Re: [Meditation Society of America] The Heart of Meditation
Thank you. I found this very helpful and close to my heart : ) especially today that I have been feeling "down." Debating between what is and "should be" .. right now my heart is full of gratitude.Patricia
--- On Fri, 7/13/12, medit8ionsociety <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
From: medit8ionsociety <email@example.com>
Subject: [Meditation Society of America] The Heart of Meditation
Date: Friday, July 13, 2012, 4:41 PM
"In Pali, heart and mind are one word (citta),
but in English we have to differentiate between
the two to make the meaning clear.
When we attend to the mind, we are concerned with
the thinking process and the intellectual understanding
that derives from knowledge, and with our ability
to retain knowledge and make use of it.
When we speak of "heart" we think of feelings and emotions,
our ability to respond with our fundamental being.
Although we may believe that we are leading our lives
according to our thinking process, that is not the case.
If we examine this more closely, we will find that we
are leading our lives according to our feelings and that
our thinking is dependent upon our feelings. The emotional
aspect of ourselves is of such great importance that
its purification is the basis for a harmonious and peaceful
life, and also for good meditation."
Ayya Khema (August 25, 1923 - November 2, 1997)
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- "Have you ever sat very quietly with closed eyes
and watched the movement of your own thinking?
Have you watched your mind working? Or rather, has
your mind watched itself in operation, just to see
what your thoughts are, what your feelings are,
how you look at the trees, at the flowers, at the
birds, at people, how you respond to a suggestion
or react to a new idea? Have you ever done this?"