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“The you that goes in one side of the meditation experience is not the same you that comes out the other side.” ~Bhante Henepola Gunaratana

A Reflection on Meditation

"There is no need for you to leave the house. Stay at your table and listen. Don’t even listen, just wait. Don’t even wait, be completely quiet and alone. The world will offer itself to you to be unmasked; it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet."

–Kafka

"All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone."

–Blaise Pascal

"The Absolute works with nothing. The workshop, the materials are what does not exist. Try and be a sheet of paper with nothing on it. Be a spot of ground where nothing is growing, where something might be planted, a seed, possibly, from the Absolute."

–Rumi

"The body is a device to calculate the astronomy of the spirit. Look through that astrolabe and become oceanic."

–Rumi

Why do we meditate?

The Benefits of Meditation

One simple exercise that takes only minutes a day, can be done nearly anywhere, and is simple and relaxing can:

  • relieve anxiety and depression
  • boost your immune system
  • lower blood pressure
  • sharpen your mind

Not to mention:

  • help you tap into an endless source of creative energy
  • deepen your connection to the divine
  • fill you with gratitude and compassion
  • reveal to you your place in the universe and your connection to all beings

Links to deepen your practice

Getting in the Gap

Getting in the Gap book cover

The practice of meditation takes us on a fabulous journey into the gap between our thoughts, where all the advantages of a more peaceful, stress-free, healthy, and fatigue-free life are available, but which are simply side benefits. The paramount reason for daily meditation is to get into the gap between our thoughts, and make conscious contact with the creative energy of life itself. Dr. Wayne W. Dyer explains the soul-nourishing meditation technique for making conscious contact with God, which the ancient masters have told us about.

Seeking the Heart of Wisdom

Seeking the Heart of Wisdom Book Cover

In Seeking the Heart of Wisdom Goldstein and Kornfield present the central teachings and practices of insight meditation in a clear and personal language. The path of insight meditation is a journey of understanding our bodies, our minds, and our lives, of seeing clearly the true nature of experience. The authors guide the reader in developing the openness and compassion that are at the heart of this spiritual practice. For those already treading the path, as well as those just starting out, this book will be a welcome companion along the way.

The Joy of Living

The Joy of Living Book Cover

In The Joy of Living, world-renowned Buddhist teacher Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche—the “happiest man in the world”—invites us to join him in unlocking the secrets to finding joy and contentment in the everyday. Using the basic meditation practices he provides, we can discover paths through our problems, transforming obstacles into opportunities to recognize the unlimited potential of our own minds.

No Self, No Problem: Awakening to Our True Nature

No Self No Problem

This book, based on recent talks given in California, reflects Anam Thubten Rinpoche's understanding of and insight into the universal challenges of being human. Deeply trained in the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, the author distills his knowledge into simple, clear words of wisdom. He avoids jargon, addressing Western thinkers who may not have any knowledge of Buddhism. His instructions cut through confusion and fixed beliefs, getting straight to the heart of our experience. With humor and ruthless honesty, he generously shares his spiritual insights.

Spirit Rock Meditation Center

Spirit Rock Meditation Center is dedicated to the teachings of the Buddha as presented in the vipassana tradition. The practice of mindful awareness, called Insight Meditation, is at the heart of all the activities at Spirit Rock. We provide silent meditation retreats, as well as classes, trainings, and Dharma study opportunities for new and experienced students from diverse backgrounds with a willingness to develop their own practice.

Vipassana Meditation Center

The Shelburne center, founded in 1982, was the first center in North America. The original facility was merely a roomy, comfortable two-story house and barn on eight acres of meadowland. In 1989, a group of meditators donated an adjoining seventy acres of land. Today the center consists of 108 acres and many new buildings have been added, including a bathhouse, two dining rooms, meditation hall for 200, a 140 cell pagoda, separate residences for men and women and a center manager's house.

Meditation 101: A Beginner's Guide Animation

Simplysitting is not affiliated in any way with the aforementioned authors or groups but finds their particular contributions to the field valuable and enlightening.