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Submitted by KimberlyBrown on Mon, 7/11/2011, 7:59am
1. Choose one meditation practice and stick with it. If you want to progress in meditation stay with one technique.
2. Meditate every day. Practice now. Don't think you will do more later.
3. Any situation is workable. Each of us has enormous power. It can be used to help ourselves and help others.
4. Practice patience. Patience is one of the most important virtues for developing mindfulness and concentration.
5. Free your mind. Your mind is all stories.
6. Cool the fire of emotions. Anger is a fire.
7. Have fun along the way. I am quite happy. If you come to meditate you will also be happy.
8. Simplify. Live simply. A very simple life is good for every thing. Too much luxury is a hindrance to practice.
9. Cultivate the spirit of blessing. If you bless those around you this will inspire you to be attentive in every moment.
10. It's a circular journey. Meditation integrates the whole person.
Dipa Ma was a great lay mediation master and teacher of many western Buddhists such as Jack Kornfield and Sharon Salzberg. She didn't begin meditating until she was more than 40 years old, to help her with the grief she experienced after the death of her husband and two of her children. Dipa Ma inspired many, especially as she didn't separate "meditation" and "life"; to her all of her experience was meditation. She said, “The whole path of mindfulness is this: whatever you are doing, be aware of it.” Sharon Salzberg described Dipa Ma as follows:
When she was visiting the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Mass. in the late 1970's and early 1980's, I would watch her as she played games with her young grandson, both of them laughing with pleasure, then she would get up and give somebody meditation instruction, then do her laundry by hand and hang it outside on the line, then do some walking meditation, then go back in the house and sit for a while. Her grandson would be running around the room, and her daughter would be cooking and watching television, and she would meditate in the midst of all that activity. Someone would arrive and sit down in front of her; she would open her eyes and bless them, caress and hug them, and then go back to meditating. It was all quite seamless.
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