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Not a few have rejected the practice of meditation because it did not seem natural to them; it was too artificial--as if letting muddied water settle down to become clear was an unnatural process! No one who has not successfully brought the active whirling mind to a complete rest through this practice can know how comparable it is to such a process. Hence Japanese mystics call it "collecting the mind."

-- Notebooks Category 4: Elementary Meditation > Chapter 1: Preparatory > # 73

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