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October 21, 2013
by Lydia Anderson

“Sleep, wake, sleep, wake, until the sleeper wakes no more. Without attention, without the particular turnings of attention developed and practiced through meditative...

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“Sleep, wake, sleep, wake, until the sleeper wakes no more. Without attention, without...

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October 18, 2013
by Lydia Anderson

“We can be surprised by the “obvious” questions beginners ask that perhaps we ourselves could have asked.”—Sumi Loundon, Blue Jean Buddha

“We can be surprised by the “obvious” questions beginners ask that perhaps we...

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October 17, 2013
by Lydia Anderson

“Experiences in a dream are not true, because after waking from sleep not even a trace of them having happened is apparent. They are also not false, because they were...

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“Experiences in a dream are not true, because after waking from sleep not even a trace...

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October 16, 2013
by Lydia Anderson

“Use your own problems to remember that others have problems too.”—Kathleen McDonald, Awakening the Kind Heart

“Use your own problems to remember that others have problems too.”—Kathleen McDonald...

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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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