Imagine holding on to a hot burning coal. You would not fear letting go of it. In fact, once you noticed that you were holding on, you would probably drop it quickly. But we often do not recognize how we hold on to suffering. It seems to hold on to us. This is our practice: becoming aware of how suffering arises in our mind and of how we become identified with it, and learning to let it go. We learn through simple and direct observation, seeing the process over and over again until we understand.
from the book Insight Meditation: The Practice of Freedom
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Further quotes from the book Insight Meditation:
- Purpose of practice
- Awareness of thoughts
- The foundation of goodwill
- Seeing impermanence deeply
- Freedom Lies in the Wisdom to Choose
- The wonderful paradox about the truth of suffering
- Just sitting and watching
- The meditative journey