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“ Many of us are slaves to our minds. Our own mind is our worst enemy. We try to focus, and our mind wanders off. We try to keep stress at bay, but anxiety keeps us awake at night. We try to be good to the people we love, but then we forget them and put ourselves first. And when we want to change our life, we dive into spiritual practice and expect quick results, only to lose focus after the honeymoon has worn off. We return to our state of bewilderment. We're left feeling helpless and discouraged. It seems we all agree that training the body through exercise, diet, and relaxation is a good idea, but why don't we think about training our minds?”
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“Like gravity, karma is so basic we often don't even notice it.”
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“True happiness is always available to us, but first we have to create the environment for it to flourish.”
Sakyong Mipham, Turning the Mind Into an Ally
“If we do not push ourselves enough, we do not grow, but if we push ourselves too much, we regress. What is enough will change, depending on where we are and what we are doing. In that sense, the present moment is always some kind of beginning.”
Sakyong Mipham, Running with the Mind of Meditation: Lessons for Training Body and Mind
“One of my favorite Tibetan sayings is “Even if you’re going to die tomorrow, you can learn something tonight.”
Sakyong Mipham, Turning the Mind Into an Ally
“The body benefits from movement, and the mind benefits from stillness.”
Sakyong Mipham, Running with the Mind of Meditation: Lessons for Training Body and Mind
“When stress is the basic state of mind, even good things stress us out. We have to learn to let go.”
Sakyong Mipham, Running with the Mind of Meditation: Lessons for Training Body and Mind
“Once I was running and there was someone on the treadmill next to me who stopped running to answer a question I asked and flew of the back of the treadmill. Being fully engaged has many benefits.”
Sakyong Mipham, Running with the Mind of Meditation: Lessons for Training Body and Mind
“There is a direct correlation between physical exertion and mental relief.”
Sakyong Mipham, Running with the Mind of Meditation: Lessons for Training Body and Mind
“What is really happening in meditation is that we are developing the ability to think when we want to, and to not think when we don’t want to.”
Sakyong Mipham, Running with the Mind of Meditation: Lessons for Training Body and Mind
“The wise are balanced, and the foolish are extreme.”
Sakyong Mipham, Running with the Mind of Meditation: Lessons for Training Body and Mind
“Running and meditation are very personal activities. Therefore they are lonely. This loneliness is one of their best qualities because it strengthens our incentive to motivate ourselves.”
Sakyong Mipham, Running with the Mind of Meditation: Lessons for Training Body and Mind
“In the beginning of running and of meditation, one of the biggest obstacles is laziness. One kind of laziness is basic slothfulness, in which we are unable to extract ourselves from the television or couch. In this case, just a little bit of exercise can send a message to the body that it is time to move forward. Even putting on workout clothes and beginning to stretch helps bring us out of our sloth. By the same token, sitting down to follow the breath for even five minutes has the power to move us out of laziness. Another form of laziness is that we don’t make time in our busy, speedy life to go for a run or to sit down and practice.”
Sakyong Mipham, Running with the Mind of Meditation: Lessons for Training Body and Mind
“The bones and tendons of the mind are mindfulness and awareness. Mindfulness is the mind’s strength, and awareness is its flexibility. Without these abilities, we cannot function. When we drink a glass of water, drive a car, or have a conversation, we are using mindfulness and awareness.”
Sakyong Mipham, Running with the Mind of Meditation: Lessons for Training Body and Mind
“In the modern culture of speed, we seem to not do anything fully. We are half watching television and half using the computer; we are driving while talking on the phone; we have a hard time having even one conversation; when we sit down to eat, we are reading a newspaper and watching television, and even when we watch television, we are flipping through channels. This quality of speed gives life a superficial feeling: we never experience anything fully. We engage ourselves in these activities in order to live a full life, but being speedy”
Sakyong Mipham, Running with the Mind of Meditation: Lessons for Training Body and Mind
“In my constant travels, from the highland meadows of Tibet to the tropical rain forest of Brazil to the busy streets of Hong Kong, I’ve learned that you have to be content wherever you are. Otherwise, traveling is exhausting, because you’re always thinking that the next place will be better.”
Sakyong Mipham, Ruling Your World: Ancient Strategies For Modern Life
“One of my favorite sayings is “If you want to be miserable, think of yourself. If you want to be happy, think of others.”
Sakyong Mipham, Running with the Mind of Meditation: Lessons for Training Body and Mind
“The point of handling our motivation is not necessarily to channel it into a drive to be successful; that would be ambition. Rather, the point is to”
Sakyong Mipham, Running with the Mind of Meditation: Lessons for Training Body and Mind
“Awareness puts us in tune with the elements. This elemental connection is part of being alive. We are too often indoors, unaware of the elements. The elements are not our enemies: we ourselves are made of the elements. When we connect with them, they inspire us and make us stronger, allowing us to communicate with the world in much subtler ways.”
Sakyong Mipham, Running with the Mind of Meditation: Lessons for Training Body and Mind
“To be gentle is to understand that life is a journey deserving constant attentiveness. Therefore it is gentleness that allows us to finish a marathon, not putting pressure on ourselves to immediately think about the next one. Gentleness is “just doing it” in such a way that we can do it again and again.”
Sakyong Mipham, Running with the Mind of Meditation: Lessons for Training Body and Mind
“When the mind is totally present, it is relaxed, nimble, and sensitive. It feels lighter and clearer. It notices everything, but it is not distracted by anything. It is the feeling of knowing exactly where you are and what you are doing.”
Sakyong Mipham, Running with the Mind of Meditation: Lessons for Training Body and Mind
“Throughout life it is inevitable that we will experience both pain and pleasure. Learning how to handle them leads to harmony and happiness. In meditation, if we are unable to handle pain or boredom, then that pain or boredom becomes our master. Then we spend our entire life trying to avoid being bored or feeling pain. However if we can handle our mind, then we know that we can handle boredom and pain.”
Sakyong Mipham, Running with the Mind of Meditation: Lessons for Training Body and Mind
“Then we wonder, “Why is nothing turning out the way I want?” Tiger mind creates a little gap in which we can look at our choices. We could get mad or not get mad. We could manipulate or not manipulate. We could become desirous and fixate. We could get jealous or not. It’s up to us. Wisdom and compassion begin with cultivating discernment—not just reacting to what happens.”
Sakyong Mipham, Ruling Your World: Ancient Strategies For Modern Life
“Of course, we all go through our own experiences. If we do not push ourselves enough, we do not grow, but if we push ourselves too much, we regress. What is enough will change, depending on where we are and what we are doing. In that sense, the present moment is always some kind of beginning.”
Sakyong Mipham, Running with the Mind of Meditation: Lessons for Training Body and Mind
“The practice of overcoming hope is recognizing our positive qualities. With excessive hope, we begin to belittle what we have achieved. We might then feel inadequate and have fear of not achieving more.”
Sakyong Mipham, Running with the Mind of Meditation: Lessons for Training Body and Mind
“According to the Chinese system of medicine, stagnation is the cause of many illnesses.”
Sakyong Mipham, Running with the Mind of Meditation: Lessons for Training Body and Mind
“I have always found a natural relationship between running and meditation. Running can be a support for meditation, and meditation can be a support for running. Running is a natural form of exercise, for it is simply an extension of walking. When we run, we strengthen our heart, remove stagnant air, revitalize our nervous system, and increase our aerobic capacity. It helps us develop a positive attitude. It creates exertion and stamina and gives us a way to deal with pain. It helps us relax. For many of us, it offers a feeling of freedom. Likewise, meditation is a natural exercise of the mind—an opportunity to strengthen, reinvigorate, and cleanse. Through meditation we can connect with that long-forgotten goodness we all have. It is very powerful to feel that sense of goodness: having confidence and bravery in our innermost being.”
Sakyong Mipham, Running with the Mind of Meditation: Lessons for Training Body and Mind
“Gentleness can be developed with simple thoughts. First, appreciate who you are and make friends with yourself. Look at what you can do, and don’t allow what you cannot do to oppress you. Rather, regard it as a future adventure. The practice of meditation allows for this development to take place.”
Sakyong Mipham, Running with the Mind of Meditation: Lessons for Training Body and Mind
“Remember why you are meditating: to balance the activity of your life by working with your mind.”
Sakyong Mipham, Running with the Mind of Meditation: Lessons for Training Body and Mind

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