EASTERN AND WESTERN PERSPECTIVES OF MEDITATIONWritten by Manoj Dash, BHMS,Ph.D.
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Steps involved in Lectio divina: ActivityDescriptionPurpose LectioRead passage, seek word or GodListen MeditatioMeditate on passage and apply it to our own situation and needsReflect OratioPray in response to word of GodIntegrate ContemplatioListen in contemplative silence, open to whatever God may wish to invite or impartReceive
Hence contemplation was accepted though by specific groups of individuals. However meditation was more generally associated with eastern traditions such as Zen and yoga, and many who wished to explore contemplative life turned to Eastern teachers who were beginning to establish themselves in West. Eastern perspectives. General. In traditional texts (the Pataňjali's Yoga Sūtras and Bhagavad Gīta) it has been described that when awake and in absence of a specific task mind is very distractible (caňcalatā), and has to be taken through stages of ‘streamlining thoughts' (concentration or ekāgrata), and one-pointed concentration (focusing or dhāranā), before reaching meditative state (defocused, effortless single thought state or dhyāna). Descriptions of each of states.
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The Folly of FreebiesWritten by Lisa Maliga
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Granted, you can’t smell a bar of rose scented soap online. You can see a photo of it, a description might accompany picture, but it’s not something you can touch or smell. However, many business people do offer sample sizes for a very small fee. Or they include a sample with every paid order.
The Internet is awash with plenty of sites to keep freebie hunters occupied. I prefer free sample trolls to hang out there and not take away a small business owner’s time and attempt to devalue product by a careless “gimme” attitude. It’s a wise idea for potential free sample junkie to see if free samples are offered, and if not, then move on.
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