Meditation roots you firmly so that, “you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand firm.” – (Ephesians 6:13 NASB).
“Meditation will not carry you to another world, but it will reveal the most profound and awesome dimensions of the world in which you already live. Calmly contemplating these dimensions and bringing them into the service of compassion and kindness is the right way to make rapid gains in meditation as well as in life.”– Zen Master Hsing Yun
Meditation is not forcing yourself not to think; it is allowing the thoughts to cease to have force over you.
“Don’t hate the arising of thoughts or stop the thoughts that do arise. Simply realize that our original mind, right from the start, is beyond thought, so that no matter what, you never get involved with thoughts. Illuminate original mind, and no other understanding is necessary.”– Zen Master Bankei Yotaku
Meditation is the stillness that accompanies the pen of the writer as the chapter is finished; it is the movement of the dancer when the music stops and before the applause thunders; it is a much deserved rest from an exhausting week.
“Touch your inner space, which is nothingness, as silent and empty as the sky; it is your inner sky. Once you settle down in your inner sky, you have come home, and a great maturity arises in your actions, in your behavior. Then whatever you do has grace in it. Then whatever you do is a poetry in itself. You live poetry; your walking becomes dancing, your silence becomes music.”– Osho
“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” (Philippians 4:8 NKJV).
“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.” – (Psalms 19:14).
Have a great weekend everyone.
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