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Slowing down, coming to your senses

Floating_AbuFloating_Abu Veteran
edited June 2009 in Meditation
“If thou wilt be observant and vigilant, thou wilt see at every moment the response to thy action. Be observant if thou wouldst have a pure heart, for something is born to thee in consequence of every action.”

~ Rumi


  • BrigidBrigid Veteran
    edited May 2009
    Rumi said that? Wonderful!
  • edited May 2009
    It is a lovely quote, isn't it?

    I do find curiosity and alertness to be a great help when something throws me off-balance, whether meditating or in daily life. That vigilance for me needs to be light, not too intense, but just a lightly maintained awareness,

    It has taken me a long time to learn how to stand back from the distressed self and simply observe without wanting to 'rescue' or 'condemn'. Patience is the key to observing the self off-balance.

  • yuriythebestyuriythebest Veteran
    edited June 2009
    yeah definitely. It's amazing how easily peoples minds are swept away by daily thoughts, as if leaves on wind. Not thinking (in the calm and peaceful sense, not in the crank 2 sense which I still consider to be an amazing movie) every now and again can be as liberating as thinking. Most people, I think, have this misconception that pausing your thoughts can make you dumb or something, as illustrated by this experience I've had in 9th grade:

    biology teacher: ...and indeed, the mind is so complex and has so many thoughts all at once, that it would actually be quite hard to stop thinking
    me: yeah you have to practice

    however overall it revitalizes the mind, and stops it from this habit of over-analyzing and going in circles over mundane unimportant things that we at the time consider to be the "next giant problem that if you don't solve you'll die and your descendants will ridicule your dead corpse over and your family will for ever live in shameful exile"- seriously every time you have a problem ask - does that statement apply? if not then you're probably fine
  • edited June 2009
    Here's a link for insight meditation for anyone who might be interested.


    Kind wishes,

  • edited June 2009
    I really need to print this quote out and have it with me at all times. I tend to stick my foot in my mouth so many times!
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