No valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now. - Alan Watts
Meditation is not about outcome. It is not about obtaining something. It is about the process. When people focus on the outcome, that is when they get stressed out when meditating. When you are focused on results and outcome, that is not Buddhist at all.
Meditation is not about reaching something. We meditate not to attain anything; we meditate to let go of things. These days I say that we meditate to lose things. So great meditators are great losers. When people look at me and say, “You had a great degree from a good university and now look at you, you are a loser,” I say, “Thank you, what a great compliment.” Being a loser is my goal in life and the biggest loser was the Buddha. He had nothing left, but emptiness and freedom. That is a loser. So instead of working hard trying to meet expectations, be a loser and get lost! - Ajahn Brahm
Daily meditation unfolds inner peace, love and bliss, and a great happening happens. That happening is the balance between body, mind and consciousness. Meditation brings perfect health. - Vasant Lad
Ron Echols is a "stringing driver," hauling pipe for fracking operations in West Virginia. He carries it all — 40, 60 and 80-foot pipe — while living out of a motel room in the mountains away from his Ohio home. The job can be stressful at times, even dangerous, but he has help to cope with day-to-day pressures: meditation.
"It sort of resets me," says Echols, who has been driving for 21 years, some of it over the road. "I find breathing meditation to be the simplest and most effective. I think there are benefits physically to it as well. If you concentrate on your breathing, you can't focus on anything else."
Echols doesn't know any other drivers who mediate, and he suggests that the majority of truckers think meditation is "wacky, kooky stuff." He adds that for the many drivers, meditation comes across as weakness or worse, for some, as an anti-Christian or Eastern-based religion in opposition to their own religious beliefs.
"Mediation is just sitting still. If you tell people to sit still for a few minutes and just breathe, that's something that your mother or your grandmother said to do; sit still and breathe. That's mediation, but they didn't call it meditation. If we can explain to drivers, 'Look, we just want you to sit for a few minutes and breathe; clear your mind,' that's what the old folks used to say. That's what I like to do: clear my mind, turn everything off for a few minutes."
Our mind should be free from traces of the past, just like the flowers of spring. -Shunryu Suzuki
The Animal Rights National Conference, recently met bringing together such various groups as Farm Animal Rights Movement, Mercy for Animals, The Save Movement, Compassion Over Killing and The Humane League, Speakers made a sharp distinction between animal rights and animal liberation.
"Animal rights is different from animal welfare. It's not about better cages; it's about empty cages," said Anita Krajnc of The Save Movement, a group who conducts "vigils" at slaughterhouses across the country. Speakers agreed that any form of meat production is inherently inhumane, making statements such as "There is no such thing as humane slaughter" (Michael Budkie, Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!), "You cannot humanely kill something that doesn't want to die" (Justin Van Kleek, Triangle Chicken Advocates), "I do believe that all farming and slaughterhouses are cruel" (Jaya Bhumitra, Animal Equality) and "All farms are factory farms, no matter the size" (Hope Bonahec, United Poultry Concerns).
With permission from the monastery Abbott, a monk borrowed an old boat and rowed out into the middle of a lake for his afternoon meditation session. It was a truly peaceful place to meditate as the boat gently floated.
After more than an hour of undisturbed silence, he felt the bump of another boat bang against his. With eyes still closed, he could feel anger swelling within himself at the careless boatman who didn’t prevent the lake collision.
Upon opening his eyes, all he saw was an empty boat which he realized had obviously become untied from the dock and merely drifted out into the lake bumping up against his. Immediately, the monk experience a flash of enlightenment, one which would serve him well for the rest of his life. “The anger is within me,” he thought to himself. “All anger needs is a bump from the outside to be triggered and provoked out of me.”
From that moment on, whenever another person irritated him and he could feel even the slightest anger rising, he gently reminded himself: “The other person is an empty, floating boat. The anger is within me.”
In brief, without being mindful of death, whatever Dharma practices you take up will be merely superficial. - Milarepa
Life is impermanent, but that does not mean that it is not worth living. It is precisely because of its impermanence that we value life so dearly. Therefore we must know how to live each moment deeply and use it in a responsible way. - Thich Nhat Hanh
In the Dhammapada, another great teaching of the Buddha, it is said that people would never fight or argue if they fully realized they were going to die. - Larry Rosenberg