“Meditation practice isn't about trying to throw ourselves away and become something better, it's about befriending who we are.” Ani Pema Chodron
“Meditate, Visualize and Create your own reality and the universe will simply reflect back to you.” - Amit Ray
“When meditation is mastered, the mind is unwavering like the flame of a lamp in a windless place.” - Bhagavad Gita
“Meditation is the tongue of the soul and the language of our spirit.” - Jeremy Taylor
"You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes a day, unless you are too busy. Then you should sit for an hour." - Zen Proverb
“Meditation is like the corrective lenses of glasses that allow us to clearly see the womb of the soul.” David Scott
"You’d never invite a thief into your house. So why would you allow thoughts that steal your joy to make themselves at home in your mind?" – Prince EA
“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh
“Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.” ~Etty Hillesum
When meditating our thoughts loose power over our mind, as just like a thieves entering an empty house, they have nothing to steal but emptiness and just leave.
“Meditation is the tongue of the soul and the language of our universe.” David Scott
“Touch your inner space, which is nothingness, as silent and empty as the sky; it is your inner sky. Once you settle down in your inner sky, you have come home, and a great maturity arises in your actions, in your behavior. Then whatever you do has grace in it. Then whatever you do is a poetry in itself. You live poetry; your walking becomes dancing, your silence becomes music.” ~Osho
“Meditation will not carry you to another world, but it will reveal the most profound and awesome dimensions of the world in which you already live. Calmly contemplating these dimensions and bringing them into the service of compassion and kindness is the right way to make rapid gains in meditation as well as in life.” ~Zen Master Hsing Yun
“Meditation should not be regarded as a learning process. It should be regarded as an experiencing process.”
“Mindfulness helps us get better at seeing the difference between what’s happening and the stories we tell ourselves about what’s happening, stories that get in the way of direct experience. Often such stories treat a fleeting state of mind as if it were our entire and permanent self.” ~Sharon Salzberg
“Meditation is like giving a hug to ourselves, getting in touch with that awesome reality in us. While meditating we feel a deep sense of intimacy with God, a love that is inexplicable.” ~Paramahansa Yogananda
“Keep your heart clear and transparent, and you will never be bound. A single disturbed thought creates ten thousand distractions.” - Ryokan Taigu
“Quiet the mind, and the soul will speak.” Ma Jaya
“To a mind that is still. The whole universe surrenders.”
“Go within every day and find the inner strength so that the world will not blow your candle out.” Katherine Dunham
“Only in my deep meditation do I come to know who I truly am.” Sri Chinmoy
“The body benefits from movement, and the mind benefits from stillness.” Sakyong Mipham
“In the same way that rain breaks into a house with a bad roof, desire breaks into the mind that has not been practicing meditation.” Buddha
“Within you is a stillness and a sanctuary that you can retreat to any time and be yourself.”
“Like silence after noise, or cool, clear water on a hot, stuffy day, Emptiness cleans out the messy mind and charges up the batteries of spiritual energy. Many people are afraid of Emptiness, however, because it reminds them of Loneliness.”- Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh
Three Stages of Enlightenment
1. The first stage enlightenment: A Glimpse of the Whole
The first stage of enlightenment is short glimpse from faraway of the whole. It is a short glimpse of being.
The first stage of enlightenment is when, for the first time, for a single moment the mind is not functioning. The ordinary ego is still present at the first stage of enlightenment, but you experience for a short while that there is something beyond the ego.
2. The second stage of enlightenment: Silence, Relaxation, Togetherness, Inner Being
The second stage of enlightenment is a new order, a harmony, from within, which comes from the inner being. It is the quality of freedom.
The inner chaos has disappeared and a new silence, relaxation and togetherness has arisen.
3. The third stage of enlightenment: Ocean, Wholeness, No-self, Pure being
At the third stage of enlightenment, at the third step of Satori, our individual river flowing silently, suddenly reaches to the Ocean and becomes one with the Ocean. At the third Satori, the ego is lost, and there is Atma, pure being. You are, but without any boundaries. The river has become the Ocean, the Whole.