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“Contemplation seems to be about the only luxury that costs nothing.”
“Only in the stillness of detachment can the soul yield up her secrets.”
“I have never got on with the quietist movements: they lapse too easily into self-congratulations: I have found the oneness, you have not. I prefer to look outside myself if I possibly can, not inside. Meditation reminds me too forcibly of being made to lie on a mat at nursery school and take an hour's nap.”
“... meditation is a half-way house between thinking and contemplating ...”
“Although I try / to hold the single thought / of Buddha's teaching in my heart, / I cannot help but hear / the many crickets' voices calling as well.”
“Prayer is speaking to God. Meditation is listening to God. Trust tranquility.”
“Jules introduced me to a kind of 'narcolepsy,' that practice of mental droning that goes by the brand name 'Transcendental Meditation.'”