Be Careful!

Here are some common meditation instructions:

  • Meditation is all about not thinking.
  • Pick one kind of meditation and stick with it no matter what.
  • If your meditation isn’t going well, just keep returning to the breath.
  • If you are distracted in meditation (like, say, by pain) just look at that pain until it disappears.

These are really common meditation instructions. And there is some wisdom in all of them. But none of them are always true, and some of them are usually false.

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