September 10, 2019 at 2:54 am #311201
I have felt that disturbances in the mind are primarily due to the thoughts that run in the mind.
These range from thinking of the past to potential future consequences. A simple enough process seems to be in the present and take it as it happens. This though easy to state, is not as easy when it comes to the practice of it. Absence of thinking is another option. While it is soothing, ground realities remain and the problem doesn’t go away. Mindful awareness of what goes on in the mind, actively utilizing the mind and the helpful thoughts that it produces is a tough habit. Yet it seems worth the effort and can help in leading a fruitful life.
I would be interested to know what other readers feel about this and if similar thoughts about thinking have occurred to them.September 10, 2019 at 3:24 am #311205
Disturbing thoughts create disturbance. This doesn’t just happen in the mind. It happens throughout the whole body. Dwelling on the past generally means dwelling on hurtful events. If you dwell on happy memories, then you become happy. No-one can predict the future and, again, if you see a future full of torment then this is a prophecy of your own making and you might be in danger of creating this (self fulfilling prophecy).
Even the most seasoned meditator cannot create the absence of thought. Thoughts can be stilled but they are still thoughts. Letting thoughts come and go as you meditate without becoming attached to them is the basis of meditation. There is nearly always a focus involved whether it be the breath, a mantra, a flower, a candle flame, a mandala, music, nature, creativity.
Once the habit of mindfulness has been established it is no longer tough. Once the habit of living in the present is established it is no longer tough. Once you become calm, solutions to so called problems can be found. Once you actually engage in being peaceful, loving and joyful changes happen of their own accord.
May peace, love and joy be yours.
PeggySeptember 10, 2019 at 7:37 am #311247
To think about thinking… Is there anything else we can do while doing it? See while seeing, hear while hearing, smell while smelling, taste while tasting, feel while feeling…
“A simple enough process seems to be in the present and take it as it happens. This though easy to state, is not as easy when it comes to the practice of it.”
The reality is that we are always in the present. In that sense there is no try it already is. It’s an illusion that the thoughts of the past or the future happen in the past or the future. They occur in the present and we deal with them as we deal with all things as it happens. The practice isn’t to make it happen but to accept it’s how it is.September 10, 2019 at 11:37 am #311353
Dear Peggy and Peter,
Thank you for your kind responses.
From your words I draw inspiration that mindfulness and being in the present will be much more than just beautiful words for me on a consistent basis; rather a way of life.