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Re: Having trouble meditating- Buddhist guilt llrrrpp

Posted by Jakeman on July 5, 2006, at 21:15:23

In reply to Having trouble meditating- Buddhist guilt, posted by llrrrpp on June 23, 2006, at 20:01:00

I've been trying to reconnect to a meditation practice. I find that just 5 or 10 minutes a day sometimes has an effect on the hurricane in my mind. I've revisted Pema Chodron's book "Start where you are". Sometime I read a few paragraphs and just sit for a few minutes. I read this a few nights ago:

"Being able to lighten up is the key to feeling at home with your body, mind, and emotions, to feeling worthy to live on this planet. For example, you can hear the slogan 'Always maintain only a joyful mind' and start beating yourself over the head for never being joyful. That kind of witness is a bit heavy."

It's not always easy for me to lighten up though.

warm regards, Jake

> I feel like a bad Buddhist lately. I haven't been taking life, but I've been having many angry thoughts. I cannot get my mind under control using Vipassana Meditation.




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