Category Archives: MEDITATION

“The inauspiciousness of the owl is nothing but the inauspiciousness of the man who thinks that owl is inauspicious!” ― Mehmet Murat ildan

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The Owls

The owls that roost in the black yew
Along one limb in solemn state,
And with a red eye look you through,
Are eastern gods; they meditate.

No feather stirs on them, not one,
Until that melancholy hour
When night, supplanting the weak sun,
Resumes her interrupted power.

Their attitude instructs the wise
To shun all action, all surprise.
Suppose there passed a lovely face, —

Who even longs to follow it,
Must feel for ever the disgrace
Of having all but moved a bit.

— Edna St. Vincent Millay, Flowers of Evil (NY: Harper and Brothers, 1936)

http://fleursdumal.org/poem/156

I am standing in the bath tub crying. Mother, mother who am I?

 

Mayakovsky by FRANK O’HARA

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“There must be quite a few things a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them. Whenever I’m sad I’m going to die, or so nervous I can’t sleep, or in love with somebody I won’t be seeing for a week, I slump down just so far and then I say: ‘I’ll go take a hot bath.’

I meditate in the bath.The water needs to be very hot, so hot you can barely stand putting your foot in it. Then you lower yourself, inch by inch, till the water’s up to your neck.

I remember the ceiling over every bathtub I’ve stretched out in. I remember the texture of the ceilings and the cracks and the colors and the damp spots and the light fixtures. I remember the tubs, too: the antique griffin-legged tubs, and the modern coffin-shaped tubs, and the fancy pink marble tubs overlooking indoor lily ponds, and I remember the shapes and sizes of the water taps and the different sorts of soap holders.

I never feel so much myself as when I’m in a hot bath.” 


― Sylvia PlathThe Bell Jar

Prophet said: “Whoever stood for the prayers in the night of Qadr out of sincere faith and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven”

 

 

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NIGHTS
At times my name gets tired of me
And wanders off into the dark:
Some times it claws me with a bark
Some times it leaves me almost free

And then I cannot see a thing
And flesh is barely tied to soul:
Those nights the density of coal
Those nights when I am not a king

Then hours bunch up to watch me fall
And I am turned into a prayer:
Some nights I circle God’s dark lair
Some nights an endless night is all

 

© 2005, Kevin Hart
From: Dark Retreat

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I love the silent hour of night, for blissful dreams may then arise, revealing to my charmed sight what may not bless my waking eyes.”

― Anne Brontë, Best Poems of the Brontë Sisters

Who in the world am I? Ah, that’s the great puzzle. Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

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Take some more tea,” the March Hare said to Alice, very earnestly.
“I’ve had nothing yet,” Alice replied in an offended tone, “so I can’t take more.”
“You mean you can’t take less,” said the Hatter: “it’s very easy to take more than nothing.”
“Nobody asked your opinion,” said Alice.”

― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Dogs bark but the caravan moves on. Arab

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“Take almost any path you please, and ten to one it carries you down in a dale, and leaves you there by a pool in the stream.  There is magic in it.  Let the most absent-minded of men be plunged in his deepest reveries-stand that man on his legs, set his feet a-going, and he will infallibly lead you to water, if water there be in all that region.  Should you ever be athirst in the great American desert, try this experiment, if your caravan happen to be supplied with a metaphysical professor.  Yes, as every one knows, meditation and water are wedded forever.”


–  Herman Melville, Moby Dick

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If thou,” he answered, “follow but thy star. Thou canst not miss at last a glorious haven.” Dante.

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ALICE CAREY (1820-1871).

For the human heart is the mirror
Of the things that are near and far ;
Like the wave that reflects in its bosom
The flower and the distant star.
The Time to be.

Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” ― Socrates

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I’m simply saying that there is a way to be sane. I’m saying that you can get rid of all this insanity created by the past in you. Just by being a simple witness of your thought processes.

It is simply sitting silently, witnessing the thoughts, passing before you. Just witnessing, not interfering not even judging, because the moment you judge you have lost the pure witness. The moment you say “this is good, this is bad,” you have already jumped onto the thought process.

It takes a little time to create a gap between the witness and the mind. Once the gap is there, you are in for a great surprise, that you are not the mind, that you are the witness, a watcher.

And this process of watching is the very alchemy of real religion. Because as you become more and more deeply rooted in witnessing, thoughts start disappearing. You are, but the mind is utterly empty.

That’s the moment of enlightenment. That is the moment that you become for the first time an unconditioned, sane, really free human being.”

Osho

Patience has all the time it needs.”

 

Allan Lokos, Patience: The Art of Peaceful Living

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“I’m simply saying that there is a way to be sane. I’m saying that you can get rid of all this insanity created by the past in you. Just by being a simple witness of your thought processes. 

It is simply sitting silently, witnessing the thoughts, passing before you. Just witnessing, not interfering not even judging, because the moment you judge you have lost the pure witness. The moment you say “this is good, this is bad,” you have already jumped onto the thought process. 

It takes a little time to create a gap between the witness and the mind. Once the gap is there, you are in for a great surprise, that you are not the mind, that you are the witness, a watcher. 

And this process of watching is the very alchemy of real religion. Because as you become more and more deeply rooted in witnessing, thoughts start disappearing. You are, but the mind is utterly empty.

That’s the moment of enlightenment. That is the moment that you become for the first time an unconditioned, sane, really free human being.” 

― Osho

Come, Come, Whoever you Are Wonderer, worshipper, lover of leaving. RUMI

It doesn’t matter.

Ours is not a caravan of despair.

Come, even if you have broken your vow  a thousand times

Come, yet again, come, come

http://healing-hearts-blog.com/category/mawlana-jalaluddin-rumi/

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Orhan Veli Kanik

I listen to Istanbul, my eyes closed:
First, a light wind blowing
A soft wind swaying
The leaves in the trees,
And far off in the distance
The tinkling cups of the water-seller;
I listen to Istanbul, my eyes closed.
I listen to Istanbul, my eyes closed:

http://www.inspirationalstories.com/poems/i-listen-to-istanbul-orhan-veli-kanik-poems/

Speak like a parrot; meditate like a swan; chew like a goat; and bathe like an elephant. Indian

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Swan Lake

 

As music curves through the body, the swing of it

lifting mind’s invisible feet, so it happened

 

a ballet I’d gone to in the days after breaking up

with someone who had found me rather clumsy

 

left behind a troupe of swans in my heart.

Now the inner band played on, a waltz as searing

 

as a light too brightly shining in a room that should be dark,

and the swans, pirouetting through the dark

 

and joyful moments of the plot, took my heart

dancing, till the grief that remained

 

turned to a mood of gentle swanning

through the fine, vacated ballroom of the mind;

 

till the swans evaporated with a cry.

 

THE ROOM AS MEDITATION. SO THEN…….

© 2005, Noel Rowe
From: Touching the Hem

http://www.poetryinternationalweb.net/pi/site/poem/item/9742/auto/The-room-as-meditation.-So-then

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Chakra Garden of Jewels ~ Julie Lusk with inspiration from Kabir

Don’t go outside your house to search for jewels.
Don’t even bother with that excursion, my friend.
There are jewels inside yourself.
Precious, profound and ready to be discovered.

http://wholesomeresources.com/library/yoga-sayings-quotes-poems/

It is a narrow mind which cannot look at a subject from various points of view.”

― George Eliot, Middlemarch

 

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A swing grinds on its chains.
A child sits pushing.
There’s no eucalyptus,
atlas pine, or flowering ash,
no other child is calling
from the tender modulations of leaves:
just each note
of her ringing hear,
the feeling of being pushed
into the air.

Judith Beveridge

http://www.poetryinternationalweb.net/pi/site/poet/item/676/15/Judith-Beveridge

Harry was left to ponder in silence the depths to which girls would sink to get revenge.”

J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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“For the taking of revenge, a man locks himself up alone and thinks. His stomach must be empty for his head to be full. Vengeance comes a little from the heart and a lot from the mind; one must take oneself apart from the noise of men and of things, even from what resembles them; only the voices of bells and of thunder are allowed. Let the room in which you meditate be dark, narrow and warm.”

― Xavier Forneret

I meditate and put on a rubber tire with three bottles of beer. Most of the time I just sit picking my nose and thinking.

 James Gould Cozzens (1903-)  http://en.nordsprog.com/liknande/en_99813

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“Sadness gives depth. Happiness gives height. Sadness gives roots. Happiness gives branches. Happiness is like a tree going into the sky, and sadness is like the roots going down into the womb of the earth. Both are needed, and the higher a tree goes, the deeper it goes, simultaneously. The bigger the tree, the bigger will be its roots. In fact, it is always in proportion. That’s its balance.”

― Osho, Everyday Osho: 365 Daily Meditations for the Here and Now

A competent and self-confident person is incapable of jealousy in anything. Jealousy is invariably a symptom of neurotic insecurity.

– Robert A. Heinlein

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“Take for instance a man driven to incessant work by a sense of deep insecurity and loneliness; or another one driven by ambition, or greed for money. In all these cases the person is the slave of a passion, and his activity is in reality a “passivity” because he is driven; he is the sufferer, not the “actor”. On the other hand a man sitting quiet and contemplating, with no purpose or aim except that of experiencing himself and his oneness with the world, is considered to be “passive”, because he is not “doing” anything. In reality, this attitude of concentrated meditation is the highest activity there is, an activity of the soul, which is possible only under the condition of inner freedom and independence”
― Erich Fromm

Invest in the human soul. Who knows, it might be a diamond in the rough.”

― Mary McLeod Bethune

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Soul. The word rebounded to me, and I wondered, as I often had, what it was exactly. People talked about it all the time, but did anybody actually know? Sometimes I’d pictured it like a pilot light burning inside a person–a drop of fire from the invisible inferno people called God. Or a squashy substance, like a piece of clay or dental mould, which collected the sum of a person’s experiences–a million indentations of happiness, desperation, fear, all the small piercings of beauty we’ve ever known.

SUE MONK KIDD, The Mermaid Chair

http://www.notable-quotes.com/s/soul_quotes.html

 

He does not need opium. He has the gift of reverie.

Anais Nin

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“The mentality and behaviour of drug addicts and alcoholics is wholly irrational until you understand that they are completely powerless over their addiction and unless they have structured help, they have no hope.”

― Russell Brand

It is always sad when someone leaves home, unless they are simply going around the corner and will return in a few minutes with ice-cream sandwiches.”

― Lemony Snicket, Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can’t Avoid

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“…We leave our homeland, our property and our friends. We give up the familiar ground that supports our ego, admit the helplessness of ego to control its world and secure itself. We give up our clingings to superiority and self-preservation…It means giving up searching for a home, becoming a refugee, a lonely person who must depend on himself…Fundamentally, no one can help us. If we seek to relieve our loneliness, we will be distracted from the path. Instead, we must make a relationship with loneliness until it becomes aloneness.”

― Chögyam Trungpa, The Myth of Freedom and the Way of Meditation

“The difference between mad people and sane people . . . is that sane people have variety when they talk-story. Mad people have only one story that they talk over and over.”

― Maxine Hong Kingston, The Fifth Book of Peace

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“Meditation begins now, right here. It can’t begin someplace else or at some other time. To paraphrase the great Zen master Dogen, “If you want to practice awareness, then practice awareness without delay.” If you wish to know a mind that is tranquil and clear, sane and peaceful, you must take it up now. If you wish to free yourself from the frantic television mind that runs our lives, begin with the intention to be present now.

Nobody can bring awareness to your life but you.

Meditation is not a self-help program–a way to better ourselves so we can get what we want. Nor is it a way to relax before jumping back into busyness. It’s not something to do once in awhile, either, whenever you happen to feel like it.

Instead, meditation is a practice that saturates your life and in time can be brought into every activity. It is the transformation of mind from bondage to freedom.

In practicing meditation, we go nowhere other than right here where we now stand, where we now sit, where we now live and breathe. In meditation we return to where we already are–this shifting, changing ever-present now.

― Steve Hagen, Meditation Now or Never

“Life it too short to deal with crazy people.” Karen E. Quinones Miller

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“You can’t try. Trying is a struggle and doing is an act. You can’t witness the act of trying, but you can see the results of doing. Trying brings on stress because not only do you have the problem, but now you have all this frustration with it not going away just because you want it to. It’s kind of like being told not to think of pink elephants—impossible.
What you have to do is stop. You say to yourself, this is over for now. I’m done for now. Take your mind to another place and concentrate on that peaceful place. Deep breaths. Go limp. Put your mind in another state. It takes practice, but it gets easier, over time.”
― Robyn Carr, Forbidden Falls