Quotes and Teachings on Meditation and Spiritual Practice
“Spiritual practice is not about loving everything no matter what; it is about feeling whatever you do, truly, feel, no matter what.” (Feb 6, 2015)
“Days are not living, breathing time unless they have pauses. It is as if time is only alive because sometimes it stops and there is nothing in that gap at all, nothing to identify it, nothing to fill it, nothing to decorate or embellish it, just the emptiness and absence of no sound, no activity, no speech, no accomplishment and no mind. Silence is the deep taproot of our lives. It is the thing that makes us grow. And all the accomplishments that will come, as well as all the activity, all the speaking, all the filled time, is rich and nourishing because it is fed by the silence. We do this so infrequently, this doing nothing at all. But it is good to remember that it is not nothingness itself which is so important, it is just that we opened ourselves to it, we let it through and into us, we let it permeate us, and, so, infuse all the rest of our days. We meditate so that when we speak it is made right; and we close our eyes to sit so that when we open them we might see things properly again; and we stop doing everything we do so that when we resume our doing it has a rightness to it, it is clear and it is meaningful in a way that the silence has made so. I hope you will be nourished by this stopping, but even more, I hope the stopping itself will start to penetrate your life so that in the doing you can feel the silence, in the speaking you can feel the silence, in whatever tragedies and joys befall you, you perceive the same silence. We are lucky to be allowed to be so still. We are blessed by this, blessed by what is not here and by what is made possible. Carry on with all your doing, but please stop sometimes and feel the root of that nothingness, the source of that silence, as the source of all that is bright and purposeful in your own life.” (January 11, 2015)
“Let what is already true within you shine forth. Let the light of the truth you already have be the light you are seeking…. The quest for this truth, and your loyalty to it, is the only spiritual practice anybody really needs. And it is every spiritual practice—every method, every prayer, every prostration and every scripture—all in one. They are all the seeking for, the allowing of, and the telling the truth about, what is real….” (Feb 3, 2012)
“Be free to say goodbye, if only for an hour, to all the things you see and touch and taste and smell. Say goodbye, if only for a few moments, for the sake of something which cannot be recalled with any of your senses and cannot be known through any of your thinking. Such experience is not beyond your reach; all you need is the merest taste of it, the merest glimpse of it—a fraction of a moment in the presence of what is real. And that fraction of a moment becomes the ground which does not shake, and will not open beneath you, and cannot let you fall. The unshakeable, unspeakable reality that is inside the cave of who you believe yourself to be is your only goal, and, ultimately, you cannot help but arrive there.” (June 29, 2008)
“It doesn’t make the slightest bit of difference what practice or practices you choose, what God or gods you pray to, whether you chant or are silent or sing; it doesn’t even matter that you choose one. God doesn’t care if you change your mind every day. God doesn’t care how you pray or even that that prayer be some codified system with a lineage and legitimacy. What really matters is that you make a practice of honoring your own longing. Something comes to you when you feel drawn to a spiritual practice, some spark inside you that gets fanned for a moment and flares up, the heat of which you realize in that moment you need. That is your longing. That is aspiration. …We don’t need anything except the need we already have for God.” (Apr 29, 2012)
“The purest intention cannot purify thought without practice. It is the bones of this body, of your life, this right effort, this practice. It holds your life together, gives it shape and structure. It helps you stand and move about purposefully...." More
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