Meditation practice is a powerful way of getting deeply in touch with your life at its most essential level. As you become more in touch with your life, you naturally become more attentive, awake, and attuned to your thoughts, emotions, and inner currents. Meditation practice is a spiritual process that unfolds with your life. It requires no doctrine or belief system, and it can be adapted to many purposes and systems of thought. In its broadest sense, meditation practice is an approach to life that promotes self-awareness, self-kindness, and self-forgiveness and brings us the clarity to see what we need to do in our lives and the forbearance to stay the course. Meditation practice fosters the calmness and balance that enable us to be honest with our emotions and needs without being limited and trapped by them. Meditation practice makes it more possible for us to act out of our deepest, calmest, most accurate selves.
In short, meditation practice helps us to firmly set the cornerstone of the most important relationship of our lives: our relationship with our self. As this relationship develops, our meditation opens up to include others; and as our relationships soften and deepen, loving kindness and openness become more natural to us. Meditation practice nourishes our maturity.
Norman Fischer, Taking Our Places: The Buddhist Path to Truly Growing Up
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