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Seclusion and Meditation

For beginners, finding a place to meditate without distraction is key.

By Lama Dudjom DorjeeOct 19, 2018

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Secluded meditation guides him who meditates.

In order to maximize the benefits of meditation, one must minimize external distractions by practicing in a secluded place. Once a practitioner advances and has achieved a higher level of meditation, there is no need to practice in a secluded place because the power of external distractions has dissipated. However, until one achieves that level of practice, seclusion is a good support for beginning meditators.

Related: The Buddha’s Original Teachings on Mindfulness 

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A Reconciliation Meditation

Anxiety often involves feelings of separation and isolation, making it nearly impossible to be at ease and feel safe within your own flesh and being.

Reconciliation is the path to making peace with yourself and the world. Truly, to live and to die with a heart free of resentment, grudges, and ill will would be a crowning accomplishment in life. By practicing reconciliation meditation, you open the door to this possibility. 

This is a three-faceted practice. The first aspect is to direct reconciliation toward yourself, making peace with all of the ways in which you’ve felt deficient or inadequate. These feelings often accompany anxiety, with the sense of If only I weren’t so anxious. This can make it especially difficult to be at home and at peace with yourself. Reconciliation practice can build a bridge to truly experiencing that you’re enough just as you are. The second aspect is reconciliation toward those you’ve hurt. The third is reconciliation toward those who have hurt you. To be clear, this is a meditation practice, and all of the work of reconciliation is done within yourself. While the practice may eventually lead to outreach to others to make amends for ways in which you’ve hurt them, that’s a separate choice and not part of this practice. And, of course, although you always have the power to forgive those who have hurt you, you have no control over whether others will seek reconciliation with you. However, you can work within yourself, using this threefold practice, to open a hardened and anxious heart, affording yourself some of the deepest healing and freedom possible.

By choosing to tune in to how you perceive yourself and your interpersonal interactions, you’re breaking free from fixed ideas of who you are and what you can be.

By choosing to tune in to how you perceive yourself and your interpersonal interactions, you’re breaking free from fixed ideas of who you are and what you can be.                                           

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The Spiritual Poems of Rumi

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Every Moment

every momenta voiceout of this worldcalls on our soulto wake up and rise

this soul of oursis like a flamewith more smoke than lightblackening our visionletting no light through

lessen the smoke andmore light brightens your housethe house you dwell in nowand the abodeyou'll eventually move to

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The Love Poems of Rumi

A calling to reflect the Divine.Original link
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This Amazing Elephant Ecosystem FAQ absolutely destroyed your Confusion—what you read next will Blow your Mind!

Ecosystem: the FAQ for Readers & Writers.

The Ecosystem is coming, the Ecosystem is coming!

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But even as a big blog, reaching 23 million monthly unique readers at our peak, our ability to reach you has largely remained subject to the whims of Mr. Mark Zuckerberg. Over the last 5 years, Facebook has in many ways strangled the organic reach of all online media—you know, your ability to see a post you want to read, not just what ad agencies have paid for you to see.

So we’re changing from a big blog…into a teensy platform. For the first time, we’ll be truly independent in our ability to reach you—and to prioritize mission-driven articles over what will get through the Facebook algorithm (This Amazing FAQ absolutely destroyed your Confusion—what you read next will Blow your Mind!).

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