Tara Brach on why we need to meditate…

…to undo, to unfold, to unfurl

Just so, when meditation frees us, it does not turn us into something better or different, nor does it get us somewhere. We are not pedaling toward some spiritual achievement. Rather meditation allows for an undoing of our controlling behavior, an undoing of limiting beliefs, an undoing of habitual physical tensing, an undoing of defensive armoring, and ultimately, an undoing of our identification with a small, threatened self. By undoing all the things, we discover the vast heart an awareness that is beyond any small-self identity; the heart and awareness that gives us refuge in the face of any life situation. This is the gift of meditation practice–we find we can trust who we most deeply are.

From Tara Brach, True Refuge

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