Thank you so much for this wisdom. I sense great potential for equanimity.
What I find interesting is separating the enjoyment of pleasure with the
creation of a craving for more of that pleasure. I find this fascinating. I
had not considered pleasure on these two levels. I will explore this
further. Likewise for pain; bear the pain but do not hate it or fear its
I feel your response was neither too long nor insufficient in that I have
learned something very useful. Please could you go further? I am sure others
won't mind. Could you tell us more about your personal experience with
Look forward to your response...Tony
Date: Fri, 8 Jul 2005 11:23:43 +0100 (BST)
From: Rushikant Mehta <rushi_kant@...
Subject: Re: Meditation and blood pressure
Partly yes, Tony, that's what happens when the mind is restful. But there r
two ways of reaching it. One can 'still' the mind with different meditation
efforts, & taste the visiting positivities. But that's (alas !) temperory. A
better way is to empty the mind of the major stuff (that normally with
everybody, is of negativities), & the fun is, as much emptying takes place
so much filling with positivities simultaneously sets in, by application of
a rule of nature that mind cannot remain empty & there r only two kinds of
stuff available, negative & positive; one discarded, other gets in !
How one does it ? very simple.
Be conscious of this trap : mind enjoys pleasures , nothing wrong but it
craves for more of it & then triggers efforts to that end. This process
inescapably agitates it. Agitation is hell ! Similarly it detastes pain,
ok,agreeable, but it hates it,rejects it & tries everything to remove it.
This again only agitates it further ! So the trick is, enjoy the pleasures
but take care not to crave for their recurrance; bear the pain, try not to
hate & reject it or fear its recurrance. This is equanimity , the art of
balancing that prevents mind from constantly agitating either for pleasure
or for pain-relief. Agitation is food of mind. if u starve it , it consumes
memories of past pains & pleasures,( like a fasting body consuming itself,
its stored fat), but again if u remain balanced, refusing to react by
craving or aversion, the stock starts getting depleted & mind changing its
habit of generating new agitations ! This is permanent cure ! Emptying the
mind ! This, one can do by sitting
everyday alone for sometime, doing nothing but observing this mental
process. If one wants help doing it systematically, one can look to some
meditation technic like 'vipassana' (www.dhamma.org).
But did u notice one thing that most of the dreaded diseases, including BP,
owe their origin to overstuffing of the belly or the mind ? Now u know the
way to the cure !
Plz forgive for the length & yet the insufficiency of this monologue ! May u
find yr mind !
Tony Osime <tony.osime@...
Thanks again for your response. I happened to read it again as it came
up on my office PC and I noticed something very profound that I had
You said that meditation helps the mind by "...allowing the Nature to
fill it with profound positivities."
Could you go further on this aspect. I understand how stilling the mind
can bring about peace. How does "Nature" fill our still minds with
I have noticed that when I do still my mind, I sometimes get very
positive thoughts, some of which are profound. For example this morning
during meditation, I appreciated a kind of happiness that comes from
making others happy. It is as if you transfer your happiness to others
and it is reflected back to you. This helps you appreciate that really
you are not separate beings.
Is this the sort of thing you were referring to?