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Old January 8th, 2008, 13:08   #1 (permalink)
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I think you may enjoy the following meditation quotes:

“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” - Buddha

“When we raise ourselves through meditation to what unites us with the spirit, we quicken something within us that is eternal and unlimited by birth and death. Once we have experienced this eternal part in us, we can no longer doubt its existence. Meditation is thus the way to knowing and beholding the eternal, indestructible, essential centre of our being.” - Rudolf Steiner

“Seek truth in meditation, not in mouldy books. Look in the sky to find the moon, not in the pond.” - Persian proverb

“Meditation practice is regarded as a good and in fact excellent way to overcome warfare in the world; our own warfare as well as greater warfare.” - Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

“The affairs of the world will go on forever. Do not delay the practice of meditation.” - Milarepa

“Meditation is the soul's perspective glass.” - Owen Felltham

“No great work has ever been produced except after a long interval of still and musing meditation” - Walter Bagehot

“A man of meditation is happy, not for an hour or a day, but quite round the circle of all his years.” - Isaac Taylor

“It is not the number of books you read, nor the variety of sermons you hear, nor the amount of religious conversation in which you mix, but it is the frequency and earnestness with which you meditate on these things till the truth in them becomes your own and part of your being, that ensures your growth.” - Frederick William Robertson

“We could say that meditation doesn't have a reason or doesn't have a purpose. In this respect it's unlike almost all other things we do except perhaps making music and dancing. When we make music we don't do it in order to reach a certain point, such as the end of the composition. If that were the purpose of music then obviously the fastest players would be the best. Also, when we are dancing we are not aiming to arrive at a particular place on the floor as in a journey. When we dance, the journey itself is the point, as when we play music the playing itself is the point. And exactly the same thing is true in meditation. Meditation is the discovery that the point of life is always arrived at in the immediate moment.” - Alan Watts

“Prayer is when you talk to God; meditation is when you listen to God.” - Diana Robinson

“Practice meditation regularly. Meditation leads to eternal bliss. Therefore meditate, meditate.” - Swami Sivananda

“I have brought myself, by long meditation, to the conviction that a human being with a settled purpose must accomplish it, and that nothing can resist a will which will stake even existence upon its fulfilment.” - Benjamin Disraeli

“When meditation is mastered, the mind is unwavering like the flame of a lamp in a windless place.” - Bhagavad Gita

“The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large.” - Confucius

“Meditation brings wisdom; lack of mediation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what hold you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom.” - Buddha

“Health, a light body, freedom from cravings, a glowing skin, sonorous voice, fragrance of body: these signs indicate progress in the practice of meditation.” - Shvetashvatara Upanishad

“Though reading and conversation may furnish us with many ideas of men and things, yet it is our own meditation must form our judgment.” - Isaac Watts

“We practice meditation in order to see ourselves as we truly are and life as it truly is. When we are suffering, we can look inside to find the cause - always some form of clinging. By noticing how quickly we attach to new ideas and perspectives, we can begin to unlearn the habit. One trick is to watch for moments when we feel the need to defend ourselves or our point of view. Defensiveness is always a red flag; it shows that we have once again become stuck in a point of view. We are pretending to be solid, and we want everyone else to go along with it. With a little honesty and effort, we can determine where we are stuck and then choose to let go. Gradually we become more flexible, finding it easier to let go of our perspectives. We take this 'me' less seriously, appreciating instead our dynamic and unfixed true nature. With practice, we begin to see the world from the perspective of ‘big mind’, which can see all perspectives but clings to none. We learn that it is possible to return to the view of ‘big mind’ whenever we've become stuck. It's easiest to assume that we're stuck somewhere; we only have to figure out where and then let go. Liberation from the self is living each day without a place to stand or ideas about who we are. That's when we can dance with life.” - Genpo Roshi

“This art of resting the mind and the power of dismissing from it all care and worry is probably one of the secrets of energy in our great men.” - Captain J. A. Hadfield

“Acquire inner peace and a multitude will find their salvation near you.” - Catherine de Hueck Doherty

“No matter how much pressure you feel at work, if you could find ways to relax for at least five minutes every hour, you'd be more productive.” - Dr. Joyce Brothers

“When we are unable to find tranquillity within ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere.” - Francois de La Rochefoucauld

“Never lose sight of this important truth, that no one can be truly great until he has gained a knowledge of himself, a knowledge which can only be acquired by occasional retirement.” - Johann Georg von Zimmermann

“I take it that what all men are really after is some form or perhaps only some formula of peace.” - Joseph Conrad

“If you can attain repose and calm, believe that you have seized happiness.” - Julie-Jeanne-Eleonore de Lespinasse

“Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency. Nothing is that important.” - Natalie Goldberg

“Before you agree to do anything that might add even the smallest amount of stress to your life, ask yourself: What is my truest intention? Give yourself time to let a yes resound within you. When it's right, I guarantee that your entire body will feel it.” - Oprah Winfrey

“Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.” - Ovid

“The problem is never how to get new, innovative thoughts into your mind, but how to get old ones out. Every mind is a building filled with archaic furniture. Clean out a corner of your mind and creativity will instantly fill it.” - Dee Hock

“Meditation will bring you sensitivity, a great sense of belonging to the world. It is our world - the stars are ours, and we are not foreigners here. We are part of it, we are the heart of it.” - Osho

“If you meditate, sooner or later you will come upon love. If you meditate deeply, sooner or later you will start feeling a tremendous love arising in you that you have never known before”. - Osho

“You want a love which is born out of meditation, not born out of the mind.” - Osho

“Meditation helps you to grow your own intuitive faculty. It becomes very clear what is going to fulfil you, what is going to help you flower.” - Osho

“Harmony with nature will bring you a happiness known to few city dwellers. In the company of other truth seekers it will be easier for you to meditate and think of God.” - Paramahansa Yogananda

“Work for God, love God alone, and be wise with God. When an ordinary man puts the necessary time and enthusiasm into meditation and prayer, he becomes a divine man.” - Paramahansa Yogananda

“Every moment there is a possibility to be total. Whatsoever you are doing, be absorbed in it so utterly that the mind thinks nothing, is just there, is just a presence. And more and more totality will be coming. And the taste of totality will make you more and more capable of being total. And try to see when you are not total. Those are the moments which have to be dropped slowly, slowly. When you are not total, whenever you are in the head--thinking, brooding, calculating, cunning, clever--you are not total. Slowly, slowly slip out of those moments. It is just an old habit. Habits die hard. But they die certainly--if one persists, they die” - Osho

“If one's life is simple, contentment has to come. Simplicity is extremely important for happiness. Having few desires, feeling satisfied with what you have, is very vital: satisfaction with just enough food, clothing, and shelter to protect yourself from the elements. And finally, there is an intense delight in abandoning faulty states of mind and in cultivating helpful ones in meditation.” - Dalai Lama

“In silence lies the ability to listen; to listen to ourselves, to others and to God. Listening is a lost art. Without it we cannot communicate, we cannot relate to each other and so we cannot live life meaningfully. We need to learn to listen. Sitting in silence allows us to listen to ourselves and to understand. This silence can heal. The worries, the pain can be healed when we listen. Spiritual medicine is ever-present in the soul. Whenever we need it, to whatever extent we need it, we can find it within.” - Innerspace


More to follow shortly! Michael

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Old January 8th, 2008, 14:48   #2 (permalink)
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Meditation Quotes - Part 2

“The affairs of the world will go on forever. Do not delay the practice of meditation.” - Milarepa

“The biggest disease of the mind is over-thinking, especially too much thinking about others. Thinking too much is like eating too much. The heaviness makes it impossible to remain light and flexible.” - Innerspace

“I define joy as a sustained sense of well-being and internal peace - a connection to what matters.” - Oprah Winfrey

“Creativity is the quality that you bring to the activity that you are doing. It is an attitude, an inner approach - how you look at things.... Not everybody can be a painter - and there is no need also. If everybody is a painter the world will be very ugly; it will be difficult to live! And not everybody can be a dancer, and there is no need. But everybody can be creative. Whatsoever you do, if you do it joyfully, if you do it lovingly, if your act of doing is not purely economical, then it is creative. If you have something growing out of it within you, if it gives you growth, it is spiritual, it is creative, it is divine. You become more divine as you become more creative. All the religions of the world have said God is the creator. I dont know whether he is the creator or not, but one thing I know: the more creative you become, the more godly you become. When your creativity comes to a climax, when your whole life becomes creative, you live in God. So he must be the creator because people who have been creative have been closest to him. Love what you do. Be meditative while you are doing it - whatsoever it is!” - Osho

“Have you ever wondered why libraries have a special atmosphere? They are places where many congregate but where silence is the code. Quietness in an atmosphere means there is the presence of quiet minds, and quiet minds are not only relaxed, they can concentrate easily and create more freely. Imagine you are in the library of your mind, browsing the accumulated wisdom on the shelves of your life - listen to the silence, be aware of the stillness. Now you can really listen. Now you can really hear. Now you can really think. Now you can create. And behold, you are an artist. Did you not know that silence and creativity are best friends?” - Innerspace

“Meditation is not a way of making your mind quiet. It's a way of entering into the quiet that's already there—buried under the 50,000 thoughts the average person thinks every day”. - Deepak Chopra

“Some people think that meditation takes time away from physical accomplishment. Taken to extremes, of course, that's true. Most people, however, find that meditation creates more time than it takes.” - Peter McWilliams

“Through meditation you will become master of your mind instead of being the slave of your mind.” - Michael MacKenzie.

“Meditation is the way to a life of joy and serenity.” - Michael MacKenzie

“When you calm your mind and your senses, you become conscious of your always-present inner Self.” - Remez Sasson

“Meditation is the gateway, through which you arrive to the world of freedom.” - Remez Sasson

“By constant meditation you rise above your mind and awaken into true spirituality.” - Remez Sasson

“In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth.” - Mahatma Gandhi

“Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose.” - Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

“Not merely an absence of noise, Real Silence begins when a reasonable being withdraws from the noise in order to find peace and order in his inner sanctuary.” - Peter Minard

“True silence is the rest of the mind; it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.” - William Penn

“It is not the number of books you read, nor the variety of sermons you hear, nor the amount of religious conversation in which you mix, but it is the frequency and earnestness with which you meditate on these things till the truth in them becomes your own and part of your being, that ensures your growth.” - Frederick William Robertson

“Peace can be reached through meditation on the knowledge which dreams give. Peace can also be reached through concentration upon that which is dearest to the heart.” - Patanjali

“What we have to learn, in both meditation and in life, is to be free of attachment to the good experiences, and free of aversion to the negative ones.” - Sogyal Rinpoche

“Make your judgment trustworthy by trusting it. Cultivate regular periods of silence and meditation. The best time to build judgment is in solitude, when you can think out things for yourself without the probability of interruption.” - Grenville Kleiser

“Take the time to come home to yourself every day.” — Robin Casarjian

“Regular meditation opens the avenues of intuitional knowledge, makes the mind calm and steady, awakens an ecstatic feeling, and brings the practitioner in contact with the source of his/her very being.” — Swami Sivananda

“When you meditate, the silence of the senses illumines the presence of God within.” — Gurumayi; Chidvilasananda

“Meditation increases your vitality and strengthens your intelligence; your beauty is enhanced; your mental clarity and health improve. You acquire the patience and fortitude to face any problem in life. So, meditate! Only through meditation will you find the treasure you are seeking.” — Mata Amritanandamayi ("Amma")

“As meditation deepens, complusions, cravings and fits of emotion begin to lose their power to dictate our behavior.” — Eknath Easwaran

“Constant inner peace and serenity can be yours. Take the first step today.” — Remez Sasson

“Meditation is listening to the Divine within.” — Edgar Cayce

“What's encouraging about meditation is that even if we shut down, we can no longer shut down in ignorance. We see very clearly that we're closing off. That in itself begins to illuminate the darkness of ignorance.” — Pema Chodron

“It's not about having any particular experience. The practice is about opening to whatever presents itself.” — Joel Goldsmith

“Honor your Self. Worship your Self. Meditate on your Self. God dwells within you as you.” — Swami Muktananda

“In meditation we are continuously discovering who and what we are.” — Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

“Don't think we can postpone meditation until we move or clean the garage.” — Eknath Easwaran

“Turn thy gaze inward, wherein resides the Supreme Self.” — Swami Vivekananda

“Turn your vision inward and the whole world will be full of supreme spirit.” — Ramana Maharshi

“If we know the divine art of concentration, if we know the divine art of meditation, if we know the divine art of contemplation, easily and consciously we can unite the inner world and the outer world.” — Sri Chinmoy

“Meditation gives you an opportunity to come to know your invisible self. It allows you to empty yourself of the endless hyperactivity of your mind, and to attain calmness. It teaches you to be peaceful, to remove stress, to receive answers where confusion previously reigned.” — Dr. Wayne Dyer

“The poor long for riches, the rich long for heaven, but the wise long for a state of tranquility.” - Swami Rama


I hope they inspire you to continue your meditation! Michael
 
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Hi Michael, I've only just finished reading all the great meditation quotes you posted! They truly are amazing and i've copied out my favourites to make my own little banners to put up around the house to encourage me. I really have made it my new years resolution to stop putting other things before my meditation and i know these quotes will help me to stop making excuses! I wish you and the community an abundance of good health and happiness for this wonderful new year!! Namaste xx
 
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By placing these quotes here for us you have done something of spectacular proportions. You have dropped a stone into the fluid of our minds and the ripples will go far and reach distances that cannot be seen. Who knows what thoughts will ride on those ripples, and be turned into smiles on the faces of frowns.

Thank you.
 
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Originally Posted by Larry Gessner View Post
By placing these quotes here for us you have done something of spectacular proportions. You have dropped a stone into the fluid of our minds and the ripples will go far and reach distances that cannot be seen. Who knows what thoughts will ride on those ripples, and be turned into smiles on the faces of frowns.

Thank you.
What a wonderful post Larry and so very very true

Yes thank you Michael!

I hope you all have a lovely relaxing weekend full of great meditation.

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Fantastic quotes Michael. Many of them are contained in your screensaver and the pictures behind the words provide the most beautiful settings so that the words just belong in each setting. I find these quotes very uplifting.
 
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