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Sometimes I wonder why I read as much as I do, or listen to audiobooks or whatever... when true knowledge is something you only experience yourself, independently of any teaching. But then I read a commentary on the Anapanasati* Sutta. Someone else here may have issues/confusion re: meditation so this paragraph might help:

 

"Buddha taught us three kinds of actions while meditating or during our daily activities. They are, “Love Where We Are At, Love What We Are Doing in the Present Moment, and Love Who We Are With” . These simple explanations allow one to be completely accepting of the present moment. “To Love where We Are At” means to accept the fact that when one is sifting in meditation, things are not always like they want them to he. “To Love What We Are Doing” means to open up the mind and allow whatever arises in the present moment, to present itself without our getting attached to it. A good acronym for this is “DROPS” which means “Don’t Resist Or Push. Soften”. Whatever arises, one does not resist or push. Just soften into it, open the mind and accept it. In other words to “Love What We Are Doing” . “To Love Who We Are With” , means to love oneself enough so that they see and let go of all kinds of attachments which causes pain to arise in their body and mind. The recognition that one causes their own suffering is a major realization. When one truly loves themselves, they will see the pain and sorrow and lovingly let it go. This is done by letting go of the thinking about. Thus, they let go of the attachment and the ego identification with it.

He trains thus: ’I shall breathe in experiencing the whole body [of breath]’; he trains thus ’I shall breathe out experiencing the whole body [of breath]’;
He trains thus: ’I shall breath in tranquilizing the bodily formation’; he trains thus: ’I shall breath out tranquil- izing the bodily formation’. It instructs one to notice the tightness which arises in the head with every arising of a consciousness, and let that tightness go, while on the in-breath and out-breath.
One need not try to force the mind to stay on the object of meditation through strong concentration’ which causes tension and pain in the head. One begins to realize the true nature of all phenomenon as being impermanent (anicca), unsatisfactory (dukkha), and not-self (anatta)."
Lovely.

 

*awareness of breath

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Comment by Lindu Pindu on January 27, 2011 at 5:11am

Hey Tania, you're most welcome.

The words instantly resonated with me, and I love their power, yet I find it takes a while until you actually incorporate the actions in your day-to-day life, as we are always inclined to react out of our ego. But with time, they reach your super-consciosuness and your instinct is then one with kind and loving acts.

Comment by Tania Diaz on January 26, 2011 at 8:10pm
Love this! I wrote these words down to remember :) Thank you for posting this

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