Get fit for competing well enough, and get fit for dropping concerns for nearly everything at regular intervals (rest, vacation, regular meditation), and so on.Ramana Maharsi, born Venkataraman Iyer (1879-1950), had an awakening as a youth, soon left his home and then lived the rest of his life on the Arunachala hill. In time he attracted devotees, and was available all day to visitors. (Wikipedia, "Ramana Maharshi")
Minding one's full and much relaxed breath may work very well after time.
Those who are drawn to contemplate a lot, were hardly meant to compete like brutes and animals in a circus
What many could lack in the start, is to put themselves fitly and methodically into a good, regular drill (of sessions). It could be good for you.
Practical handling from cogent thinking, and a clear mind at the back of that again.
Words in books have value through their meanings. The philosopher Zhuang-zi:
When the men of old died, they took with them the things that could not be handed down. So what you are reading must be nothing but the chaff and dregs of the men of old. [Co 153]
One may slowly wonder what is the value of that handed down view of a writer of old also.
It could give some help not to try to expect to practice a lot, all correctly and regularly as a clock, and stick to good reading and handling along with deep meditation too.
How to Meditate
Current interest in meditation has inspired many modern teachers to simplify the ancient techniques, so that meditation has become accessible to people who may not wish to get involved in a religious tradition, but who wish to improve the quality of their lives and relationships.
Take care of this:
Words from the Brahma Purana
The body is the means of acquiring virtue, wealth, love and liberation, so an intelligent man should maintain his body with great care. (Brahma Purana, Chap. 120, v. 45)
You can't afford being stupid. Revert to living well. If not well, then all right. If not all right, try to -. Do not believe much as told by others that profit from that belief; stay sane instead. Rationality can be maintained or developed. Take some hints: [Link]. If sound decency has not been adhered to, try to revert to it and avoid tempting snares and plots, and plenty of beer too.
Osborne, Arthur, ed. The Collected Works of Ramana Maharsi. New ed. London: Rider, 1969.
Osborne, Arthur ed. The Teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharsi in His Own Words. New ed. London: Rider, 1971.
Shastri, J. L., ed. Brahma Purana: Part 3. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1986.
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