The Four Supreme Efforts, Part III
- The Four Supreme Efforts, Part III
"When we have not been able to avoid an unwholesome mind, we have to
practice to overcome it. Because of the difficulty of becoming aware
in time to avoid negativities, we have to be very clear on how to
overcome them. Dropping a thought is an action and not a passive
reaction, yet it is difficult to do, because the mind needs something
to grasp. In meditation we need a subject, such as the breath or the
feelings/sensations to hold onto, before the mind can become calm and
peaceful. When we want to overcome unskillful mind states, it is
easier to substitute with wholesome thinking, than just trying to let
go of unwholesomeness.
"If we entertain the negative mind states for any length of time,
they become more and more at home. As they make themselves
comfortable, we are more and more inclined to believe them and
finally come out with thoughts such as `I always hate people who
don't agree with me` or `I always get nervous about thunder.` These
statements are designed to show one's own unchanging character,
giving our ego an extra boost. The only reason these states might
have become ingrained in our character is that having entertained
negativities for so long, one can no longer imagine to be without
them. Yet these are nothing but unskillful mind states, which can and
need to be changed. The quicker we substitute, the better it is for
our own peace of mind. . ."~ Ayya Khema, "(To Be Seen) Here and Now"
section entitled "Supreme Efforts"
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May this be of benefit.