Author Topic: Let the mind be the mind  (Read 2426 times)


  • Member
  • Who are you?
    • Zen
Let the mind be the mind
« on: February 03, 2016, 11:39:57 PM »
Let the mind be the mind:   One of the most essential points of spiritual practice is realizing that you can not control what the body or mind is presenting to you in each moment. If you were in control,  I assure you,  you'd only choose happy thoughts and happy feelings.The next time you have a moment, I want you to try as hard as you can to only think happy thoughts. The experiment wont last long. In psychology this is called the ironic process theory; which shows that the harder you try not to think of something, the more you think of it.
The mind is a tool that works on its own. It’s like an electric drill, once you turn it on, its works without your assistance. All you need to know is how to hold it and where to point it. Because most people have not been taught how to hold the mind, they unconsciously turn it against themselves. Like pointing a drill towards one's own body, this causes a lot of pain.  Unfortunately,  Instead of learning the proper way to hold the mind, we learn to dull it with distractions and compulsions so that it doesn't hurt so bad. Dulling pain however comes with a major cost because when we numb or shut out pain we simultaneously shut out the fullness of life.  This leads to a very limited experience of life. It’s like if you're suffering got so bad that you decided you would never leave your room. Sure, you’d avoid a lot of suffering that happens in the world but you would also confine the entire world to a very small space. You would shut out both the sharp pain of suffering and the limitless abundance this world has to offer. So it comes down to a very simple question. Would you like to live life, or avoid it?

Nick Rose
Mod Edit: Link to external website removed. Read forum rules before posting again.
« Last Edit: February 04, 2016, 05:26:59 AM by Vivek »


  • Member
  • Write something about yourself here
    • Mindfulness , Goenka Vipassana retreat
Re: Let the mind be the mind
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2016, 06:48:13 PM »


Related Topics

  Subject / Started by Replies Last post
5 Replies
Last post October 21, 2008, 08:43:15 AM
by Matthew
0 Replies
Last post June 29, 2011, 07:04:30 AM
by Morning Dew
4 Replies
Last post February 21, 2012, 09:40:31 PM
by Billymac629
2 Replies
Last post October 19, 2012, 08:44:01 AM
by peepalala
17 Replies
Last post April 20, 2017, 01:41:32 AM
by kcarneglia
4 Replies
Last post April 07, 2014, 05:55:51 PM
by siddharthgode
2 Replies
Last post August 03, 2015, 08:20:13 AM
by Vivek