Zen Meditation: The Soul of the Whole

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“We live in succession, in division, in parts, in particles. Meantime within man is the soul of the whole; the wise silence; the universal beauty, to which every part and particle is equally related, the eternal ONE. And this deep power in which we exist and whose beatitude is all accessible to us, is not only self-sufficing and perfect in every hour, but the act of seeing and the thing seen, the seer and the spectacle, the subject and the object, are one. We see the world piece by piece, as the sun, the moon, the animal, the tree; but the whole, of which these are shining parts, is the soul.” ~~Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882)

Meditation Assignment:

  1. Grab pillow.
  2. Sit or lay.
  3. Relax.
  4. Regulate breathing.
  5. Focus:  Most of us see ourselves in parts.  Too big, too lazy, too whatever.  Sometimes we only see one aspect of ourselves and our world.  We are very self-centered.  Focus on you, your world, humanity as a whole.  Relish the wonderfulness of all of it…  Where does your mind go when given this direction?  How could you / we live differently if this was our set-point?

Post by Monica Gaylor.

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