buddhism - the art of attention by Ven. Pannyavaro

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This electronic Buddhist Information Network on the Internet’s World Wide Web is now one of the largest and most popular Buddhist website in the world with over 50, 000 strikes per day.

It is important to maintain the daily meditation sits at home as a way of sustaining and stabilizing your practice. With a busy life it is easy to convince yourself that you really haven’t the time to maintain regular sitting or when you are feeling tired that you should just drop it. Naturally, when you get stressed or overtired there is resistance to facing the stress by meditating. But it is usually only an initial resistance you have to face before you go through it. Also, do not evaluate your practice, thinking if the meditation isn’t of sufficiently good quality you are wasting your time.

By reflection — Reflect on the positive qualities of a person and the acts of kindness they have done. And to yourself, make an affirmation, a positive statement about yourself, using your own words. Auditory — This is the simplest way but probably the most effective. Repeat an internalized mantra or a word or phrase such as ‘loving-kindness’. The visualizations, reflections and the repetition of lovingkindness are devices to help you arouse a positive feeling of loving-kindness. You can use all of them or one that works best for you.

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