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I came upon this blog post by a zen teacher, Brad Warner. While i know there are a multitude of meditation techniques or schools that people on the site follow, I think the theme of this post could be helpful with many of them. It speaks to me as I am hard on myself, particularly surrounding meditation. It can be difficult to even sit down and do it and then to feel like I'm doing it wrong.....this is certainly a stance that I often take. Here is the pertinent passage:

When the mind is hardened with certainties, it doesn’t know what to do when inevitably confronted with things that don’t fit into the shapes it has hardened into.

I know the Zen way can be frustrating. Believe me, I know! I’ve spent years being frustrated by it. Just like those poor people Sam Harris pities for being uncertain if they’re meditating correctly.

Then I realized I had been meditating correctly all along.

I fell backwards into uncertainty.

I’ll just leave you with this.

“Sometimes when you no longer see yourself as the hero of your own drama, expecting victory after victory and you understand deeply that this is not paradise. Somehow, especially the privileged ones that we are, we somehow embrace the notion that this veil of tears, that it’s perfectible, that you can get it all straight. I found that things became a lot easier when I no longer expected to win. I tried to put this into that song called A Thousand Kisses Deep. When you understand that, you abandon your masterpiece and you sink into the real masterpiece.” – Leonard Cohen

Find the full post here: http://hardcorezen.info/the-right-way-to-meditate/3082
Thank you. I love this.....just what I needed xxx Jodie
Absolutely brill thank you x adela
Thank you for this lovely post.

I recently read in a different and altogether more trivial context some words that spoke volumes to me, from the mouth of babes:

It is hard to unlearn the messages that we have heard repeated since we were children.

Once you grasp that and accept it, it is rather easy.
And it applies to everything, and incorporates the messages that we have repeated to ourselves: quitting smoking with Mindfulness and deep deep exultant yet calm pleasure, doing the same thing with whatever else you desire: meat, dairy, the things you love or think you love. Your habit of being hard on yourself.
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