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10 Things You Should Know About Meditation

You can't do it wrong!

10. Paradoxically, meditation is the most difficult and most simple activity you will ever partake in.

9. There are infinite “anchors” (phenomena on which to focus your attention) and you need to find one or several that work for you.

8. The anchors — e.g., your breath, sensations, sounds, thoughts, steps, mantras, etc. — may change every day, once in a while, often, never.

7. Expecting specific results from your meditation practice is a surefire way to set yourself up for failure and disappointment.

6. Everyone thinks that meditation is easier for other people than it is for him or her.

5. Your practice will be and feel different every day.

4. You can’t do it wrong.

3. Lawrence LeShan said about meditation, “It’s like coming home,” meaning that it is your birthright, your natural state, your true self — so it may help you to think about meditation as an uncovering or a revealing.

2. Reading books about meditation is only useful to a point but you have to be in it to win it.

1. If you want to learn about the dharma and how mediation works then I have found it to be most beneficial to study and practice with monks or former monks.

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