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Join Date: 14 Oct 2004
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Celticnoodle, I use mala beads occasionally (you've reminded me to pull them out again when you mentioned your rosary). Having something tangible to use as you say a sacred/meaningful phrase really can help with focus. It is one of those ritual tools (like incense and other implements) that symbolically tell my mind I'm setting aside sacred time.

Morwenna, when you wrote "Now I know what I ought to be doing every day," it made me take an inventory of all the spiritual 'paraphernalia,' books and knowledge I've collected over the years. I have to honestly ask myself, "What purpose are they serving?" As Chogyam Trungpa stated, "The problem is that ego can convert anything to its own use, even spirituality."
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