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I am interested in the moment when I see that I have been lost in thought. It is a moment when I can feel ashamed, embarrassed, angry that I have not maintained focus on my breath.


You are very honest. But if you are too strict with yourself, you will create pressure and in the end, you will not be able to continue the practice. It is important to have some space for oneself. The Buddha in the "42 section sutra" likens it to the strings of a string instrument, too tight and the sound is too sharp, too lose, and no sound comes forth. It needs just the right amount of tension for a beautiful sound to come forth.


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