LionsRoar.com has two good articles, Thirteen Buddhist apps and Ten leading thinkers choose their favorite Buddhist films.
In “Eat, Pray, Love,” Elizabeth Gilbert describes what meditation can be like. :)
“Researchers report that mindfulness meditation reduced chaotic activity in the brain and the heart ... ‘Activities of the brain and heart became more coordinated during MBSR training,’ reported the authors. ‘Mindfulness training may increase the entrainment between mind and body.’”
“When I was about six years old I received the essential bodhichitta teaching from an old woman sitting in the sun. I was walking by her house one day feeling lonely, unloved and mad, kicking anything I could find. Laughing, she said to me, ‘Little girl, don’t you go letting life harden your heart.’
Right there, I received this pith instruction: we can let the circumstances of our lives harden us so that we become increasingly resentful and afraid, or we can let them soften us and make us kinder and more open to what scares us. We always have this choice.”
Had one of those mornings where you want to wake up at a certain time so you can get some things done, but you wake up a minute before the alarm is going to go off and you’re already in a deep, meditative state, so you turn off the alarm and ride the wave for a few hours. Ahh ...
Buddha was asked, “What have you gained from meditation?”
He replied, “Nothing!” Then he continued, “However, let me tell you what I have lost: anger, anxiety, depression, insecurity, and fear of old age an death.”
"Enlightenment of the wave". From the book, Zen Speaks, Shouts of Nothingness. The book is filled with wonderful cartoons like this.
“Meditation is to bring the complex consciousness to simplicity and innocence without pride and arrogance.”
B.K.S. Itengar, The Tree of Yoga
“A thousand days of training to develop, ten thousand days of training to polish.”
“It takes a thousand days to forge the spirit, and ten thousand days to polish it.”
~ These are two variations of a quote I saw today by Miyamoto Musashi
“Even when I was just three years old, I could recall many previous lives. But to many people this sort of thinking isn’t acceptable, so now when I’m asked what I can remember, I just say ‘I remember when I was three years old.’”
~ a monk