Meditation Point #46

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My life is my message.
— Mohandas K. Gandhi

Try to remember this the next time you are dealing with people, even those you don’t particularly like.

Meditation Point #45

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You see the ball, you hit the ball. They hit the ball, you catch the ball. You catch the ball, you throw the ball. That’s it.
— Kirby Puckett’s Zen of Baseball

Why is it we always make things more difficult then they have to be? Simplicity is best.

Meditation Point #44

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It is our mind, and that alone, that chains us or sets us free.
— Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

At the end of the day we don’t have much, save ourselves. Lying in the dark we are alone with our minds ourselves, it is then that we can sour in ecstasy or drown in self doubt and loathing. So live wisely and seek truth, it is a hard path fraught with pitfalls and false paths. The test is pulling yourself out when you fall and admit when you have taken a wrong turn.

Meditation Point #43

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Only in solitude do we find ourselves.
— Miguel De Unamuno

The hardest thing to do for most people is to sit quietly and do nothing. If you have never tried it, you should but you have to do it right. To truely know solitude place a hard (wooden or metal) chair in the center of a quiet room. Sit in the chair with good posture and your hands on your knees. Now clear your mind or quiet your mind may be a better way to say it. See how long you can stay like this with a quiet mind before you being to feel restless or distracted. Repeat. You have begun your journey to knowing yourself. Most people have a hard time with this exercise. If you think about it that means they have a hard time spending time by themselves! Good luck.

Meditation Point #42

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Let us try to recognize the precious nature of each day.
— The 14th Dalai Lama

This is one of my favorite quotes at the moment (no pun intended). To often we get caught up in the turmoil of life thinking of the past or the future. Most people miss the now completely because of a fixation on the past and/or future. Their apprication of the now is reserved for a sunset that catches their attention or some similar focus grabbing event. If we work at it our lives can be filled with special sunsets that keep us focused on the now, the present. Like anything in life worth attaining it takes work to train yourself to live in the moment. So train hard and perhaps you will notice the beauty of the dew on the morning grass instead of thinking about what went wrong yesterday.

Meditation Point #41

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People in the West are always getting ready to live.
— Chinese Proverb

While I understand their meaning I’m not sure I can agree with this entirely. Depending on your perspective living can be a journey of discovery focused on the outward or inward or a combination of both. To think that any people have a true understanding on what it is to live is just silly. If you are a do’er then your life is wasted if you sit continually in queit contemplation! Similarly if you are an introspective cerebral person then being constantly consumed with the pursuit of a task/results driven goal would similarly be a waste. That being said most people do waste their lives in a state of inaction regardless of their origin being in the West or East.

Meditation Point #40

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It is also helpful to realize that this very body that we have, that’s sitting right here right now…with its aches and its pleasures…is exactly what we need to be fully human, fully awake, fully alive.
— Pema Chodron

I think this one needs to sink in for a while…

Meditation Point #39

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Learning to live is learning to let go.
— Sogyal Rinpoche

This is true on many levels. There’s the old famous high school quote…’if you love something let it go’. But I don’t think that is what this quote is about. I think this is expressing the need to just relax, let go, and let life happen. To often we try to control life which typically just leads to more frustration. So relax and go with the flow…don’t worry be happy…and have a happy Monday!

Meditation Point #38

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That which man acquires by contemplation he should spend in love.
Meister Eckhart (1260 – 1328 )

Meditation Point #37

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Conquer thyself, till thou has done this, thou art but a slave; for it is almost as well to be subjected to another’s appetite as to thine own.
Sir Richard Francis Burton

This expresses perhaps one of the foremost tenents of the Martial Arts, control of yourself. The movements of the Martial Arts require us to conquer our physical self thus allowing us to maintain perfect form. The teachings of the Martial Arts require us to conquer our emotions so that we control our environments effect upon us. The spirit of the Martial Arts requires us to conquer our ego so we gain the clarity necessary to be humble. While many physical arts exhibit shades of these requirements to my knowledge only the Martial Arts requires all. That isn’t to say the all Martial Artists strive for these tenets, especially the last!