Monday, February 28, 2011

On Meditation

"We must develop our inner state so we can actually be at peace during the daily challenges of life, especially if we are unable to withdraw in prolonged retreat. We must be able to focus on the content of the mind, with speed and gentleness, and to refrain from comment or judgment, in order to see things just as they are. We must learn to keep the mind open, returning it to rest after some aspect of the contemplation has been specifically appreciated. In this way we begin to see how the mind works, to find some inner rest, to become adept at attending to inner experience without disrupting it, and to learn how to direct our whole attention toward the meditation."

- John Lehmann

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