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Daily Wisdom for October 10

by Lydia Anderson
October 10, 2013
Thu, 10/10/2013 - 12:00 -- landerson

“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 warm friendship toward yourself. In this view there is no longer any need for the subtle aggression of self-improvement, for self-criticism, for the endless guilt of not doing enough. It offers the possibility of an end to the ceaseless round of trying so hard that wraps so many people’s lives in a knot. Instead there is now meditation as an act of love. How endlessly delightful and encouraging. Meditation is bound to fail if it is being done to fix a problem.”—Bob Sharples, Meditation and Relaxation in Plain English

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