You are not the mind. If you know you are not the mind, then what difference does it make if it’s busy or quiet?
You are not the mind
“Proficiency in a state devoid of any thought movement results in inward gracious felicity of disposition.”
In our exploration of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali we have been following the thread of citta-vrtti-nirodha. This key concept of yoga can be said to be “the state of being in which the ideational choice-making movement of the mind slows down and comes to a stop” – which happens on its own. Now, close to the end of Part One of the Yoga Sutras, this Sutra number 47 speaks of the results of becoming proficient in this state. Continue reading
I am awake beyond the three states. Light takes its journey from that first atom of pure existence without attributes. Feel that first state of pure beingness! Continue reading
~Mipham Rinpoche (1846-1912):
Stillness state of no thought.
Occurrence “when various kinds of thoughts arise”.
Awareness is being conscious of either of these states.
Being mindful of these two states, “you will come to understand the following vital point: Various feelings such as joy and sadness arise from your own mind and dissolve back into your own mind…”
And, “by looking directly into the essence of your mind, whether it is still or thinking, you will understand that it is empty and, even though it perceives many things, it does not possess any entity whatsoever. This so-called emptiness is not a blank void like space….
[It] is an emptiness endowed with all supreme aspects….[It] has an unceasing clarity that is fully conscious and cognizant.
“When realizing this secret point, although there is no separate watcher or something watched, to experience the naturally luminous and innate mind-essence is known as recognizing awareness.
This is what is pointed out in both mahamudra and dzogchen.”
“There is nothing easier than this, but it is essential to practice.”
In these first days of the New Year 2014 I reflect often on what it means to live in a new way, unburdened by my past actions. I feel the freshness of living each moment complete as it is and not carrying anything over into the next moment. There is a subtle joy at being open to what the next moment unveils and, let me put it this way, expecting the unexpected. The usual way of going through life has been to assume that everything will appear in my field of perception more or less as it has in the past. This year many unexpected things are happening. These surprises are very much to my liking and life is taking on the quality of being created in the moment. Continue reading