Be the Change: How Meditation Can Transform You and the by Ed Shapiro, Deb Shapiro

By Ed Shapiro, Deb Shapiro

Subscribe to award-winning authors Ed and Deb Shapiro, and a bunch of world-renowned luminaries, on an enlightening religious journey.  religious leaders from all disciplines and walks of existence display how meditation has replaced their lives from the interior out-motivating readers to start their very own practices and create the root for a brand new, extra hopeful age within the wider world.
Includes knowledge from those impressive figures:
HH the Dalai Lama  *  Robert Thurman  *  Jon Kabat-Zinn  *  Byron Katie  *  Jane Fonda  *  Joan Borysenko  *  HH The Karmapa  *  Jack Kornfield  *  Krishna Das  * Dean Ornish  *  Ram Dass  *  Marianne Williamson  *  and more. 

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Generally we do not observe the mind itself, so this encounter with the monkey can be confusing. But actually we are beginning to rec­ ognize awareness and all the thoughts, feelings, and impulses that are constantly moving through it. If people come to meditation in order to get rid of thoughts, this encounter with the monkey-mind might be disheartening. But we do not have to get rid of the monkey-mind. Ignor­ ing this thought-factory never works, and suppressing it is impossible. But we can befriend it.

Up and down, up and down. With our new change in direction, we turn toward refuges that sup­ port our quest for freedom. We still draw on the instinct for protection. But now we choose refuges that help nurture the positive qualities that already exist within us and that bring lasting happiness. We do not get rid of our need for refuge; we transform it. We start with what we have and build from there. Buddhists of all different lineages and cultural backgrounds take refuge in the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha.

So 100 percent is just right. Every time you begin meditation, it’s helpful to start with open aware­ ness. Just rest the mind for a few minutes. Just rest. Here’s another secret: You know the real obstacle to resting medi­ tation? It’s too simple. There’s no “w ow ” experience, there’s nothing added, and there’s no work to do. It’s as close as the tip of your nose, meaning it’s too close to see. ” Assuming that we’re inherently insufficient, we use the mind’s equivalent of a flashlight to improve on the sun.

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