Matthieu Ricard

The Art of Meditation

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    Tina Høyer Madsenhas quoted2 months ago
    hat is essential, therefore, is to meditate regularly.
    Tina Høyer Madsenhas quoted2 months ago
    to replace obsession with contentment, agitation with calmness, hatred with kindness

    at erstatte besættelse med tilfredshed, agitation med ro, had med venlighed

    Tina Høyer Madsenhas quoted2 months ago
    f we transform our way of perceiving things, we transform the quality of our lives.
    Tina Høyer Madsenhas quoted2 months ago
    What if we could train our mind to cultivate these wholesome moments?
    Tina Høyer Madsenhas quoted2 months ago
    We spend a great deal of time consumed by painful thoughts, plagued by anxiety or anger, licking the wounds we receive from other peo
    Tina Høyer Madsenhas quoted2 months ago
    decrease in anxiety, in vulnerability to pain and in the tendency towards depression and anger, as well as strengthening attention, the immune system and an increase in general well-being.
    Tina Høyer Madsenhas quoted2 months ago
    decrease in anxiety, in vulnerability to pain and in the tendency towards depression and anger,
    Tina Høyer Madsenhas quoted2 months ago
    developing qualities such as attention, emotional balance, altruism and inner peace.
    Tina Høyer Madsenhas quoted2 months ago
    These periods of retreat have without a doubt been among the most fertile times of my life.
    supernovahas quoted3 years ago
    Made use of intelligently, this life offers a unique opportunity to develop and actualize the potential we all possess but are so ready to neglect and fritter away.
    supernovahas quoted3 years ago
    It is also said that 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 point is to persevere. If you get bored while meditating, this is not due to meditation itself but to lack of training. Moreover, 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.
    supernovahas quoted3 years ago
    In order to arouse enough interest in something to devote some time to it, you have to see its advantages. Contemplating the benefits that can be expected from meditation and then tasting them a little bit will nourish your interest. However, this does not mean to say that the practice of meditation is always pleasant. An expedition into the mountains is not always purely fun. In addition to wonderful moments in breathtaking landscapes, we can also face hardships such as rain, hail, exhaustion, or altitude sickness, and perhaps get lost. The essential point is to have enough interest in spiritual practice to keep going despite its ups and downs. The satisfaction of making progress towards the goal you have set yourself will then be enough to nourish your determination and sustain your conviction that the effort is worthwhile.
    supernovahas quoted3 years ago
    In the West, we are consumed from morning till night by endless activity. We do not have much time or energy left over to consider the basic causes of our happiness or suffering. We imagine, more or less consciously, that if we undertake more activities we will have more intense experiences and, therefore, our sense of dissatisfaction will fade away. But the truth is that many of us continue to feel let down and frustrated by our contemporary lifestyle.
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