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Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Don't Strain, Don't Force Anything

Don't strain. Don't force anything or make grand, exaggerated efforts. Meditation is not aggressive. There is no place or need for violent striving. Just let your effort be relaxed and steady.

-Bhante Henepola Gunaratana, "Mindfulness in Plain English"

Copyright Wisdom Publications 2001. Reprinted from "Daily Wisdom: 365 Buddhist Inspirations," edited by Josh Bartok, with permission of Wisdom Publications, 199 Elm St., Somerville MA 02144 U.S.A,

James's Comment: This is a great reminder for me when I try to force things rather then just going with the current.

-Peace to all beings-

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Trev Diesel said...

Thanks, James. This is what I needed tonight.

Ease and lightness.

Ease and lightness.

Belly said...

James, always an important reminder! For myself as I recover from a rather debilitating illness I find I get impatient and puch beyond what I can handle and cause more harm...this is an excellent reminder to me.

Thank you, a joy as always!

Belly said...

err...*push* beyond what I can do...

"James" said...


It was just what I needed too. I'm glad that it touched you.


Pushing does cause more harm and I do it all the time too. I hope that your illness heals with ease.

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