Life consists in what a man is thinking of all day
A compulsive desire is like any other thought over which we have no control. It flows continuously: “I want that; I want that; I want that.” There seems to be no space between the thoughts. But when your meditation begins to deepen, two things happen. First, the thought process slows down. Second, you develop a new attitude toward desires – you begin to realize that you needn’t give in to the desire. You have a choice.
Now, when a very strong desire starts to overtake you, and your mind is just one long string of “I want that,” you catch sight of a tiny opening between the demands. It may be only a split second in duration at first, but in time it grows long enough for another thought, another kind of thought, to make itself known. “Hmmm,” we think, “maybe part of me does want that – but do I? Is it really in my long-term best interest to gratify this desire?”
- Eknath Easwaran
Meditation is the process by which we go about deepening our attention and awareness, refining them, and putting them to greater practical use in our lives.
Meditation is about being yourself and knowing something about who that is. It helps us see that our life has direction; that it is always unfolding, moment by moment; and that what happens now, in this moment, influences what happens next.
Meditation helps you chart a course for yourself that is truer to your inner being.
- Jon Kabat-Zinn
Do Not Delay the Practice of Meditation
The affairs of the world will go on forever. Do not delay the practice of meditation.
There will Always be stuff to do, it never ends. We become weak and lose vitality as we grow older, so don’t wait till later to venture on the spiritual path.
Each one of us has to undertake his own journey and we do it in our own unique way. But those who put all heart into prayer and meditation progress faster towards the goal.
Pray, meditate Now. Spend a few minutes, praying here and now, as you sit at your computer.