- Thank you, it is very reassuring. ... peace to you. Patricia Valle ... From: Aideen Mckenna Subject: RE: [Meditation Society ofMessage 1 of 3 , Jul 2, 2012View Source
Thank you, it is very reassuring. ... peace to you.Patricia Valle
--- On Sun, 7/1/12, Aideen Mckenna <aideenmck@...> wrote:
From: Aideen Mckenna <aideenmck@...>
Subject: RE: [Meditation Society of America] Taming the Mind
Date: Sunday, July 1, 2012, 3:50 PM
I so needed that! Her teaching always gets me back on the cushion feeling better about my practice.
This has to do with the importance of a basic
attitude of friendliness. Sometimes when our
thoughts are like little fleas that jump off our
noses, we just see the little flickers of thought,
like ripples, which might have a very liberating
quality. For the first time you might feel, ---
"My goodness! There's so much space, and it's always
Another time it might feel like that elephant is
sitting on you, or like you have your own private
pornographic movie going on, or your own private
war, in technicolor and stereo. It's important to
realize that meditation doesn't prefer the flea to
the elephant, or vice versa. It is simply a process
of seeing what is, noticing that, accepting that,
and then going on with life, which, in terms of the
technique, is coming back to the simplicity of nowness,
the simplicity of the out-breath. Whether you are
completely caught up in discursive thought for the
entire sitting period, or whether you feel that enormous
sense of space, you can regard either one with gentleness
and a sense of being awake and alive to who you are.
Either way, you can respect that. So taming teaches
that meditation is developing a nonaggressive attitude
to whatever occurs in your mind. It teaches that meditation
is not considering yourself an obstacle to yourself;
in fact, it's quite the opposite.
By Pema Chodron in "The Wisdom of No Escape"
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