to stand there. No separation anywhere. Pure awareness. Neither this, nor that. Just clarity and being. Ram Dass 
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Meditation is the path to spiritual awakening and enlightenment…

  • All that is necessary to awaken to yourself as the radiant emptiness of spirit is to stop seeking something more or better or different, and to turn your attention inward to the awake silence that you are. Adyashanti 
  • In meditation, silently and serenely, all words are transcended. In Illumination, all things appear as is.  Silence is the ceasing of ego- grasping.  Illumination is the functioning of the wonder of wisdom.  The unity of these two is awakening to Buddha Nature.  Sheng Yen 
  • Enlightened understanding is not knowledge about the universe, but the living experience of the nature of the universe. Chogyal Namkhai Norbu
  • Since pure awareness of nowness is real Enlightenment, in openness and contentment I found the Truth in my heart. By simply relaxing in this uncontrived, open, and natural state, we obtain the quality of effortless freedom of whatever arises. Dudjom Rinpoche 
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… awakening you to the oneness of all things 

  • Meditation is not a way to enlightenment, nor is it a method of achieving anything at all. It is peace itself. It is the actualization of wisdom, The ultimate truth of the oneness of all things. Dogen
  • Whatever the method, the purpose of quieting the mind is always the same… to step out of your own way and touch a Universal Oneness with all things. Susan Jeffers
  • The moment you die consciously, in meditation, God is born – because you disappear as an ego. Then what is left? A stillness, a tremendously potential stillness, a silence that is pregnant – pregnant with the whole. When you disappear, boundaries disappear. You melt and merge with everybody else. Osho
  • I mean the whole thing about meditation and yoga is about connecting to the higher part of yourself, and then seeing that every living thing is connected in some way. Gillian Anderson
  • Meditation is for you to realise that the deepest nature of your existence is beyond thoughts and emotions, that it is incredibly vast and interconnected with all other beings. Tenzin Palmo 
  • Oneness
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Meditation can be a form of prayer 

  • It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart. Mahatma Gandhi
  • Meditation is the most significant because it opens the door for all other significant things: love, prayer, God, light, music, poetry. Rajneesh
  • Prayer is when you talk to God; meditation is when you listen to God. Diana Robinson
  • Seek in reading and thou shalt find in meditation; knock in prayer and it shall be opened in contemplation. John of the Cross
  • We spend a great deal of time telling God what we think should be done, and not enough time waiting in the stillness for God to tell us what to do. Peace Pilgrim
  • Prayer
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Some principles for effective meditation

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1.  Know why you are meditating … 

  • It is virtually impossible, and senseless anyway, to commit yourself to a daily meditation practice without some view of why you are doing it, what its value might be in your life, a sense of why this might be your way and not just another tilting at imaginary windmills. Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • If you hope to bring meditation into your life in any kind of long-term, committed way, you will need a vision that is truly your own—one that is deep and tenacious and that lies close to the core of who you believe yourself to be, what you value in your life, and where you see yourself going. Only the strength of such a dynamic vision and the motivation from which it springs can possibly keep you on this path year in and year out, with a willingness to practice every day and to bring mindfulness to bear on whatever is happening, to open to whatever is perceived, and to let it point to where the holding is and where the letting go and the growing need to happen. Jon Kabat-Zinn
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… but realise that meditation is far more than just a means to an ends 

  • Meditation is not a means to an end. It is both the means and the end. Jiddhu Jiddu Krishnamurti
  • We could say that meditation doesn’t have a reason or doesn’t have a purpose. In this respect it’s unlike almost all other things we do except perhaps making music and dancing. When we make music, we don’t do it in order to reach a certain point, such as the end of the composition. If that were the purpose of music, then obviously the fastest players would be the best. Also, when we are dancing we are not aiming to arrive at a particular place on the floor as in a journey. When we dance, the journey itself is the point, as when we play music the playing itself is the point. And exactly the same thing is true in meditation. Meditation is the discovery that the point of life is always arrived at in the immediate moment. Alan Watts
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2.  Your posture should allow you to forget your body 

  • Does our posture allow us to forget the body? Not to dissociate from it, but just to leave it alone? Adyashanti
  • If you are sleepy, it is a good idea to keep your eyes open. It helps to wake you up a bit. Other times you’ll have your eyes open and you’ll feel they want to close. Adyashanti
  • Those who sit perfectly physically usually take more time to obtain the true way of Zen. Shunryu Suzuki
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3.  Be gentle with yourself 

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4.  Be open with no expectations 

  • Meditation is at its most potent when you have no expectation, when you’re open to everything and when you maintain an attitude of naive fascination. Paul Wilson
  • You cannot see clearly, because you are so full of expectations, hopes, desires. Your eyes are covered with many layers of dust: you need a deep cleansing of your eyes. That’s what meditation is. Let the thoughts disappear, the hopes disappear, the desires disappear. Then you have a clarity, then your eyes are perfect mirrors. Only then, in that silent state of your vision, will you know the secrets of the beyond. Rajneesh
  • Whenever you try to dictate the outcome of your meditation you negate its most wondrous benefit—the pleasure of simply being. Paul Wilson
  • Expectation
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5. Let go of trying to control anything, especially the mind 

  • Real meditation is not about mastering a technique; it’s about letting go of control. Adyashanti
  • If you try to win the war with your mind, you’ll be at war forever. Adyashanti
  • The foundation of True Meditation is that we are letting go of control. Adyashanti
  • Whether you try to influence the mind through ideas and concepts, or through discipline and vows, or through drugs, you are trying to stimulate artificially a state of silence. Perhaps if we are friendly with the mind, if we watch the mind, if we understand the mind, if we let it wander, let it roam about wherever it wants, let it exhaust its momentum by wandering, without scolding, without praising, without condemning it might exhaust its momentum and arrive at the simple innocent silence. Vimala Thakar
  • We carry out our meditation with an attitude of control and manipulation, and that is the very reason our meditation leads us to what feels like a dead end. The awakened state of being, the enlightened state of being, can also be called the natural state of being. How can control and manipulation possibly lead us to our natural state? Adyashanti
  • What happens when you allow your experience to be exactly as it is without trying to change it. Instead of a technique, True Meditation is actually a means of investigation. What happens when we actually let go of control and manipulation? Adyashanti
  • Meditation is the ultimate act of faith. Because to sit down and let everything be as it already is—to let go of control, to let go of manipulation—is itself a very deep act of faith. It’s also a deep act of investigation. Adyashanti
  • A meditative mind is at ease because it’s not trying to acquire anything. Adyashanti
  • True meditation is letting go of manipulating our experience. Adyashanti
  • Peace requires us to surrender our illusions of control. Jack Kornfield 
  • Meditation is simplicity itself. One is to just let go, nothing special is supposed to happen.
  • What if you let go of every bit of control and every urge that you have, right down to the most infinitesimal urge to control anything, anywhere, including anything that may be happening with you at this moment? If you were able to give up control absolutely, totally, and completely, then you would be a spiritually free being. Adyashanti
  • In true meditation all objects are left to their natural functioning. This means that no effort should be made to manipulate or suppress any object of awareness. In true meditation the emphasis is on being awareness; not on being aware of objects, but on resting as primordial awareness itself. Primordial awareness (consciousness) is the source in which all objects arise and subside. Adyashanti
  • Meditation provides a way of learning how to let go. As we sit, the self we’ve been trying to construct and make into a nice, neat package continues to unravel. John Welwood
  • The soil in which the meditative mind can begin is the soil of everyday life, the strife, the pain, and the fleeting joy. It must begin there, and bring order, and from there move endlessly. But if you are concerned only with making order, then that very order will bring about its own limitation, and the mind will be its prisoner. In all this movement you must somehow begin from the other end, from the other shore, and not always be concerned with this shore or how to cross the river. You must take a plunge into the water, not knowing how to swim. And the beauty of meditation is that you never know where you are, where you are going, what the end is. Jiddu Krishnamurti
  • ControlLetting go
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6. Let things be exactly as they are in this moment 

  • Consciousness, or your true nature, is allowing everything to be as it is. Adyashanti
  • Like most people, when I sat I sometimes felt good and peaceful. Other times I would be agitated, upset, or anxious. Sometimes I would be sad, and sometimes I would be happy. I felt all the various human emotions while I was sitting. What I realized was that when I allowed my experience to be as it was, and made no effort to change it, an underlying natural state of being started to rise into consciousness. Adyashanti
  • Awareness or spirit simply means a beingness, a sense of aliveness which transcends all of our form. This awareness is totally inclusive. It is a state of being where everything is okay simply the way it is. Adyashanti
  • Not going anywhere is meditation, just being where you are; there is no other “where” – just being there where you are, just occupying only that space where you are. Osho
  • Real meditation is spontaneous. It is pure welcoming, because there is no choosing of whatever appears in the field of consciousness. There is no selection. There is only choiceless allowing, be it of external perceptions, feelings, bodily sensations, thoughts, or their absence. Everything is equally allowed to come into existence, not as a practice, but because the mind has understood its own limitations. That is all the truth- seeker needs to do. No further spiritual practice needs to be undertaken. Francis Lucille
  • Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Ajahn Chah
  • AllowingAccept this moment as it is 
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7. Use the senses 

  • If you’re actually doing it correctly, you’ll find yourself vividly present to your five senses, vividly present to your body, vividly present to your experience. Eckhart Tolle
  • True Meditation is getting out of our minds and into our senses, actually feeling what it is we are feeling. We hear what is happening around us rather than just hearing our thoughts. We see what’s in front of us rather than being totally occupied by the little movies in our minds. Adyashanti
  • And so, when you sit down to meditate, connect with your senses – connect with how you feel, what you hear, what you sense, what you smell. Your senses actually anchor you in the moment. When your mind wanders, anchor yourself in your senses. Start to listen. What are the sounds outside? Start to feel. How do you feel in your body? Adyashanti
  • As you are sitting, what does it sound and smell like? Through your senses, open to the whole world within and around you. This grounds you in a deeper reality than your mind, and it also helps focus you in a place other than your mind. Adyashanti
  • If you’re actually doing it correctly, you’ll find yourself vividly present to your five senses, vividly present to your body, vividly present to your experience. Adyashanti
  • Your body is a beautiful tool to anchor consciousness in a deeper sense of reality. Adyashanti
  • The senses
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8. Focus on the breath 

  • When the breath wanders the mind also is unsteady. But when the breath is calmed the mind too will be still, and the yogi achieves long life. Therefore, one should learn to control the breath. Svatmarama, Hatha Yoga Pradipika
  • Meditation is not about getting rid of all your thoughts; it’s learning not to get so lost in them that you forget what your goal is. Don’t worry if your focus isn’t perfect when meditating. Just practice coming back to the breath, again and again. Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.
  • No matter where we are or what may be happening, connecting with the Self, our True Nature, is readily available as the in- breath. Cathy Rosewell Jonas
  • Meditation is the breath of your soul. Just as breathing is the life of the body, meditation is the life of the soul. Rajneesh
  • If you learn to go beyond the jabbering of your mind, and can go to the deeper aspects of your consciousness, then body, breath, and mind will not come in your way. Swāmī Rāma
  • It can feel as if the entire body has dropped away or has become transparent, as if its substance were in some way erased. It can feel as if there is nothing but breath flowing freely across all the boundaries of the body. Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor. Thích Nhất Hạnh
  • If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath. Amit Ray
  • FocusBreathing
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9. Let go of effort 

  • Letting go of control, letting everything be as it is, is a means of letting go of effort. Adyashanti
  • Effortless doesn’t mean no effort; effortless means just enough effort to be vivid, to be present, to be here, to be now. To be bright. My teacher used to call this “effortless effort.” We each need to find out for ourselves what this means. Too much effort and we get too tight; too little effort and we get dreamy. Somewhere in the middle is a state of vividness and clarity and inner brightness. Adyashanti
  • EffortEffortlessness
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10.  Don’t judge your meditation.  Just do it. 

  • Don’t worry about how well you’re doing! Don’t worry about whether the relaxation response is really working or whether your mental picture is maximizing your health benefits. Just do it! Herbert Benson
  • When was the last time you worried about how well you were brushing your teeth? You just grab a tooth brush and brush, yah? Well, imagine if we took the same approach with our meditation. It’s not about doing it perfectly, it’s about doing it consistently.  Brian Johnson
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11.  Remain playful and light 

  • My whole effort here is to keep you as non-serious as possible, for the simple reason that meditation, all kinds of meditation, can make you too serious and that seriousness will create a spiritual disease and nothing else. Unless a meditation brings you more laughter, more joy, more playfulness, avoid it. It is not for you. Rajneesh
  • Millions of people miss meditation because meditation has taken on a wrong connotation. It looks very serious, looks gloomy, has something of the church in it, looks as if it is only for people who are dead, or almost dead, who are gloomy, serious, have long faces, who have lost festivity, fun, playfulness, celebration…. A really meditative person is playful: life is fun for him…. He enjoys it tremendously. He is not serious. He is relaxed. Rajneesh
  • Holding a gentle inner smile during meditation helps to prevent you from trying too hard, getting tense, or being too self- critical. Enjoy your practice! Smile! Be playful! Joel Levey
  • Meditation has no goal. We should not have any aim, goal, or desire for having any gains through meditation. It should be playful and natural. Anthony Lambert
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11. Do it in the way that best suits you for there is no single formula 

  • There is no necessity for a technique or formula for meditation. Inner feeling, or inner knowing, is the silent voice of inspiration. Walter Russell
  • The meditation that gives you immediate joy or continuous joy is the best meditation for you. Everyone will not have the same meditation. Your meditation will not suit me, my meditation will not suit you. You like a certain food, I don’t like it. You are right in your own way I am right in my own way. Sri Chinmoy
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12. Investigate who you really are through meditation 

  • I have found two elements to be the most helpful and most powerful when it comes to awakening. The first is developing a meditative attitude, in which we let go of control on a very deep level and allow everything to be as it is. The second is a serious engagement with our own inherent curiosity and intelligence through meditative self- inquiry. Adyashanti
  • The most powerful question we can ask is simply, “What am I? Who is the meditator?” Adyashanti
  • Meditative self-inquiry is the art of asking a spiritually powerful question. And a question that is spiritually powerful always points us back to ourselves. Because the most important thing that leads to spiritual awakening is to discover who and what we are—to wake up from this dream state, this trance state of identification with ego. And a question that is spiritually powerful always points us back to ourselves. Adyashanti
  • The most intimate question we can ask, and the one that has the most spiritual power, is this: What or who am I? Adyashanti
  • Before we actually find out what we are, we must first find out what we are not. Otherwise our assumptions will continue to contaminate the whole investigation. Adyashanti
  • The invitation for you as a meditator is to become very engaged with where awareness wants to go, with what it wants to experience, with what it wants to look at. Adyashanti
  • I suggest you ask, “What’s ultimately behind this set of eyes?” Turn around to see what is looking. Adyashanti
  • Give up all questions except one: ‘Who am I?’ After all, the only fact you are sure of is that you are. The ‘I am’ is certain. The ‘I am this’ is not. Struggle to find out what you are in reality. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • Silence is not a goal (repression) but a process of discovery. What happens when I have a thought?  What happens if I just allow it to be?  Adyashanti
  • Meditation makes you innocent, it makes you childlike. In that state, miracles are possible. That state is pure magic. Rajneesh
  • Just a little relaxation, just a little looking inwards, and the doors of immense potentialities open up. You are no more a beggar. Without conquering the world, you have conquered the whole universe. Just conquer yourself. Rajneesh
  • Awaken to who you really are
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Contemplation

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Meditation can be used for contemplation 

  • Contemplation: The action of looking thoughtfully at something for a long time. Oxford Dictionary
  • Contemplation: The act of thinking deeply about something. The act of looking carefully at something. Merriam Webster Dictionary
  • Because of Christianity the West has missed many things, and one of them is meditation, the rarest flowering of a human being, because they have made it equivalent to contemplation. Contemplation is thinking. Meditation is no- thinking. Rajneesh
  • Contemplation places us in a purity and radiance which is far above our understanding. John of Ruysbroeck
  • One hour of contemplation surpasses sixty years of worship. Muhammad
  • Seek in reading and thou shalt find in meditation; knock in prayer and it shall be opened in contemplation. John of the Cross
  • The only way to read a book of aphorisms without being bored is to open it at random and, having found something that interests you, close the book and meditate. Prince Charles-Joseph de Ligne
  • We become contemplatives when God discovers Himself in us. Thomas Merton
  • My sole literary ambition is to write one good novel, then retire to my hut in the desert, assume the lotus position, compose my mind and senses, and sink into meditation, contemplating my novel. Edward Abbey
  • The more I read, the more I meditate; and the more I acquire, the more I am enabled to affirm that I know nothing. Voltaire
  • One hour’s meditation on the work of the Creator is better than seventy years of prayer. Muhammad
  • The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large. Confucius
  • Contemplation
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Meditate on the gift of life 

  • This life that has been given to us as a gift, as such a precious gift. To really try to understand it, really try to recognize it, is the greatest meditation. Through the media of this Knowledge we can tap into our inner sources that are so beautiful. Prem Rawat
  • Life is a gift
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On a lighter note

  • Don’t just do something – sit there!
  • All of man’s difficulties are caused by his inability to sit, quietly, in a room by himself. Blaise Pascal
  • If it weren’t for my mind, my meditation would be excellent. Ani Pema Chodron
  • Meditation… dissolves the mind. It erases itself. Throws the ego out on its big brittle ass. Tom Robbins
  • Sitting still is a pain in the ass. Noah Levine
  • Convent – a place of retirement for women who wish for leisure to meditate upon the sin of idleness. Ambrose Bierce
  • I wore flowers in my hair and meditated for hours on end. I was finding God all over the place. He kept ditching me.   Christopher Lloyd
  • My son has taken up meditation – at least it’s better than sitting around doing nothing. Max Kaufman
  • Mindfulness (funny quotes),   Meditation (funny quotes)
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