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Sent: Sunday, December 05, 2004 3:24
Subject: [Meditation Society of America]
Meditation Insight - shaping our thoughts
During my session today, I had some insights about our mind chatter.
wonder if anyone has any comments to add?
As I listened to my
usual mind chatter during the period when my body
was relaxing sufficiently
for me to start the deeper part of my session,
I had this mechanical
picture of a thought held in one hand while the
other hand tried to attach
alternate thoughts. If the new thought did
not fit, it would be discarded
and another thought would be picked up.
This process would continue until
some sort of conclusion was reached
and the modified thought would now be
discarded in favor of a new
thought to be worked on.
My sense is
that this is a continuous process going on 24 hours a day.
During the night
we turn off the thought recording mechanism because
this makes the process
The insight I had was that since we can see the process
development, we can influence the choice of thought to attach.
actually train ourselves to be better thinkers...Maybe not a good
to do while meditating!!!
My internet connection will go in a
The second insight is that the quality of meditation
chatter is very different from when there is mind chatter.
chatter adds depth. With mind chatter adds
Without mind chatter
......both are mind