Violence Stress and Meditation

candle“To integrate meditation in action is the whole ground and point and purpose of meditation. The violence and stress, the challenges and distractions of modern life make this integration even more urgently necessary.”
-from ‘The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying’ by Sogyal Rinpoche

Medicine of Mindfulness

 

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“The way we start producing the medicine of mindfulness is by stopping and taking a conscious breath, giving our complete attention to our in-breath and our out-breath. When we stop and take a breath in this way,¬†we unite body and mind and come back home to ourselves. We feel our bodies more fully. We are truly alive only when the mind is with the body. The great news is that oneness of body and mind can be realized just by one in-breath.”
-from No Mud, No Lotus by Thich Nhat Hanh