Meditation is a practice through which the individual aims to reach a quiet state of mind or consciousness (awareness).
- Thy thoughts to nobler meditations give,
And study how to die, not how to live.
- George Granville, 1st Baron Lansdowne, Meditations on Death, Stanza 1; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 504.
- Meditation ... puts into question more or less everything you tend to do in your search for happiness. But if you lose sight of this, it can become just another strategy for seeking happiness—a more refined version of the problem you already have.
- Perhaps the most important thing one can discover through the practice of meditation is that the "self"—the conventional sense of being a subject, a thinker, an experiencer living inside one's head—is an illusion.
- Happy the heart that keeps its twilight hour,
And, in the depths of heavenly peace reclined,
Loves to commune with thoughts of tender power,—
Thoughts that ascend, like angels beautiful,
A shining Jacob's-ladder of the mind!
- Paul H. Hayne, Sonnet IX; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 504.
- This peculiar type of mental state is sometimes called a "Mystical Experience" or "Rapture," "Ecstasy," or "Bliss." Some who undergo it call it "wonderful," but a better word would be "wonderless," because I suspect that such a state of mind may result from turning so many [inner] Critics off that one cannot find any flaws in it. ...such experiences can be dangerous—for some victims find them so compelling that they devote the rest of their lives to trying to get themselves back to that state again.
- Marvin Minsky, The Emotion Machine (2006)
- Man holds an inward talk with his self alone, which it behooves him to regulate well.
- Blaise Pascal, Pensées (1958), § 535
- As you can experience days or hours within its framework in the dream state and not age for the comparable amount of physical time, so as you develop, you will be able to rest and be refreshed within psychological time even when you are awake. this will aid your mental and physical state to an amazing degree. You will discover and added vitality and a decreased need to sleep. Within any given five minutes of clock time, for example you may find an hour of resting which is independent of clock time.
- Jane Roberts, in Seth, Dreams & Projections of Consciousness, p. 152
- Mind without agitation is meditation. Mind in the present moment is meditation. Mind that has no hesitation, no anticipation is meditation. Mind that has come back home, to the source, is meditation. Mind that becomes no mind is meditation.
- Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, "What is Meditation?"
- If we spent half an hour every day in silent immobility, I am convinced that we should conduct all our affairs, personal, national, and international, far more sanely than we do at present.
- Bertrand Russell, "The decay of meditation" (1931).
- In maiden meditation, fancy-free.
- Divinely bent to meditation;
And in no worldly suits would he be mov'd,
To draw him from his holy exercise.
- Create a gap of no-mind in which you are highly alert and aware but not thinking. This is the essence of meditation.
- Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now
- Mindfulness, though so highly praised and capable of such great achievements, is not at all a “mystical” state, beyond the ken and reach of the average person. It is, on the contrary, something quite simple and common, and very familiar to us.
- Nyanaponika Thera, The Heart of Buddhist Meditation (1965), p. 24
- Attention or mindfulness is kept to a bare registering of the facts observed, without reacting to them by deed, speech or by mental comment which may be one of self-reference (like, dislike, etc.), judgment or reflection. If during the time, short or long, given to the practice of Bare Attention, any such comments arise in one’s mind, they themselves are made objects of Bare Attention, and are neither repudiated nor pursued, but are dismissed, after a brief mental note has been made of them.
- Nyanaponika Thera, The Heart of Buddhist Meditation (1965), p. 30
Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895)
Quotes reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895).
- Meditation is the soul's perspective glass, whereby, in her long remove, she discerneth God, as if He were nearer at hand.
- Owen Feltham, p. 406.
- Profound meditation in solitude and silence frequently exalts the mind above its natural tone, fires the imagination, and produces the most refined and sublime conceptions. The soul then tastes the purest and most refined delight, and almost loses the idea of existence in the intellectual pleasure it receives. The mind on every motion darts through space into eternity; and raised, in its free enjoyment of its powers by its own enthusiasm, strengthens itself in the habitude of contemplating the noblest subjects, and of adopting the most heroic pursuits.
- John G. Zimmerman, p. 406.
- It is not he that reads most, but he that meditates most on Divine truth, that will prove the choicest, wisest, strongest Christian.
- Bishop Joseph Hall, p. 406.
- For with all our pretension to enlightenment, are we not now a talking, desultory, rather than a meditative generation?
- John Campbell Shairp, p. 406.
- It is an excellent sign, that after the cares and labors of the day, you can return to your pious exercises and meditations with undiminished attention.
- Hannah More, p. 406.
- Night by night I will lie down and sleep in the thought of God, and in the thought, too, that my waking may be in the bosom of the Father; and some time it will be, so I trust.
- William Mountford, p. 406.
- Avoid all refined speculations; confine yourself to simple reflections, and recur to them frequently. Those who pass too rapidly from one truth to another feed their curiosity and restlessness; they even distract their intellect with too great a multiplicity of views. Give every truth time to send down deep root into the heart.
- François Fénelon, p. 407.
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