"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
by Tony Schwartz
On Mysticism & Meditation
by Lawrence LeShan
Guide to Meditation *
The Practice of Seated Meditation *
Meditation Techniques *
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Nhat Hanh, Thich. The Miracle of Mindfulness: A Manual on Meditation. Boston: Beacon Press, 1992.
Steinbrecher, Edwin C. The Inner Guide Meditation. York Beach: Samuel Weiser Inc., 1988.
Our normal waking consciousness, rational consciousness, as we call it, is but one special type of consciousness, whilst all about it, parted from it by the filmiest of screens, there lie potential forms of consciousness entirely different.
-- William James
When we begin to attend to what goes on within, we are inevitably led back to the mind as an object of study. ...it is a basic principle of psychotherapy, medical psychology, and spiritual practice that, when consciousness becomes conscious of itself, it becomes something else. In this movement is the beginning of all transformation and all healing.
-- Eugene Taylor in A Psychology of Spiritual Healing (1997, p. 62)
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 (as quoted in Jack Kornfield, A Path with Heart, 1993)
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