yoga meditation and philosophy with Lynn
From Pema Chodron, Wisdom of No Escape
We often think meditation will ‘improve us’, that we’ll become a better person. “If I could only get a better house or loose some weight or …” “If it weren’t for my mind, my meditation would be excellent!” “I wanted to get in touch with you but I thought I should wait til I was more together.” Maitri, loving-kindness, toward ourselves doesn’t mean getting rid of anything. Meditation practice isn’t about trying to throw ourselves away and becoming something better. It’s about befriending who we are already. The ground of practice is you or me or whoever we are right now, just as we are. That’s what we study, that’s what we come to know with tremendous curiosity and interest.
The magic is being willing to open to that, being willing to be fully awake to that. One of the main discoveries of meditation is seeing how we continually run away from the present moment, how we avoid being here just as we are.
Gentleness is a sense of good heartedness towards ourselves. Precision is being able to see very clearly, not being afraid to see what’s really there, just as a scientist is not afraid to look into the microscope. Openness is being able to let go and to open.
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