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A MASTERY THAT SETS US FREE: “Why Meditate”

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As we shall see, the way we deal with thoughts in meditation is not to block them or feed them indefinitely, but to let them arise and dissolve by themselves in the field of mindfulness.
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In this way, they do not take over our minds. Beyond that, meditation consists in cultivating a way of being that is not subject to the patterns of habitual thinking.
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It often begins with analysis and then continues with contemplation and inner transformation.
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To be free is to be the master of ourselves.
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It is not a matter of doing whatever comes into our heads, but rather of freeing ourselves from the constraints and afflictions that dominate and obscure our minds.
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It is a matter of taking our life into our own hands rather than abandoning it to the tendencies created by habit and mental confusion.
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Instead of letting go of the helm and just allowing the boat to drift wherever the wind blows, freedom means setting a course toward a chosen destination—the destination that we know to be the most desirable for ourselves and others.
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“The Joy of Living”: Practicing Mindfulness

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Practicing mindfulness may seem hard at first, but the point is not how successful you are right away.
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What seems impossible at present becomes easier with practice.
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There’s nothing you can’t get used to.
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Just think about all the unpleasant things you’ve accepted as ordinary, like wading through traffic or dealing with a bad-tempered relative or coworker.
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Becoming mindful is a gradual process of establishing new neuronal connections and inhibiting the gossip among old ones.
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It requires patiently taking one small step at a time, practicing in very short intervals.
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Thich Nhat Hanh:

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While sitting breathing slowly, think of yourself as a pebble which is falling through a clear stream.
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While sinking, there is no intention to guide your movement.
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Sink towards the spot of total rest on the gentle sand of the riverbed.
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Freedom

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The outward freedom that we shall attain

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will only be in exact proportion

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to the inward freedom

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to which we may have grown at a given moment.

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And if this is a correct view of freedom,

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our chief energy must be concentrated on achieving reform from within.

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MAHATMA GANDHI

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Capturing moments

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Aomori Moon
Photograph by Sho Shibata, National Geographic Your Shot
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“The best way to capture moments is to pay attention.
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This is how we cultivate mindfulness.
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Mindfulness means being awake.
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It means knowing what you are doing.”
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~Jon Kabat-Zinn
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Holding on

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Gate Bridge, Vancouver
Photograph by Mathieu Dupuis, Your Shot
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Holding on is believing that there’s only a past;
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letting go is knowing that there’s a future.
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Daphne Rose Kingma
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Trying to be perfect does not lead to happiness

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Kangaroos, Australia
Photograph by Graeme Ricketts, Your Shot

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If we judge ourselves against perfection, suffering and sadness will be our companions.
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If we refuse to judge ourselves, happiness is a possibility.
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Acceptance, total acceptance, right here, right now, is the opposite of perfection.
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Let go of that judgment, that need for approval, that need to win, accomplish, overcome.
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Humility could be coveted over perfection.
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Gratitude is more desirous for a happy life.
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Perfection comes loaded with worry and insecurity.
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Free yourself, let go, accept, be present, live fully.
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