You can try meditating, if you have a free minute or two.

You can read about it, or take a class, or talk to a teacher.

Then, there are perspectives on the practice itself. That gets interesting pretty fast, if this sort of thing is interesting.

No Shortcut

March 14, 2012

We must see with our own eyes and not accept any laid-down tradition as if it had some magical power in it. We always look for something which will work by merely pressing a button. There is a great attraction in the shortcut. However, there is nothing magical that can transform us just like that.

From Meditation in Action, 40th Anniversary Edition, page 9. (Trungpa Rinpoche, courtesy of “Ocean of Dharma”)


from the Aro meditation website:

“It is not necessary to stop thinking in order to meditate. Meditation does help calm the mind – and with practice, the rush of thoughts slows and clarifies. Eventually, you will find gaps in your thoughts – and then periods of peaceful silence combined with intelligent awareness.”

(By the way, I’m not an Aro student, and don’t represent them. I do think they are on to something, and have a lot of respect for them.)


Finally, a little Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche.

“Our mental and physical activities seldom succeed in truly satisfying us, because we do not integrate the two. Not realizing the importance of integrating body and mind in all our activities, we emphasize mental achievement at the expense of feeling, or our physical body at the expense of the rich sensations within.” (from Kum Nye Relaxation part 1)



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