Saturday, August 07, 2010

The value of a quiet mind

Only in quiet waters things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world.

-- HANS MARGOLIUS, quoted in A Toolbox for Humanity

And how do we quiet the mind?

Well, first by recognizing what the typical noise in the mind is all about: judgment, grasping, attachment to outcome.

And the only way I know to help ourselves is through meditation - the real thing. (Not just zoning out but giving reality the kind of relaxed attention that brings us to alertness and further awareness.)

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