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October 15, 2013
by Lydia Anderson

“The temptation is to conclude that perhaps meditation is alright for some but dead wrong for you. In my case, meditation started out painful and tedious beyond words....

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“The temptation is to conclude that perhaps meditation is alright for some but dead...

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October 14, 2013
by Lydia Anderson

“Once I’d achieved my goal I had to admit to myself it wasn’t what I expected and that it did not in fact make everything perfect. And this will happen to anyone who attains...

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“Once I’d achieved my goal I had to admit to myself it wasn’t what I expected and that...

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October 11, 2013
by Lydia Anderson

“As the familiar daytime aspects of things are gradually lost in the great fragrant darkness, the question of faith grows more distinct, more urgent, for we begin to perceive...

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“As the familiar daytime aspects of things are gradually lost in the great fragrant...

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October 10, 2013
by Lydia Anderson

“There is nothing magical about meditation. Don’t meditate to fix yourself, to heal yourself, to improve yourself, to redeem yourself; rather, do it as an act of love, of deep...

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“There is nothing magical about meditation. Don’t meditate to fix yourself, to heal...

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October 9, 2013
by Lydia Anderson

“How, dear sir, did you cross the flood?” “By not halting, friend, and by not straining I crossed the flood.” “But how is it, dear sir, that by not halting and by not straining...

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“How, dear sir, did you cross the flood?” “By not halting, friend, and by not...

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October 8, 2013
by Lydia Anderson

“We may need permission, from time to time, to allow ourselves to relax, to not be so hard on ourselves—to simply be at ease and happy. We need to learn to be kind to ourselves...

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“We may need permission, from time to time, to allow ourselves to relax, to not be so...

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October 7, 2013
by Lydia Anderson

“All subjects and objects in the dream can be transformed. In dream yoga you may take a hundred things and transform them into just one, or take one thing and multiply it by a...

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“All subjects and objects in the dream can be transformed. In dream yoga you may take...

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October 4, 2013
by Lydia Anderson

“Morning’s sun loosens the hard ice; so the sound of a staff signals rescue by Jizo from the cycle of rebirth.” —Saigyo in Awesome Nightfall, by William LaFleur

“Morning’s sun loosens the hard ice; so the sound of a staff signals rescue by Jizo...

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October 3, 2013
by Lydia Anderson

“Be at ease. Be still. Be vigilant. These three qualities of the body are to be maintained throughout all meditation sessions.”—B. Alan Wallace, The Attention Revolution...

“Be at ease. Be still. Be vigilant. These three qualities of the body are to be...

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October 2, 2013
by Lydia Anderson

“Do not cling to any one thing. Nothing is it, so do not judge and criticize. No intellectual concepts are valid, so do not presume.”—Shabkar in The Flight of the Garuda...

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“Do not cling to any one thing. Nothing is it, so do not judge and criticize. No...

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