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Naval May 15
Meditation - The Art of Doing Nothing:
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Naval May 15
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Meditation is your birthright. It's your natural state. It requires no one, needs no thing, and has no technique. If something requires a guru, a mantra, or a teaching, it isn't universal, and it won't free you.
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Naval May 15
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We say that we want peace of mind but what we really want is peace from mind.
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Naval May 15
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“No technique of the mind will free you from the mind.”
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Naval May 15
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All chases, whether flow, drugs, beauty, thrills, orgasm, or devotion, are attempts to escape from the mind. Meditation is the direct path.
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In an age of mental gluttony, meditation is fasting for the mind. Before paying a therapist to listen to you, listen to yourself. Before clearing your inbox, clear your mind.
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Naval May 15
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Just as the sky rains when the clouds are heavy, and the body sleeps when the limbs are tired, meditation arrives when the mind is calm.
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Naval May 15
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Prepare for meditation by sitting quietly in the morning, with eyes closed and back upright, in any comfortable position that will minimize movement.
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Naval May 15
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Sixty minutes are easier than thirty, as it takes time for the mind to settle down. Sixty consecutive days are needed, just as it takes time for the body to go from unfit to fit.
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Naval May 15
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Realize that at this moment, you are the only person in the world and there is no one to instruct you, praise you, or judge you.
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Naval May 15
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Make no effort for or against anything. Whatever happens, happens. Surrender to yourself in the moment. Resist nothing and reject nothing, including the urge to resist and reject.
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Naval May 15
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Meditation is not going through thoughts but rather letting thoughts go through you. The thought “I am meditating” is also a thought.
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Naval May 15
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Meditation isn’t holy or spiritual or magical. It’s literally nothing.
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Naval May 15
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No focus, no mantra, no dharma, no chakras, no Buddhas, no gurus, no gratitude, no scripture, no temple, no music, no gadgets, no apps are required. Some may be helpful, but eventually all will have to be left behind. Start simply, because that's where this all ends.
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Naval May 15
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There are many meditation methods, but "no effort" is the universal method. Every creature at all times can choose to do nothing.
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Naval May 15
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There's no need to get up to record a thought. If the idea was good, it’ll come back. If it doesn’t come back, it wasn’t that good.
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Naval May 15
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Meditation is a single player game. There is no point in comparing to other meditators or to even your own previous meditations.
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Naval May 15
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If meditation was easy, you’d do nothing else.
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Naval May 15
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The point of meditation is not to become "a meditator" - in reality, there's no such thing. If it doesn’t bring lasting and effortless change, drop it, before it becomes another struggle and another chase.
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Naval May 15
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There is nothing to say and nothing on offer. No one is taking you anywhere, selling you anything, or making you promises. Reading or talking about meditation will do nothing for you.
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Naval May 15
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You cannot fail at meditation.
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Naval May 15
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Ignore all advice on meditation, including this thread. “Meditation is good for nothing. That's why you do it.” -
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Naval May 15
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The closer you get to the truth, the more silent you become inside.
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The ability to be content and at peace, by yourself, is freedom.
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