Meditation Insights 2
- This is a slightly different insight, so I thought I should start a new
My previous sense of how the whole mind worked was similar to a person
"me" going from room to room in a house. In normal waking life we spend
almost all our time in one room (the one with all the mind chatter!). In
meditation we release our attachment to that room and wonder to other
rooms - other "minds", and see what is happening there.
My previous understanding was that each room was frozen (i.e. the light
was off) until "I" went in there, switched on the light and observed
whatever I found. My current understanding is that there is continuous
activity in all rooms. However, my memory of what happens is only "on"
in whichever room "I" happen to go into.
The implications? By practicing meditation we can get used to spending
time in different rooms. This makes it easier to enter these rooms
during day to day activity. Also by moving from room to room, we see our
"real" selves as being independent of whichever room we happen to be in.
We become more of the watcher of what happens in each room. Lastly, our
development is not limited to what we "remember" as experience. Our
memory might only contain a small fraction of all that goes on.