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“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” ~ Socrates

It’s no secret that mediation has been used the world over to garner physical relaxation, guide spirituality, and above all else, improve our mind-body wellness. Not making a resolution, but making a promise to myself. A promise to get back into the routine of meditating, before moving, it was a daily ritual, but life sometimes get in the way. It pacifies us into submission and we tend to underestimate the power of procrastination.

Though it is an ancient practice, many of today’s health care professionals recommend meditation as a treatment option for chronic pain, stress, anxiety, insomnia, depression, as well as symptoms of major chronic illness like heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. As a gift to myself this new year I will find a quiet location, that’s comfortable, and focus my attention and attitude toward positivity and wellness.

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9 People who agree on the power of meditation

1. “If a person’s basic state of mind is serene and calm, then it is possible for this inner peace to overwhelm a painful physical experience.” ~ The Dalai Lama

2. “Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in eternal awareness or pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity.” ~Voltaire

3. “In meditation, I can let go of everything. I’m not Hugh Jackman. I’m not a dad. I’m not a husband. I’m just dipping into that powerful source that creates everything. I take a little bath in it.” ~Hugh Jackman

4. “Whenever anyone has offended me, I try to raise my soul so high that the offense cannot reach it.” ~Rene Descartes

5. “We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship.” ~ C.S. Lewis

6. “Meditation brings wisdom; lack of meditation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom.” ~ Buddha

7. “Happiness, whether consisting in pleasure or virtue, or both, is more often found with those who are highly cultivated in their minds and in their character, and have only a moderate share of external goods, than among those who possess external goods to a useless extent but are deficient in higher qualities.” ~ Aristotle

8. “Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup, you put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle, you put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” ~ Bruce Lee

9.“In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty, poverty, nor weakness, weakness.” ~Henry David Tho

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©Etta D. Richards

 

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