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Being joyfully sacred

Question: How can I make meditation more enjoyable?

Sogyal Rinpoche:

Become as resourceful in inspiring yourself to enter your own peace as you are at being neurotic and competitive in the world. There are so many ways of making the approach to meditation as joyful as possible. You can find the music that most exalts you and use it to open your heart and mind. You can collect pieces of poetry, or quotations or lines of teachings that over the years have moved you, and keep them always at hand to elevate your spirit. Listen to a cassette tape of a teaching by a great master, or a sacred chant. You can make of the place where you meditate a simple paradise, with one flower, one stick of incense, one candle, one photograph of an enlightened master,or one statue of a deity or a buddha. You can transform the most ordinary of rooms in to an intimate sacred space, into an environment where every day you come to the meeting with your true self with all the joy and happy ceremony of one old friend greeting another.

Tibetan book of living and dying

Taken without permission from Sogyal Rinpoche's Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
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