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Thich Nhat Hanh & Nguyen Anh-Huong
"In meditation, the practice of calming, resting, and dwelling happily in the present moment can be difficult at first because our minds are always racing. The more you try to stop your racing mind, the more it resists. Mindfulness is not meant to supress or get rid of the racing mind, but simply recognize its presence.
If anxiety, sorrow, confusion, or fear happen to arise while you sit, greet them with a gentle smile; and if you are a visual person, invtie them to rest in your lap or next to you as you sit. Return to the practice of conscious breathing.
...start with a short period of time, five or ten breaths. If you think you have to practice medidtation for too long a period of time, there is no way you will maintain daily practice. Instead, throughout the day you can use the ringing of the telephone, or the sound of your watch or any other cue to stop all doing and thinking for a moment. Just enjoy your breathing."
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